The Butterfly Review

The VirtueVille Book-Rating System

Every life has a story, and every story has a moral.

Stories that teach virtue are beautiful to me; they present character in a non-lecturing fashion that inspires rather than enforces. they can open countless discussions about character and how it works in real life, they can model character and the consequences of not having it, they can even help children learn how to integrate character into areas of their lives they may not have considered.

All that being said, I hope that you will be inspired to share your own story with the children in your life. There is nothing more impactive than a living, breathing example for our kids to follow. It is not about being perfect, but about being authentic and willing to grow…let them watch and learn from your transformation into a butterfly.

We are excited to bring you reviews of picture books categorized by the virtue they demonstrate. Over the past few months we have been collecting books to read and rate for our new Butterfly Review here on the VirtueVille Blog. In the future we hope to include reviews on chapter books, young adult books, toys, videos, and songs/albums.

Books are rated by Heather McMillan, the author of We Choose Virtues, and by people she trusts. If you want to review books for her, or suggest books/series for review, please contact her via email

We award 5 butterflies to a book/series that, in our opinion, has these features:

  1. It is organized by character trait (series) or presents a character trait as a main theme (book).

  2. It clearly and accurately demonstrates virtue.

  3. It includes attractive pictures (if applicable) and is a well-written book.

  4. It does not appear to force cultural opinions or lecture the reader.

  5. Ties back to another subject (such as math, history, science or practical instructions) to further integrate virtue.

A book missing one of these is likely to receive 4 butterflies, and missing two would earn it 3 butterflies and so on. We will always explain why it received its rating. This will help make a fairly subjective system, easier to follow.

We will list the title, author, illustrator, publisher, series titles, the virtues taught, our thoughts, and any notes that made it stand out to us. We will also disclose who rated the book for this blog, so you can follow your favorite reviewers.

No matter if you buy books on line or find them in a used book bin, we hope you love the thrill of the hunt, and that once found, it is exactly what you were looking for. We hope the Butterfly Review will enable you to confidently add books to your library that Simply Inspire Character that Lasts. 

Let’s find some “5-butterfly” books together!

Heather McMillan


If you have more questions about Heather’s philosophy for choosing and sharing good books, please ask in the comment section. Please suggest picture books for review as well. 

Beautiful Bible Verses about Kindness

Resources for Faith-Based Families and Classrooms

Bible Stories that Display Kindness

  • The Shunemite woman cares for Elisha (2 Kings 4:8-36)
  • Boaz and Ruth (Book of Ruth)
  • David and the house of Saul (2 Samuel 9:1-7)
  • Jesus and the children (Matthew 19:13-14)

Verses in the Bible about Kindness

1 Samuel 20:14

But show me unfailing kindness like the LORD’s kindness as long as I live, so that I may not be killed,

Nehemiah 9:17

They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them.

Job 10:12

I’ll say to God, ‘You gave me life. You were kind to me. You took good care of me. You watched over me.’

Psalm 117

Praise the LORD, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD.

Psalm 119:76

May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant.

Proverbs 31:26

She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness.

Isaiah 54:8, 10

In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you,” says the LORD your Redeemer. Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.

Habakkuk 3:2

Even when you are angry, remember to be kind.

Zechariah 7:9

“This is what the Lord Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.

Luke 6:35 

But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.

Acts 28:2

The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold.

Romans 2:4

Don’t you realize how patient he is being with you? Or don’t you care? Can’t you see that he has been waiting all this time without punishing you, to give you time to turn from your sin? His kindness is meant to lead you to repentance.

1 Corinthians 13:4

Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud

2 Corinthians 6:6

…In purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love;

Galatians 5:22-23

But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control; and here there is no conflict with Jewish laws.

Ephesians 2:7

in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 4:32

Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God has forgiven you because you belong to Christ.

Philippians 2:1-4

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit,if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Colossians 3:12

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

1 Thessalonians 5:15

Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.

Titus 3:4-6

At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior.

1 Peter 2:3

Now that you realize how kind the Lord has been to you, put away all evil, deception, envy, and fraud. Long to grow up into the fullness of your salvation

You can also go to We Choose Virtues to purchase a download with memory verse cards for all 12 of the virtues we teach.

Favorite Quotes about Kindness

Resources for Families and Classrooms


“Kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.” ~ Joseph Joubert

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ~ Leo Buscaglia

“Kindness is the attitude – Gentleness is the action behind the attitude.” ~ Joyce Meyer

“Kindness is love in the little things.”  ~ Adrian Rogers

“Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you – not because they are nice, but because you are.” ~ Author Unknown

“Be kinder than necessary- Everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.” ~ Plato

“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. ~ Mother Teresa

“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” ~ Henry James

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” ~ Mother Teresa

“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” ~ Mark Twain

“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ~ Aesop

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.” ~ Kahlil Gibran, The Essential Kahlil Gibran

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”  ~Leo F. Buscaglia

“Be kind to unkind people – they need it the most” ~ Ashleigh Brilliant

“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” ~ Scott Adams quotes

“Kindness is more than deeds. It is an attitude, an expression, a look, a touch. It is anything that lifts another person.” ~ Unknown

“I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” ~ Stephan Grellet

“He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.” ~ Proverbs 14:31 NIV

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Kindness is difficult to give away because it keeps coming back” ~ Unknown

“Spread love everywhere you go: First of all in your own house… let no one ever come ~ to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness.”  ~ Mother Teresa

“Kindness is never wasted. If it has no effect on the recipient, at least it benefits the bestower.”  ~ S. H. Simmons

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,” ~ Colossians 3:12

“You can gain more friends by being yourself than you can by putting up a front. You can gain more friends by building people up than you can by tearing them down. And you can gain more friends by taking a few minutes from each day to do something kind for someone, whether it be a friend or a complete stranger. What a difference one person can make!” ~ Sasha Azevedo

“Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses” ~ Confucius

“Kind hearts are the gardens, Kind thoughts are the roots, Kind words are the flowers, Kind deeds are the fruits, Take care of your garden And keep out the weeds, Fill it with sunshine Kind words and kind deeds” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness.” ~ Charlie Chaplin


Special thanks to Sherry Andrew for compiling this list.