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Tyaja Uses the THiNK Test
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Tyaja Uses the THiNK Test
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Ms. Snowden introduces the THiNK Test to Tyaja's class.

Mrs. Snowden tells the kids that T = True, H = Helpful, N = Necessary, and K = Kind. If what you're about to say isn't any of these things, she tells them, you shouldn't say it. Later that day, when Tyaja is about to criticize her friend Dhavi's new haircut, she is stopped by four little elves sporting the letters T, H, N, and K, who reinforce Ms. Snowden's lesson and remind Tyaja how friends should treat friends. Tyaja learns that she is the "I" in THiNK!

Ms. Snowden introduces the THiNK Test to Tyaja's class.

Mrs. Snowden tells the kids that T = True, H = Helpful, N = Necessary, and K = Kind. If what you're about to say isn't any of these things, she tells them, you shouldn't say it. Later that day, when Tyaja is about to criticize her friend Dhavi's new haircut, she is stopped by four little elves sporting the letters T, H, N, and K, who reinforce Ms. Snowden's lesson and remind Tyaja how friends should treat friends. Tyaja learns that she is the "I" in THiNK!
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  • LINDA RYDEN (Washington, DC) teaches mindfulness, kindness, and conflict resolution to more than 600 elementary school students, and has developed her Peace of Mind curriculum to integrate these practices into education nationwide. Her work has been recognized in the Washington Post and the Huffington Post, and her program has been featured on local CBS, ABC and Fox5 news stations. Visit www.TeachPeaceofMind.com for more.
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  • Kirkus

    July 15, 2019
    Mindfulness teacher Ms. Snowden begins this book by saying, "Let's talk about the power of words," and that is exactly what it accomplishes. This is an easy-to-understand book about the importance of consciously selecting words that are True, Helpful, Necessary, and Kind. When Ms. Snowden writes the acronym THNK on the board, she explains that the missing "i" represents the thinker in the THiNK Test. Later that day, Tyaja, a little black girl with kinky-curly hair, decides to tell her friend Rosie, a little white girl, that she does not like Rosie's new haircut. Suddenly "four tiny winged people" appear, each representing one of the words in the THiNK Test acronym. These wee advisers give Tyaja enough information about the words they represent to help her determine whether what she wants to tell Rosie passes the THiNK Test. "Isn't there a difference between an opinion and the truth?" asks Mr. True. Miss Helpful suggests that, since Rosie can't do anything about her haircut anyway, Tyaja's offering that opinion is anything but. This book is part of a series (Sergio Sees the Good, 2019, etc.) that features children of different races and abilities in various social learning situations. In this particular offering, the skin tones and facial features of some of the characters change significantly from page to page, which may distract readers. A great book to share with children for social-emotional learning. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-10)

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