Title: Kindness Colors the World
(Cover Image: A Philadelphia street scene. Row houses on a rainy day. A little boy’s face in one of the windows.)
p.1 Title Page: Kindness Colors the World
(Illustration: The entire scene is black and white. Only the title is in rainbow colors. A little 4-year-old Vietnamese boy is sitting in a small, messy living room, staring unhappily at the rain. Outside is a big tree on his side of the street, two row houses opposite his and a garden in the vacant lot between them.)
p.2 The rain was kind to the root. How?
Splash! Blue. Can you find 1 Puddle?
(Illustration: In the garden, the boy can see a blue raindrop falling on the ground, and making that patch of soil brown. The rest of the scene remains black and white. As the book progresses, item by item will become colourful, so that the colour spreads from as the kindness spreads. The words Splash! Blue and 1 Drop all form part of the illustration.)
p.3 The root was kind to the fruit.
Wow! Red. 2 Raspberries.
(Illustration: The whole plant becomes green, revealing two raspberries. From the left a Hispanic man in a wheelchair with an umbrella is coming down the ramp from his house.)
p.4 The fruit was kind to the father.
Yum! Yellow. 3 Colors.
(Illustration: The man picks raspberries that are hanging low over the fence. He is now drawn in color, with a yellow, red and blue umbrella.)
p.5 The father was kind to the mother.
Tickle-tickle! Purple. 4 Flowers.
(Illustration: The man is at his front door. Inside is his wife with a baby on her hip. He gives the raspberries to his wife and tickles the baby. The woman is in color, with 4 purple flowers on her skirt.)
p.6 The mother was kind to the mouse.
Squeak! Grey. 5 Bricks.
(Illustration: The woman drops a raspberry on the floor, where a grey mouse gets it. 5 bricks in the wall.)
p.7 The mouse was kind to the house.
Pitter-patter! Brown. 6 Wires.
(Illustration: The mouse has a nest in a hole in the roof, because of which the rain cannot come in. The whole house is now colourful: white windows, brown bricks, curtains etc. Next to the rain, the words "Pitter-patter!" form part of the illustration. 6 electrical wires)
p.8 The house was kind to the honeybee.
Zoom! Green. 7 Plants.
(Illustration: A bee comes out of the basement window of the Hispanic couple’s house. 7 pot plants on the sidewalk.)
p.9 The honeybee was kind to the tree.
Bzzz! Pink. 8 Blossoms.
(Illustration: The bee is pollinating the colourful cherry blossom tree outside the boy’s window. A garbage truck is approaching from the left.)
p.10 The tree was kind to the truck.
Brrrmm! Blue. 9 Bins.
(Illustration: The garbage truck parks under the tree, thus sheltered from the rain, and collects trash and 9 blue recycling bins.)
p.11 The truck was kind to the duck.
Quack! Black. 10 Wheels.
(Illustration: The black garbage truck stops to let a stray duck cross the road. We count 10 truck/car/bicycle wheels.)
p.12 The duck was kind to the doll.
Plonk! Red. 11 Blocks.
(Illustration: The rain has stopped. The duck sees an old, wet doll with a red dress lying in the gutter. It lifts it out with its bill and it lands sprawled on the sidewalk. An African American boy (age 10) holding his little sister’s hand (age 3) approaches on the sidewalk from the left. Count 11 cement tiles on the sidewalk.)
p.13 The doll was kind to the ball.
There! Orange. 12 Poles.
(Illustration: The doll’s arm points at the orange basketball hidden in the thick grass in the garden. 12 poles in the garden fence.)
p.14 The ball was kind to the brother.
Thump! White. 13 Clouds.
(Illustration: The African American boy joyfully finds the ball and starts bouncing it. He is in now drawn in colour. From the house on the right of the garden, an old African American woman comes down her steps with difficulty. A mobile book distribution van enters the scene from the left.)
p.15 The brother was kind to the grandmother.
Hand? Grey. 14 people.
(Illustration: The book van has stopped outside the Vietnamese boy’s house, and the African American family is approaching it. The African American boy crosses the street helping his grandmother with one hand, and holding his little sister’s hand with the other. The grey-haired grandmother is now also in colour. 14 people of mixed ethnicities surround the van.)
p.16 The grandmother was kind to the girl.
Clap! Pink. 15 Braids.
(Illustration: The grandmother hands a book from the van to her clapping granddaughter. 15 braids on her head.)
p.17 The girl was kind to the world.
Smile! Rainbow. 16 Teeth.
(Illustration: The girl has a huge smile on her face, with rays of colour spreading out from her smile.)
p.18 The world was kind to the window.
Laugh! Silver. 17 Windows.
(Illustration: The interior of the Vietnamese boy’s house, where everything is still black and white, but his window is a full-colour scene. A silver satellite dish 17 windows and on the buildings outside.)
p.19 The boy saw a van and a man.
Wave! Yellow. 18 Books.
(Illustration: A 45-year-old African American man hands out books from the yellow van and notices the boy wave at him from the window.)
p.20 The kind man brought the book.
Thanks! Gold. 19 Leaves.
(Illustration: The boy's mom, a young Vietnamese woman, is seen at the now-open window, taking the book from the man. He has a gold chain on. 19 leaves outside.)
p.21 And the book was kind to the boy.
Hug! Read! Sing! Green. 20 Fingers.
Carry on the Kindness.
How can I be kind? I'll keep this in mind!
I’ll kindness show, to people I know.
(Illustration: The boy is sitting on a green couch next to the window, reading the book with his mom. 20 fingers hold the book. The whole house is now colourful. The title of the book they are reading is “Carry on the Kindness”, with the short song on the cover.)