Bein’ With You This Way

  • Author / Illustrator: W. Nikola-Lisa / Michael Bryant
  • Multi-cultural, Poetry
  • Grade Range/Level Recommendation: young reader (4-8 yrs.)

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Summary: On sunny day, an African American girl visits the park playground and meets up with her friends. As they play, they discover their physical differences — straight hair, curly hair; brown eyes, blue eyes; light skin, dark skin. At the same time they realize they are all really the same and isn’t it wonderful to all be together.

Themes: Individuality, Cultural diversity, Neighbors, Similarities and Differences


  1. What is one way that you are different from your best friend?
  2. What would it be like if we were all exactly the same? Why?
  3. Why do you think the author wrote this as a rap?

Extension Activities:

  1. draw a self portrait
  2. chart similarities and differences of individuals in the class or group
  3. take a photo of each child and then with sites such as BeFunky change out an characteristic or two.

Comment: Playground rap or repetitive verse. Watercolor illustration are happy and show lots of motion/movement.

Personal / PB

Suggested reading:

Published in: Multi-cultural, Poetry on September 9, 2011 at2:17 pm Comments (0)
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