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On his way to school one day, Sid the dog discovers he can fly. When he excitedly tells his classmates what he just did, they mock him, and his teacher scolds him for lying. Put on the spot to prove his ability, Sid falls flat on his face.
This is a comic story about what happens when you fail to empathise. Professor Dupont has ten cockatoos in his conservatory and greets them in exactly the same way every morning.
A nameless girl passes helplessly through many dark moments, yet ultimately finds something hopeful at the end of her journey. This is a really unusual children's book: it focuses on dark experiences of loneliness, loss, dislocation, fear, alienation, using metaphorical images to convey them.
The Octonauts are a team of undersea animal explorers in search of adventure, but always at the ready to help other sea creatures. One day they encounter a fish that is constantly frowning.
Mr Plumbean lives on a neat street where all the houses are the same. One day a seagull drops a can of orange paint on his roof.
Mog is a family cat - not very smart but very loveable. Out in the dark garden one night her head fills with fears, and her vivid imagination sets off some wild, even frightening, dreams.
I'm going to declare this book as the ideal early-years first introduction to empathy. Bobo is a baby chimp living in the jungle and he has lost his mum. Everywhere he goes, he sees other baby animals being cuddled by one of their parents and he cries the same refrain on every page, "hug!".
In a city full of bustling strangers, only young Will notices a bird lying wounded on the paverment. With his mum's help, he takes it home and nurtures it back to health.
This is a dark book about revenge against authoritarian education from the usually gentle John Burningham. Every day when John Patrick Norman McHennessy sets out for school he gets caught up in extraordinary events with lions and crocodiles and tidal waves, so arrives late and bedraggled.
Willy is a lonely chimpanzee living in a world of intimidating-looking gorillas, until one day he literally bumps into a gentle giant, Hugh Jape, and thus begins an exceptional and charming friendship.