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One Good Deed
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One Good Deed
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It all started with some berries...

In this version of paying it forward, one good deed leads to another as people in a multicultural neighborhood, including a Jewish family, change the life of the community.

"The author lets her characters make her point (the world is a much better place when people are kind), only introducing the Jewish term for this behavior - mitzvot - at the end of the story. Melmon's upbeat illustrations are similarly nondenominational and will help listeners visualize the story's key elements."—Booklist Online

"This is a good read-aloud for young children, as the art is benign and the text includes a pleasing repetition of reactions from neighbors, who are always 'surprised' and 'delighted' by the kindness bestowed upon them. Another positive touch: the succinct back story about the derivation of the word 'mitzvah.' A sweet plug for random acts of kindness."—Kirkus Reviews

It all started with some berries...

In this version of paying it forward, one good deed leads to another as people in a multicultural neighborhood, including a Jewish family, change the life of the community.

"The author lets her characters make her point (the world is a much better place when people are kind), only introducing the Jewish term for this behavior - mitzvot - at the end of the story. Melmon's upbeat illustrations are similarly nondenominational and will help listeners visualize the story's key elements."—Booklist Online

"This is a good read-aloud for young children, as the art is benign and the text includes a pleasing repetition of reactions from neighbors, who are always 'surprised' and 'delighted' by the kindness bestowed upon them. Another positive touch: the succinct back story about the derivation of the word 'mitzvah.' A sweet plug for random acts of kindness."—Kirkus Reviews

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  • ATOS:
    2.9
  • Lexile:
    580
  • Interest Level:
    LG
  • Text Difficulty:
    K - 2

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About the Author-
  • The author of over twenty children's books, Terri Fields has won numerous awards for her writing, including recognition from the American Library Association. She and her husband live in Arizona.
Reviews-
  • Publisher's Weekly

    May 25, 2015
    Fields (Burro’s Tortillas) and Melmon (Baby Wants Mama) present a pay-it-forward story that shows how one kind action—sharing some fresh-picked mulberries with an elderly neighbor, for instance—can turn an unfriendly neighborhood into one overflowing with generosity. As Fields introduces the residents of Lancaster Street, she uses repetition to emphasize how each of them almost unconsciously realizes how they can help someone in need. “Then she had a thought she’d never thought before,” she writes of Mrs. Thompson, the recipient of the mulberries, who gives one of the pies she bakes with the berries to Mr. Riley next door. He helps retrieve a basketball from the roof of a garage, the young basketball players call time-out to rake the leaves of a neighbor who’s on crutches, and so on. Playing into the idea that Lancaster Street “seemed dark and gloomy” even on sunny days, Melmon shows the neighborhood literally brightening with each page turn. A closing reference to these deeds as mitzvahs is the only religious element in the story—it’s clear that these actions cross all backgrounds and belief systems. Ages 3–8.

  • School Library Journal

    August 1, 2015

    PreS-Gr 2-One good deed deserves another and another and another as a neighborhood comes together in a string of thoughtfulness that begins when Jake shares mulberries with his neighbor. She in turn shares a pie, which leads to raked lawns, fixed computers, and more and more acts of kindness that brighten the street and bring people together. The concept and importance of the mitzvah is shown, not told, in this well-written and nicely illustrated book. Neighbors pay it forward, one to the next, with a thought and an action. Because the term mitzvah is used only at the very end, this story could be used by religious educators of other faiths to demonstrate the power of kindness. VERDICT A recommended purchase for Judaic collections and others.-Martha Link Yesowitch, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, NC

    Copyright 2015 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • School Library Journal

    "One good deed deserves another and another and another as a neighborhood comes together in a string of thoughtfulness that begins when Jake shares mulberries with his neighbor. She in turn shares a pie, which leads to raked lawns, fixed computers, and more and more acts of kindness that brighten the street and bring people together. The concept and importance of the mitzvah is shown, not told, in this well-written and nicely illustrated book. Neighbors pay it forward, one to the next, with a thought and an action. Because the term mitzvah is used only at the very end, this story could be used by religious educators of other faiths to demonstrate the power of kindness. VERDICT A recommended purchase for Judaic collections and others." — School Library Journal

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