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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 320L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805089462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805089462
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 10.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“There is considerable usage potential here, from art projects to classroom community projects to diversity awareness projects…there’s also plenty of pleasure to be found just in sharing the thoughtful story and perusing the artwork.” --BCCB
 
“Young readers will close the book longing to have a friend from another place; for schools with global partnerships, this will be a go-to book for introducing these projects to classrooms.” --Horn Book Magazine
 
"The imaginative multimedia illustrations, drawn in an animated, childlike style, add vibrant color and rich details to the story. Kostecki-Shaw presents a meaningful message of inclusivity in this engaging title.” --SLJ
 
"Working in exuberantly detailed spreads with a playful sense of proportion and perspective, she [Kostecki-Shaw] immerses readers in her heroes' worlds, showing them as confident navigators of even the busiest landscapes. On every page, readers will sense they're in the company of a generous, open-minded talent.” --PW

"Purposeful, but saved from didacticism by the sheer exuberance of the illustrations; the accessible text introduces the idea of traditional two-way communication and demonstrates just how small our world can be." --Kirkus

About the Author

Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw is the author and illustrator of My Travelin’ Eye. She is a freelance illustrator who studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and The Illustration Academy. She lives in the mountains of Northern New Mexico with her family. [www.dancingelephantstudio.com]

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I enjoyed reading and sharing this book.
Heidi Grange
Jenny Kostecki-shaw combines collage, bright colors, and cultural details to produce visually captivating illustrations!
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What a great way to introduce our kids to the concept of the diversity shaping our world.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anji on January 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
What a great way to introduce our kids to the concept of the diversity shaping our world. Very often I would tell my daughter "you know it's like in the book...it's the same but different", and she would immediately relate. Plus the illustration is wonderful and it's just a fun book to pick up over and over again from the shelf
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Grange on March 20, 2012
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I enjoyed reading and sharing this book. Not only is the language simple and straightforward, but the illustrations compliment the writing perfectly. The illustrations are bright and colorful and highlight the similarities and differences between the two boys. I've really come to love collage as an art form and this book demonstrates the characteristics that make collage so unique. I had a fun discussion with a group of kindergartners about the different materials used in collage I had a fun discussion with a group of kindergartners about the different materials used in collage and how that effected the feel of the book. It was great.

It was interesting to listen to the comments of the children as they looked at the pictures illustrating some of the differences between the places that Elliot and Kailash live. The elephant on the same street as cars, pedestrians and carts especially caught their attention. This book provides a nice way to introduce to children the idea that people in other places are both the same and different as they are.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trendy Kids Books on February 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
An inspiring true story of an art exchange project between a school in the US and a school in India. The story is told through the illustrations of two pen pals, Elliot and Kailash. This book is a wonderful educational model for cultural exchange, and is the perfect edition to any home or classroom library! Jenny Kostecki-shaw combines collage, bright colors, and cultural details to produce visually captivating illustrations! What a gem!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sabbio on January 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book is the second book from Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw we have at home! We received it for my birthday, around Christmas, but it is really and truly a gift for my two children and myself.

They both enjoy it! So much they want to read it every evening! And that's this book amazing power. It pleases both a 8 year-old and a 4 year-old because it is a rich story with several levels but my children both agree what interest them the most is to see how children live in different places of the world, especially, I assume, because in their respective school they have friends coming from several countries!

Also the three of us enjoy the originality of this correspondence : sharing with a friend abroad through drawings... a drawn correspondence feels so right to me, such a great idea!

And Jenny's artistic world totally adorns this story, the best way possible and my children enjoy this a lot, looking for every new detail at each reading!

A wonderful children book, with strong values instilled with subtlety and deep human love.

A book to be offered to children at home and to classes, to open our children onto the world!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Johnson on January 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Darling illustrations. This author is one talented cookie! My kids go to a school with about 40 different cultures represented, so this book is useful. Would make a great gift for a friend moving abroad.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ls1713 on October 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I received this book from a family member who is a friend of the author. My oldest daughter immediately took to the book and really wanted to discuss all of the differences. Brilliant concept!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mom of 5 on September 28, 2011
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A beautiful story of friendship told in sweet language and beautiful illustrations. My children were spellbound even the fifth time we read this book.
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The theme of this book was overshadowed by a couple of other books we bought at the same time, but I believe that the message that we are all really the same even though our circumstances might look different will resonate eventually. A good message in a simple form.
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