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At fifteen, I discovered Raymond Carver in a book of short stories that two friends of my parents kindly let me lift from their house in the middle of a car trip. Carver writes wonderfully about empathy.
With touching detail, Shaun Tan's picture book tells the story of a migrant family, seeking refuge and asylum in a strange new city. By depicting this new city as an alienating, science-fiction world, Tan performs a neat trick on our empathy glands.
‘I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.’
Pearl is a medieval poem by an unknown author.
This classic tale of a small boy, Dave, and his lost toy is, like all Shirley Hughes books, packed on every page with emotional nuance and infused with Hughes' humorous and compassionate viewpoint.
This children's book tells the life story of a horse, Black Beauty. It was written in 1877 and the author stated that her intention was "to induce kindness, sympathy and an understanding treatment of horses", so we can see that she was very interested in the idea of empathy.
When Toby steps into the path of a dog who bullies him and shreds his beloved stuffed teddy-bear toy, feelings get hurt. This beautifully illustrated book teaches children about the importance of kindness, respect, acceptance and being considerate of others, including pets.
Fabulous book about a fish who learns (eventually) that life is so much more fun and happier when he learns to share. Loved this book when my daughter was younger and still re visit sometimes when she forgets her manners!