A feel-good story to teach children empathy and compassion…
Mishra delves into the “butterfly effect” of physics and applies it to the act of kindness in his latest picture book. A small child hoping to get his candy-of-the-week realizes an old woman needs it more and offers it to her. The woman gives the boy a magic talisman for his kindness, initiating a cycle of benevolence that brings a wholly unexpected outcome. The prose is choppy at times and the narrative a bit rough. But Mishra is especially good at execution (of central theme). He skillfully portrays how a small act of compassion in starting conditions can go a long way, leading to vastly unexpected outcomes. He wisely refrains from lecturing readers or turning a single protagonist into a savior. Instead, there are a variety of situations and a large set of characters, making it an excellent choice for a read-along story time. The vibrant, colorful illustrations complement the narrative. A lovely book to start discussions about cultivating empathy in children.
The Brooch: A Magic Within
Sandeep Kumar Mishra
Pub date July 28, 2022
Price $9.99 (USD) Paperback, $0.00 Kindle edition