:) World Smile Day :) 2014 :)

world smile dayToday, the first Friday in October, is World Smile Day!!! A day set aside for smiling and happiness and being kind to one another. The idea is to create a ripple effect of kindness. One person passing it on to another and another and ………..

I love ripple effects. I know that when I wag my tail at school, every person in that building feels it somehow. Awesome!

This world famous Smiley Face was created by Mr Harvey Ball in 1963. FIFTY years ago!!!! For a history of Mr Ball’s creation you can visit the Smile Day website HERE.

For my part today, I’m going to share with you a fun little smiley book —

by John A. Rowe
a minedition book
published by Penguin Young Readers Group in 2008

suitable for ages 3 and up

Themes – smiles, kindness, joy

It begins —
Once upon a time in a far away land there lived a king who never, ever smiled. He was calledย  King Grumpy.

The cover of this book features the cutest little pup with the happiest little grin. Greatness!!

But back to King Grumpy — he rules in Grumpy Land. The Queen is Grumpy and the five princes are all grumpy. Everyone in the land is grumpy. It’s a dark, dark place. Then, little Prince number six is born and chaos ensues! There is something wrong with his little face!!! Call all the doctors in the land! The pup is ill! He might be contagious!!

IMG_1450And contagious he was!! That strange thing on his face happens to be a smile! And over time it spread throughout the castle and then throughout the land. The King started smiling, then the Queen and all the little princes, then all the folks everywhere became happy! Light and Joy filled the land. Prince Smiley “reminded people how to smile again.”

Smiling IS contagious! Try it! Spread the JOY!!

Please visit the website for the Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation for more ways of spreading JOY throughout the world.

Here is an inspiring little story that I came across. It will make you smile!

I have a friend, Ms Barbara Gruener, who is all about Smiles and Kindness and Spreading Joy. She has a website called Corner on Character and every post she puts out there is an inspiration and a call to spread kindness. She recently had a post about a little girl at her school who wanted to spread some of that JOY. Read the story HERE. PLEASE read the story! And then go get some sticky notes. You’ll be glad you did!

big_smiley_face_sticky_notepadYou can find some Smiley Face Sticky Notes at Cafepress HERE.

Make some of these yummy, smiley cookies! You might even think about using bacon instead of chocolate!

Smiley-Face-chocolate-chip-cookiesThe World Smile Day website has a whole list of activities and printable materials to help you celebrate this big day.

Your next stop should be to visit Susanna Hill’s blog where she keeps a list of Perfect Picture Books and lots of useful and fun resources! This post is brought to you by — Perfect Picture Book Friday!

And here’s a little song to sing you on your way! The Smiley Face Song from Mr Harvey Ball! He’s got some Rhythm!

Now go out and spread some joy!
One little SMILE at a time!
Your wagging, smiling friend
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40 thoughts on “:) World Smile Day :) 2014 :)

  1. World Smile Day! who knew! I will make sure to pass on lots of smiles as I work at the library today. I wish I knew where that old smiley face pin was…. I guess I’ll just have to make one for the day. thanks for sharing your book and your smile!

  2. Rhythm, I LOVE the sound of this book! Never heard of it and am hoping my library system has it ๐Ÿ™‚ Every time I see (and paint) smiley faces, I think of my aunt (sending her here) AND that scene in “Forrest Gump” (the movie) when he’s attributed with the creation (among many other things in that movie) of the smiley face when he wipes his face on a t-shirt ๐Ÿ™‚

    Of course, now that I just finished watching the video of Zach and Vincent, I’m sobbing! How beautiful…

    And it’s absolutely amazing how the absolute SIMPLEST idea can become SO BIG! That Harvey was one clever, talented guy ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks for sharing all this, Mom Person ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Now that is a catchy song! I didn’t know it was World Smile Day today, however I do have a day off work, so I have been smiling regardless, which is a good thing. I shall celebrate the rest of the day in toothy style though.

  4. Love this modern day fable. Great book for the classroom. And, your activities were great. Saw the smiley face mentioned on the Today Show this morning. Hope everyone read’s Barbara’s sweet post on what the little girl proposed. Can you imagine what it would be like to have her as a counselor/teacher. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. WoW! This post makes me SMILE. Thank you for the sweet shout out … you’ve made my day extra special! … and for encouraging others to get some Post-Its and get busy spreading joy. I am SO looking for this book and adding it to my shelf.



  6. This really made me smile! Signed up to receive posts on Corner on Character! You were right, what an awesome story about the youngster who had lunch with her counselor and made post it notes for fellow students!

  7. I didn’t realise it was Smile Day, but we must have been on the same way link as my book choice this week was all about kindness and paying it forward. Loved your book and the link to Corner on Character too. The video was beautiful. Thanks for sharing Rhythm.

  8. ๐Ÿ˜€ On a completely unrelated note, have I recommended the Read It Daddy blog to you yet? Or do you already know about it? It’s at readitdaddy dot blogspot dot co dot uk and it’s one of the best kid’s book blogs I’ve ever come across. My KidLit tbr list has grown exponentially since discovering it. Oh, and I nominated you for best children’s book blog in a blog award comp the other day. Just FYI. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. What an all-around wonderful post, Rhythm! Love the book and activities, and the video about Vincent and Zac was just so sweet – what a great kid Vincent is! Thanks so much for sharing! (And I’m sure everyone who looks at your beautiful face and wagging tail can’t help but smile! :))

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