- Age Range: 3 - 7 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 2
- Lexile Measure: 150L (What's this?)
- Series: Pictureback(R)
- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (October 13, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679832270
- ISBN-13: 978-0679832270
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 158 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jim Henson's Sesame Street Muppets cavort cheerfully with people of all sizes, shapes and ethnicities in this rather humdrum effort to show the ways in which all people are the same, despite obvious physical differences. On alternate spreads, drawings imitating photos zero in on variations on noses, hair, mouths, skin, eyes and bodies, all "different" from one another. A turn of the page reveals all of the owners of these body parts interacting, alongside several lines of sing-song verse explaining how our noses, hair, etc., are "the same." Some of the rhymes are silly or forced; part of the explanation of skin reads: "Muscles and bones are wrapped inside it. / We all have blood and skin to hide it!" Even the affable Sesame Street gang can't enliven this mundane treatment of a significant subject. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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The book is constructed a little flimsy considered how rough kids are with things. I'm not a huge fan of some of the content, but most of it is good. I leave some parts out when we read this out loud just because as a family, we're pretty sensitive to disability issues and this book tries and fails at that (including a person in a wheelchair in one of the crowd scenes doesn't matter when you're talking about how all bodies are the same because they can all dance ...). It's much better than most books at racial diversity. It doesn't address gender at all, just skips that completely.
If your kid isn't familiar with Sesame Street already, they're likely going to be a bit confused by the Sesame Street characters in the book. My kid doesn't watch Sesame Street regularly, but he was at least enough aware of it that he wasn't completely puzzled. It still took him reading it a few times to make the connection though.