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Different? Same! Hardcover – May 2, 2017
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About the Author
Heather Tekavec first fell in love with children's literature while working as a preschool teacher. Different? Same! is her eleventh published book and her first nonfiction picture book. Heather lives in Cloverdale, British Columbia.
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A blubbery walrus, a wrinkly elephant, a bristly warthog and a smooth narwhal are all very different at first glance, "but look closely now", they all have tusks. The catchy repetition of the phrase "but look closely now" worked really well to keep the rhythm and interest of the book's young audience.
My 15 month grandson was too young for the comparisons between the animals but he loved the images of the animals and making the noises of the ones he recognised.
Unfortunately the copy I received via NetGalley could not be viewed on my Kindle so this is not going to join The Forest Sleeps as one of our favourite books.
At the end of the book all the animals are repeated, with an opportunity to note more similarities between them - spots, numbers of legs, or webbed feet, for example. There is also an explanation for features such as tusks, shells, whiskers, etc.
I would imagine that this book would be popular in a pre-school library and for sharing with children between 2 and 5 years, it has plenty to offer for quite a varied age group.
The last page in the book features all of the animals on a spread with questions asking the reader to find animals fitting certain characteristics. I loved these kind of seek and find type books when my son was younger. This book is perfect for ages 2-4. The end notes include evolutionary benefits of stripes, shells, etc. I always love this part of a book. It makes it a great resource for parents or even something that children will enjoy as they get older.
The illustrations are colorful and fun while still being accurate to the physical descriptions of the animals, so the features being highlighted are easy to see. I loved the smiling faces and knowing eyes on the animals. There are many small details that children would delight in reading this book over and over again.
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What I loved most about Heather Tekavec's script is that despite being a complex biological concept, she exemplifies it here in a very simple, visual and intuitive way.
My gratitude to the Publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to review the book
Serviceable illustrations support showing how animals can be grouped in many ways based on having a common feature. Two pages at the end discuss the values of these features.
I'd call this one for the under five set.
The publisher provided me a copy for review.