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Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller

Be Kind

by Pat Zietlow Miller


When a young girl named Tanisha spills grape juice all over her new dress, her classmate wants to make her feel better and remembers that mom always says, “Be kind.”


  1. (page 3) Was it really funny when Tanisha spilled juice on her dress? How do you think that made her feel?

  2. (page 3) Who was the only person who did not laugh at Tanisha? Why did she choose not to laugh?

  3. (page 4) How did the narrator first try to help Tanisha feel better? Did it work?

  4. (page 7) To you, what does it mean to be kind?

  5. How would you choose to help Tanisha?

  6. (pages 8-15) Of all those kind acts shown in those pages, which ones have you done already? Can you think of a kind act you’ve done that is not in this book?

  7. (pages 16-17) What two things mentioned by the girl are hard to go through when trying to be kind to someone? Have you faced that?

  8. (page 18-19) Do you think the girl made the right choice by choosing to paint a picture for Tanisha to help her feel better? Why or why not?

  9. What motivated the girl to help Tanisha feel better? A: Compassion!

  10. (pages 20-27) What small kind acts can make a big difference? A: All of them!

  11. (page 30) Did Tanisha enjoy the picture with the purple flowers given to her? How can you tell?

  12. How does it feel when you know someone cares for you?


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