The King of Kindness by Terrica Joseph (Book Review #71)

 

Timmy loves to play checkers and never loses. He is known to always win this game, and it means a lot to him that no one can beat him. Timmy even practices new moves at playing chess to surprise his opponent and to be unpredictable.

Timmy has a best friend named Wolly. They go to school together. Wolly also likes to play checkers as well. Timmy and Wolly decide to have a tournament. Wolly does not believe he can beat Timmy but wishes to do so very much.

Both of these boys want to win and have plans with what they are going to do with their trophies.

What makes this book special is that it teaches the act of kindness and that sometimes winning is not always going to bring you happiness. Sometimes, giving your opponent the chance to win can also make you happy and feel like a winner too.

Timmy realizes that Wolly has a much more meaningful plan for the trophy if he wins the match, and so he allows his best friend to beat him.

I strongly recommend this book to parents looking for meaningful books.

Written by Jeyran Main

This book was given to me by Concierge Marketing Inc. through NetGalley.

 

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  1. With so much of society obsessed with being number one, it’s nice to have a book that introduces kids to the idea that kindness matters too. I’ve haven’t read the book (I think I might be, ahem, just outside its target demographic), but I like the way you phrased the point it makes about winning. Not having a constant obsession with coming in first place doesn’t mean we are embracing losing. It’s simply that truly winning generally has more to do with our making the world a better place for one another than with getting medals.

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    • I am a big fan of your work. Ever since I started this website I have been following and reading your work. It gets emailed to me. Thank you for following me back finally 🙂 and commenting here as well.

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      • You’re welcome for the comment and sorry about the delay! It’s completely my fault, I’m afraid.

        (Shuffles feet, smiles guiltily)

        I spend virtually all my free time blogging these days, but I must admit, I often get completely overwhelmed. It doesn’t help that even now I have very little idea how WordPress actually works. (For example, I’m still not sure how to find out the identity of the sixteen or so people who followed my blog on Facebook so that I can follow them back.)

        I do try never to ignore a comment, though. I’ll always seek out the person’s blog (if they have one) and find something interesting to read and then comment on. Sadly, even that seems to take me a long time compared to other people. I don’t know how they manage it. They seem to read at fighter jet speed and I’m very much “man on a donkey.”

        I really liked the theme of this particular post. Children’s books are very important because the influence they can have on the individual is profound–arguably greater than the influence books for adults have on their readership. Without wanting to sound too melodramatic (but probably failing), I think I picked up many of my most important lessons in life from children’s books and Sesame Street.

        😀

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      • I know what you are trying to say. Some things come so easy to others. I particularly like your fun side in writing. I remember a post you made about water and puddle. The entire piece was on rain and how the drop was aspiring to be bigger than a puddle, or something on the same lines. I found it so entertaining to read and was amazed on how you had managed to say so much for something so little yet make it so meaningful. well done to you and keep up the good work.

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      • Thank you very much. That’s a very nice comment. I’m flattered. (I would put an emoji of me blushing here if I knew how to do it. I can do a smiley one, though.) 😀

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      • 🙂 I am not good with emojis sorry! I am old school even though I’m 34. I still do not get what the fascination is all about. I got the message though and thank you.

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