Just Ask!

Be Different, Be Brave, Be You
Author(s): Sonia Sotomayor
Awards:2020-Winner-Schneider Family Book Award
Original Publish Date: Jan 21, 2020
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (0.18 hours)
Product Number: Z100155915
Released: Jan 21, 2020
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ISBN: #9780593216590
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A #1 New York Times bestseller! Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and award-winning artist Rafael Lopez create a kind and caring book about the differences that make each of us unique. Feeling different, especially as a kid, can be tough. But in the same way that different types of plants and flowers make a garden more beautiful and enjoyable, different types of people make our world more vibrant and wonderful. In Just Ask, United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor celebrates the different abilities kids (and people of all ages) have. Using her own experience as a child who was diagnosed with diabetes, Justice Sotomayor writes about children with all sorts of challenges--and looks at the special powers those kids have as well. As the kids work together to build a community garden, asking questions of each other along the way, this book encourages readers to do the same: When we come across someone who is different from us but we're not sure why, all we have to do is Just Ask. Praise for Just Ask: "An affirmative, delightfully diverse overview of disabilities." --Kirkus Reviews

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"This production opens with the voice of Justice Sonia Sotomayor explaining in a straightforward tone that, like gardens, children are full of variety. Her own childhood experience involved the finger pricks and insulin shots of diabetes, which made her feel isolated and different. Sotomayor urges listeners to ask questions when they encounter differences. The second narrator, Ali Stroker, portrays 11 children with medically related challenges ranging from asthma, nut allergy, ADHD, and Tourette's syndrome to using a guide dog or wheelchair. Stroker's voice is breezy and childlike. She moves briskly from one child to the next, propelled by questions such as "How do you get from place to place?" and "How do you use your senses?" Sotomayor champions the diversity in gardens and the unique qualities of each child. A.R. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine"