Pass it On by Sophy Henn is a gem of a book. The text and the illustrations are joyful, rising above the challenge of creating a winning picture book with a message. Henn takes a muted palette, throwing in pops of color to bring her smiling, playful characters to life, creating a text that rolls along mellifluously and with equal joy.
Henn begins Pass it On, "When you see something terrific . . . smile a smile and pass it on. If you chance upon a chuckle, hee hee hee and pass it on." Henn's text is simple and encouraging, especially when the story turns to grey days and lonely moments. "Just branch out, see who's there," Henn tells readers, and when you, "least expect it, like a bolt out of the blue, a smile or a chuckle will be passed . . . right back to you." Community, reciprocity and empathy are at the heart of Pass it On in a way that is meaningful to the littles listeners and memorable to adults. Pass it On is the kind of book we always need on the shelves, but it is exactly the kind of book we need now.
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