- Author / Illustrator: W. Nikola-Lisa / Michael Bryant
- Multi-cultural, Poetry
- Grade Range/Level Recommendation: young reader (4-8 yrs.)
Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club Selection
Best Books Winner Child Magazine
Reading Magic Award Winner Parenting Magazine
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
- What is one way that you are different from your best friend?
- What would it be like if we were all exactly the same? Why?
- Why do you think the author wrote this as a rap?
- draw a self portrait
- chart similarities and differences of individuals in the class or group
- 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.
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