All Kinds of People: What Makes Us Different (Spyglass Books Series)

All Kinds of People: What Makes Us Different (Spyglass Books Series)

by Jennifer Waters

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Children's Literature
This book, which is part of the "Social Studies" series, provides a nice introduction to the idea of diversity. The text is straight forward and reader friendly. Differences in personality and appearances are discussed much as a reader would expect by touching upon the various color of eyes, skin and hair that exist. Photographs of people accompany the text on each page. What makes this book especially useful, though, is the adept manner in which the author deals with issues such as disabilities, illness and age. In the section about communication, she mentions that there are many languages in the world one of which is sign language (pg.12) and in another section she writes that people can move quickly or slowly and that some use wheelchairs or canes (pg.14). The way that Waters presents these differences, as though they are all unique but also unexceptionable, helps to convey the underlying message of this book which is tolerance. That is, this book helps young children become aware of people's differences while impressing upon them the idea that none of these differences are cause for hostility or alarm. Diversity makes life interesting, this book insists, and who would disagree? 2003, Compass Point Books, Ages 3 to 5.
— Rihoko Ueno
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Each clearly written title consists of eight spreads and a simple activity or list of "Fast Facts." People looks at appearances, personalities, mobilities, and ways of communicating. ("There are people with dark skin, with light skin, or with in-between skin.") Home examines various types of dwellings today, including an apartment, a mobile home, a houseboat, and grass or stilt houses. For each one, a definition of that type of house is given, followed by a sentence or two further describing it. ("A houseboat is a boat that is also a house where people can live. A houseboat spends most of the time near land.") Both books have colorful, informative photographs, a one-page glossary, and three further-reading suggestions on related topics. Beginning readers should feel comfortable tackling either title.-Peg Glisson, Mendon Center Elementary School, Pittsford, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Spyglass Books
Publication date:
Spyglass Books Series
Edition description:
Social Studies
Product dimensions:
7.28(w) x 8.78(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
6 - 7 Years

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