Because Amelia Smiled

Because Amelia Smiled

Just try not to smile! A positively inspiring picture book from the creator of the Caldecott Honor–winning Interrupting Chicken.

Because Amelia smiles as she skips down the street, her neighbor Mrs. Higgins smiles too, and decides to send a care package of cookies to her grandson Lionel in Mexico. The cookies give Lionel an idea, and his idea inspires a student, who in turn inspires a ballet troupe in England! And so the good feelings that started with Amelia’s smile make their way around the world, from a goodwill recital in Israel, to an impromptu rumba concert in Paris, to a long-awaited marriage proposal in Italy, to a knitted scarf for a beloved niece back in New York. Putting a unique spin on "what goes around comes around," David Ezra Stein’s charmingly illustrated story reminds us that adding even a small dose of kindness into the world is sure to spur more and more kindness, which could eventually make its way back to you!

Title:Because Amelia Smiled
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780763641696
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    Because Amelia Smiled Reviews

  • Lisa Vegan

    I haven’t been reading many picture books in recent months, but I’m really glad I read this one.The pictures are wonderful. They sophisticated and fun, and I think they’re beautiful. I love the ...

  • Darshana Khiani

    A sweet, tender story about how we are all inter-connected through a "butterfly effect" type of storyline. Amelia smile inspires Mrs. Higgins to bake cookies and send them to her son Lionel in Mexico....

  • Mary

    Amelia's infectious smile sets off a chain of random acts of kindness. This is a high energy "pay it forward" circular story with a feel good message for all ages. A lovely picture book that will serv...

  • Sarah

    Opening Move:Raise your hand if you have ever read "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie?" or "If You Give a Mouse a Muffin?" [show the book to students]. What is the structure or pattern in these books? {stu...

  • Jessica

    We're all familiar with the chain reaction picture book, like If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. The idea is that because of one small action, a much greater one occurs at the end. Because Amelia Smiled is...

  • Dolly

    This is a sweet, circuitous story that speaks to the wide-ranging effects of an action, akin to the Butterfly effect. It's nice to think that a simple smile can trigger a string of positive and kind e...

  • Barbara

    This picture book with a positive message prompted me to think about the ripple effects our actions have and how one positive action (or even one negative action) can change the world. Dashing through...

  • Luann

    The illustrations in this one are very different from Interrupting Chicken and Dinosaur Kisses, the two other books I've read by David Ezra Stein. They very much fit the story, and they give the reade...

  • babyhippoface

    A version of Pay It Forward for kids? Maybe. Nothing is really done with the intention of paying it forward here, just something someone does in one place makes someone in another place feel good, so ...

  • Lu Benke

    ...makes me smile. And gives me hope that we will get to a point that the discussion is no longer about the threat of new technologies to children and literacy. The illustrations were interesting if a...