Whoever You Are
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Whoever You Are

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by Mem Fox, Leslie Staub
     
 

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“Little one, / whoever you are, / wherever you are, / there are little ones / just like you / all over the world.” So begins the Australian author Mem Fox’s joyful picture book Whoever You Are, a celebration of the world’s diverse cultures, both our similarities and differences. Leslie Straub’s innovative, colorful, folk

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“Little one, / whoever you are, / wherever you are, / there are little ones / just like you / all over the world.” So begins the Australian author Mem Fox’s joyful picture book Whoever You Are, a celebration of the world’s diverse cultures, both our similarities and differences. Leslie Straub’s innovative, colorful, folk art–style oil paintings of children from all corners of the globe are bordered with photographs of hand-carved, bejeweled frames—and they all reflect Fox’s message that no matter where we come from, within our hearts “Joys are the same, / and love is the same. / Pain is the same, / and blood is the same.” A gem!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"An essential book that acknowledges in the simplest of terms our common humanity."—Kirkus Reviews
Publishers Weekly
"Raschka translates the Shaker musical paean to a simplified life into a sort of peaceable kingdom where various animals dwell together in harmony with nature," said PW. "He creates an exceedingly handsome stained glass effect with heavy black lines juxtaposed against hues as warm as a flurry of autumn leaves." Ages 3-7. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Dori Butler
This beautiful book features children from all over the world. They may not look like you, or speak your language, or do things the way you do them, but inside they are just like you. They smile and laugh and hurt. The simple text and bright illustrations helps readers to accept differences between people, to recognize similarities, and to rejoice in both.
Kirkus Reviews
A one-world, "we-are-all-the-same-under-the-skin" message for the very young from Fox (The Straight Line Wonder, p. 1388, etc.).

"Little one, whoever you are, wherever you are, there are little ones just like you all over the world." Skin color, homes, schools, lifestyles, and languages may differ (and newcomer Staub shows how, in folk-art oil paintings mounted in gilded and jeweled wooden frames), but love and laughter, pain and tears are the same for all. The faces of the little ones in Staub's paintings are as appealing as dolls', and a beatific paternal figure in a sky-blue suit printed with clouds floats through the pages with a bevy of children in his arms. An essential book that acknowledges in the simplest of terms our common humanity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152060305
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/01/2006
Series:
Reading Rainbow Book Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
71,413
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.13(d)
Lexile:
AD280L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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From the Publisher
"An essential book that acknowledges in the simplest of terms our common humanity."—Kirkus Reviews

Meet the Author

MEM FOX is the author of many acclaimed books, including Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, Possum Magic, Koala Lou, Time for Bed, and, for adults, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever. She lives in Adelaide, Australia.

Leslie Staub's paintings have been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States. In addition to her books for Harcourt, she has illustrated Lives: Poems About Famous Americans. She lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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