Book Review of The Kindness Machine
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The Children’s Book Review
Written by Christina Dankert
Illustrated by Chad Dankert
Ages 4+ | 32 Pages
Publisher: Purple Butterfly Press | ISBN-13: 9781955119085
What to Expect: Kindness, creativity, inclusivity, learning
Mr. Wilson is the best second-grade teacher in town – he can find inventive and creative ways to teach anything. Even so, his students are a little bit mystified when he claims they all have a hidden superpower. That’s when Mr. Wilson uncovers the awesome Kindness Machine – a machine that can generate real, working suggestions for how to be kind to other people. Just push a button, and PING! – you know how to be kind! Mr. Wilson’s machine helps the children realize something important: being kind is a superpower they all have inside of them.
Most children want to be kind, caring, compassionate, and all the other positive characteristics that adults are always telling them about; the problem is that it can be hard to know where to start. The Kindness Machine acknowledges and validates that difficulty, providing readers with simple, easy, concrete ways to change the world around them for the better. At the same time, the story gently celebrates school, teachers, and the power of learning – something that children’s books are not always quick to do! Colorful cartoon illustrations help bring the Kindness Machine to life for readers, as well as subtly celebrating diversity and inclusion.
The Kindness Machine is fun, instructive and a great way to teach kids about being kind to others.
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About the Author
Christina Dankert is a second-grade teacher. She has a passion for literacy and believes that we can change the world by reading to the children in our lives. This is her debut picture book. She lives in Sylvania, Ohio, with her husband, Chad, and their two children. She has dreamed of collaborating with her husband to merge their two professions of educator and artist into one meaningful product. The Kindness Machine allowed that dream to come true.
Learn more about Christina at www.christinadankert.com.
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