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Life's Lessons, Kindness and Generosity
Submitted by: Christine Turner, Atascocita
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Fly free! / Roseanne Thong by:Eujin Kim Neilan
When Mai feeds the caged birds at a Buddhist temple in Vietnam, her simple act of kindness starts a chain of thoughtful acts that ultimately comes back to her. Includes author's note explaining the Buddhist concepts of karma and samsara, or the wheel of life.
The Hallelujah Flight by:Phil Bildner
In 1932, James Banning, along with his co-pilot Thomas Allen, make history by becoming the first African Americans to fly across the United States, relying on the generosity of people they meet in the towns along the way who help keep their "flying jalopy" going.
Abe's fish : a boyhood tale of Abraham Lincoln by:Jen Bryant
Young Abe Lincoln learns the meaning of selflessness and freedom when he encounters a soldier on a country road and gives up his prized possession: a fish he caught for the family's evening meal. Includes author's note on the early life of the sixteenth president.
Boxes for Katje by:Candace Fleming
After a young Dutch girl writes to her new American friend in thanks for the care package sent after World War II, she begins to receive increasingly larger boxes.
Emily's new friend by:Cindy Post Senning
Emily and a new neighbor become friends by treating one another with generosity, kindness, and good manners. Includes a note for parents on the importance of teaching principles of etiquette at home
The giving tree by:Shel Silverstein
A young boy grows to manhood and old age experiencing the love and generosity of a tree which gives to him without thought of return.
Mama Panya's pancakes : a village tale from Kenya by:Mary Chamberlin
Mama Panya has just enough money to buy ingredients for a few pancakes, so when her son Adika invites all their friends to join them, she is sure there will not be enough to go around.
The can man by:Laura E. Williams
After watching a homeless man collect empty soft drink cans for the redemption money, a young boy decides to collect cans himself to earn money for a skateboard until he has a change of heart.
Papa's pastries by:Charles Toscano
Miguel sees the results of his father's faith and generosity when, although his own family is facing the oncoming winter with threadbare clothing, a leaky roof, and no firewood, Papa gives away the pastries he has baked.
The runaway rice cake by:Ying Chang Compestine
After chasing the special rice cake, Nian Gao, that their mother has made to celebrate the Chinese New Year, three poor brothers share it with an elderly woman and have their generosity richly rewarded.
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Acts of kindness fill our world every day, but unfortunately we are not aware of them. Reading books to children about kindness and generosity gives parents/teachers an opportunity to discuss these positive traits, and how our actions have an effect on others around us. By making positive choices we can make the world a better place.