What If Everybody Said That?
What if everybody chose to be kind?If you tell someone that they can’t play with you, there’s no harm done, right? But what if everybody said that? What if everybody forgot to be kind…and made fun of other kids’ artwork at school, or told a fib, or refused to share with a person in need? The world wouldn’t be a very nice place to live. But what if everybody thought before they spoke, so the world would be a kinder place?With clear prose and lighthearted artwork, this companion book to the bestseller What If Everybody Did That? explores the power of words and shows kids that the things we say matter.

What If Everybody Said That? Details

TitleWhat If Everybody Said That?
Author
ReleaseAug 1st, 2018
PublisherTwo Lions
ISBN-139781503948952
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books

What If Everybody Said That? Review

  • TL
    January 1, 1970
    I got this via Amazon First Reads on their Prime Deals days.. they had all six Kindle picks available for download:).----Artwork: 4 starsStory: 4 starsA cute book I think everyone should read to their kids. (Definitely will with my niece). Some kids and parents I see at work sometimes.. makes me think about how my parents would just give us a Look and we'd behave.I don't want to say much and spoil it but would definitely recommend. :)
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  • Juliana
    January 1, 1970
    This is a great book for teaching children the importance of language and behavior. Manners and politeness go a long way and hurtful words can make a big impact. Definitely a book you should read with your child as they begin school and socialize more with other children.
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  • Vicky Marie
    January 1, 1970
    One of my favorite perks of being an Amazon prime member is the free book each month with the Kindle Firsts program. For Prime Day they did something awesome and let you get all six books free! Of course I downloaded all of them. Normally I don't read children's books but this was a part of the bunch so I thought why not? There's a good lesson taught in which kindness and manners are important. Children should learn the effect their words have. Telling someone that their appearance is weird or u One of my favorite perks of being an Amazon prime member is the free book each month with the Kindle Firsts program. For Prime Day they did something awesome and let you get all six books free! Of course I downloaded all of them. Normally I don't read children's books but this was a part of the bunch so I thought why not? There's a good lesson taught in which kindness and manners are important. Children should learn the effect their words have. Telling someone that their appearance is weird or ugly may seem like nothing, but like the title says, what if everybody said that to them? After hearing it repeated times, they'll eventually think it's true. I'm not a parent, but if I were to become one in the future I would make it a top priority to teach my child the value of kindness and sympathy, as should every parent, because it seems nowadays some grown adults can't comprehend the idea of being nice. It should be common sense no?
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  • Herman Fassett
    January 1, 1970
    Cute illustrations. However, I think it would have benefited if it stuck more to its description "What if everyone chose to be kind?" It all dwelt on what happened if no one was kind right up until the last page when it had one kind example... Hmm.What really makes me scratch my head is that while I see this is trying to have some good message for kids, I honestly would have found this a pretty boring book when I was a kid into picture books. Granted, that wasn't a long period, but still.
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  • Jana
    January 1, 1970
    What If everybody did?I loved the book WHAT IF EVERYBODY DID? I began my school year with that book last year. During the year I would occasionally hear a student say. "What if everybody did?" I would smile knowing the message of the book caught on. Now this one presents our words to others in that way. Both books have enough humor to get in the message and do it with a smile.
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  • Maggie Mattmiller
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this one even more than the first! Highly recommend for ANY classroom library (even above the recommended age. I read the first one to my middle schoolers and we had a great conversation.) Also would recommend for home libraries!
  • Sherilee
    January 1, 1970
    Good LessonsWhat a good lesson book for kids. With beautiful eye drawing pictures. I will definitely be sharing this book and phrase with my kids.
  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    A cute story with an important message for everyone, not just children. Unfiltered comments can hurt, and we should all be considering the impact of what we say.
  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    Very Nice BookMeant sure what to expect because I worried it might be a scolding book. It's hot. It's very pleasant and demonstrates manners in a very positive way. I would love to share this with my students.
