Great Picture Books   Leave a comment

I love children’s books with powerful truths.  Leo Lionni has written “Fish Is Fish,” a story of a fish imagining the world as described by a frog.  Here is Fish’s mental picture of a cow:

Fish Is Fish

It is basically a fish with four legs, horns, and a “pink bag of milk.”  It is a profound parable of how we see everything from our own perspective, even when we do our best to be “unbiased.”  We unknowingly skew everything to match our preconceptions, experiences, personality, etc. so that we can wholly misunderstand others even when we listen with best intentions.  Seeing things from another’s perspective is an art and skill that require patience, humility, empathy, curiosity, and practice, and it is one of the most powerful expressions of love we can grant.

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Posted May 9, 2015 by janathangrace in Reading

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