Pass It On

illus. by Sophy Henn. 32p. Philomel. Apr. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780399547751.
PreS-Gr 1—A bright message of the power of positive emotion is conveyed in this lovely title. It opens with a billboard stating, "When you see something terrific," and a page turn reveals a full-spread rainbow and the words, "Smile a smile and pass it on." Henn goes on to show young children in bold, colorful illustrations playing, experiencing nature, and enjoying activities such as riding a roller coaster and climbing trees. The simple text suggests that readers take the happy feelings that life gives and share them with friends. Expressed in this unpretentious tale is the concept that loneliness and uncertainty will be replaced with joy when laughter, smiles, and hugs are shared.
VERDICT A wonderful storytime offering that will inspire little ones to connect gleefully with those around them. Be sure to read this book aloud and pass it on.

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