Children's LiteratureThis 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.