Because Amelia Smiled by David Ezra Stein

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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!
 

About David Ezra Stein

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David Ezra Stein is the author-illustrator of Interrupting Chicken, which was awarded a Caldecott Honor. His previous books include Leaves, winner of an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. He lives in Kew Gardens, New York.
 
Published September 11, 2012 by Candlewick. 40 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books.

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David Ezra Stein’s new picture book, Because Amelia Smiled, is all about the ripple effect one person’s joy can have in this world.

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The ripple of resultant good acts (the grandmother makes her grandson cookies, he teaches his class a song about cookies, one of his students then decides to become a teacher...) travels from New York to Mexico, England, Israel, Paris, Italy and finally back to New York.

Aug 01 2012 | Read Full Review of Because Amelia Smiled

Publishers Weekly

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Lionel can be seen in his second-story apartment in an unnamed Mexican city, but Stein draws Lionel’s whole neighborhood, with its tiled roofs, food cart, starry night sky, a dog—and that’s just one spread.

Jul 09 2012 | Read Full Review of Because Amelia Smiled

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When Nora holds it up to her eye, she sees silvery thought-bubbles revealing that "people don't always say what they think, or say what they think they are saying."

Sep 07 2012 | Read Full Review of Because Amelia Smiled

The Wall Street Journal

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A young girl's smile travels the world and returns to her, imparting the value of pay-it-forward kindness.

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Youth Services Book Review

(Read-alikes if you can think of them) This would be a lovely book to lend to those looking for books about kindness and changing the world.

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