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|Book Review| Listening WIth My Heart

{I was provided a complimentary copy of this book prior to my review, all opinions are of my own}

Synopsis:

When Esperanza spots a heart-shaped rock, she sees it as a reminder to spread kindness and love in the world. But when the school play doesn’t go the way she’d imagined, will she remember to give it to herself?

Listening with My Heart is a beautifully illustrated book that touches on the universal themes of kindness, empathy and self-compassion. It reminds us of the other golden rule—to treat ourselves with the same kindness that we give to others.

 

My Review:

Esperanza was a great friend to others, but struggled with being that great friend to herself. This is similar to the belief that people can give great advice, but tend to sway when it comes to themselves. Why is that? The focus on Esperanza's heart-shaped rock was vital because it reminded me that we are met with signs in our everyday life. These signs provide us with the opportunities to practice what is needed in our lives; patience, self-compassion, bravery, etc. 

This story mirrors a lot of challenges our youth face today. They struggle with self-esteem, body issues and the pressure to be "perfect", and unfortunately they are getting younger and younger. It is unrealistic to live a life without mistakes. This book provides an example of being okay with mistakes and to believe in one's self despite of any. Our youth need to these reminders (as well as adults) to not let their greatness or accomplishments be foreshadowed by small and simple mistakes. 

Listening With My Heart, is a great tool to have in the school, home, or library and provides a clear message of mindfulness. Not only is it a great story with vibrant illustrations, but the author provides a free activity guide. The guide includes discussion questions about the book and reflection questions about self-compassion, kindness, empathy and friendship. You can also download posters like the one I have below! Awesome right? 

 

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Gabi Garcia

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Listening with my heart is the author's second children's book. 

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