This charming story uses verse, beautiful illustrations and a little person called Quinn to model the meaning of empathy. Quinn shows an abundance of understanding, compassion and kindness towards others. Empathy is a learnt trait, and one to nurture in all children. Included are Discussion Questions and activities to promote empathy.
One of the most important social skills a child can learn is empathy. Being able to understand how another person is feeling and recognizing their needs helps people to connect to one another across race, culture and the diversity that is ever-present and so important to our world. Throughout the story, Quinn takes the reader on a journey of learning through the example of others, teaching children about empathy, feelings, kindness, compassion, tolerance, respect and recognizing bullying behaviours.
“Our world is so special, we all need to care
about one another and the earth we share.
People together from far and wide,
we’re all on this planet, we’re on the same side.”
Jayneen Sanders (also known as Jay Dale)
Jay (Jayneen) Sanders is an experienced primary school teacher, editor, author and publisher.
She started her teaching career in the 1980s as a primary school teacher in rural Queensland. In her second year she was asked to lecturer to beginning teachers on creativity in teaching practice.
In 1984, Jay moved to Victoria and taught at a number of inner -city schools.
In 1985, Jay had a change of career and became an educational editor for Longman Cheshire; and in 1989, she was employed by Macmillan as commissioning editor in the Primary division.
Jay and her partner, Mark Sanders, moved to Japan in the early 90s and worked as English teachers for over three and a half years.
On returning to Australia in 1994, Jay and Mark established their own business, UpLoad Publishing (with the imprint Educate2Empower Publishing). Since that time, Jay has authored/packaged numerous titles for the educational publishing industry. She was one of three authors who wrote the overall structure for Nelson Maths for Victoria, (shortlisted for Australian Publishing Association Primary Textbook Series 2004) Nelson Maths and Nelson Maths for Victoria VELS edition (winner of Australian Publishing Association Primary Textbook series 2008). Jay was one of three authors who created the Nelson Numeracy Assessment Kit (winner of Australian Publishing Association Primary Teaching and Learning Package 2005 and the joint overall winner of Australian Publishing Association Educational Title of the Year 2005).
Jay is an accomplished children’s book author, writing a number of titles for Nelson’s literacy series PM Plus and Flying Colours. She has also written a number of children’s books including titles in Oxford’s humorous fiction series ZigZags, Funtastic’s series Totally Kidz, Macmillan’s non-fiction series Deadly and Incredible, and a children’s picture book series for Penguin.
“I love this book and highly recommend it to parents, educators and counselors. The latest research shows that our children are hard-wired to care but unless we nurture empathy it lies dormant. You, Me, and Empathy offers us a way to talk to our children about the importance of caring for others. Jayneen also provides simple tips that we can instantly use to start stretching children’s empathy muscles. Being able to understand how another person is feeling and recognizing their needs is so crucial to humanity. You, Me and Empathy is a must to help us all achieve a kinder world.”
“In this gem, young readers are invited to explore their feelings and discover their ability to understand not only their own emotions but also the feelings of others. Written in first-person narrative with every-day examples of situations that might cause uncomfortable feelings like worry, anger, sadness, or fright, this text with reflection questions sprinkled throughout is sure to spark and ignite some dynamic conversations about empathy, compassion and kindness.”
“A gorgeous story for young children that gets them thinking about, and understanding, how other people are feeling. This book contains beautiful illustrations, with a diverse cast of characters and scenarios that are very familiar and easy for children to relate to and learn from. A must-have book for every family and school library!”
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How Big Are Your Worries Little Bear?
Soft cover (Picture book)