Jen Robinson's Book Page: The Invisible Boy: Trudy Ludwig & Patrice Barton
Our goal is not to groom little charismatic sociopaths. The ultimate goal is to want to treat other living things with kindness because it's the right thing to do.
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Luckily this is much easier to accomplish if you start early. I think that if you truly model empathy as your priority and talk about it with your children and provide lots of example situations, then your kids will be in pretty good shape. Here's my theory.
Children that are read to a lot are going to be way ahead of the curve in more ways than one. This in turn prepares them for such situations.
In my opinion this makes children's books a very important medium for teaching something like empathy. The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig and illustrated by Patrice Barton is a picture book about reaching out to someone who needs a friend and it is a masterclass example of empathy.
Brian is the invisible boy in Ludwig's story.
The Invisible Boy
Other kids act like they don't see him, or maybe they really don't. He isn't picked at all for teams, he isn't invited to birthday parties, and he sits by himself in the cafeteria. What really gets me is how his teacher even has trouble noticing him, because she's busy dealing with children who "take up a lot of space.
Ludwig absolutely nails what would happen in this situation - "the other kids sneak looks at Justin, trying to figure out if he's cool enough to be their friend. It would be so incredibly easy for Justin to ignore Brian like everyone else, but Justin is an amazing kid, and the empathetic hero of this story.
Versione italiana. The Dark Side of the Invisible Boy. Michele, the superhero boy, is now 16 and deadling with his teen angst, quest for rebellion and a dark side that is knocking at the door. A new character has been added to the story: it's Natasha Galatea Bellugi , the mysterious sister of Michele.
The Invisible Boy
He remains hopeful, even in the presence of the other children's indifference when they don't pick him for a team, or talk right in front of him about a party he wasn't invited to. And when the other kids make fun of the new boy's Korean lunch, Brian "sits there wondering which is worse--being laughed at or feeling invisible.
A small, believable, true-to-his-nature action. It's lovely. Barton's digitally painted pencil sketches are simply perfect for this story. She shows Brian in gray tones, next to the brighter colors of the other kids.
As the new boy responds to Brian's gesture, appreciating him for his art, Brian starts to bloom with a hint of color. And by the end of the book, he's "not so invisible after all. The other kids form a realistically diverse palette, with Brian's eventual two friends Korean and African American.
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