This is Pay It Forward meets the #BeKind movement, as seen through a Jewish principle.
It's Grandpop's birthday, and all he wants is one little thing: for Sophie to change the world.
He wants Sophie to do a mitzvah—something kind for others. But what exactly does that mean?
As Sophie shares, teaches, helps her friends, takes care of birds, and picks up litter, she wonders which of these acts, if any, might change the world. By performing this sequence of poignant mitzvahs with an open heart, unending empathy, and a big imagination, Sophie's about to discover that what sounds like an impossible task just might be the best way to live life.
In this exploration of an essential part of Jewish traditional teaching, Sophie's efforts to grant Grandpop's wish show that the smallest acts of kindness are what truly change the world.
TIMELESS: Mitzvahs are a time-honored tradition and a central part of Judaic practice. This universal, timeless picture book shares a meaningful message about doing good in the world that will always be welcome and needed.
A JEWISH PERSPECTIVE: This story explores an aspect of Jewish culture that is applicable to anyone interested in improving their world, making it a book that is both relevant and relatable to kids who are Jewish and non-Jewish alike.
SPREAD KINDNESS: This book shows a variety of kind actions and engages with how kindness and good deeds can affect and lift up friends, family, and entire communities.
BEAUTIFUL ILLUSTRATIONS: The art in this book is bright and cheerful, perfect for engaging kids and getting them excited to learn how they, too, can change the world!
• Jewish families • Jewish schools and learning centers • Teachers • Parents looking for books about kindness
About the Author
Aura Lewis is an author-illustrator of such titles as Gloria's Voice, The Illustrated Feminist, and We the People. She lives in New York. Visit her at www.auralewis.com.
Nancy Elizabeth Wallace is the creator of more than 20 books for children. She lives in Connecticut. To learn more about Nancy and her books, please visit www.nancyelizabethwallace.com.
“Precisely worded and straightforward in approach, the quiet narrative is sensitively illustrated in a series of delicate mixed-media scenes. This picture book may have particular resonance in Jewish households, but its message is universal. Pair this volume with Stacy McAnulty’s A Small Kindness (2021) and Marta Bartolj’s Every Little Kindness (2021), which show the ripple effects of good deeds within a community. A gentle picture book on the power of kindness.”—Booklist
“This lovely picture book with its gentle text and sweet illustrations delivers a strong moral lesson through the warm heart of a wise grandfather. It will make a nice addition to the Jewish values shelf on mitzvot and tikun olam and to grandparent stories.” — Association of Jewish Libraries