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I Am Human: A Book of Empathy
Contributor(s): Verde, Susan, Reynolds, Peter H. (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1419731653     ISBN-13: 9781419731655
Publisher: Harry N Abrams Inc
    OUR PRICE: $13.50  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: October 2018
Annotation: A child recognizes his own humanity, his capacity for doing harm and being harmed, his ability to feel joy and sadness, and his belief in hope and promise to keep learning.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Empathy; Fiction.
Compassion; Fiction.
Conduct of life; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places
- Juvenile Fiction | Health & Daily Living
- Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2017054251
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 8.50" W x 0.50" (0.55 lbs) 32 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):
Susan Verde is the author of The Museum, You and Me, I Am Yoga, and My Kicks. She is a licensed yoga instructor and lives in East Hampton, New York. Peter H. Reynolds is the renowned illustrator behind the bestselling Judy Moody and Stink series as well as many other bestselling and award-winning picture books, including TheDot and Ish. He lives in Dedham, Massachusetts.  

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 September)

PreS-Gr 3—This companion book to I Am Yoga and I Am Peace explores what it means to be human. It begins with "I was born. A miracle! One of billions but unique!" and continues with traits that make us human—learning, having dreams, seeing possibility, curiosity, wonder, and friendships. Then it addresses the not-so-great stuff: hurting others with words or actions; being fearful or sad. It also offers a way to get beyond the not-perfect bits—with thoughtfulness, kindness, helping, being fair, listening, and apologizing. Verde brings it all together in the end with the connectedness of humans to each other. The clear and concise text is well-matched by Reynolds' familiar illustrations in which viewers follow an unnamed boy of color (born on page one) on his human journey. As in the previous books, each page features an abundance of white space around the main illustration, giving readers plenty of room to absorb the thoughtful text. An author's note on being human with a short lesson on loving-kindness meditation is appended. VERDICT An age-appropriate and hopeful look at what it means to be a connected human on this planet. It can be read as a picture book with big ideas or used as a great discussion starter.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH

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