Creating Empathy in a Children’s Book by Mel Rosenberg - מל רוזנברג - Ourboox.com
I'm a writer, scientist, musician, inventor and lecturer. During the daytime I am advisor to the President of Shenkar College. In the evening I write children's books, satire, and "how to" manuals ("Mel's ten tips). I'm co-founder of Ourboox and married to Ourboox CEO Shuli Sapir-Nevo.
Oct 2013
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Creating Empathy in a Children’s Book

by Mel Rosenberg - מל רוזנברג

Empathy is a key factor in a children’s book.

Why should we care about the character or what happens to him/her?

The character should resonate in our hearts the same way a great song does.

Here are some ways to create empathy and some examples that I added (you can do better.)

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1. Perhaps your characters displays a valued characteristic such as loyalty, love, or courage. Put it right at the beginning.

Peter was the only boy in the class who wasn’t afraid of Rex the bulldog.

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2. Perhaps your character is particularly good at something. – Show us what it is.

Susan could draw anything. Even pigeons.

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3. Treated in an unjust or mean fashion.

Children picked on Jeremy because he was from out of town.

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4. Wishing for something universally understood, such as love, purpose, friendship.

Cynthia dreamed of having a friend.

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5. Thrust into danger. – Either by nature, misfortune, or someone.

One day, the bank manager paid them a visit.

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6. Thrust into grief – make sure first that we know a little bit about the character.

Freda had only one brother and when he became sick with tuberculosis, she became sick with grief.

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7. Caring for others, especially at a cost to oneself.

Even though mother bird was hungry, she fed the worms to her newly hatched chicks.

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8. Unique, attention-getting, unusual.

Even when Jennifer was sick or lonely, she still smiled.

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9. Attempting to overcome a fear or to make a change.

“I have come to help fight the lion,” said the old wildebeest.

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10. Facing an inner struggle.

No one was looking. Should she take the money?

 

 

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