It's Okay to Be Different
It's Okay to Be Different
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Annotation: Illustrations and brief text describe all kinds of differences that are "okay," such as "It's okay to be a different color," "It's okay to need some help," "It's okay to be adopted," and "It's okay to have a different nose."
Catalog Number: #186614
Format: Library Binding
Publisher: Spotlight
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-532-14374-5
ISBN 13: 978-1-532-14374-8
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2019930055
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
There is nothing subtle about either Parr's bright childlike art or his text in this large, bold book about celebrating differences. The examples range from the serious (a girl needs help from a guide dog) to the silly ("it's okay to eat macaroni and cheese in the bathtub"), but children will recognize the underlying truth that everyone is different in some way.
Kirkus Reviews
<p>Parr (Big and Little, not reviewed, etc.) teaches an important social lesson that all children need early in their development. Differences are observed and encouraged in this wonderful celebration of the vast distinctions that make each of us individuals. Every page displays a person or animal with characteristics or feelings that are unique, making each one extra special. The describing text for each drawing begins with, "It's okay to . . ." and can act as a springboard for an exercise in which children think of and name additional differences. Solid primary colors create the background, and kid-friendly hand drawings help children relate on their own level. Of course, the exaggeration of some of the drawings is just plain fun. The theme encourages acceptance of oneself and others, and boosts self-esteem. (Picture book. 3-5)</p>
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Parr preaches the message of self-acceptance and tolerance of others. Readers are encouraged to accept differences in physical characteristics, abilities, and family situations. "It's okay to be adopted." "It's okay to wear glasses." "It's okay to have a different nose" and "It's okay to come in last [in a race]." Some differences are of a less serious nature. "It's okay to eat macaroni and cheese in the bathtub," and "It's okay to have a pet worm." The accompanying illustrations feature both animals and children. "It's okay to need some help" shows a girl with a seeing-eye dog. The illustration for "It's okay to be a different color" shows a black-and-white zebra with one whose stripes are multicolored. The pictures are as simple as the message. A childlike mood is established with crudely drawn figures outlined with thick black lines and colored with solid, flat, bright colors. The text is printed in a font that mimics hand printing. The simplicity of presentation masks some of the difficult and complex issues connected with acceptance that children face. However, assurances that differences are okay do not tell children how to deal with being teased or excluded because of differences, and there are no suggestions for adapting play to include those with disabilities. However, the book could serve as a vehicle for beginning a discussion on mutual respect.-Adele Greenlee, Bethel College, St. Paul, MN Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Word Count: 219
Reading Level: 1.7
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 1.7 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 504735 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: NP
Guided Reading Level: I
Fountas & Pinnell: I

This title will inspire kids to celebrate their individuality through acceptance of others and self-confidence. Aligned to Common Core standards and correlated to state standards. Spotlight is a division of ABDO.

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