Different Just like Me

Different Just like Me

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by Lori Mitchell
     
 

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People come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and colors. The appealing blend of colorful acrylic figures and pencil backgrounds highlights the underlying message of this story--the visual differences between people are striking, but by looking beyond that, we see how similar we really are. Full-color illustrations.  See more details below

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People come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and colors. The appealing blend of colorful acrylic figures and pencil backgrounds highlights the underlying message of this story--the visual differences between people are striking, but by looking beyond that, we see how similar we really are. Full-color illustrations.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
No youngster will miss the belabored message of Mitchell's first children's book: though people are different from one another in some ways, basically they are alike. Young April comes to this conclusion as she rides a bus with two children who communicate in sign language, watches a blind woman reading Braille numbers next to an elevator and washes her hands in a rest room alongside a woman in a wheelchair. The author stretches her concept thin with several examples, among them a man beside her at a lunch counter who orders the same meal as hers. Oddly, after painstakingly spelling out how each person is different yet simultaneously the same as Alice, in two examples Mitchell pointedly sidesteps the issue of race. Mitchell's art presents another curiosity: though she opens and closes with finely detailed full-color scenes, in the remaining illustrations only the people appear in full color, against black-and-white backgrounds. While the visual effect may focus readers' attention on the individuals in question, kids may well feel cheated--by the absence not only of fully rendered artwork but of a story line as well. All ages. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
Didactic, but not preachy, this look at human differences and similarities is a gentle introduction to the wide world of humanity. A girl spends a week preparing for a visit to Grammie's house and while running errands, encounters all different kinds of people. There are people who sign, and people who read Braille. There are young people, old people, and people who speak different languages. There are people in a hurry, people in wheelchairs, and people who dawdle while shopping in the market. Each time the girl notices a difference in the people she meets, she also notices a similarity. The refrain of the book is, "...just like me." The illustrations are friendly without being cloying and that's a nice reflection of the book's whole tone as well.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-A sweet dose of bibliotherapy that explores the similarities and differences among people. The story is told from the point of view of a little girl anticipating a visit to her grandmother's house. Every day as she waits, the girl and her mother go on an errand. On each of these trips, the child encounters someone who is different-someone who is either older, speaks another language, has a disability, or is of a different race-but who is doing the same thing she is. Acrylic paints highlight only a few items or people in each of the pen-and-ink illustrations, inviting children to take a closer look while reinforcing the story's point. Tolerance and acceptance are difficult concepts to address for a young audience, and this book does it in a manner that can be applied to a number of situations.-Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
More of a teaching text, Mitchell's story is really a series of observations, ostensibly by a child, about how people differ and how they are the same.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780881069754
Publisher:
Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/1999
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.43(w) x 8.33(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Lori Mitchell has worked as a freelance designer, illustrator, and teacher ever since graduating with honors from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Lori has spent a lot of time traveling and learning about different cultures and people. She now lives in San Diego with her husband, Dean, and their daughter.

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