Same Same

Overview

Forget about differences! Here’s a wonderful new concept book to explore and enjoy!

Marthe Jocelyn and Tom Slaughter team up again to deliver a delightfully simple book. Jocelyn’s marvelous concept — finding common characteristics in different creatures and objects — coupled with Slaughter’s masterful paper cuts makes Same Same a clever introduction to similarities, as well as a preface to modern art.

The duo’s previous titles have received ...

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Overview

Forget about differences! Here’s a wonderful new concept book to explore and enjoy!

Marthe Jocelyn and Tom Slaughter team up again to deliver a delightfully simple book. Jocelyn’s marvelous concept — finding common characteristics in different creatures and objects — coupled with Slaughter’s masterful paper cuts makes Same Same a clever introduction to similarities, as well as a preface to modern art.

The duo’s previous titles have received numerous awards worldwide; from Japan to Denmark, from France to Mexico. Fashioned in the traditional and stunning style of the pair’s past books, Same Same is a wonderful addition to their already impressive library.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Jocelyn and Slaughter (previously paired for Eats ) strikingly introduce the concept of classification. Slaughter's graphic cut-paper compositions command attention with their paint-box-bright colors. The first spread, for example, shows an apple, a blue-and-green planet Earth and a tambourine, against fields of yellow, black and red, respectively, for stop-sign-like impact. "Round things," reads the caption. The next pages show the tambourine again, now with a guitar and a bird. This spread is captioned "things that make music." Always carrying forward one of the three objects from the previous spread, Jocelyn delivers the vital lesson that everyday objects fall into many categories. The concept is clear and the delivery attractive; a book like this is an essential part of the very young child's library. Ages 2-5. (Jan.)

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School Library Journal

PreS-K

On each spread, simple painted paper cuts depict trios of similar objects in bold primary colors. The book begins with "round things" (a red apple, the Earth, a tambourine) and a page turn connects these items to "things that make music" (another tambourine, a guitar, a bird). Likewise, the bird relates to the following set of "things that fly." Ultimately the idea is brought full circle by linking the last set of objects ("red things") back to the first (the apple). Children will enjoy identifying the associations between the pictures and seeing how the items can be included in differently themed groupings. An appealing and eye-catching addition.-Laura Butler, Mount Laurel Library, NJ

Kirkus Reviews
Giving preschoolers and even aging toddlers food for thought, on each page Slaughter and Jocelyn group three items-all rendered as bright, very simple graphic images in primary colors plus black, white and green-that share a common characteristic: "round things," "things that make music," "things that fly." To create links between groups, each illustrated group includes one member that reappears on the subsequent spread-a tambourine is a "round thing" and a "thing that makes music," a snake is both a "striped thing" and a "long thing" and so on. Unlike the title, which sounds like some sort of pidgin, Jocelyn's terse captions are in plain language; an apple and the Earth are "round things," a dog, an elephant and a chair are "things with four legs." In most cases these are probably superfluous, but at least take away any guesswork. An inviting way of introducing connections and commonalities. (Picture book. 2-4)
From the Publisher
“… a book like this is an essential part of the very young child’s library.”
— Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

“Aside from the sheer energy and stylishness of art and design it displays, Same Same nudges kids to enjoy visual qualities in the world around them…. There's something energizing about the very vibrancy of both colour and concept here.”
The Toronto Star

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887768859
  • Publisher: Tundra
  • Publication date: 1/13/2009
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 1,465,902
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Marthe Jocelyn is an award-winning author and illustrator who worked for many years as a toy designer before turning her hand to writing. Her picture book Hannah’s Collections was shortlisted for a Governor General’s Literary Award for Illustration. Her novel Mable Riley won the first TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. She has created nine picture books, four original board books, written seven novels, one work of nonfiction for older readers, and edited two collections of short stories.

Tom Slaughter was born in New York City in 1955. He is an artist whose work has been exhibited in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Canada. His prints are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. His most recent children’s book is Eats. Tom lives and works in New York City.

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