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Listening With My Heart: A Story of Kindness and Self-Compassion

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  93 ratings  ·  19 reviews
When Esperanza finds 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?

In today’s hypercompetitive world, kids often internalize the message that their worth is attached to their accomplishments and that messing up is someth
Kindle Edition, 36 pages
Published December 1st 2017 by Skinned Knee Publishing
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While the central themes pertaining to practicing self-love and not being too hard on oneself are of course and indeed of the utmost importance and significance, personally and from a simple reading pleasure point of view, I have found Gabi Garcia's Listening With My Heart much much too message-heavy and frustratingly contrived (read artificial) and thus really not all that realistic either. For while I do tend to agree with EVERYTHING the author has stated, it (at least to and for me) does not make ...more
Melissa Kapadia
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just purchased this for my friend's 5-year old and think this is a very sweet book with a very good message. I love the ways this book enacts inclusion and gives examples of how to enact compassion in the everyday.
Eve Costarelli
Listening With My Heart: A Story Of Kindness And Self-Compassion by Gabi Garcia shares the messages of awareness, self -respect and friendliness, using positive self talk within a story that empowers you to being true to yourself. The spirit of the book is openhearted and generous and the illustrations are super adorable. The message is clear-be compassionate and kind to yourself so that you can reach past yourself and extend the kindness to others. The illustrator, Ying Hui Tan, has really deve ...more
Tiffany Peppers
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very thoughtful

The illustrations were perfect. The message was clear. This book teaches children to love themselves, and gives tips on how they can do so.
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love it so much

It’s so awesome and great it reminds me about how I need to be kind to every one,including myself. love it so much
Annie Lynn of AnnieBirdd Music, LLC
Wonderful Author finds Wonderful Artist & MAGIC!

I wasn’t expecting much from this book because I thought it might be babyish. Surprisingly I found myself sucked into the story, the feelings, & the illustrations which are incredible and completely represent what the author describes. This book should be in every classroom. If all kids could learn the level of heart swelling empathy that these main protagonists have, the world would be a better place, I’m certain. I hope to order this
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Be kind to yourself, not just others

This book has a great message for kids. It’s easy to be kind to others, but we can often be unkind to ourselves. We must accept our failures and learn from it. There’s always tomorrow to try it again. Even as an adult, I can learn the lesson about self-compassion.
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beautiful story for children, wonderful reminder for adults ❤

As an early childhood educator who believes that positive social emotional development is key for lifelong success, I loved reading this story. I also believe this is a great reminder for adults to spread love but especially to ourselves
Sara L. L.
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This beautiful book has an engaging story about kindness and self-compassion. In this book, Esperanza finds a heart-shaped rock that later she has as a reminder of love and kindness to others and herself as well. A great book that reminds us to be kind to ourselves! :) It has vivid illustrations!
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Self love is good love

Positive uplifting and introspective. Loved the simplicity of act that are of deeper meanings. Great for children to help understand the capacity we must have for ourselves.
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A book that talks about loving and accepting yourself for children.
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
LOVE this book! Awesome to promote good conversations with kids.
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beautifully teaches how self-talk should match the kindness we show to our friends.
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good book

I think this book is inspiring and deserves all five stars from everyone.
And thats I have to say.Awesome book.
Katherine Phouthavong
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book

My son loved this book. It was a perfect way to explain self love. We tend to forget to treat ourselves with the same compassion as others.
Ronella Pieters
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good read

It was very helpful. It sparked great conversation with my kids about accepting you made a mistake and it’s okay.
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
Great book for discussing kindness
Amy Arpin
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Perfect. Two lessons in one book

Great reminder for children to bring kindness to others. But most importantly when things go wrong is to be kind to yourself as well
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book can be culturally fun for kids of Hispanic homes. It features a little girl named Esperanza and follows her though her day as she prepares for her first play. This book is a good teaching example of embarrassment and how to deal with things that make us upset. It also shows the inclusion of other cultures in the classroom. Good book for K-2nd.
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Gabi Garcia is a mama, Licensed Professional Counselor and former teacher who believes that empowering children to tune into and trust their bodies is a lifelong gift. She has worked as a therapist in a variety of setting for over 15 years and currently works as a public school counselor.

Gabi agrees that we teach what we most need to learn, and she always has better days when she liste