It's Okay to Be Different

It's Okay to Be Different

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by Todd Parr
     
 

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It's okay to be a different color. It's okay to dance by yourself. It's okay to wear glasses. It's okay to have a pet worm.... It's okay to be different!  See more details below

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It's okay to be a different color. It's okay to dance by yourself. It's okay to wear glasses. It's okay to have a pet worm.... It's okay to be different!

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Celebrate individuality with the king of color, Todd Parr. Well known for his use of bold and primary colors and funky, freewheeling style, Parr offers kids a lesson in being happy with who you are. To all those kids who are self-conscious about missing teeth, or being small, or feeling embarrassed -- it's okay. Supportive messages like "It's okay to come from a different place" and "It's okay to have an invisible friend" fill the pages of this awesome book. Each page fosters personality and the unique traits of everyone around us. Writing in simple language, Parr informs young readers that understanding and accepting our differences is what makes everybody great. An intense message that is conveyed with ease and carefree fun. The praiseworthy message "It's okay to talk about your feelings" is matched with a picture of a very talkative lion purring and raoring. And "It's okay to say no to bad things" features two fish staring head-on at a fishhook. Ah, the creative and hilarious genius of Todd Parr.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316666039
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
09/01/2001
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.37(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Todd Parr is the author of more than thirty books for children, including the New York Times bestselling The I Love You Book, The Earth Book, and The Thankful Book. He lives in Berkeley, California. For a complete list of Todd's books and more information, visit www.toddparr.com.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Berkeley, California
Date of Birth:
July 9, 1962
Place of Birth:
Rock Springs, Wyoming
Education:
High school diploma
Website:
http://www.toddparr.com

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It's Okay to Be Different 4.1 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am in college majoring in early childhood education. I had to teach a lesson on diversity to kindergartners this quarter. I found this book and I really love it! The colors are so vibrant, the text is simple and relative, and the kindergartners and their teacher loved it! It would be good for preschoolers thru early primary grades.
HandbelLA More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best picture books on diversity I have ever encountered. From height and looks to varying abilities, Todd Parr covers many ways to be "different". My favorite page is "It's okay to have wheels"---what a marvelous way to look at life in a wheelchair! My only reservation is that some folks may find the vibrant colors of this title to be a little jarring--it does take a bit of adjustment. For teachers, this book is simple enough for any age group and should be good in a classroom storytime setting as it is a fair size and very brightly illustrated. If you need a diversity title for older children, try my recommendation below, Everybody Cooks Rice.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
If you haven't yet discovered the magic that is TODD'S WORLD, I recommend that you do so today! This series is great fun for both children and adults alike, whether it be in the form of a book or a video. Todd Parr knows what appeals to kids -- bold, bright, colorful illustrations and characters that are all unique in their own special way.

With IT'S OKAY TO BE DIFFERENT, children of all ages learn that no matter what your difference -- being in a wheelchair, being embarrassed, having different moms or dads, having an invisible friend -- it's perfectly A-OK. From the fanciful to the truthful to the whimsical, all kinds of differences are explored in ways that are easy to understand for the youngest reader, but that will also send home a message to those who are older.

This is one book you need in your personal collection!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My mother purchased this book for my nephew at Christmas. She enjoyed it so much that she had to purchase another one for herself. Now all of her grandchildren ask her to read it whenever they visit her! Which is a couple of times a week. It's wonderful!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Our family loves this book because in a funny way it shows children that everyone is different and it's ok to be different. Whether is a different hair, nose or coming from a different place it's ok to be different. My daughter loves this book and asks to read it at least once per hour everyday!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book isn't for adults. It's for kids. The drawings and text are meant to grab the attention of small children. Simple text and drawings with bright colors draw kids in. This book is meant to initiate conversations between children and parents about all the wonderful differences in people. It's up to YOU, the parent to elaborate on the pictures and text, not the author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bold colors and great illustrations. It was nice to see a book that celebrates our differences and encourages children to be accepting of themselves and others.
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Great guide to explain and teach young kids and teenagers. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous 3 months ago
This is a wonderful book that teaches children that everyone is different. It is well written and great for younger children...
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This book was recommended to me by a child psychologist. It's a great tool to help children understand that there is something different about everyone. Whether it's our hair color, skin color, abilities and even single-parent families. It's my go-to gift for parents.
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