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We're Different, We're the Same (Pictureback(R))

by Bobbi Kates

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We’re Different We’re the Same is a picture book that uses sesame street characters and people from different ethnic groups to explain although one may look differently from another we are the same. In the beginning of the story, the author uses a picture of a nose as his first example of similarities. The author speaks of how noses may be different colors, shapes, and sizes; however, all noses are the same because they breathe, sniff, and sneeze. The author uses similar examples for hair, mouths, skin, eyes, and bodies. In each person they are different but actually the same because they have the same functions in everyone. At the end of the story the author states, “We’re different, that’s what makes the world so much fun… So aren’t you glad you look like you?”

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This multicultural picture book is a great tool for early childhood students, especially preschool because of the use of the sesame street characters. In one of my preschool classes, one of my students who is white, was fascinated by the hair texture of one of the African American little boys. She would always say, “Mrs. Felton, can I rub his hair for my hands?” She wanted to I guess feel his hair in his hands. I would always tell her to ask him first and he would always say yes.

Classroom Extension Ideas: 1.) Teacher shows students a brown egg and a white egg. Have students feel and hold each egg. Have students feel and hold each egg. Ask Students to name similarities and differences in the eggs. Crack the eggs and show students both eggs are yellow and the same on the inside.
2.) Create a We’re Different We’re the Same book and include a classmate. Students bring in a few photographs of themselves to exchange with the class. Students will place a picture of themselves on the front cover. Inside the book students will place pictures of their classmates and write captions on their similarities.
3.) Teacher creates a classroom We’re Different We’re the Same book with pictures of the students with captions of similarities for the students to use and look at throughout the school year.
  YolandaFelton | Mar 26, 2015 |
This book is great for young children. It shows that even though we are all different, we are all basically the same. It teaches children to accept everyone no matter how they look, what race they are, etc. This is a good book for every child and is also great for those with multi-racial families. ( )
  melthompson | Apr 21, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0679832270, Paperback)

Illustrated in full color. The colorful characters from Sesame Street teach

young children about racial harmony. Muppets, monsters, and humans compare

noses, hair, and skin and realize how different we all are. But as they look

further, they also discover how much we are alike.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:13:44 -0400)

Illustrations and simple rhyming text show that while the body parts of various human and Muppet characters may look different, they have similar uses.

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