Who are we? Whether or not people are warmly welcomed in a new location or maligned and mistreated, fundamentally comes down to the attitude of each individual they encounter. These attitudes are formed as children learn and grow, and become laws when they are decision-makers. Hate and indifference have no place in our complicated world. Our work is to provide resources that change hearts, minds, and ultimately future governments, by educating children in empathy, compassion, and more today.
This children's book, "Immigrant, Refugee, & Stranger -- The Barnyard Buddies Meet a Newcomer," influences children to hold compassion in their hearts as they use critical thinking to understand, and determine best action around any issue. Children learn that including compassion in their decision-making is critical. Because it uses loveable animals and has an extensive Parent and Teacher Guide with activities and discussion questions, children's hearts are touched and the learning is for life.
"If we are to have real peace in the world, we shall have to begin with the children," said Gandhi. We agree. Since attitudes of adults are difficult to change, we provide guidance for young kids, both residents, and those coming to our country. They learn to interact with others with kindness as a prerequisite, not an afterthought. This learning sinks deeply into their hearts and minds, and will influence their behaviors as culture-creating teens and adults. This is especially important today.
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