What If Everybody Said That? by Ellen Javernick

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...

Details What If Everybody Said That?

TitleWhat If Everybody Said That?
Release DateAug 1st, 2018
PublisherTwo Lions
GenreChildrens, Picture Books

Reviews What If Everybody Said That?

  • TL
    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. :)
  • Juliana
    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.
  • Vicky Marie
    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. T...
  • Herman Fassett
    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. Gra...
  • Jana
    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.
  • Maggie Mattmiller
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.
  • D L Diehl
    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'...
  • Anam Cara
    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 ...
  • Tracy (The Pages In-Between)
    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, ...
  • Aeicha
    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 ...
  • Naomi Blackburn
    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 cou...
  • Michael
    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 s...
  • Lisa Blair
    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 ne...
  • Callie
    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 ...
  • Veniesha
    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 show...
  • Susie Chamberlain
    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 s...
  • Rachel Robinson
    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 reco...
  • Mimi
    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...
  • Nina !!
    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 othe...
  • Edie
    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.
  • Suzette
    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!
  • Rebecca Satterlee
    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 bo...
  • James
    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.
  • Meredith
    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 illustratio...
  • Stephanie
    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.