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Nautilus Silver Award winner
“Bright, cheerful . . . With the focus on kindness, respect, and tolerance, this title is an appropriate teaching tool for an early childhood environment.” —School Library Journal
“Simple words and detailed illustrations invite kids to notice, accept, and affirm diversity.” —Skipping Stones
“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
Children's Literature - Jody Little
This richly illustrated picture book shares some of the many ways children from different homes, countries, and cultures are alike. From living on the same street, to attending the same school, to looking at photo albums, to riding bikes, and celebrating holidays, young children will begin to understand that many children share the same joys, even children living thousands of miles away in a different city or continent. The author also shares differences in children, like hair and skin color, body size, and family members. Each two page spread includes colorful illustrations of children with beautiful details in the borders that will keep young listeners looking intently at the artwork. Parents will appreciate the positive words and the message that no matter how much each person is alike or different, the important thing is that everyone can learn to be friends, to work together, to support one another, to use polite words, and above all to be kind and tolerant. The book includes a guide on talking to children about tolerance with specific questions to ask young readers or listeners. Reviewer: Jody Little
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)