Because Amelia Smiled by David Ezra Stein is a lovely picture book about how one small act of kindness can trigger a chain reaction of kindness and thoughtfulness. The story begins with a young girl named Amelia smiling. Her smile leads Mrs. Higgins to also smile and to bake cookies for her grandson Lionel who lives in Mexico. The story continues this way as one gesture influences another all around the world.
The illustrations are bright and large in scale. They complement the text beautifully and include so much detail.
Because Amelia Smiled would be a wonderful read aloud in a kindergarten and first grade class followed by a share circle. This story teaches us to think of others and even the smallest act can add so much to the community.
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