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Reviewed by Leiann Lynn Rose Spontaneo for Readers' Favorite
In Who Knew? by Amy Raines, the main character is a youngster named Adam. One day, he finds a Japanese beetle. Adam wants to make his 12-year-old sister Kara squirm by placing the beetle in her hand. Instead, she took the beetle’s photo. Cliff, his 13-year-old brother, explains that their sister is a tomboy, a girl who does not act like a girl. Cliff explains that things like a worm are not going to scare her. Adam, while absorbing all this, wants to know how this relates to a Japanese beetle. Bugs are not just for boys. The Japanese beetle would not hurt his sister. She would not hurt the beetle. This is an example of kindness. After dinner, their mother explained that Cliff had baked their apple and peach pies. It confuses Adam that a boy would bake a pie. Even boys make pies. Kindness is shown this way, along with sharing. Their mother sat Adam down and showed him a cookbook. A lesson now for Adam to learn in kindness and sharing.
Who Knew? by Amy Raines is a cute book meant for children or even adults, with kindness and good manners highlighted all throughout. As in real life, there are times when we need something explained to others, such as girls liking to play with Japanese beetles and boys liking to bake. Often, these roles are reversed. The pace is smooth, flowing from each member of the family to the other, except for their father who is at work; from Adam to Kara to Cliff to their mother. This book is entertaining and educational for young readers. Patience, kindness, and understanding are the themes that stood out to me.