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K is for Kindness

Kindness rewards itself, doesn’t it? And every little act of kindness creates a ripple effect that reaches out across the world, just like a pebble in a pond.

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” — From “The Lion and the Mouse”

The Book

Koala Lou

Book Info

Title: Koala Lou
Author: Mem Fox
Illustrator: Pamela Lofts
Publishers: HMH Books for Young Readers
Pub Date: Feb 28, 1994
Genre: Children’s Fiction/Mammal
Age-Range: 4 – 7 years
Source: Personal library

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When Koala Lou’s mother becomes so busy that she forgets to tell her firstborn how much she loves her, Koala Lou enters the Bush Olympics, intending to win an event and her mother’s love all at one time. “A first-rate choice for bedtime, story hour, or reading aloud.”–The Horn Book

My Thoughts

I bought this book from one of our favorite stores – Half Price Books (one of those stores we enter to ‘simply’ browse and leave with bags full); and the book has seen many readings in the years past when my teens were tots. Now, it is a cherished treasure to read to other little ones – family and friends who visit.

Mex Fox’s story telling is warm, sweet, and simply delightful; and Pamela Loft’s beautiful illustrations add to the telling with the little details and wonderful expressions on the animals’ faces.

We can all learn valuable lessons from this book:

  • One: little ones, your parents love you, unconditionally and they know you love them!
  • Two: love is expressed in many, many, many ways, not always with the words (though we should all remember to use those magical three words more often);
  • and Three: winning is not everything.

In Summary

A sweet read that lets young readers know that their parents love them, always and no matter what.

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“But remember, boy, that a kind act can sometimes be as powerful as a sword.”
― Rick Riordan, The Battle of the Labyrinth

My ‘K’ Book Stack

The Books

  • The Keepers of the House
  • The Kite Runner
  • Karna’s Wife
  • Kirsten’s Surprise
  • Koala Lou

Quick Notes

I should have added ACK’s (Amar Chitra Katha) Krishna here, simply to make this stack just a little bigger!!! Anyhoo, this is what it is for now, unless (and like always) I find other books later down the alphabet.

As for the featured books, I have read all but one (Karna’s Wife).

Random Thing(s) for ‘K’ Day

I do have kind readers!! I completely left this section empty when I first published the post, and no one remarked on it 🙂

I recalled it late at night so adding something here for readers who stop by later. Words again! After all, it is National Scrabble Day today.

Kaffeeklatsch (n). an informal social gathering at which coffee is served; Also the talking or gossip at an informal gathering where coffee is served.

Kerplunk (adj). Don’t you love the sound of this word?? And yes, it is a “sound” word meaning with or as if with a sudden muffled thud.

Kinephantom (n). A misperception of visual movement, like when your vehicle is stationary and the one next to you moves. Also, many optical illusions

Knurl (n). It is a small ridge or bead, especially one of a series, as on a button for decoration or on the edge of a thumbscrew to assist in obtaining a firm grip

Kibosh (n). This means nonsense (I had to pick one word to continue on that theme I have going for the past few days!)

h/t: MentalFloss and ThoughtCatalog

And now, the end of this post

So, dear reader, as always, a couple of questions for you. Have you read any of the pictured books in my ‘K’ stack? Any comments on them? Any interesting ‘K’ words or facts for me?

“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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5 thoughts on “K is for Kindness

  1. Interesting. I think I shud look for a copy of Koala Lau. I have read Kite Runner and liked it
    Try Krishna Key by Ashwin Sanghi- [ the full name goes The Krishna Key]

  2. I can’t wait to purchase this book for my grandson and no, I haven’t read any of the books in your pile but will look into them.K words no, none come to mind. Have a wonderful week and enjoy the challenge.

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