Whoever You Are

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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 ...
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Overview


“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!

Despite the differences between people around the world, there are similarities that join us together, such as pain, joy, and love.

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"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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152060305
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Series: Reading Rainbow Book Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 45,511
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD280L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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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  • Posted September 26, 2009

    Great Summer Reading

    My daughter was required to read this before entering 1st grade this summer. It was a quick read and simple to understand. Although, I would've liked her to read a more challenging book, the level of understanding coincided with the theme for the school year- diversity.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

    Feelings are the same

    That is exactly what this book is saying. No matter what color you are or what your house looks like or your family setting is, feelings are the same. This is a very simple book made with the youngest readers in mind. The illustrations take readers around the world to all the continents just to say that no matter different we make look like on the outside on the inside we are the same. The author manages to make this very very abstract concept surprisingly concrete by actually using words like heart, pain, cry, joy, blood and love so that kids get the idea clearly.

    The reason I give the book a four is because the language used is very repetitive and some what sage like, which becomes quite boring for the adult who may be reading this to their kid. The reader is referred to as "little one" when friendlier words could suffice. It may say "There are little ones just like you all over the world" when using the word children or kids would make it feel more personal. Otherwise, I would still whole heartedly recommend this book for even youngest readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2007

    Well done Mem!

    What a great book that shows different cultures, places and people in a small childs version. A peace book in a way also. It teaches love and pain is the same no matter who you are or where you live or what you look like. I say every child and adult needs this book as a reminder of humanity. Big thumbs up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2002

    Wonderful and optimistic!

    My two-year-old demands that I read and reread this book over and over. She finds it very entertaining... I love that it teaches a beautiful message of unity. I also believe that Mem Fox's writing style encourages reading development in young children.

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