Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Individual differences are celebrated with a lilting, repetitive verse. PW said, ``Bryant's full-page, ginger-toned watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations give the book its buoyancy and warmth.'' Ages 2-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
This story is a joyous evocation of our similarities and differences played with a rap beat. An African-American girl leads a chorus of kids as they bounce through the park. "Thick arms, Thin arms, Brown eyes, Blue eyes...Different - Mm-mmm, but the same. Ah-ha!" The pictures depict people engaged in a variety of activities from sliding, swinging, roller skating to playing chess. After a couple of readings your children will chime in with refrains.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
The joyous book in rhyme celebrates the diversity and oneness of all peoples. The refrain of Mr. Nikola-Lisa's playground-rappish rhyme points out that we're all "Different-/Mmmmm,/but the same,/Ah-ha!"
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-A sunny day, an urban park, and a multiethnic cast of characters form the setting for this ode to the beauty of diversity. A young African-American girl urges other children to snap their fingers, tap their toes, and sing along with her as she notices that- brown eyes or blue, big nose or small, straight hair or curly-everyone is different, yet the same. In spite of its positive, upbeat intent, the rhyme scheme is awkward, requiring a forced verbal interpretation to sound catchy. The mottled illustrations capture the mood of the sun-dappled, action-packed park, and the smiling children represent a veritable United Nations of humanity. More of a chant than a story, this title certainly has a commendable message and will be useful in filling requests for multicultural materials.-Anna DeWind, Milwaukee Public Library