  • Melissa Nichols
    January 1, 1970
    Not what I thoughtI thought the book would focus more on how we should talk nicely to others. Instead I felt like it only focused on the mean things kids could say to each other. Only the last page shows the girls being nice and talking nicely to others. I am so glad I didn't read this with my kids. I will not be reading this to my kids.
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  • Heather Dowell
    January 1, 1970
    I liked the message and the illustrations, though I think the character turnaround didn't make since. I would've liked for there to have been a slower progressing. It would have made more sense if someone left her out and once she felt bad she realized that her behavior caused others to feel that way and made a turnaround. Instead, everyone just repeated the same thing and eventually she gave it thought.
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  • D L Diehl
    January 1, 1970
    Charming object lessons on applying verbal filtersThinking before speaking is something the world could use a lot more of. Some kids learn to be intentionally mean, and most children naively blurt out things that can hurt feelings at some time. This charming and colorfully illustrated book teaches kids to apply filters in a playful series of real life situations. In an extended thought experiment, the author asks kids to put themselves in others' shoes and consider how people would feel if every Charming object lessons on applying verbal filtersThinking before speaking is something the world could use a lot more of. Some kids learn to be intentionally mean, and most children naively blurt out things that can hurt feelings at some time. This charming and colorfully illustrated book teaches kids to apply filters in a playful series of real life situations. In an extended thought experiment, the author asks kids to put themselves in others' shoes and consider how people would feel if everyone said the first self-centered things that popped into their heads. Frank, but not heavy-handed, it allows kids to see the results of accumulated unkindness. (YouTube trolls could learn something here!)This will definitely be on the reading itinerary when my new grandbaby reaches the target age.Addendum: I wanted to add a bit more about the illustrations. They are bright and lively with great communication of facial expressions and emotions. I love the little details added into each illustration, like the crab tattoo on the lifeguard or the expressive emoticons sprinkled throughout.I should mention the reason I did not give a five star. It's more my preference than any fault of the book manuscript or illustrations. The facial expressions and text in the book express a wide range of negative emotions: sad, mad, mean, disapproving, frightened, smug. They are excellently and even humorously done--completely appropriate to the topic. However, I could have used a little more mood brightening at the end, showing more smiling and approving faces when children think before they speak and speak kindly. Like I said, my preference, which does not limit the usefulness and entertainment value of "What If Everybody Said That?"
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  • Anam Cara
    January 1, 1970
    Unfortunate beginningI completely understand the lesson the author is trying to teach primary grade students. It is a valuable lesson. But the first page does not take into account the way her story could be interpreted by these young students.She begins with a girl who is asked if others can play with her responds with,”No boys allowed.” To the question, “What if everybody said that?” Examples are given, “no freckles allowed,” “no climbing for girls,” and “no big kids.”Younger children might no Unfortunate beginningI completely understand the lesson the author is trying to teach primary grade students. It is a valuable lesson. But the first page does not take into account the way her story could be interpreted by these young students.She begins with a girl who is asked if others can play with her responds with,”No boys allowed.” To the question, “What if everybody said that?” Examples are given, “no freckles allowed,” “no climbing for girls,” and “no big kids.”Younger children might not understand that there are valid reasons to discriminate and instead feel that they should be allowed to do anything they want. There are reasons some playgrounds do not allow “big” kids to play there. A safe place for little ones might be made dangerous by older, bigger kids who are faster and more agile. There is a reason for “baby pools” to not allow “big” kids to splash in them.There are times and places where it is perfectly appropriate to say, “No boys allowed,” or “No girls allowed.” Usually, these occur when privacy is required or some sensitive subject needs to be addressed, and not at playtime, but there are such times and primary children may not be mature enough to understand the difference.
