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Reviewed in the United States on July 1, 2018
When I was scanning through the titles for July's First Reads, I was delighted to see a children's book. I have five-and-a-half year old twins who LOVE for me to read to them. I also was attracted to this title because the description states that it focuses on kindness. My kids' school emphasized kindness this year and being kind has always been something I strive for as well. I eagerly downloaded this title and read it to my kids this morning over breakfast.

What If Everybody Said That? by Ellen Javernick is a children's picture book that uses examples to get kids thinking about how what they do and say affects others. Throughout the story, the same girl is actually quite mean to other kids and adults call her out on it, stating "What if EVERYBODY said that?". It takes her a while but eventually she realizes the impact her words and actions have on others, which really are powerful and why we should always treat others how we want to be treated.

This story has colorful illustrations and about 22 pages to the story. It will not load onto an e-reader so I can't read it on my Kindle Oasis but it downloads just fine to my kids' Kindle Fires and on my Kindle app on my Android phone.

I've read this story five times myself and twice to my kids. My kids liked the story and we talked about what can happen if we say or do those things. Throughout each of the examples we talked about how the other person might feel if they were treated that way and what the girl should do instead.

The reason I'm giving this book three stars is because I have mixed feelings about it. The story itself is good and emphasizes what happens if everybody says that. I think it can get kids thinking about their words and actions because of the repetition. My problem is with the very negative illustrations. On almost every page, the kids and adults are glaring or yelling, which I don't feel go hand-in-hand with kindness. The main character is always glaring and being mean to others but other people also have similar looks on their faces. I was torn about what I should write so I asked my husband for his opinion. On the very first page, he commented that there is an awful lot of negativity. We both feel the story itself is good but the illustrations are so negative that it almost takes away from the emphasis on kindness. The more I read this story, the less I honestly liked it because of this. I've read a number of children's books on kindness and this is the only one that has ever had negative illustrations.

Overall, I liked the story but don't care much for the illustrations. I've included some pictures from the story so you can decide for yourself if you feel this story is a good purchase for you or not. I wish I would've enjoyed this story more because I feel it has great potential. I just wish the pictures matched the theme of kindness because I would've given it at least one more star.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Story Itself is Good but the Illustrations are Very Negative
By Kristin B. on July 1, 2018
When I was scanning through the titles for July's First Reads, I was delighted to see a children's book. I have five-and-a-half year old twins who LOVE for me to read to them. I also was attracted to this title because the description states that it focuses on kindness. My kids' school emphasized kindness this year and being kind has always been something I strive for as well. I eagerly downloaded this title and read it to my kids this morning over breakfast.

What If Everybody Said That? by Ellen Javernick is a children's picture book that uses examples to get kids thinking about how what they do and say affects others. Throughout the story, the same girl is actually quite mean to other kids and adults call her out on it, stating "What if EVERYBODY said that?". It takes her a while but eventually she realizes the impact her words and actions have on others, which really are powerful and why we should always treat others how we want to be treated.

This story has colorful illustrations and about 22 pages to the story. It will not load onto an e-reader so I can't read it on my Kindle Oasis but it downloads just fine to my kids' Kindle Fires and on my Kindle app on my Android phone.

I've read this story five times myself and twice to my kids. My kids liked the story and we talked about what can happen if we say or do those things. Throughout each of the examples we talked about how the other person might feel if they were treated that way and what the girl should do instead.

The reason I'm giving this book three stars is because I have mixed feelings about it. The story itself is good and emphasizes what happens if everybody says that. I think it can get kids thinking about their words and actions because of the repetition. My problem is with the very negative illustrations. On almost every page, the kids and adults are glaring or yelling, which I don't feel go hand-in-hand with kindness. The main character is always glaring and being mean to others but other people also have similar looks on their faces. I was torn about what I should write so I asked my husband for his opinion. On the very first page, he commented that there is an awful lot of negativity. We both feel the story itself is good but the illustrations are so negative that it almost takes away from the emphasis on kindness. The more I read this story, the less I honestly liked it because of this. I've read a number of children's books on kindness and this is the only one that has ever had negative illustrations.

Overall, I liked the story but don't care much for the illustrations. I've included some pictures from the story so you can decide for yourself if you feel this story is a good purchase for you or not. I wish I would've enjoyed this story more because I feel it has great potential. I just wish the pictures matched the theme of kindness because I would've given it at least one more star.
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