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Just Like You
by Jan Fearnley
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This book was absolutely adorable. It's a good one to talk about love and how every child is special based on their own features. It is also a good one to talk about perception and how it may seem like others have more than you do but you may have things that others don't have.
This book showed different families and how loving each parent was towards his/her babies. Children can find themselves connected with the story line because of how much their parents do for them that show their love.
A Little Mouse on his way home see other animal taking care of their babies in the unique way; and he consider them special. When he get home he asked his mother what can she do for him to show her love for him. she replied she has her own way of expressing her love for him. He then feel special and realized that his mother is special to him too.
It's bed time and Mama Mouse and Little Mouse are on their way home. On their way, they walk past many other animals and Little Mouse see's the special little things that other Mama's do for their babies. Little Mouse asks Mama Mouse what special things can she do for him. What Little Mouse doesn't realize is that just because his Mama can not do what the other Mama's do doesn't mean that she doesn't do special things for him. Mama explains all the special things she does for Little Mouse, then he realizes he is special too.
Mama Mouse and Little Mouse, having seen and heard various animal parents pledging their love to their children, tell each other how special they are.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)823.914Literature English & Old English literatures English fiction Modern Period 1901-1999 1945-1999
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The language in this book is interesting in the sense that it uses different writing concepts like simile and metaphor. It also includes descriptive words that intensify what the sentence is about. An example in the book is when the frog in the book says “I’ll jump as high as the sky and bring you the juiciest bugs”. The illustrations cover up most of the page and tie in with the text well. Going back to the quote mentioned regarding the frog, the corresponding picture shows a very big frog in the midst of jumping in the air trying to get the ladybug for the smaller frog on the next page. The frogs have cool spots on them and they both look really happy. The theme of the story is about two mice going around their habitat and seeing what other animal parents would do for their children. This book is written in a way that it shows many examples of different animals that are doing actions the mice cannot do but emphasize the love the mom mice has for her baby mice instead. It is a different way of showing the parental perspective when it comes to displaying love to their children and how there are many ways to do so. In the end of the book, the mom mice says to her child “ …I promise I will always love you and care for you. And I’ll do it with all my heart.”
The main message in the story is that parents have different ways of showing affection to their children. Just because a parent can’t do the same thing a different family is doing, does not mean they love their child any more or less. ( )