How Do I Stand in Your Shoes?


by Susan DeBell

for ages 4-10

Miranda Peabody had no patience for the other students in class and just didn’t understand why they couldn’t be as smart and talented as she was. Her teacher, Mrs. Klemp, suggested that she try to understand other people by “standing in their shoes.” After much searching, she learns the true meaning of “standing in someone else’s shoes” and having empathy for others.

This full-colour, illustrated storybook for ages 4-10 includes discussion questions as well as activities to enhance learning about empathy.

Buying Tip:  This is a great tool when teaching empathy, tolerance and understanding difference.

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This is a good story about empathy.  This story has a very good way of showing young children how to have empathy. By learning how to “stand in someone else’s shoes”, Miranda learns to become more empathetic to others.

Excellent way to teach empathy.  Great book. I love the story that it teaches and my students thought it was funny and kept their attention. I teach kindergarten through 3rd grade and they all enjoyed it.

Nice book about empathy.  I bought this book to use with kindergarteners to whom I teach social/emotional skills. I have also used it with first and third graders for the same purpose. It is a great little story to help children learn about the concept of “empathy”. I would say that the older students did better with the length of the story, but overall they all enjoy the illustrations, and can discuss the ideas presented about “standing in others’ shoes”. Last week I knew the kindergarteners “got it” when we were talking about how to react when they hear or see someone making a mistake, and a few hands flew up sharing that they should “stand in the shoes” of the mistake maker to know how he/she might be feeling, and react kindly based on that. I still use this book with kindergarteners and they enjoy it, especially with a lot of added discussion so that some of the more abstract parts are easier for them to understand. Given that, it is a perfect book for kids who are a bit older, but the K students still love it!

Great tool for teaching empathy, tolerance and difference.  I am a counselor and used this book with students in teaching lessons on tolerance, accepting differences, and empathy. It is powerful! I could easily use it in grades k-5 (elementary/primary) teaching the concepts at a different level in each grade!

Publishing Information

  • Ages: 4-10
  • Pages: 33
  • Format: Paperback
  • Item No: 0097
  • Published: 2006

Additional information

Weight 0.45 g
Dimensions 5 × 5 × 5 cm

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