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Counting Kindness is Crush of the Week!
“…[the] story follows along the numbers 1 to 10, a very simple technique that works perfectly here… It is beautiful to see and to read how naturally the new children are welcomed into the class and the football team. Moreover both of these groups are very diverse and colorful.”
“… a refreshingly modern take on a traditional concept book, (and) tugs at the heartstrings with every turn of the page. Children of all ages will be compelled to return to this book again and again, as they shift from the pure joy of learning how to count, towards an understanding of complex ideas such as migration, inclusivity, and compassion.”
“Hello! A Counting Book of Kindnesses’ is a beautifully illustrated book which encourages empathy and discussion.”
“A great way to start a conversation with children about what a refugee is and to explore, with accompanying conversation, how to understand something they may have seen or heard about, equipping them with the skills to develop the empathy that is so desperately needed in these conversations.”
“A unique counting book that’s full of empathy and hope for children everywhere.”
“This counting book by Hollis Kurman with illustrations by Barroux is a poignant book that centres on themes of migration, refugees and inclusivity…Not only is this beautifully illustrated, it educates children in a number of ways and is a great addition to an inclusive bookshelf.”
“Dit prachtige prentenboek, waar heel veel (vluchtelingen)kinderen en volwassenen iets aan zullen hebben waardeer ik graag met 5 sterren.”
“Special picture book about helping refugees while learning to count from 1 to 10. In the first spread, a mother and her young children are fleeing a war situation. The reader is succinctly introduced to what is happening but at the same time offered hope and direction.”
“An optimistic book, which warmly celebrates the journey of the uprooted and the very humane welcome given to refugees.”
“The beauty of this book is its simplicity…The [illustrations and text] reinforce each other in their message and get straight to the essence in a charming way…The author is donating 10% of her income from the book to Amnesty International. A small but very important gesture for a hopeful future.”
“The warmth of the beautiful illustrations enhance the simple text enabling young readers to follow the journey of this refugee family and encouraging them to join in with counting…a gentle introduction to the plight of refugee children for the very young. It could provide the perfect starting point for conversations about this important topic in educational settings and at home.”
“Counting Kindness proves we can lift the heaviest hearts when we come together.”
“In ten steps and in a simple way, this book tells you what children on the run have experienced and what they need. I found it moving and particularly beautiful (…) “
“A gorgeous book…a great introduction for even the youngest of children to the idea of refugees and inclusivity. A beautifully hopeful book…demonstrates how simple acts of kindness can have profound impacts.”
“This is a good example of a multi- layered text which will be enjoyed and returned to many times. It deserves a place in every Early Years setting alongside others that do the job well about the refugee experience.”
From Pinterest Canada: ‘Counting Kindness’ has already been selected among the 91 Best Books for Kids in 2020!
“… This world needs a Counting Book of Kindnesses. The way it is written and illustrated is pure and intense, and it took courage to convey such a difficult subject in a light, appealing and positive way. But it is more than that: by choosing to portray the refugee child’s journey through the lens of help offered along the way, it shows, to children and adults alike, the best we can teach ourselves. In the words of Victor Frankl, psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor: ‘When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change our attitude towards it.’ May this book challenge and inspire us to change our attitude, to open our eyes to the kindness around us, and to be kind ourselves.”
“This is wonderful…! …[T]hank you for making the world brighter and reminding us we are in a global world all together—one where sheltering place is not an option for everyone, and refugees are in special need, whether they are our neighbors or somewhere in their journeys in these difficult times…We can only think of kids and families in refugee camps in Europe or at our own border who have yet to get to the four beds or hearts stage. Thank you for raising consciousness about their dreams and desires… It is an excellent book to have in school libraries, to help kids born here to understand better some of the things their new schoolmates or neighbors have gone through.”
“Hollis Kurman’s captivating Counting Book of Kindnesses shows how with care, thought and artistic flair, young children can be introduced to important global issues whilst allowing hope to shine through. I can imagine teachers using this book to stimulate meaningful dialogue about child refugees and foster empathy for those who go through such challenging experiences.”