Book Review: An Inside Story

Book by Chris Hartstein and Leland Brigham

“On the inside, all people are more alike than different. ”What a great quote from a new children’s book I recently discovered. When we talk to young children about the kind of open-hearted living that we long for them to value, they seem to understand; even though it is not concrete.

So, when we point to our hearts and say things like “I feel so sad to hear that you may be unhappy right now!”, our children seem to get it. Skin hues, glasses, hair and outfits; these are all very concrete ways of talking about difference and uniqueness. On the other hand, when we talk about the impact of our experiences, we are talking about the intangible things in life. And of course, these intangibles are really important. An Inside Story simplifies in a deep way how we want our children to understand empathy and compassion. So, if you are looking for a way to explain to your child the wonderful relationships between thoughts, feelings and needs, then An Inside Story is the book for you. Enjoy!

P.S. This book has a companion doll called an Empathy Doll.      
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