A child recognizes his own humanity, his capacity for doing harm and being harmed, his ability to feel joy and sadness, and his belief in hope and promise to keep learning.
The illustrations in this book are beautiful, and definitely my favorite part! The message about empathy is lovely, but felt pretty abstract for a children’s book and while this is one I’d definitely pull out if I was working on empathy with my child, it isn’t one I’d want to read again and again and again for the story.
This book is full of meaningful truths and lessons suitable for every age. I love that it encourages kindness, love, empathy, equality, and hope. This book is all about being the best you! Plus, the illustrations are beautiful and whimsical.
Susan Verde is the author of the I Am series illustrated by Peter Reynolds, including the instant #1 New York Times bestseller I Am Human. In addition to writing books, she is a certified yoga and mindfulness instructor for kids of all ages. She lives in East Hampton, New York