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  • Tracy (The Pages In-Between)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Amazon Publishing #Partner and Two Lions for sending my boys and I this book in exchange of an honest review.Gavin and Liam give this book two thumbs up, and mommy gives it 5 Stars.I love the message it brings to kids, be kind, watch your words, use your manors, think before you speak, and do not be a bully. Something I think every child should be taught. I think this book should be a must read for little kids, and even for classrooms, I actually think I am going to buy a copy for Gavi Thank you Amazon Publishing #Partner and Two Lions for sending my boys and I this book in exchange of an honest review.Gavin and Liam give this book two thumbs up, and mommy gives it 5 Stars.I love the message it brings to kids, be kind, watch your words, use your manors, think before you speak, and do not be a bully. Something I think every child should be taught. I think this book should be a must read for little kids, and even for classrooms, I actually think I am going to buy a copy for Gavin and Liam’s preschool class.This was a very easy book to read, it held their attention, the illustrations were eye-catching, and the story made my stop and try to figure out the emotions of the characters they were seeing on the pages. Like the little girl who forgot her lunch, etc. We really enjoyed this book, we had previously read “What If Everybody Did That” on my Kindle for a bedtime story, and we enjoyed that one too!I really love Amazon’s Children’s Book. They have all been such great stories thus far!
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  • Aeicha
    January 1, 1970
    Ellen Javernick's What If Everybody Said That? is a timely and colorful picture book with a meaningful message about kindness. Through simple, yet thought provoking text and relatable scenarios, this picture book explores topics such as selfishness, bullying, and thoughtless behavior in age appropriate ways that don't simply tell little readers that these things are bad, but encourages readers to think about why these things are bad and how they can respond to, react to, and change these rude be Ellen Javernick's What If Everybody Said That? is a timely and colorful picture book with a meaningful message about kindness. Through simple, yet thought provoking text and relatable scenarios, this picture book explores topics such as selfishness, bullying, and thoughtless behavior in age appropriate ways that don't simply tell little readers that these things are bad, but encourages readers to think about why these things are bad and how they can respond to, react to, and change these rude behaviors. Madden's engaging and lively illustrations are just as important as the text and really capture the book's message. With its heartfelt message and amusing pictures, What If Everybody Said That? is a great tool to introduce little readers to the concepts and importance of kindness, inclusivity, the power of words, and taking responsibility for one's actions and speech.
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  • Naomi Blackburn
    January 1, 1970
    I was able to grab this book as part of my crack dealer's continued lure to feed my addiction through offering all 6 July First Reads for free as part of Amazon's Deal Days. Thanks, Amazon!This was a cute, inviting book with an important message. Positive, supporting words/actions are more powerful than negative. The reason I marked this book down a star because right up to the last page, it was a five star review is that I thought the author could have given more examples than just one of posit I was able to grab this book as part of my crack dealer's continued lure to feed my addiction through offering all 6 July First Reads for free as part of Amazon's Deal Days. Thanks, Amazon!This was a cute, inviting book with an important message. Positive, supporting words/actions are more powerful than negative. The reason I marked this book down a star because right up to the last page, it was a five star review is that I thought the author could have given more examples than just one of positive interactions and their support on a person, especially a child. The book was loaded with the negative interactions. The example given of a positive interaction was one set at home. I think, at least, one example could have been in a school setting as that is where the majority of childhood bullying occurs.
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  • Michael
    January 1, 1970
    This was one of the books for July's Amazon First reads. On Prime Day, all the books were free to download. I gave it a quick read through today and was disappointed. I understand the message that was trying to be conveyed but I think it fell flat. The entire 14-page book is filled with examples of children being mean or selfish towards others all on the premise of "what if everybody said {or did} that?". At the very end there is ONE example of showing compassion and being nice to others. I thin This was one of the books for July's Amazon First reads. On Prime Day, all the books were free to download. I gave it a quick read through today and was disappointed. I understand the message that was trying to be conveyed but I think it fell flat. The entire 14-page book is filled with examples of children being mean or selfish towards others all on the premise of "what if everybody said {or did} that?". At the very end there is ONE example of showing compassion and being nice to others. I think if we're aiming to teach children to be considerate and courteous, we should focus on those actions and NOT the ones we wish to avoid. The illustrations were good but overall this missed the mark in my opinion.
