Aurelia was incredibly excited to open a package we recently received. My 6-year-old loves books and stationery, so this particular package was eagerly opened and very promptly used. Natalie Savvides is an incredibly talented author. She has not only authored a wonderful range of books but has also created a campaign with a heartfelt message: it’s cool to be kind.
Henry and Henrietta Heartbeat
So let me first introduce you to the books. The target audience of Natalie’s superb books is small children. My 6-year-old daughter Aurelia was easily able to read the books. Simple language is used throughout the books and the vocabulary was perfect for her age group. What’s more, the message was clear and Aurelia grasped it instantly – it’s cool to be kind.
In the story ‘Meet Henry Heartbeat’ we are introduced to the character Henry. Henry always tries to be nice and we are given a few examples of his kindness. He shares toys with his sister and his friends, he greets new children and is kind to everyone he meets. Henry Heartbeat spreads kindness and happiness wherever he goes. The book encourages children to be kind like Henry and they too will spread kindness and happiness.
Like her brother, Henry, Henrietta is kind. She is enthusiastic, energetic, she smiles, she enjoys playing and helping out at home. Henrietta has a big heart and, like Henry, her kindness is contagious. Aurelia really loved Henrietta in particular. Like the character, Aurelia has plenty of friends who she enjoys spending time with, she wakes up happy and excited for the day ahead, and she loves to sing and dance. These are all things Aurelia could identify as characteristics she identified with as she read the story.
The books include not only an excellent story but wonderful, colourful, bright illustrations too. The beautiful drawings really make the books to come life and enhance the message of the story. After reading Natalie’s bio, I learnt that the author also drew the character herself! A woman of many talents!
After we read through the books for the first time, Aurelia and I discussed all the kind things she had done that day. We then talked about the kind things her friends had done for her at school that day. These books really opened a dialogue between Aurelia and I. We both agreed it’s cool to be kind! Just as Henry and Henrietta so beautifully demonstrated.
One of my most favourite things in the world is stationary! A girl can never have enough stationery! And thankfully, Aurelia agrees with my sentiment!
Aurelia loved her “it’s cool to be kind” stationary pieces which complement the stories. Firstly, Aurelia began to write a little note in her new note pad. Because Natalie had been so kind as to send Aurelia these wonderful gifts, Aurelia wanted to return the kindness and wrote and thank you note to Natalie. Aurelia wrote with her “it’s cool to be kind” pen and pencil. She proudly put them both away in her new pencil case along with her eraser.
Aurelia also loves her tote bag to store all her items in. Each item includes the message “it’s cool to be kind” and includes the image of the characters Henry and Henrietta.
These items can be purchased from the online store.
Discussing How it’s Cool to be Kind with Children
After reading the stories of Henry and Henrietta Heartbeat, Aurelia and I discussed some of the kind things we could do for our family and our friends. Here is the list she created:
- Say good morning to people on the way to school. This little act of kindness could just make someone’s day!
- If someone is stood alone in the school playground, ask them if they would like to join our game. By doing this, we can be more like Henry and Henrietta Heartbeat!
- Clear up after ourselves. I explained that although this is a simple action, it is an act of kindness to Mummy because I have one less thing to do.
- Cuddles are great! A cuddle from a child can make a parent feel so much better. I explained that sometimes Mummies and Daddies can feel sad and a cuddle from Aurelia lifts the mood.
- We also agreed to be more respectful at home towards each other. Sometimes Aurelia’s older sister needs her own space. We thought an act of kindness would be to leave her alone at times rather than bursting into her room every two minutes!
- It can be difficult to share toys sometimes. Especially our favourite toys! Aurelia thought that sharing was an incredibly kind thing to do. She decided to always remember to share her toys and teddies with her friends when they come to her house to play. Even if they don’t always share with her, Aurelia thought it was more important to be kind than anything else. Because kindness is contagious!
It also made me think too – am I always kind to Aurelia? Sometimes I get so bogged down with the day to day running of the family that kind words and deeds are not said and done. A kind word can make all the difference to a child’s day. “I love you”, “I’m so proud of you”, “You are wonderful” are things I try to say to my children every single day. Kindness is something that ought to be taught by example. And hopefully, this fundamental value will be instilled into our precious children from an early age!
These books really opened up a conversation between Aurelia and me for which I am incredibly grateful. While we focus on the day to day things, such as homework, cooking and cleaning, the little things are sometimes missed from the day. Quite often little conversations and kind words are left unsaid. It’s great to do well in school and to take part in lots of after school activities, but it’s also incredibly important to be kind, in fact, #itscooltobekind!
*This is a collaborative post, however, as always, all opinions are my own.
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