No Two Alike

Overview

From bestselling author-illustrator Keith Baker, explore the wondrous world of winter in this charming story now available as a Classic Board Book!

No two snowflakes are alike,
almost, almost . . .
but not quite.

Follow a pair of birds on a snowflake-filled journey though a gorgeous winter landscape to explore how everything everywhere is ...

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Overview

From bestselling author-illustrator Keith Baker, explore the wondrous world of winter in this charming story now available as a Classic Board Book!

No two snowflakes are alike,
almost, almost . . .
but not quite.

Follow a pair of birds on a snowflake-filled journey though a gorgeous winter landscape to explore how everything everywhere is wonderfully unique—from branches and leaves to forests and trees to friends and loved ones.

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Editorial Reviews

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Perceiving the variety of nature is one of the great joys of children of all ages. Keith Baker's beautiful No Two Alike opens our eyes to the diversity of the winter landscape around us, from the smallest snowflake to the closest loved one. Editor's recommendation.

Publishers Weekly
With spare verse and a quiet, winter landscape, Baker (LMNO Peas) presents an ode to uniqueness, particularly as it pertains to nature. His artwork invites readers to observe the world closely, to notice that “No two snowflakes are alike,/ almost, almost.../ but not quite.” Two playful red birds are the focal point of each pale spread as they investigate things that are not quite the same: “No two nests,/ so soft and round,/ no two tracks upon the ground./ No two branches, no two leaves,/ no two forests, full of trees.” Displaying both mischief and curiosity, the birds ski on fallen pine needles, nibble leaves to make them resemble snowflakes, aim snowballs at a distant fox, knock snow from fence posts, and eventually ask, “Are we the same—just alike?” In answer, the ending illustrations show two red feathers, one tipped in black, rocking in a snowy blue sky: “Almost, almost.../ but not quite.” Baker’s digital artwork conveys a sense of painterly softness and warmth, and children should appreciate the gentle self-esteem boost that comes with the reassurance that they are one of a kind. Ages 3–7. (Nov.)
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"The engaging, digitally rendered avian characters stand out against the wintry landscape, and their many antics as they navigate their surroundings will sustain readers’ interest. They loop-the-loop through the falling snow, tightrope walk on branches, ski on twigs, and knock snow off fence posts. Children will readily join in the reading to supply each ending rhyme."

School Library Journal, September 2011

"With spare verse and a quiet, winter landscape, Baker (LMNO Peas) presents an ode to uniqueness, particularly as it pertains to nature.... Baker’s digital artwork conveys a sense of painterly softness and warmth, and children should appreciate the gentle self-esteem boost that comes with the reassurance that they are one of a kind."

Publishers Weekly, October 3, 2011

*"The poetry and pictures here express the idea of individuality with an irrepressible, childlike sense of joy. Accessible to very young children, the verse reads aloud beautifully, with just a phrase or two on each spread. Created with subdued colors and strong composition, the double-page digital illustrations create a powerful sense of place and season while offering details for young children to notice and talk about. Baker’s seamless combination of well-worded rhymes, evocative landscapes, and playful protagonists make this a standout title for reading aloud, especially in winter."

Booklist, November 1, 2011, *STAR

"A cheerful celebration of individuality, with clever rhymes and engaging art sure to appeal to little ones."

San Francisco Chronicle, December 25, 2011

"In a thoughtfully structured picture book, two little red birds explore a snowy landscape, while a rhyming text draws listeners into looking carefully at the pictures to find similarities and differences between things.... Baker includes many funny scenes, with the mischievous birds stockpiling snowballs as a fox walks warily by in one spread and fishing with berry-bait in another."

The Horn Book Magazine, January/February 2012

“Spare, rhymed couplets, quiet and gentle, tell the story, while the digitally produced artwork, bright and cheerful, takes off winter's chill….This lovely testimony to how special and unique each of us is will enhance a preschooler's self-esteem.”

The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH), March 4, 2012

Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
Two bright red birds fly amid the falling snowflakes trying to prove the scientific fact that no two snowflakes are alike. What they discover on their joyful, soaring journey is that no two comparable things in nature are precisely the same—not leaves, paths, footprints, or redbirds. With digital drawings of bright scarlet birds against a pale, shivery sky, this is a perfect book for winter story time sharing. The words are spare, but the rhymes are infectious and the pictures will give the story leader many opportunities to name the animals and snow-crusted items depicted in the graphics. Baker previously captivated readers with LMNO Peas, and this book similarly (though not exactly) is a charming and exceptionally rendered seasonal tale. This book will provide a great preamble for a pre-school or kindergarten study of snowflakes or differences in nature. Also, there's an evident easy craft tie-in to snow flake cutting as a craft project. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—While exploring their snowy environment, two red birds determine that no two objects are exactly alike: "No two branches, no two leaves,/no two forests, full of trees." Brief rhyming couplets, printed in large type and each requiring a page turn for completion, describe the birds' discoveries. They observe snowflakes, nests, tracks in the snow, fences, bridges, and even the animals they encounter. Finally, they look at one another inquiring, "Are we the same—/just alike?" The answer, as youngsters will guess beforehand, is obvious. The engaging, digitally rendered avian characters stand out against the wintry landscape, and their many antics as they navigate their surroundings will sustain readers' interest. They loop-the-loop through the falling snow, tightrope walk on branches, ski on twigs, and knock snow off fence posts. Children will readily join in the reading to supply each ending rhyme. An enjoyable and informative follow-up would be a trip outdoors to examine objects in their own locale.—Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CT
Kirkus Reviews
A sadly lackluster paean to the premise that "no two snowflakes are alike, / almost, almost… / but not quite." Beginning with snowflakes, Baker then branches out to celebrate the uniqueness of other things, some found in nature, some manmade--nests, branches, leaves and forests. "No two fences, long and low, / no two roads--where do they go? / No two bridges, wood or stone, / no two houses-- / anyone home?" His ultimate message, arrived at on almost the final page, is that every living thing is one of a kind. While it is certainly an important message, the very young may not make the leap from the animals and things that populate the book to humans, which make no appearance. Baker's digital illustrations fill the spreads with simple shapes and soft, woodsy colors. The two red birds (rather like crestless cardinals) that fly through this wintry wonderland steal the show. Their expressions are adorable, their antics endearing and rather anthropomorphic--one skis, while the other tries to pelt a fox with snowballs. But they may not be enough to carry the flat text and lack of a story line. Indeed, the book depends on the rhymes and the cute birds to keep the pages turning. A worthwhile message that just doesn't quite fly. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781481415026
  • Publisher: Little Simon
  • Publication date: 11/4/2014
  • Series: Classic Board Books Series
  • Pages: 36
  • Age range: 2 - 4 Years

Meet the Author

Keith Baker has written and illustrated many acclaimed picture books for young children, including My Octopus Arms; the New York Times bestselling LMNO Peas; 1-2-3 Peas; Little Green Peas; No Two Alike; Big Fat Hen; Who Is the Beast?; and Potato Joe. He lives in Seattle, and you can visit him at KeithBakerBooks.com.

Keith Baker has written and illustrated many acclaimed picture books for young children, including My Octopus Arms; the New York Times bestselling LMNO Peas; 1-2-3 Peas; Little Green Peas; No Two Alike; Big Fat Hen; Who Is the Beast?; and Potato Joe. He lives in Seattle, and you can visit him at KeithBakerBooks.com.

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