I Am Different


Imported from India, this clever picture book presents sixteen visual puzzles: readers must pick out the one item that is different from the rest. The phrase "Can you find me?" is shown in a different language on every page.

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Imported from India, this clever picture book presents sixteen visual puzzles: readers must pick out the one item that is different from the rest. The phrase "Can you find me?" is shown in a different language on every page.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sharon Oliver
Subtitled "Can You Find Me?" and produced by The Global Fund for Children (a percentage of the book's proceeds are donated to the fund) this picture book seeks to celebrate cultural differences by exposing the reader to sixteen different languages. Each two-page spread contains a picture puzzle and the prompt, "Can You Find Me?" in a different language. A bit of information about each language is presented, for example telling us the words algebra, giraffe and candy come from Arabic and that both Hebrew and Cree are read from right to left. Each spread also contains a picture puzzle, where the reader is challenged to find the image on the page that is different from all the others. (For example: a ladder with different colored rungs or a bird facing in the opposite direction from the rest of the flock.) While the language information is interesting, this book, perhaps, shoots over the heads of the picture book crowd. The picture puzzles are drawn and then outlined with puff paint, making for some awkward illustrations. And while the author tells us at the end there may be different correct answers, some of the puzzles are too difficult for the K-3 audience and older readers may find the book's text skewed too young. An additional purchase for a large language collection but not a necessary item. Reviewer: Sharon Oliver
Kirkus Reviews

An informational picture book presenting diverse languages to child readers, this offering from Indian novelist, playwright and cartoonist Padmanabhan and the Global Fund for Children is a tour de force.

Each page opening includes a brightly colored picture puzzle image with one item differing from the others, accompanied by the question "Can you find me?" written in one of 16 languages from page to page and supported by phonetic pronunciation guides. Supplemental text provides information about each language, including words potentially familiar to English speakers ("Algebra, giraffe, and candy are words you might know that come from Arabic," for example) or words and phrases for readers to learn ("Count to five in Cree: peyak, nîso, nisto, newo, nîyânan"). The resulting whole broadens readers' awareness of how languages evolve and adopt words from one another, culminating in photos of a child using American Sign Language to present a non-textual visualization of language. Backmatter includes an answer key to the picture puzzles (with the caveat that there may be different right answers according to each reader's unique perspective) and a closing note about language diversity.

A substantive, engaging title for multilingual education. Bravo! (Picture book. 5-8)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570916397
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Pages: 36
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 950L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 11.10 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

MANJULA PADMANABHAN is an author and illustrator in India. The Global Fund for Children is a nonprofit organization committed to advancing the dignity of children and youth around the world. Other Global Fund for Children books include Faith, Global Babies, Children of the U.S.A., and Children from Australia to Zimbabwe. The Global Fund for Children is located in Washington, D.C.

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