Picture Book Review: Henry is Kind

Henry is Kind by Linda Ryden
Henry is Kind: A Story of Mindfulness 
by Linda Ryden, Shearry Malone (Illustrations)

3 out of 5 stars on GoodReads

As part of their heartfulness meditation practice, Ms. Snowden’s elementary class starts doing a kindness project, and each child tells the class about the kind things they do through the week. But Henry can’t think of anything that he has done to be kind, until his classmates remind him of all the little things he has done to show them generosity, helpfulness, and kindness.

I loved the themes of loving-kindness, generosity, and mindfulness in this book! The first few pages show the class learning a meditation that they repeat and take into their hearts, fostering love and gentleness toward the people around them.
I like that this book has a positive message without feeling too preachy, and the morals fit in nicely with the overall story.

I did NOT enjoy the art style. A lot of the perspectives are off, so that a table might look like it’s floating in midair, because the legs of the table don’t line up with the floor. In one illustration a characters legs are sticking out from under a table at a strange angle. It looks sloppy and odd.
The characters are cute, and I like the color scheme, but the lines of the illustrations don’t always look right. Some pages look like they were drawn by a child. Cute, but not the best quality.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts and are not influenced by anyone.

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