What Makes Us Unique?: Our First Talk About Diversity
What Makes Us Unique?: Our First Talk About Diversity
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Series: Just Enough   
Annotation: A nonfiction picture book that introduces very young children to the concept of diversity in a way that is uplifting and approachable.
Genre: [Social sciences]
Catalog Number: #6657746
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Orca Books
Copyright Date: 2021
Edition Date: 2021
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-459-82825-9
ISBN 13: 978-1-459-82825-4
Dewey: 305.8
LCCN: 2016931863
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
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Explaining the ways in which people can be different and fostering respect for these differences, this book describes how diversity can include outside variances (such as eye color, shape, and physical ability), personality characteristics (such as being gregarious versus introverted), and cultural differences. Child-friendly art, appropriately reflecting the "rainbow" of human differences, accompanies the purposeful, well-intentioned text.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1 A discussion on differences in physical appearance, personal preference, culture, and lifestyle ("In nature, a rainbow is made beautiful by all of its different colors. And just like that rainbow, the world is made beautiful because it's filled with many different kinds of people."). Simple questions (for instance, "What about different cultures?") help prod the narrative along after each topic (e.g., tradition, language) is covered. The overall message is that people are all much more alike than different. The illustrations, done in oil, are bright and playful and depict individuals who are diverse in terms of skin color, race, body shape, age, and physical capability. Illustrated scenes of folks waiting in line at a bus stop or playing in a park are familiar and ideal for the intended age group. Additional questions at the back of the book allow for further discussion. VERDICT An accessible introduction for young children to the concepts of diversity and respect. Paula Huddy, The Blake School-Highcroft Campus, Wayzata, MN
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2
Lexile: AD610L

Our conversations with children about cultural, religious and physical differences are more important than ever, and they need to start at an early age, but we know it can be difficult to know where to begin. What Makes Us Unique? provides an accessible introduction to the concept of diversity, teaching children how to respect and celebrate people's differences and that, ultimately, we are all much more alike than we are different. Additional questions at the back of the book allow for further discussion.

Child psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts designed the Just Enough series to empower parents/caregivers to start conversations with young ones about difficult or challenging subject matter. Other books in the series deal with birth, death, separation and divorce.

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