Ladd's thickly brushed paintings feature intergenerational pairings among the multicultural cast. [Paired] in conjunction with home or classroom discussions about social responsibilities, waging peace, or bullying, these instances of individual and collective giving may serve as inspiring models.  Booklist

Frank and Ladd join forces to present common opportunities for children to help others. Ranging from quiet, solitary acts such as writing a letter to a soldier stationed abroad to publicly cheering for the class klutz's first hit at bat, these 14 free-verse poems and Ladd's richly textured accompanying acrylic-and-pastel spreads show how easy and rewarding extending oneself can be. In fact, the accessibility of Frank's diction underscores the simplicity of the giving acts described. For example, SANDWICH tenderly depicts a youngster's lunchtime encounter with the new kid / sitting alone / with only the words of a book / to feed her. The speaker shares half of my sandwich, then notices that though I had / only half for myself, / after I ate it / I somehow felt full. Likewise, NO CHARGE captures the contagious causality of being on the receiving end of a kind act: When a bike-shop attendant provides a quick tune-up for free, the young rider then passes on that courtesy by helping a woman load grocery bags into her car but refusing a tip. Ladd's evocative illustrations lend a literal depth to the poems, helping young and pre-readers envision themselves in these situations even further. At once familiar and slightly out of the box, these giving scenes gently suggest that even the smallest acts can inspire and achieve great ends.  Kirkus Reviews

Acrylic and pastel paintings depict children, teens, and adults of varying ages, races and abilities going about their daily routines: eating lunch in a cafeteria, getting a haircut, reading in a library. The accompanying short poems, however, depict simple acts of kindness, adding a further dimension to the book. For instance, the poem SANDWICH describes a girl offering another student part of her lunch (At noon, I noticed/the new kid/sitting alone/with only the words of a book/to feed her.), paired with an illustration of the two. It would be easy for a book with this title to hit readers over the head with its message. Instead, this is a gentle book that will add value to any classroom or library collection.  SchoolLibrary Journal

beautiful acrylic and pastel paintings by London Ladd depicting young people of all races and colors busy making a difference in their mostly inner-city neighborhoods. This belongs in all school libraries from elementary to high school.