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Looking Like Me by Walter Dean Myers

Looking Like Me (edition 2009)

by Walter Dean Myers, Christopher Myers (Illustrator)

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Title:Looking Like Me
Authors:Walter Dean Myers
Other authors:Christopher Myers (Illustrator)
Info:EgmontUSA (2009), Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned
Tags:picture book

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Looking Like Me by Walter Dean Myers



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I liked this book for two reasons. The first reason being the incredible, overlapping illustrations done by Christopher Myers. Myers has taken different images and cut outs of people’s silhouettes and transformed them to create an interesting interpretation of this story about a family told by a young boy. Myers uses positive and negative space when overlapping the silhouettes of the characters with the photographs that he places in the background. The illustrations are also very abstract and may frighten children that are on the younger side. For instance on page eleven, there are four heads that are connected by the mouth and necks to create a sort of square. This could be confusing for younger children. The second reason I enjoyed this book was for the way the author told the story in a poetic manner. Most would assume that a story that focuses on self esteem would choose to tell the story in an old fashioned way, just telling a story from the point of view of a person who has low self esteem. However, Myers chose to have the narrator of the story feel good about the way he looks and used words that rhymed to make the story catchy and enjoyable. The main message of the story is taking the time to look in a mirror at yourself and genuinely like what you see. ( )
  AliRadford | Nov 2, 2015 |
This book paints the way for students to believe they can be who they want to be. The way the book is written in rhythm really allows its readers to enjoy reading the story while the illustrations are fun and beautiful to look at while reading. Students can write a short poem describing who they are and who they want to be when they grow up. ( )
  sottallah | Apr 17, 2015 |
Just 32 pages long, this brief, little picture book would be a welcome read for children of all ages, adults too, because of the message of self-esteem it imparts. I enjoyed listening to it and am sorry I did not get to see the illustrations. The narrators read it with inspiring expression and feeling. Everyone reading or listening to this lyrical, rap-rhythm presentation of the book, will get the message of hope and confidence, the message to believe in one’s own ability to be all that is possible. It is an uplifting message that is sorely needed, not only in urban communities, but everywhere in the world! ( )
  thewanderingjew | Feb 28, 2015 |
Response - The book is upbeat and energetic. The style teaches lessons about identity in an engaging way.

Curricular connection - read aloud, teaching identity and self-awareness
  jegammon | Feb 10, 2015 |
This book has great illustrations and it talks about being yourself and accepting yourself as you are. ( )
  tzarate | Apr 24, 2014 |
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Jeremy sets out to discover all of the different "people" that make him who he is, including brother, son, writer, and runner.

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