My Big Book of Kindness, edited by Geeta Dharmarajan and published by Katha books speaks about a very simple and essential, but deeply neglected quality- kindness.
What does it mean to be kind? What are the small simple actions one can do to show kindness. Here is a book that helps young readers understand one of the greatest virtues- kindness.
A little poem with fun illustrations; A Japanese folk tale; A short message from Mother Teresa, illustrated beautifully with a painting by M.F. Hussain; an inspiring story about a hummingbird, who did the best she could despite her size; the true story of Prakash Amte and Mandakini, doctors who treated tribals in remote Maharashtra; a little point wise list on how children can be kind to animals and the inspiring story of a young boy called Ajay Gopi who changed the lives of farmers for the better…All these make up this lovely picture book.
Of course, as with all Katha books, there is also a gentle call to action, delicately interwoven in the pages. Towards the end, there are simple tips on how a child can be kind. There are some easily implementable ideas such as maintaining a kindness journal, being kind to tress, being kind to the planet and encouraging others around us to be kind.
The book will resonate well with the 2-6-year age group. A must-addition to your child’s personal library!
Look out for other Katha Books that also talk about kindness in a sense, albeit in a different manner…
The Earth Carer’s Guide to Climate Change talks about kindness to the earth, and the impact of climate change. Kindness can be towards trees too, and this beautifully illustrated book, a tree! a Poem by Klara Kottner-Benigni, is a call of a tree for survival, which is heard quite sensitively by a child. My Big Book of Dogs may be about dogs, but it does touch upon the gentle nature of kindness. With My Big Book of Kindness, Katha Books adds one more gem to the child’s library.