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© Illumination Arts Publishing, 2014. All rights reserved.
Written by Cindy McKinley
Illustrated by Mary Gregg Byrne
Reading Level: Ages 4-9
Size: 8.5" x 11"
When young Katie smiles sweetly at a dejected-looking man in the park, little does she know the amazing chain of events her simple act of kindness has put into motion. Her innocent smile not only brightens this young man’s day, it moves on to touch the lives of countless others. As each person affected by this chain “pays it forward” with their own small act of kindness, it eventually comes full circle back to Katie.
Author Cindy McKinley’s touching story demonstrates the value of helping others, reminding us of our interconnectedness and the powerful impact kindness can have on other people’s lives.
Mary Gregg Byrne’s beautiful watercolor illustrations help readers visualize the far-reaching effects Katie’s smile has on her entire community, making One Smile an inspiring treasure that will be read time and again.
Winner of the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Children’s Book, One Smile was also a finalist for the Coalition of Visionary Resources Best Children’s Book Award.
About the Author
Cindy McKinley has always loved helping children. A writing instructor at Oakland Community College, she has a Master's Degree in Reading from Eastern Michigan University. The inspiration for One Smile came from Cindy’s desire to show the powerful blessings that can flow from a simple act of kindness. Cindy lives in Milford, Michigan, with her children Jordan and Justin, and Mittens the family cat. She is also the author of One Voice.
About the Illustrator
Mary Gregg Byrne’s love affair with art began when she was a little girl. Although she is well-versed in a variety of crafts and fine arts, watercolor is her primary media. Inspired by the beauty of the human face, Mary especially enjoys painting people. She has also illustrated One Voice and Too Many Murkles for Illumination Arts.
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