Compassion Reading List
Nothing in Common
by Kate Hoefler & Corinna Luyen
Two neighbors both love to watch the old man and his dog from their windows, but they never wave to each other. After all, they have nothing in common. But everything changes when they are the only ones who notice that one day is different—there is the old man, but where is the dog?
In this lyrical picture book, two strangers learn about the many ways the world connects us—even if the only thing we have in common is how much we care about someone else. Filled with whimsy and warmth, Nothing In Common is a tender friendship story that reminds us to always lead with compassion.
After reading the story to the class, process it with these or similar questions:
- Did you like the story of Nothing in Common?
- Was it necessary to have something in common with each other to feel sorrow when the old man lost his dog?
- What did the boy and girl have in common with the old man?
- Was it necessary to have something in common to exercise Compassion and look for the dog?
- After the boy and girl joined together to help someone else, did they find that they had things in common?
- Did you predict at the beginning based on the title that they really did have something in common?
- How did this story deepen your sense of Compassion?
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