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Thursday, 23 August 2012

Review: Same, But Little Bit Diff'rent

When Normie travels from the Top End to visit a friend living in a city down south, the two children discover that their lives are the same, but a little bit different.

Bright collages by award-winning author Kylie Dunstan bring to life this lovely story that celebrates the similarities and differences of everyday life in different parts of Australia.

Family, weather, pets, food and having fun are all compared as Normie chats with his friend. I love the way that Same, But Little Bit Diff’rent emphasises the common points while acknowledging that life can be quite different in these two distinct environments.

My favourite images are the baskets woven from pandanus plants compared with a loose, warm knitted jumper. Both made by mothers. Both made with love. The same, but a little bit different.

The bright collage illustrations and simple story make this book great for younger children, and it would be ideal as a discussion starter in preschool, kindergarten or infants classrooms.

Title: Same, But Little Bit Diff'rent
Author/Illustrator: Kylie Dunstan
Publisher: Windy Hollow Books, $27.99 RRP
Publication Date: August 2012
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781921136603
For ages: 3 - 7 years
Type: Picture book

1 comment:

  1. Was just scrolling down looking at the books when Miss 3 recognised the cover of this book and said, "We had that book but it's due back". We borrowed it from the library a couple of months ago. Another lovely book that we've been reading this week at school (one of the National Curriculum books for year one) is The Two-Hearted Numbat, a story about Numbat who has a heart of stone (strong and brave) and a heart of feathers (kind and caring). He thinks he needs to choose between the hearts but in the end discovers that he needs both qualities and mixes the two hearts together to make one. This book fitted in perfectly with NAIDOC week.


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