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Book Review: We're Different, We're the Same

We're Different, We're the Same
Sesame Street cover showing a diverse illustrated group of people.

I recently came across the classic Sesame Street book We’re Different, We’re the Same, by Bobbi Jane Kates. This little paperback book that only costs a few dollars had such a profound message to share. The book catalogs how different parts of us are the same and how they are different. It ends with the thought that our differences are what make the world a beautiful place. The idea may be simplistic but is the perfect way to help even our youngest children begin to be inclusive.

If you are looking for a way to teach pre-school age children the importance of appreciating differences and recognizing that we all have similarities, We’re Different, We’re the Same, is the perfect book to share.

Reading is something that has brought me joy and helped me relate to others and the world around me throughout my life. I believe that sharing books together is one of the quickest and most effective ways to connect with one another. Sharing books about life experiences can bring us closer even when our experiences are vastly different. On this blog, I share some of my favorite books that help me connect with my refugee friends. I hope as you find out about great books about refugees you and your children will feel a connection with their experiences and recognize that we are all more similar than we realize. I also share books that might help you to teach the children in your sphere of influence more about compassion, tolerance, and kindness as these traits help bring us all a little closer in the world.

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