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Reviewed by Diana Lopez for Readers' Favorite
Empathy helps us understand and share feelings. It allows us to socialize and make friends because that way we can identify with others and know when they need help. A Book About Empathy covers everything you need to know in a way that will be entertaining for children. The protagonist of the book is Maddie, a very happy girl who explains how to understand empathy using several examples. In teaching children to develop empathy, we must first understand them and show interest in their feelings, tastes, and needs. More importantly, lead by example, just like Maddie does in this book. Author Manuela Ocampo also includes a guide so that children can practice empathy and identify situations where they can help others.
I liked the way A Book About Empathy highlights the importance of developing emotional intelligence and it is a skill that must be learned from a young age. Manuela Ocampo describes the process in a very clear manner, explains empathy, its advantages, and how to develop it, which will motivate children to become better people. I also liked how during Maddie's explanations and again at the end, the metaphor of putting oneself in another's shoes is used, because that way children can see it as a game, act without prejudice, and socialize appropriately with their friends, acquaintances, and relatives.