Synopses & Reviews
and#8220;Little one, / whoever you are, / wherever you are, / there are little ones / just like you / all over the world.and#8221; So begins the Australian author Mem Foxand#8217;s joyful picture book Whoever You Are, a celebration of the worldand#8217;s diverse cultures, both our similarities and differences. Leslie Strauband#8217;s innovative, colorful, folk artand#8211;style oil paintings of children from all corners of the globe are bordered with photographs of hand-carved, bejeweled framesand#8212;and they all reflect Foxand#8217;s message that no matter where we come from, within our hearts and#8220;Joys are the same, / and love is the same. / Pain is the same, / and blood is the same.and#8221; A gem!
Every day all over the world, children are laughing and crying, playing and learning, eating and sleeping. They may not look the same. They may not speak the same language. Their lives may be quite different. But inside, they are all alike. Stirring words and bold paintings weave their way around our earth, across cultures and generations. At a time when, unfortunately, the lessons of tolerance still need to be learned, Whoever You Are
urges us to accept our differences, to recognize our similarities, and-most importantly-to rejoice in both.
A celebration of diversity, now in a fresh new format
Mem Fox'sand#160;poignant tale of what bonds us all, now available as a board book
Every day all over the world, children are laughing and crying, playing and learning, eating and sleeping. They may not look the same. But inside, they are alike. Available for the first time asand#160;aand#160;board book, this is an inspiring celebration for all children, whoever they are.and#160;and#160;
Every day all over the world, children are laughing and crying, playing and learning, eating and sleeping. They may not look the same. They may not speak the same language. Their lives may be quite different. But inside, they are all alike.
Chase those dreary blues away! Everybody gets the blues sometimesand#8212;dogs and cats, moms and dads, even tiny babies. Just take a look around. If you help someone else whoand#8217;s feeling sad, you might find that your blues are gone. Or maybe the Blues Guy will come along, to listen or sing the blues with you and sit by your side. A native of New Orleans, Leslie Staub wrote this story after experiencing Hurricane Katrina. Yet this bookand#8217;s rhythmic, bluesy text and hip, eye-catching illustrations are just right for anyone whoand#8217;s ever felt those mysterious feelings of sadnessand#8212;then found that hope and sunnier skies are close at hand.
About the Author
and#160;is the illustrator of the bestselling Whoever You Are
by Mem Fox and the author/illustrator of Bless This House.
and#160;As a native of New Orleans, she wrote Everybody Gets the Blues
after living through the Katrina disaster. She now resides an hour north in Folsom, Louisiana.
R.G. Rothand#160;is the illustrator of This Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt, which was a Nick Jr. Magazine Best Book, and a variety of other picture books. He lives in Hudson, Ohio, with his wife and two daughters.