Book: You , Me and Empathy
Author: Jayneen Sanders
Illustrations: Sofia Cardoso
Age: 3-7 years
Empathy is one of the most important social skills. To be able to understand what the other person is feeling exactly, children must be taught to recognise their own feelings first. I strongly believe reading makes you understand your emotions, how and why they happen, recognizing your own feelings and those of others around you. I am constantly looking for such books which are easy to understand and have deep learnings as well. And finally I got my hands on this book.
This book uses some of the simplest but most beautiful examples with best possible illustrations. It uses a little boy character to bring out the meaning of empathy, which is easier to relate for a kindergarten child.
Day to day common life situations which are faced by any child like falling sick, getting scared on the slide, playing alone, are a few examples from the book. Again, easy to relate for little children.
The book is interactive with its little readers – after every illustration there is a question like, “Do you feel the same ?”, “How do your friends make you feel?” It really helps the child reader connect with the situations explained in the book and also makes her/him understand what those feelings are.
I would definately recommend this book to anyone who wants their child to understand empathy at an early stage with different circumstances and situations.
Full marks to the illustrations which reinforce emotions mentioned in the situation and help the child reader relate to the topic being discussed better.
Jayneen Sanders writes on topics related to Body Safety, Gender Equality and other emotions/feelings children need to understand like empathy, tolerance, acceptance, self respect, self esteem, etc. Her other books are available on Amazon here.
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