Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Nico & Lola: Kindness Shared Between a Boy and a Dog

Teach children different ways to be kind to others!

Hill, Meggan.
Nico & Lola: Kindness Shared Between a Boy and a Dog.
June 2010.
Review copy provided courtesy of publisher.

Lola's owner, Nico's aunt has to go out of town. She asks Nico to take care of her pug, Lola, knowing he'll be able to handle the job. Together, Nico and Lola take readers on the adventure of how these two little friends help each other out and the various ways in which they show kindness to each other (and how people can show kindness to others).

This is a perfect book to teach young children about kindness - what it means to be kind and how to be kind to others. Beautiful photographs are complimented by simple text that is easy to understand and expands on a simple phrase about what kindness is. For example:
"Good morning, Lola!" he said.

Nico grinned as Lola sniffed the back of his hand with her wet little nose.

Being kind is smiling at someone new.
With examples like the ones provided throughout this story, children will be practicing new acts of kindness very quickly!

Learning/Reading Activity:
  • Google the phrase "photos of acts of kindness" and click on images. Have your child(ren) each choose one of the images presented. Print the photograph for him/her. Ask your child to write a paragraph about the photo and then complete the following sentence at the end of their writing, "Being kind is..." A sample can be downloaded here.

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