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Light : stories of a small kindness
Carlstrom, Nancy White.
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First edition.
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Boston : Little, Brown, [1990]

Physical Description:
42 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
A collection of seven short stories reflecting places as diverse as Mexico, Haiti, New York City, and Guatemala.
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A collection of seven short stories reflecting places as diverse as Mexico, Haiti, New York City, and Guatemala.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 5-7. Tender, thought-provoking, moving are just a few of the words to describe these seven short stories set in various Hispanic venues: Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico. All the stories have at their core a small kindness--a gesture, a hopeful, even a miraculous event of the kind that stirs the soul. One story is about a boy who comes back to throw a basketball after an automobile accident; in another, a developmentally disabled child speaks his first words after sharing his food with bandits. Though middle graders will be capable of reading the words, the stories have a complexity that may take them out of the reach of the average reader; however, it's the intricacies make that the book a good choice for discussion. Handsome, though occasionally too dark, black-and-white artwork highlights a well-designed book. ~--Ilene Cooper

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-8-- A few words of encouragement from a kindly old woman to a child born without arms, the memory of a mother's song that brings hope and comfort to a young boy during a time of trouble, a child's trusting smile--these are some of the acts of kindness that happen in these seven short stories. All take place in Mexico, Haiti, Guatemala, or New York City. In each instance, the simple deeds are miraculously transforming; in ``Miracles of Isabela,'' set in Mexico, a busload of ``special'' children are on their way to a neighboring town. On the way, the bus is hijacked, and the bus driver, expecting the worst, fears for his life. But he begins to observe with amazement the influence of the quiet, trusting, smiling children on the bandits as they offer to share with them their simple lunches. When the children are left unharmed, one child who has never before spoken says, ``Dios le bendiga'' or ``God bless you.'' An inspiring collection of quiet, contemplative stories that both warm the heart and nourish the soul, this is perfect for reading aloud, and is illustrated with black-and-white pictures that seem to carve sculptural forms out of light and shadow. --Laura Culberg, Chicago Public Library Cultural Center (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.