My Wish for the World

Little, Brown/Christy Ottaviano. Mar. 2023. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780316433150.
PreS-Gr 1–Offering easily accomplished solutions for the many problems in the world, this work suggests that kindness, inclusivity, and gentle caring can begin to make life a little better. A loving mother tucks her child into bed and offers uncomplicated ideas in rhyming phrases. Practice kindness, respect nature, don’t use more than necessary of Earth’s bounty, be clean, and give shelter and comfort to those in need. Colorful illustrations show a diverse group of children working together to meet those goals. A final list of tips to make a better world includes giving hugs, turning off the faucet when brushing teeth, and helping the elderly. Feeding birds and adopting a shelter pet may not be as doable for some children, but this is useful for class discussions on cooperation and kindness to others.
VERDICT A lovely book; these messages will make children aware that simple acts can make a big difference for everyone.

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