I'm Like You, You're Like Me: A Book About Understanding and Appreciating Each Other

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"It's fun to find ways I'm like you and you're like me. It's fun to find ways we're different." In this colorful, inviting book, kids from preschool to lower elementary learn about diversity in terms they can understand: hair that's straight or curly, families with many people or few, bodies that are big or small. With its wide-ranging examples and fun, highly detailed art, I'm Like You, You're Like Me helps kids appreciate the ways they are alike and affirm their individual differences. A two-page adult section in the back provides tips and
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Overview

"It's fun to find ways I'm like you and you're like me. It's fun to find ways we're different." In this colorful, inviting book, kids from preschool to lower elementary learn about diversity in terms they can understand: hair that's straight or curly, families with many people or few, bodies that are big or small. With its wide-ranging examples and fun, highly detailed art, I'm Like You, You're Like Me helps kids appreciate the ways they are alike and affirm their individual differences. A two-page adult section in the back provides tips and activities for parents and caregivers to reinforce the themes and lessons of the book.
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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews

The message of this purpose-driven text is loud and clear: Recognize similarities, accept differences and appreciate both.

In this newly illustrated edition of her 1998 text, Gainer looks at diversity through six concepts: comparing, acceptance, listening, understanding, kindness and cooperation. The text itself is a laundry list of observations: "One of us is bigger, and the other is smaller. // ... Some families have many people. / Some families have few people. // ... We can tell each other about things we like and things we don't like. / We can try our best to understand each other." Certainly didactic, and unapologetically so. But that doesn't make the lesson any less important. The well-intentioned text plods along at a steady drone—perhaps for a few pages more than necessary—but simple and direct instruction can be influential in starting a foundation for learning life lessons. Sakamoto's illustrations are bright and cheery, providing necessary leavening. They are filled with children of all ethnicities and abilities. Such diverse objects as ladybugs, toy dinosaurs and hopscotch boards dot the page borders, giving readers plenty to examine. Backmatter includes discussion questions and reading tips for parents and caregivers.

Neither enchanting nor exciting, but grounded and easy to relate to. A starting point for diversity discussions.(Picture book. 3-6)

From the Publisher

“The message of this purpose-driven text is loud and clear: Recognize similarities, accept differences and appreciate both. . . . A starting point for diversity discussions.”—Kirkus Reviews

PreS-K–This newly illustrated version of a 1998 title assists children in learning the basic traits of tolerance and respect for others through discussions of comparing, acceptance, listening, understanding, kindness, and cooperation. The simple text lists these concepts while depicting how the children are alike and different. The illustrations provide examples of ways children can listen, cooperate, and appreciate one another. Bright, cheerful art adds clarity as it depicts children of various backgrounds playing and working together. The layout consists of spreads with text on the left and a full-page image on the right. Borders on the top and bottom relate to the children’s activities on the page. Suggestions for sharing and using this book, as well as activities to reinforce the concepts, appear at the end. With the focus on kindness, respect, and tolerance, this title is an appropriate teaching tool for an early-childhood environment.–School Library Journal

“Young readers will have a great time learning how they’re alike and different, from their hair to their families to where they live and more.”—Lori Calabrese, National Children’s Book Examiner, examiner.com

“A perfect book to use in a classroom, nursery school, home—or anywhere there is diversity or where diversity is appreciated.”—Pamela Kramer, Book Examiner, Examiner.com

2012 Nautilus Silver Award winner in the Children’s Book category

 “Colorfully illustrated and beautifully written . . . Children of all ethnicities, family situations, shapes and sizes and abilities, including those who are physically challenged, are shown and celebrated for both their likenesses and their differences. This is an excellent book for use in the home, classroom, or church library.”—Libraries Alive, a publication of the National Church Library Association

“Sensitively written [and] beautifully illustrated . . . a childhood multicultural classic.”—Midwest Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575423838
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/26/2011
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 705,335
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Over her 30-year career, Cindy Gainer has worked with and for children in many capacities, including as an educator, proprietor of a preschool, athletic mentor, award-winning author, illustrator, musician, workshop presenter, and support professional for children with special needs. I'm Like You, You're Like Me embodies her sensitive and encouraging manner. Cindy resides near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her husband and son.

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

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    Highly Recommended

    My Review:

    Another great book published by free spirit publishing introducing diversity to young children. A book parents will appreciate reading to their children, educating them about how different people are but alike in many ways. This multicultural picture book for children feature various ethnicities or races characters illustrated by Sakamoto, showing kids with long, short and curly hair, dark and light skin, how they are alike by living on the same street, attending the same school and even having the same name and many more.

    The author addresses the subject of diversity through six concepts: comparing, acceptance, listening, understanding self and others, kindness and co-operation at the end of the book which parents can talk with their children.

    Don't forget that it's our differences that make each of us unique. I highly recommend this book for parents and for classroom teaching. When we teach our children that we may be different but we are alike. Then this world would be a better place.


    FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from free spirit publishing in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

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