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I'm like you, you're like me : a book about understanding and appreciating each other

Publication Information:
Minneapolis, MN : Free Spirit Pub. Inc., ©2011.
Physical Description:
44 pages : color illustrations ; 24 x 29 cm
General Note:
Earlier ed. published as: I'm like you, you're like me : a child's book about understanding and celebrating each other. 1998.
Illustrations and simple text explore ways in which children are alike and some ways they may be different.
Added Author:


Call Number
158.2 Gainer
J 158.2 GAINER 2011

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"It's fun to find ways I'm like you and you're like me. It's fun to find ways we're different." In this colourful, inviting book, kids from preschool to lower elementary learn about diversity in terms they can understand: hair that's straight or curly, families with many people or few bodies that are big or small. With its wide-ranging examples and fun, high detailed art, I'm Like You, You're Like Me helps kids appreciate the ways they are alike and affirm their individual differences. A two-page adult section in the back provides tips and activities for parents and caregivers to reinforce the themes and lessons of the book.

"Bright, Cheerful...With the focus on kindness, respect, and tolerance, this title is an appropriate teaching tool for an early childhood environment". -- School Library Journal

Author Notes

Over her 30-year career, Cindy Gainer has worked with and for children in many capacities, including as an educator, proprietor of a preschool, athletic mentor, award-winning author, illustrator, musician, workshop presenter, and support professional for children with special needs. I'm Like You, You're Like Me embodies her sensitive and encouraging manner. Cindy resides near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with hernbsp;husband and son.

Reviews 2

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-This newly illustrated version of a 1998 title assists children in learning the basic traits of tolerance and respect for others through discussions of comparing, acceptance, listening, understanding, kindness, and cooperation. The simple text lists these concepts while depicting how the children are alike and different. The illustrations provide examples of ways children can listen, cooperate, and appreciate one another. Bright, cheerful art adds clarity as it depicts children of various backgrounds playing and working together. The layout consists of spreads with text on the left and a full-page image on the right. Borders on the top and bottom relate to the children's activities on the page. Suggestions for sharing and using this book, as well as activities to reinforce the concepts, appear at the end. With the focus on kindness, respect, and tolerance, this title is an appropriate teaching tool for an early-childhood environment.-Margaret R. Tassia, Millersville University, PA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

The message of this purpose-driven text is loud and clear: Recognize similarities, accept differences and appreciate both.In this newly illustrated edition of her 1998 text, Gainer looks at diversity through six concepts: comparing, acceptance, listening, understanding, kindness and cooperation. The text itself is a laundry list of observations: "One of us is bigger, and the other is smaller. // ... Some families have many people. / Some families have few people. // ... We can tell each other about things we like and things we don't like. / We can try our best to understand each other." Certainly didactic, and unapologetically so. But that doesn't make the lesson any less important. The well-intentioned text plods along at a steady droneperhaps for a few pages more than necessarybut simple and direct instruction can be influential in starting a foundation for learning life lessons. Sakamoto's illustrations are bright and cheery, providing necessary leavening. They are filled with children of all ethnicities and abilities. Such diverse objects as ladybugs, toy dinosaurs and hopscotch boards dot the page borders, giving readers plenty to examine. Backmatter includes discussion questions and reading tips for parents and caregivers.Neither enchanting nor exciting, but grounded and easy to relate to. A starting point for diversity discussions.(Picture book. 3-6)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.