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Nov. 22, 2022

The Empathetic Penguin, Peanut with guest author Aruna Lepore

The Empathetic Penguin, Peanut with guest author Aruna Lepore

In This Episode

Teaching our children about empathy in their early stages of life is very important to any parent. However, it takes talented and passionate people to create these feelings in those around them at any age. This week's guest, Aruna M. Lepore, is a shining example of this with her children's book, Peanut the Penguin. The origin of Peanut has been inspired by the penguins of Cape Town, South Africa, to her roots in Trinidad, located in the Caribbean Islands. Follow us as we discover how a penguin who loves to sing inspires children and parents alike to understand empathy and how we can empower others to do the same.

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We Discuss Things Like

  1. A Dream of Prop Building
  2. Leaving Corporate for Love
  3. An Author and an Illustrator
  4. A Penguin from Cape Town, South Africa
  5. The Colors of Trinidad
  6. A Song of Empathy
  7. A Mother's Answers
  8. And So Much More

 

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Aruna M Lepore Profile Photo

Aruna M Lepore

Author/ Illustrator/ Speaker

An MBA graduate, I was born into an entrepreneurial family on the island of Trinidad (and Tobago). I moved to the US when I was married and began a family. Once motherhood took hold, I embraced it full-time, putting aside the corporate facet of my life. I used every incredible value bestowed on me by my mother to become the best mother I could be to my children. I try to teach them, through example, the importance of empathy, compassion, sacrifice, and unconditional love. I used those values to create stories, one of which was published, has been receiving fantastic feedback and reviews, and has won 3 book awards (The Creative Child Magazine 2022 Book of the Year Award, the Purple Dragonfly Book Award, and the Wishing Shelf Red Ribbon Book Award). I have since become a nursery school assistant teacher and work at an elementary school as a substitute teacher, staying close to my audience. My firm conviction in the benefits of teaching young children empathy, coupled with the values I learned from a strong mother, has allowed me to be a successful author, creating the type of story that is meant to allow the very young reader or listener to feel emotion. This is my goal.