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  • Lisa Blair
    January 1, 1970
    Formatting IssuesThis book was incompatible with my Kindle. When I tried to read it on my phone’s kindle app, it was too small to read and would not allow me to enlarge it. When I turned my phone sideways, it enlarged the print, but cutoff a third of the page. I really tried to overcome the obstacles and managed to piece together the storyline. Great concept, but issues in the delivery, thus the one star rating. Illustrations mainly featured negative facial expressions. Good desire to teach kind Formatting IssuesThis book was incompatible with my Kindle. When I tried to read it on my phone’s kindle app, it was too small to read and would not allow me to enlarge it. When I turned my phone sideways, it enlarged the print, but cutoff a third of the page. I really tried to overcome the obstacles and managed to piece together the storyline. Great concept, but issues in the delivery, thus the one star rating. Illustrations mainly featured negative facial expressions. Good desire to teach kindness and consideration, but approach was by showing unkindness and lack of consideration. I think there is a more positive and reaffirming approach to teaching children.
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  • Callie
    January 1, 1970
    Challenging image and font size for beginners on digital versionToo bad the digital version is formatted sideways. The images become TOO small, and the text even smaller. Hard for beginner readers to track the text when it's TINY. Story was okay. The title is great and what called me in, but it feel short of the potential to be great reading. It comes across as moralistic and disciplinary...but then it kind of is...just seems like a shame to not show both positive and negative rather than all ne Challenging image and font size for beginners on digital versionToo bad the digital version is formatted sideways. The images become TOO small, and the text even smaller. Hard for beginner readers to track the text when it's TINY. Story was okay. The title is great and what called me in, but it feel short of the potential to be great reading. It comes across as moralistic and disciplinary...but then it kind of is...just seems like a shame to not show both positive and negative rather than all negative until the end.
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  • Veniesha
    January 1, 1970
    Thought provoking I liked this book so much, that I was thinking “I’d write a review later”; only to immediately think ‘what if Everyone said that?’ So, here I am doing this review. SmilesIt’s a reminder that our words and actions are influential and just imagine what the world would be like if everyone mirrored your words or actions. I think the storyline would have been better this was explained at first. Also not every example showed this mirroring effect and thus the storyline had some chopp Thought provoking I liked this book so much, that I was thinking “I’d write a review later”; only to immediately think ‘what if Everyone said that?’ So, here I am doing this review. SmilesIt’s a reminder that our words and actions are influential and just imagine what the world would be like if everyone mirrored your words or actions. I think the storyline would have been better this was explained at first. Also not every example showed this mirroring effect and thus the storyline had some choppy transitions. Overall, I liked the book and so 3 stars
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  • Susie Chamberlain
    January 1, 1970
    Subtle Way To Drive A Point HomeThe book is like a spoonful of sugar - it makes the medicine to down easier for children as well as adults! The illustrations are great which lends to grasping the truth in picture form. I also think children can identify with being of having been on both sides of the coin. It is definitely worth a share for your own kiddos as well as others. Makes me think it is always good to have stories like this on my Kindle so I can share. Great for helping a frustrated Mom Subtle Way To Drive A Point HomeThe book is like a spoonful of sugar - it makes the medicine to down easier for children as well as adults! The illustrations are great which lends to grasping the truth in picture form. I also think children can identify with being of having been on both sides of the coin. It is definitely worth a share for your own kiddos as well as others. Makes me think it is always good to have stories like this on my Kindle so I can share. Great for helping a frustrated Mom in a doctor's office who is having issues with her child!
