"I Don't Want to Be Nice!"
Authored by Sue Graves
Illustrated by Emanuela Carletti and Desideria Guicciardini
About the book...
This series introduces young kids to different emotions and behaviours through simple engaging stories that they can all relate to.
"I Don't Want to Be Nice!" exposes the issues of selfishness, bullying, and being kind to others. The Golden Rule shines forth in this book big time. "Do onto others as you would have them do onto you."
Finn has little care for treating others with kindness. He dismisses their needs even though he could help. He is aggressive on the playground at recess. He pushes and shoves his teammates causing them to call him unkind and just plain mean. His classmates finally have had enough of his abusive and bad behaviour and they go and report him to Mr. Hare their teacher.
Mr. Hare listens attentively to their accusations, ponders a while, and then gets a very brilliant idea that just might solve Finn's problem. He puts Finn in charge of a new boy, Jake, who needs a buddy to ease him into the fibre of the school. Finn isn't interested in being a buddy, he doesn't want to help Jake find his way around, and is unkind to him which make the other kids very upset indeed witnessing his rude and offensive behaviour.
Finn finds himself ostracised and is left feeling lonely and very unhappy, deservedly so. Can Mr. Hare do an intervention and find a way to help Finn change his disrespectful and selfish ways?
This book is a perfect catalyst to get kids conversing and identifying their emotions. Through dialogue and sharing their feelings they can boost their self confidence which will help with their social and emotional development greatly. I highly recommend this book. This is a perfect book to be in a classroom or school library.
Storywraps rating... 5 HUGS!!!!!
Sue is a teacher and published author. She writes fiction and non fiction for both education and trade markets for children from pre school to early Key Stage 3. Sue is married with four children, gorgeous grandchildren and a really naughty cat! She plays golf and badminton and loves walking in the countryside around her home.
About the illustrators...
Emanuela Carletti was born in Milan, Italy. She still lives in Milan with her two wonderful daughters, a dog named Sally, and a cat. She loves anything to do with art, especially painting, and loves her job as a children’s illustrator.
Desideria Guicciardini was born in Florence, Italy, in 1954. She illustrated her first children’s book in 1977 and likes illustrating stories set in the past or in fantastic make-believe worlds. Her favorite color is blue. She lives in Milan, Italy, with her husband and two sons.
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