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Library : Book Reviews > Chicken Soup for the...

Chicken Soup for Little Souls: The Goodness Gorillas
By Jack Canfield

Review by: Lori Plach

     Sometimes its hard to be nice to someone who is always mean to you. Kill them with kindness its been said.
        Guerilla goodness is trying to make the world a nicer place just by finding ways to be extra kind and good to others. It's a new concept in Ms King's classroom. It starts when Jessica Docket brings cupcakes from her mother.
        Soon almost the whole class begins looking for ways to spread
goodness. There are plenty of places if you just know where to look.
Peter sharpens all his classmate's pencils while Jessica pulls out all
the gymnastic mats. Everyone except Todd, help to clean up the park where they play. No matter what the Goodness Gorilla Club do, they face ridicule from an extremely difficult classmate named Todd. He continues to make trouble including doing a gorilla imitation, until his dog Brutus is killed. Brutus was his only friend.
        Ms King says that this is a job for the Goodness Gorillas. They
have to search long and hard in order to find goodness in Todd. They all
come over to his house and try to cheer him up. They all give a reason
why they like Todd, including that he does an excellent imitation of a
gorilla and they would like to learn how he does it.
        After they break through his hard outer shell, they realize that
he's not so bad after all. Todd also wants to be a Goodness Gorilla when
he receives a very special gift from the club. He calls the puppy "G.G"
and she becomes a mascot for the club.
        Colorful illustrations and animated expressions add to the appeal
of this book. This book  is a very heartwarming story which shows that
there is goodness in everybody. Children also can learn that no matter
how little they are, they can have a definite impact on other people's
lives.

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