IT’S HARD NOT TO STARE

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mosaic invited two junior reporters to interview Tim Huff, author of the Compassion Series books, which are being used in elementary schools across Canada to educate and inspire children around challenging topics. Book 1 is entitled The Cardboard Shack Beneath the Bridge: Helping Children Understand Homelessness. Book 2 is entitled, It’s Hard Not To Stare: Helping Children Understand Disabilities. Sophie in Grade 4, and Makaiao in Grade 3 sit down with Tim and ask some great questions.

Sophie: What gave you the idea to write about compassion?

Tim: Lots of years ago when my kids were 8 and 4 years old, we were walking down the street and passed by sleeping bags and a homeless person sleeping on the street and some other stuff.  My kids kept asking “Daddy, why is that stuff there? Who is that person laying there?” Now, I actually cared for and worked with homeless people and I had a hard time answering their questions, so I thought I would make a little book…this started just as some coloured photocopies for my own children, but as it turned out, people were interested enough that they wanted to make it into a book for all kinds of people. I actually took care of homeless people for over 20 years and worked on the street and walked past people who look just like this. I also worked with kids with disabilities for many years. I worked with deaf children for 14 summers at a camp and I married a woman I met at the camp.  She can hear but both her parents are deaf. Her first language is sign language.

Keep reading in mosaic magazine for the full interview! Visit www.compassionseries.com for more information.