Empathy Way: Insides Out
By Mark & Judy Dann, June 19, 2013
Ok, this is one of the cutest books I have seen in a long, long while!! The images are heartwarming and draw the reader into the world and mind of bonobos. I have seen several children read this book already and all I hear is "awwww!!!" and "Oh.... how cute!!!). The pictures grab a child's attention so that then the story can really sink in. The story is whimsical and powerful at the same time. What a message here! Teaching children about empathy at an early age would prevent so much that is wrong with the world. What a positive lesson and what a hope for our children.
By Brady Mick on July 2, 2013
What a wonderful follow to Ms. Paris's first book: Standing at Waters Edge. In our world of clammer and pulls for attention, it is refreshing to read a sweet and profoundly simple account of what it means to be human - from a bonobo's perspective. Standing at Waters Edge was focused on adults, and Empathy Magic on children, however the congruency between each audience has value to the other. I know children who are in need of their "mirrors, heroes, and twins". And I know many many adults who could use Laney the bonobo's insights on living and working with empathy between others. A simple read, yet a life time of behavioral value.
July 2, 2013 By Kevin R.
Perfect way to introduce empathy to children...Empathy can be a difficult concept for adults to comprehend. Empathy Magic does a nice job of putting the concept into words and pictures to introduce the idea to children. The pictures will entertain them, but in combination with the words, should provide a great base of understanding about this incredibly important life lesson.
Empathy Way: I'm Different You're Different
By Meg Galipault on January 28, 2014
This little book, the second in a trio by Paris and Brickner, is the kids' version of "I'm OK, You're OK," with training wheels. If only we all had this when we were young! Growing up with an older brother with disabilities who was often the subject of ridicule, this book struck a special chord with me. The lesson for children -- that we all have something to offer to the world and each other -- is one that need not be so painful, guided by such wise words and with sensitivity.
By Lu on January 21, 2014
Should be required reading...I'm Different You're Different, and it's companion, Insides Out, are both such a fantastic way to introduce the concept of empathy to children. As the parent of a 10-year old son with High Functioning Autism, I have used both of these books to help my son comprehend the idea of empathy. Both books illustrate empathy in simple, easy to understand stories, accompanied by adorable photographs of bonobos at play and rest. I'm Different You're Different is powerful in that it illustrates acceptance through empathy. This book has been a great tool in helping my son with his own behavior, but I can't help but wonder how his experience might be different if it were required reading for his "neuro-typical" peers, as well.I plan to give copies of these books to friends who teach special needs children, but I wish I could give them to everyone who teaches young children. What a valuable lesson we might all learn.
Empathy Way: You Scared Me!
By Meg Galipault on January 28, 2014
I have such admiration for the author, Anne Paris, in setting out to create this trio of books on empathy. She has hit on the characteristic so needed in society, targeted for an age group--young children--who can make the most difference for us all. Teaching empathy to youngsters BEFORE they become bullies is critical. But bullies need to understand why they behave the way they do too. This volume does that, in a way that doesn't scorn and using images of bonobos that children will naturally adore. Kudos! For those with children or who teach children, this collection is a great tool for shaping healthy attitudes, respect for each other and ourselves, and delight in discovering our differences.
Empathy Way: Teacher's Manual
Jason A. Brasno, Principal (Grades 4-8)
Northridge Local Schools, Licking County OH
The content and curriculum provide excellent vehicles
for impacting the social and emotional learning needs of
our students. In particular, we are excited about the potential for the "Empathy Buddy Program" and the leadership opportunities it may provide for our 4th and
5th grade students.
Barbara Gruener, Counselor and Character Coach
Dr. Paris' authentic look at empathy will undoubtedly help even our youngest learners understand how [it] (empathy) looks, sounds, and feels. The teacher's guide is brilliantly written and the lesson plan ideas require very little prep.
My favorite part has to be the Empathy Buddy Badge that
a child can earn to show that he or she has mastered the concept of empathy and is now proudly practicing it ... to get better.
Jen Molitor, NTP, GAPS, M. Ed., Second Grade Teacher
I LOVE the real-life connections and that the skills taught go beyond the curriculum. I decided to link the first few lessons to our reading unit. We've been reading the books in a series and focusing on character development- really great fit for us to talk about putting ourselves in our character's shoes!