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MICHAEL LEANNAH (Sheboygan, WI) was a teacher in elementary schools for more than 30 years and is the author of a forthcoming instruction manual for teachers, We Think with Ink. His children's fiction has been published in Highlights for Children, Ladybug, and other magazines, and he has written two other forthcoming children's books and contributed to Midwest regional histories and biographies. He is the father of three grown children and one three-year-old granddaughter. Jennifer E. Morris is the author and illustrator of May I Please Have a Cookie?, Please Write Back! (combined sales over 1 million copies) and The Lemonade Hurricane as well as other children's books. She also illustrates children's magazines, greeting cards, party ware, and educational materials and is the recipient of the Don Freeman Memorial Grant awarded by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Jennifer lives in rural Massachusetts with her husband and two children.


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) Most People It is a book that brings a sense of safety to the young reader or listener, one that can help see their community and their school in a different way. It's also a book that will start conversations about what kind of person they are and what positive changes they want to see in their world. "Most People" is a courageous, constructive response to the dystopian world of the news media and very highly recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections. ...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.-- (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.-- (10/20/2017)

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