I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Most People by Michael Leannah
on August 15, 2017
2017 Gold Moonbeam Children’s Book Award: For dedication to children’s books and literacy and for inspired writing, illustrating and publishing.
The world can be a scary place. Anxious adults want children to be aware of dangers, but shouldn’t kids be aware of kindness too?
Michael Leannah wrote Most People as an antidote to the scary words and images kids hear and see every day. Jennifer Morris’s emotive, diverting characters provide the perfect complement to Leannah’s words, leading us through the crowded streets of an urban day in the company of two pairs of siblings (one of color). We see what they see: the hulking dude with tattoos and chains assisting an elderly lady onto the bus; the Goth teenager with piercings and purple Mohawk returning a lost wallet to its owner; and the myriad interactions of daily existence, most of them well intended. Most People is a courageous, constructive response to the dystopian world of the news media.
This book couldn’t have came at a more perfect time for us. Finn (4) has recently started exploring the notion that not everyone is good, even the people he sometimes thought were. Most People was a wonderful reassurance that not everyone is bad, in fact most people aren’t.
Most People is very relevant picture book in these distressing times. The premise is a simple one, that most everyone wants to do good. The book shows people yelling but also people helping. It shows great examples of diversity and that good people come in many forms.
The illustrations are delightful. We’ve found something new with every read. Finn loved seeing what all the people are doing through their windows. This opened a great discussion about how people that do bad things can change, and how we can do good things. This book has a fantastic message. This is a wonderful addition to our little library.