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  • Rachel Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    Very thought provoking!This is a very thought provoking book for all children and even adults need to read. I believe this will help combat bullying, envy and jealousy. It will get the individual thinking about what happened, should they have said that, how should they handle themselves differently.I would recommend this book to be in all Elementary, Middle, High School libraries and all public libraries to for everyone to read. I would also recommend for the librarians to offer it as the book t Very thought provoking!This is a very thought provoking book for all children and even adults need to read. I believe this will help combat bullying, envy and jealousy. It will get the individual thinking about what happened, should they have said that, how should they handle themselves differently.I would recommend this book to be in all Elementary, Middle, High School libraries and all public libraries to for everyone to read. I would also recommend for the librarians to offer it as the book to read every quarter and every year!
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  • Mimi
    January 1, 1970
    Teaching moment lostI was disappointed with this book. It showed mostly examples of fairly mean, bullying behavior by the main character. There was ample opportunity to provide understanding for the main character of how bullying feels once they are on the receiving end. Unfortunately, there were none. Bullies rarely have epiphanies and just apologize, especially at this age. The opportunity to teach an important lesson that has been plaguing our society for generations was lost.
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  • Nina !!
    January 1, 1970
    A quick children's read with my baby brother. This book had a great message -- the main character acts selfishly (e.g., quitting a game of soccer while her team is losing, or refusing to play with the new neighbor because the narrator already has friends), and the adults in her life reply, "what if everybody said that?" -- something good to think on for adults and children alike. If everybody said "no boys allowed" or "your shirt is ugly" or other negative, exclusionist things, the world would b A quick children's read with my baby brother. This book had a great message -- the main character acts selfishly (e.g., quitting a game of soccer while her team is losing, or refusing to play with the new neighbor because the narrator already has friends), and the adults in her life reply, "what if everybody said that?" -- something good to think on for adults and children alike. If everybody said "no boys allowed" or "your shirt is ugly" or other negative, exclusionist things, the world would be a much worse place. Rating: 5 stars
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  • Edie
    January 1, 1970
    Tender feelings deserve respectHonesty is a double-edged sword: wielded in selfish abandon, it cuts the receiver ruthlessly and grants the giver an increased ability to spout biased statements needlessly. Conversely, wielded in sincere, kindhearted respect it cuts away barriers to potential interpersonal growth for the giver and for the receiver. This is a lesson for all ages to practice throughout life every day.
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  • Suzette
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful!This book is well written, well illustrated and should be in every classroom. As a former teacher of thirty years, I can see this being used during the first days of school and repeated on the first of the month. A book to be incorporated in the year’s curriculum. Thoughtfulness and kindness can not be stressed enough. I’m so glad I chose this as my monthly selection!
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  • Rebecca Satterlee
    January 1, 1970
    Better books about fairness and sharingLess about showing equal treatment and more about putting a negative light on assertive behavior. The first example makes no sense since it’s about gender but someone with mobility access issues seems to be offended. The message is very confused and this book looks more like it’s fulfilling a contract obligation.It’s free and that may be all some can afford but you would be better off with a library book.
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  • James
    January 1, 1970
    Full disclosure this was an Amazon First-Read Pick during "Prime Day", but I do read all levels of books so here goes. I cannot imagine children enjoying this. This is simply a didactic book. There is no plot, characters, or flow; that is, there is no reason to turn the page. There is no continuity through the book with the exception of the title. It's pretty much a series of one page vignettes.
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  • Meredith
    January 1, 1970
    Needs more positive re-enforcement I have a very negative child, and we resonated a lot with the words the character used, but I would like to see a revision where each negative comment was met not only with “what if everyone said that?” but with a positive alternative. What could they have said? Having only one example at the very end and no real “light bulb” moment for the character, left us feeling very anti-climactic. Cute illustrations and relatable theme!
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book during Amazon Prime day when they gave all of the prime first reads for free. The message of the book tended to lean towards the negative but it was done to show how bleak the world would be if everyone was negative. For example, if everyone said soccer was a stupid game the fields would be bare and unkempt. Happiness and kindness makes for a more fulfilled world.
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