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Empathy-Boosting Books: Victor, The Wolf With Worries

This week we’re taking part in the Read for Empathy Discovery Tour. Read on for more information about the Read for Empathy Collection and to find out about our empathy-boosting book of choice – Victor, The Wolf With Worries.

Empathy Collection Discovery Tour 2024

What is EmpathyLab?

empathy labEmpathyLab is the first organisation to build children’s empathy, literacy and social activism through a systematic use of high-quality literature. Their strategy builds on new scientific evidence showing the power of reading to build real-life empathy skills, driven by a belief that empathy is a beacon of hope in a divided world.
This month, Empathy Lab has launched the 2024 Read for Empathy collection of children’s books to build empathy. The primary and secondary collections include picture books, novels, poetry, non-fiction and graphic and verse novels. Read more about the launch of this year’s empathy collection here.
Free Guides to the primary and secondary collections are available here https://www.empathylab.uk/RFE

Empathy-Boosting Book Choice: Victor, the Wolf with Worries

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The team at Empathy Lab invited us to choose one of the titles in the collection to showcase as a brilliant empathy-boosting recommendation as part of their Discovery Tour. We’ve selected Victor the Wolf With Worries by Catherine Rayner, which was chosen by our Review Panel as one of our Books of the Month back in August and also features on our list best children’s books of 2023.

Victor the Wolf With Worries tells the story of a wolf cub who finds himself carrying worries about everything. Our Review Panel said, “Victor the Wolf With Worries is a charming and thoughtful book. Beautifully presented, with exquisite artwork by the author, it is a feline take on ‘The Huge Bag of Worries’ and will, I’m sure, become a classic to draw upon both in the KS1 classroom and at bedtime. Victor has three all-encompassing worries which he feels are insurmountable, until his friend Pablo comes to the rescue.

Pablo’s solutions are simple and magically effective and many a teacher and parent up and down the country will find themselves incorporating these strategies into practice.”

The wolves in the story, despite being idealised as brave, big and fierce, look rather like shy, dignified puppies. Children will delight in naming them and considering the real characteristics that lie behind their grey coats and pointed noses. The conclusion of the story – that ‘everybody worries!’ and that ‘worries come and go’ –  is a delightful drawing together of the narrative, leaving even the shyest little one feeling safe and comforted.

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victor the wolf with worries Victor the Wolf With Worries is available to purchase online from Amazon or from Bookshop.org.

For more information about the Read for Empathy collection, please visit the EmpathyLab website.

Where next?
> Visit our Reading for Pleasure Hub
> Browse our Topic Booklists
> View our printable year group booklists.
> See our Books of the Month.

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