In Celebration of Diversity
This interesting collection of books shows children the many ways diversity can make us stronger.
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Some Monsters are Different.
Written and illustrated by David Milgrim.
Have you ever felt like the odd one out? This reassuring tale demonstrates how, though we may all be different, we are still wonderful in our own special way. The minimal repetitive text goes hand-in-hand with the funny monsters (there’s even one with braces) to make this a great choice for read-aloud time.
Be Good to Eddie Lee.
Written by Virginia Fleming and illustrated by Floyd Cooper.
This gentle tale sends out a reminder to embrace our differences and to be kind to everyone. Eddie Lee, a boy with Down syndrome, insists on tagging along with friends Christy and JimBud to the pond, in spite of their disapproval. Christy tells Eddie to go home while JimBud calls him mean names. But in the end, it is Eddie Lee who discovers the natural beauty hidden in the woods and shares the experience with them. In her debut book for children, author Virginia Fleming does a wonderful job portraying these three characters – adventurous Eddie Lee’s concern for nature and creatures alike, kind-hearted Christy’s genuine effort to understand someone, and the rude JimBud, whose interest in exploring the woods doesn’t include getting his feet wet. The oil wash illustrations add a glistening effect and invite us to enter the beautiful countryside as well as the innocent mind of Eddie Lee.
Horton Hears a Who!
Written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss.
This timeless tale has many lessons: Standing up for someone small, being a fine friend at all times, never giving up, coming together for a common cause, and finally, how teamwork triumphs. Rhythmic repetitive text makes the message strong and the expressive cartoon characters bring the story to life. Horton, the elephant’s larger than life image, compares very well to the teeny tiny speck of dust, Who. Dr. Seuss goes on to prove that a huge elephant can also be gentle and caring. His concern for the smallest of creatures and his determination to save them at all cost is amazing. The artwork rightly captures these emotions and draws us closer to the story. Who wouldn’t want to fall in love with one of Dr. Seuss’ all-time favorite fable?