Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Love Grows Love by Lauren Grabois Fischer

Empathy is at the heart of what it means to be human. It’s a foundation for acting ethically, for good relationships of many kinds, for loving well, and for professional success. And it’s key to preventing bullying and many other forms of cruelty.
-5 Tips for Cultivating Empathy, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Empathy is the ability to be aware of and sensitive to another person's thoughts, feelings, and experiences.  It's the ability to 'put yourself in their shoes' and is the foundation for kindness, tolerance, and compassion.  It's also an emotional skill that needs to be taught.  

One of the ways teachers and parents can help children learn empathy is through reading and discussing empathetic children's literature.  Reading Love Grows Love by Lauren Grabois Fischer is a good book to use when starting that discussion.  In Love Grows Love, we see children... and flowers... experiencing different emotions.  Their faces clearly depict how they are feeling.  Children will be able to look at the illustrations, identify how each child and flower are feeling, and see a cause and effect relationship between the children's emotions and the flowers'.  Keep reading to learn more about Love Grows Love and for a science/art activity that will reinforce this book's message!

Love Grows Love by Lauren Grabois Fischer sends a message of love and empathy. Read Love Grows Love then make some seed paper to grow some love!

Author Summary

Love Grows Love is a deep and inspiring children’s book that will simplify how to discuss emotions, energy, feelings, and positivity. This book has created a buzz as it teaches empathy and energy in a beautiful and simplistic way. Children are feeling the emotions of the children in the illustrations and discussing it with their parents. It is important that we remember as parents, the messages that we provide to our children at a young age will create their futures. Our children deserve to grow up confident and empowered, spiritually aware, and comfortable in who they are.

🍎 Title: Love Grows Love
🍎 Author: Lauren Grabois Fischer
🍎 Illustrator: Devin Hunt
🍎 Publisher: The Be Books
🍎 Date: May 3, 2017
🍎 Pages: 34

Love Grows Love by Lauren Grabois Fischer sends a message of love and empathy. Read Love Grows Love then make some seed paper to grow some love!

Reading Love Grows Love

Love Grows Love is a deceivingly simple story with only three words on the page.  At first glance, you might think that Love Grows Love is a book intended for beginning readers, but that's not the case.  This is a book for all ages to read.  

Love Grows Love by Lauren Grabois Fischer sends a message of love and empathy. Read Love Grows Love then make some seed paper to grow some love!

The power of Love Grows Love lies within its message... 'what we extend to others, others give us in return.'  Lauren Grabois Fischer uses flowers and gardening as metaphors to emphasize this message.  On each double-page spread, we see a child watering flowers.  These flowers reflect the emotions the child is feeling.  For example, the sad child is growing sad flowers and the laughing child is growing laughing flowers.  The message of Love Grows Love is clear... if we sow love in others, we will receive love... if we sow anger, we will receive anger. It's a clear cause and effect relationship your students will quickly recognize.  Simple?  Yes.  Simplistic?  No.  You can easily spend a lengthy amount of time discussing emotions, empathy, cause and effect, metaphors, and illustrations with your students.

Love Grows Love by Lauren Grabois Fischer sends a message of love and empathy. Read Love Grows Love then make some seed paper to grow some love!

Science and Art Enrichment

Hearts are the universal symbol of love.  After reading and discussing Love Grows Love with your students, reinforce the book's message with this simple seed paper craft that will have them... metaphorically...  growing love.  

To make this seed paper you will need:
  • three pieces of tissue paper (bulk size: 360 sheets of tissue paper 12"x8.5" affiliate link)
  • cookie sheet (nonstick is best)
  • packets of flower seeds (one per child)
  • a small bowl of warm water
  • white glue
  • paintbrush
  • scissors
  • pencil
Love Grows Love by Lauren Grabois Fischer sends a message of love and empathy. Read Love Grows Love then make some seed paper to grow some love!
(first layer of tissue paper + seeds, wet)

Step One: Combine the Water and the Glue

  • Take a small bowl of warm water and stir in some glue.  Continue adding glue until the water turns cloudy.
  • This watered-down glue will be the bonding agent used to add some durability to your seed paper and to keep the layers together.

Love Grows Love by Lauren Grabois Fischer sends a message of love and empathy. Read Love Grows Love then make some seed paper to grow some love!
(seed sandwich with three layers of tissue paper + two layers of seeds, wet)

Step Two: Make a Tissue Paper and Seed Sandwich

  • Lay your first sheet of tissue paper on the cookie sheet.
  • Carefully paint the tissue paper with the watered-down glue.
  • Sprinkle some of the seeds onto the tissue paper.
  • Cover the seeds with a second sheet of tissue paper.
  • Coat the second layer with a thin coat of watered-down glue.
  • Gently press the layers together.
  • Repeat this process until you have a seed sandwich with three layers of tissue paper and two layers of seeds.

Love Grows Love by Lauren Grabois Fischer sends a message of love and empathy. Read Love Grows Love then make some seed paper to grow some love!
(dried seed paper, uncut)

Step Three: Cut Out the Hearts

  • Set your seed sandwich aside to air dry. The paper will be stiff and 'crispy'.  The edges may curl up as well.  (If you set them near a heating vent, they will dry faster!)
  • Use a pencil to draw hearts on the dried paper. Be gentle so it doesn't rip.
  • Use scissors to cut out the hearts.  It's OK if you cut through some of the seeds.
  • Don't throw away the scraps... if they have seeds in them, they can be planted too!
  • If the edges of the hearts come apart while you're cutting, don't panic.  Use your water-downed glue to seal them back up.  Be careful... if you used a marker to draw the hearts, the ink WILL bleed when it gets wet!

Love Grows Love by Lauren Grabois Fischer sends a message of love and empathy. Read Love Grows Love then make some seed paper to grow some love!

Grow Love

The seed paper hearts in this activity are plantable in soil.  Depending on the seeds you chose, you can either place the hearts on the soil's surface or bury them.  You can also water them in the same way you'd water regular seeds.  Read the back of the seed packet to determine how you should plant your hearts and how much water they will need.  As your students tend to their seeds, remind them that love grows love and smiles grow smiles!

Love Grows Love by Lauren Grabois Fischer sends a message of love and empathy. Read Love Grows Love then make some seed paper to grow some love!

You can also use strips of toilet paper to make these hearts.  The process is the same but requires more precision.  Using toilet paper will give you a softer texture when the hearts are done.

Love Grows Love by Lauren Grabois Fischer sends a message of love and empathy. Read Love Grows Love then make some seed paper to grow some love!

Important Message

Once you start working on the seed paper and those seeds get wet, the seeds WILL begin germinating.  They will absorb the water and begin sending out small roots within days.  It is important to plant the seed paper as soon as possible and keep those seeds moist.  This seed paper is NOT shelf-stable.  You can keep it as a decoration indefinitely, but if you want to actually grow the seeds, you need to do so ASAP.  If you let the seed paper stay dry for too long, the seeds will die from neglect.  Love grows love... but nothing grows from neglect.

Love Grows Love by Lauren Grabois Fischer sends a message of love and empathy. Read Love Grows Love then make some seed paper to grow some love!

Learn more about Love Grows Love and The Be Books series:

Love Grows Love by Lauren Grabois Fischer sends a message of love and empathy. Read Love Grows Love then make some seed paper to grow some love!

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