Author: Karl Newson
Illustrator: Kate Hindley
Published by Nosy Crow, May 2019, this was a perfect addition to the books we used at school for Refugee Week. It celebrates diversity whilst recognising that, even when we seem different at first glance, there is so much that we have in common – not least the love of a good story and books to share.
The simple and effective text in this book will make it accessible to all whilst the rhyme and pattern makes it perfect for reading aloud and sharing with littles (be that at bedtime, assemblies or with a class). Richly detailed and playful illustrations add a depth to the words that really brings the themes and ideas introduced to life.
Very young children will love this story at face-value whilst those who are older, or being guided through it by an adult, will find it an excellent conversation starter to probe deeper. The human characters are diverse and the animals ones quirky – with all of them expressive, engaging and colourful in their own way. The book celebrates being unique, similarities and differences in an open and child-like way.
I am me and you are you.
We’re the same but different too.
A really lovely touch is that inside the front cover there is a QR code for ‘Stories Aloud’. You just need to scan the code for a free audio reading of the book.
Many thanks to Nosy Crow for a copy of this book in return for an honest review.