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Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite
"Can you think of ways you can be kind to others?" This is the question that Orbit, a cute globe-shaped character, asks the very young readers of Ruth Maille's The Power of Kindness. In this illustrated and delightful children's book, young readers (and their parents) will find a persuasive and delightful invitation to practice kindness in their lives. One day, Orbit visits a kindergarten class and asks the children what kindness is and if they have seen it in their lives. The children answer with sensitive and delightful responses, entering each reader into a world full of simple actions and extraordinary feelings.
It is a pity that we do not ask children more questions because there is a lot to learn from them. Their selfless and kind answers have the power to remind us of the simple and precious things we need in our daily life. Ruth Maille is a praiseworthy author because she has placed great emphasis on the wisdom of children. The Power of Kindness is splendid not only because it helps to spread a message of kindness in the world but also because, thanks to its colorful images, it allows young readers to identify themselves with the equally young protagonists. Explaining very complex concepts in such a simple way, showing children how other children dealt with kindness, was not an easy task. Yet, Maille did it and gave us a book that we will never tire of rereading. Keeping in mind the wonderful lesson she has taught us is essential to living in a better world.