When Freddy B. and Ezzie arrive tussling and tattling in their father's quiet study, he decides to lead them on an imaginary journey through the landscape of forgiveness. Together they see what it's like to forgive, and discover that forgiveness can feel good to the forgiver, perhaps even more than the forgiven.
In a Note to Parents, author and psychologist Robert Enright, PhD, defines forgiveness, differentiates it from reconciliation, and guides parents in helping their children learn how and why to forgive.
Robert D. Enright, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the author of more than 80 publications and has been a leader in the scientific study of forgiveness and its effects since 1985. His work on the subject has appeared in Time, McCall's, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times. He has appeared on ABC's 20/20, NBC's Nightly News, and many other television and radio shows. Currently, Dr. Enright is working on forgiveness education programs for primary school children in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Kathryn Kunz Finney received her art and design degree from Iowa State University. She has illustrated four children's books, greeting cards, and a variety of educational materials for children, and she is a portraitist specializing in children and pets. She lives with her family and Great Pyrenees, Harry, in Des Moines, Iowa. Like Freddy B. and Ezzie, her own daughter and son constantly forgive each other and know that they are the best of friends.