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Looks at the goodness of most people, pointing out how many more people there are in the world who would like to help others than would like to hurt them, and even most of those who do bad things can change.
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I love this book! It is a perspective not often found in children's books so directly, that most people in this world are good. I can't wait to order this for our library, and I will be recommending it to patrons.--Librarian, Lakes Region Library (05/30/2017) Most People is a lovely book that addresses the issue of people not always being good. No parent wants to see their child become disillusioned with the world, and this book helps deal with this concept in a kind and gentle manner. The lovely illustrations support the text, nicely depicting "not good" actions in ways a young child can grasp, such as stealing and vandalism. Since all children do things that are "not good" it also shows that someone can be sorry, change their actions and be forgiven. Nice book to deal with both sides of this concept - if somebody in a child's world has done something "not good," or if they have.--Middle School Librarian (06/01/2017) There is a significant volume of children's literature dedicated to creating awareness of the possible dangers of strangers. While this is a very important lesson for children, a story that highlights the goodness in people is a welcome change. This story would fit very well into a study of communities.--teacher (04/25/2017) That simple reasoning is perfectly pitched for its young audience, This book is a great resource for younger children to understand that even though bad things happen sometimes (as seen in the news, etc), that most people are good, kind and helpful. It reassures children that even though a few people may choose to do bad things, most people are kind and want to help others.--Jill at KDL Service Center"KDL" (09/13/2017) ...Summing up people as good or bad is, of course, an over generalization, but it can help start conversations for a wide variety of matters: race, religion, gender, and class. Older children might participate in discussions revolving around consequences of actions that could be both good and bad--for example, the graffiti shown here as "bad" could, under other circumstances, be "good." This offers a fairly simple and positive perspective on the world around us.--Jessica Anne Bratt"Most People" (10/12/2017) I still believe most people in this world are kind -- and that's the overall message of this heartwarming book. Little readers follow two families (one Black family and one White family) from sunrise to sunset as they interact with various other people in their community. Along the way, they see people doing both good and bad things. The book features diverse characters with different skin tones and physical abilities. I love the sense of community and messages of kindness embedded in the story. I also like how the book explains with simple reasoning that people who do bad things can change -- "there is a seed of goodness inside {each person} waiting to sprout." The author's note acknowledges that while children need to be careful of strangers, they also need to know that most people are good, kind, and helpful. Our children don't deserve to be overly fearful of the world despite what they may see in the media.--Charnaie Gordon"11 Books That Model Empathy and Compassion for Young Readers" (10/20/2017) When you read or watch the news, sometimes it can feel like the only things reported are terrible, depressing events. Am I right? Typically the media tends to concentrate on the negative events and bad people in life, rather than the good. Despite that, I still believe most people in this world are kind. Do you? That's the overall message of this heartwarming book. Little readers follow two families (one Black family and one White family) from sunrise to sunset interacting with various other people in their community. Along the way they see people doing both good and bad things until they finally arrive back home again. The families enjoy dinner and dessert together on the rooftop of their apartment building where all the people from their community also live. This picture book is filled with various diverse characters of different skin tones and physical abilities. There is even a blind person shown along with their guide dog. I love the sense of community and messages of kindness. I also like how the book explains that people who do bad things can change. Because deep down aren't all humans good people? I like to believe so or at least hope this is true. As the book states, "there is a seed of goodness inside {each person} waiting to sprout." The author's note acknowledges that while children need to be careful of strangers, they also need to know that most people are good, kind and helpful. Our children don't deserve to be overly fearful of the world no matter how much the media communicates this. I think this book can help spark lots of great discussions with smaller children whenever tragedies strike as it's easy enough to understand. A great book to add to your home or school library.--Mrs. G"Kindness Matters" (07/17/2017)

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