The Little Things
A Story About Acts of Kindness
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- Publication Date: April 27, 2021
- Imprint: Abrams Books for Young Readers
- Trim Size: 10 x 10
- ISBN: 978-1-4197-4226-2
- Page Count: 40
- Illustrations: Full-color illustrations throughout
- Rights: World/All
One girl’s simple act of kindness causes ripples in her community in this witty, heartwarming story about paying it forward
The day after a mighty storm, a little girl finds a sea star that has washed up on shore, and she returns it to the ocean. Seeing her small act of kindness, an old man heads to an animal shelter with his grandson to pick a dog in need of a home. His grandson feels inspired to help an elderly woman clean up her yard, which inspires a teenager to pack an extra lunch for someone in need, and on and on until each small gesture builds toward a magnificent conclusion.
Full of humor, heart, and proof of the generosity that we all have inside of us, Christian Trimmer and Kaylani Juanita’s story is a welcome reminder: It’s the little things that make a big difference.
"With its fun illustrations, this story may inspire young readers to try a little kindness." —Kirkus Reviews
Artist Kaylani Juanita on A Seat at the Table: The Power of BIPOC Women Illustrators
Author Christian Trimmer talks about the inspiration for the book
About the author
Christian Trimmer is a children’s book editor and writer, whose books include Teddy’s Favorite Toy and Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies. He strives to perform at least one act of kindness every day. Christian lives in Hillsdale, New York, with his husband. Visit him at christiantrimmer.com. Kaylani Juanita is an illustrator based in Fairfield, California. She's the proud owner of a dog named Biko, who is sweet and brown like the Filipino rice cake. Some of her clients include Chronicle Books, Tilbury House, VQR magazine, and LEE & LOW BOOKS. Juanita’s artist mission is to support the stories of the underrepresented while creating new ways for people to imagine themselves.