The Power of Kindness

Through the Eyes of Children

Children - Picture Book
36 Pages
Reviewed on 09/27/2021
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Author Biography

Ruth Maille is a relationship coach and has also owned and operated a daycare/preschool for 30+ years. Using the tools she acquired in both professions, she has had the privilege of helping many families.

Ruth is the author of the multiple award-winning books, The Power of Positivity, The ABC's of a Pandemic. Her passion for writing comes from years of reading children's books in her personal and professional life. She is grateful for the opportunity to help children learn to use their imaginations to embark on make-believe adventures and hopes that her books will teach lifelong values and inspire children to be anything they choose. Ruth is the mom of 3 amazing adults.

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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.

Rosie Malezer

The Power of Kindness: Through the Eyes of Children is a wonderful book written by Ruth Maille and illustrated by Pardeep Mehra. Orbit is on a mission to spread kindness wherever he goes. He starts the day at a kindergarten class and asks children their interpretation of the word "kindness." Orbit's young audience eagerly answers in response, demonstrating they have a very good awareness of what kindness is and what it brings each day. While kindness is shown in many different ways, it starts with each person's choice to be kind and to share their kindness with others. The children are shown by Orbit how to give their minds a chance to relax before making decisions that are not kind to others. Examples of kindness - helping older people, adopting a shelter pet, sharing your food - all help to make the world a better place to live.

I fully embraced the good feelings within the pages of The Power of Kindness: Through the Eyes of Children and found myself smiling from cover to cover before going back for a second and third time. Ruth Maille's wonderful tale of doing good things for others so they will feel good also and share it along is definitely a wonderful thing that children need to learn to improve the world in which we live. Doing good for others brings warmth and understanding among those of us who have seen the result of what doing the opposite inflicts. So often today, we find ourselves surrounded by people who know only selfishness and spite - so much so that when kindness shows itself, it brings surprise, shock, awe, and inspiration to do good for those around you. My heart felt so much lighter after reading The Power of Kindness: Through the Eyes of Children that it brought an end to any dark and sad feelings inside me. I strongly urge this book to be read not only by young readers aged 5-12 but also by those of us who are older and feel like breaking the restraints that today's harsh world seems to have brought to us. I congratulate Ruth Maille on a truly inspirational book and look forward to reading many more from her in the future.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

Do you know what it means to be kind? Is it showing support to someone who needs it? Is it sharing the last cookie with someone else even when you want it all yourself? Is it saving a wiggly worm from drowning? Or is it simply saying the words “I love you” to someone you care about? There are so many ways you can show kindness. And, the best part of showing kindness is it makes you feel good inside.

Ruth A Maille’s picture book story, The Power of Kindness: Through the Eyes of Children, explores the many forms of kindness as seen through the eyes of a group of kindergarten children. Using Orbit, a character in the shape of planet Earth as the leader, the children in a kindergarten class are asked to share their ideas on “What is kindness?” The answers are simple, but also very profound. To see things through the eyes of children is empowering. Told in simple question/answer format, the plot evolves over Orbit’s discussion with a group of children. The language is simple, with some of the words highlighted in bold and varied colors. The illustrations are bright and colorful and certainly add to the story.

The many answers provided by children exemplify the concept that kindness is a simple act, sometimes just a word, that can make another person’s day a little brighter. The question/answer approach also opens the door to allowing readers to contribute some of their ideas and there’s even a page at the end for young readers to write or draw their own definition of kindness. Beautifully told and presented.

Carla Trueheart

A story about showing kindness, The Power of Kindness: Through the Eyes of Children by author Ruth Maille is a colorful and memorable children’s book. Orbit is the main character in the story. He looks like planet Earth, and his purpose is to spread messages of love, kindness, and sharing. Examples of how children can be kind to others by sharing, spreading joy, and understanding the needs of their friends and family are shown throughout the story. The examples and lessons are simple small things and easily understood by young readers, such as sharing the last cookie. In addition, the lessons are never forced. The illustrations match perfectly with the words so children can learn from both the pictures and the writing.

As a fan of children’s literature, I was most excited about the overall message in The Power of Kindness: Through the Eyes of Children. Orbit is on a mission to spread kindness, and for young readers, this message is simple and fun. The illustrations are beautiful, the characters leap right off the page, and the children depicted are bright and cheerful, encouraging feelings of joy and happiness. I also really enjoyed the breathing exercise for calmness (this is a good tip for adult readers, as well!). Author Ruth Maille also did a wonderful job of keeping the book the perfect length for young readers and highlighting kindness within those pages. With colorful illustrations, positive life lessons, and themes of compassion and love, this children’s book will be a bonus to any child’s library.

Joy Hannabass

Teaching children about kindness, The Power of Kindness Through the Eyes of Children by Ruth Maille is a charming storybook. Ruth Maille uses the experiences from her daycare classes to instruct children how to define kindness in their own words. Orbit, a big round earth with hands and feet and a bandaid on his head, is the main character. Orbit is on a mission to spread kindness to everyone, and his first stop is a lively and energetic kindergarten class. His first question to them is, 'What is kindness?' As the children shout out their answers, Orbit tells them how correct they are, and he throws another term into their mix, saying kindness is a choice. Orbit shares his own technique that helps him make the right choices. He makes sure the children understand by asking them to describe the times they made the right choice.

Beautifully illustrated by Pardeep Mehra, this delightful storybook stimulates the imagination as well as instructs. I always love illustrations in children's books, and Mehra did fabulous work on every page, including the covers. The vibrant colors and vivid characters are adorable, and young children will want to read this delightful book again and again. The characters' cute faces with their fascinating expressions are lovable and charming and bring the story to life. The Power of Kindness Through the Eyes of Children by Ruth Maille makes an excellent addition to libraries, daycare, and kindergarten classrooms.

April Cox

I love this book by Ruth Maille. It provides inspiration for children in an easy to understand way. I also love Orbit as a mascot. Way to go Ruth - You've done it again!

Lieve de Lint

Another gem by Ruth Maille. She tackles big, helpful topics for kids (oh..and adults) and Orbit is just a wonderful, creative character who brings the message gracefully.

Mike Martone

This is a great children’s book. Our grandchildren love reading it and love the characters in it, especially Orbit!

I highly recommend this book for young children to emphasize the importance of kindness.

Diane Lawbaugh

The Power of Kindness—Through the Eyes of Children is a beautiful message, beautifully told, and beautifully illustrated!

The deep appreciation and understanding that the author, Ruth Maille, has for children make this book captivating for both children and adults alike.

The beautiful illustrations invite readers of all ages to enjoy the world through the eyes of children. The engaging hero, Orbit, helps children to learn the power that they have every day to make our world a better place through choosing kindness. He uses questions to help children look for and find kindness all around them while encouraging them to use their imaginations to create ways they can exercise kindness to the people in their lives.

Orbit's wisdom to listen and learn from the children is a great reminder to all of us as adults to follow his lead.

Truly this book is a gift to help our children be empowered to create and live in a much kinder world. A definite win/win for everyone!

Karen Weiss

Ms. Maille has created an excellent series of positive books for children!