On Sunday night, April lies in bed, trying to sleep. She is excited. On Friday she and her mother will take a train to her grandmother's house. Almost a week is such a long time for a little girl to wait. But as April takes a bus ride, goes to the market, visits her father at work, and eats lunch at a diner, the days slip by. Everywhere she goes, there are people who are different sizes and shapes, and have different needs. At last it's Friday; April and her mom are on their way. At her grandmother's, April will see lots of flowers, each one as different as the people she has seen during the week. Featured on The Oprah Show, Lori Mitchell's gentle book teaches a wonderful lesson about appreciating individuality. Different Just Like Me is an American Book Association Kid's Pick of the Lists and was given the Director's Choice Award by Early Childhood News.
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by Ann M. Martin
by Shutta Crum
by George Ella Lyon
by Tom Angleberger
by Marianne Mitchell
by Lori Nichols
by Helen Frost
"The words "just like me" repeat throughout this story of April as she prepares for an upcoming trip to visit her grandmother. Mitchell uses this phrase and its counterpoint, "different just like me" to accentuate the similarities and differences among humankind. In town and in the garden we are alike, but our differences offer richness. Julia Gibson narrates at a steady pace, enabling the subtleties of the story to resonate. And, if one is lucky enough to have a copy of the book in hand, one can simultaneously pour over Mitchell's detailed illustrations, which add layers of substance to the text itself. A.R. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine"
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