In Your Shoes: A Story of Empathy is a great way for children to see how what they do or say can affect others. The story is told from one of the characters point of view and how she was the one who wasn’t listening to her friend, when he had an important announcement. In turn this affected him and others around him, including her as well. She was too busy talking about her own exciting news and didn’t hear him, when others did; she ended up feeling bad and did not have empathy at first. In a thought bubble it discusses important notes on empathy when it relates to the part of the story on that particular page. At the end, she makes things right and both the girl and Jacob feel better. This book is great for teaching children that everything is not always about them and that others’ feelings count as well. It also reveals how important it is to have the skill of listening and of course empathy.
This book is great for kids who can comprehend a little bit more of what it means to talk and listen to others. The age group would be Kindergarten-3rd grade. Discussion questions are provided below.
Have you ever read In Your Shoes to your child(ren)? What did you think of it?