Skills Children Learn

We Really Do Care By Tami Lewis Brown

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Back of Book:
A little boy has a ball. It’s his, and he really doesn’t care if nobody else has a ball. He’s not sharing. He’s not sharing his pets either. Or his family. Especially not his brother. But then he realizes that both he and the new little girl he meets–the one who’s all alone without a ball or a pet or a family of her own–are actually quite similar. And when he sees their similarities instead of their differences, he’s happy to share. Even his little brother.
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from Penguin publishing in exchange for an honest review.
A few years ago I attended a  teaching conference where the focus was on teaching children empathy. The speakers that week discussed the importance of incorporating empathy into our daily teaching.  My school has now adopted social and emotional learning standards and one of the main concepts I focus on is showing empathy to others.
Tami Lewis Brown has created a simple and touching story that allows readers to understand the importance of compassion and kindness. The young boy in the story meets a young girl and realizes that other children may not have all the wonderful things that he does. He and his friends come together to let the girl know that she is not alone in the world.
The illustrations by Tania de Regil are bright and colorful. I loved the images of the children playing together in harmony.
This story can be incorporated into any social and emotional lesson. It is so important that we teach children how to have empathy, kindness, and compassion,  for all people.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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