Thursday, May 9, 2013

Because Amelia Smiled by David Ezra Stein

Summary from Dust Jacket: Because Amelia smiles as she skips down the street, her neighbor Mrs. Higgins smiles too, and decides to send a care package of cookies to her grandson Lionel in Mexico. The cookies give Lionel an idea, and his idea inspires a student, who in turn inspires a ballet troupe in England! And so the good feelings travel across the world, inspiring ever more smiles, kindness, and love along the way.

What I thought: Because Amelia Smiled is such an inspiring book. I love that the story come full circle. I think this book would be best shared with older children (say first grade and up) to really get the full impact. Stein's illustrations are lovely as usual.

(Candlewick, 2012)

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