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Author: Julius Lester

Illustrator: Karen Barbout

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publisher,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Your story is my story is the theme of this book. The color of ones skin is not the only thing that makes us unique. Be sure to ask question to get to know someone not just walk away because they don’t look like you. By doing this you will learn that we all have much the same story. This is a book that talks about and encourages kids to celebrate diversity and uniqueness.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 7 to 10

Reading Level: 3

Age of Child: Read with a 5-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter was not that interested in the drawings so that made it hard for her to enjoy the book. She said they scared her a little. She also said she understood the author was saying not to judge people based on how they look.

Adult Reader Reaction: I didn't like this book. It was very "in your face" and almost written with a rude attitude. You get the concept of the book within the first few pages and then you feel like someone is just hammering it over and over again. The drawings were also all over the place and sometimes did not relate to what was being said on the page.

Pros: This is a good book to teach kids that each of us is different, and that rather than looking at the differences, focus on how we are the same.

Cons: The pictures were not pleasant to look at. The story was too much; it could have been cut in half with the same message.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a useful book for talking with kids about acceptance and diversity, but there are others that don't wear you out half-way through.


Educational Themes: Use this book as a way to open discussions about judging others, accepting those who are different then you, and getting to know people not based on looks but on who they are

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, cultures and tradition, multicultural

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2009

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