What's the difference? : being different is amazing / by Doyin Richards.

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      First edition.
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      Summary: Photographs and simple text celebrate friendship, diversity, and acceptance.
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      What is the difference?
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Booklist Reviews 2017 October #2

In a conspicuous departure from the melting-pot multicultural books of the recent past, Richards' photo-rich picture book highlights the differences between people and affirms them as assets to be valued, not ignored. Created with pre- or emergent readers in mind, the book relies on visuals to communicate happiness and friendship among children who share interests although they are physically different from one another. Readers see photographs of curly-headed and straight-haired girls laughing together in their shared love of funky hats, and dark- and light-skinned buddies sipping sodas together. The text is celebratory and straightforward, calling out differences matter-of-factly and urging readers to see them, too. Richards encourages youngsters to not be color-blind and to listen to the stories that differences tell. The book ends with a plea to children to set an example for adults by forging friendships because of, not despite, differences—"create an unbreakable bond as you do the stuff you love"— thereby precluding the rifts borne later of ignorance and fear. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Spring

"What's the difference if your neighbor has blue eyes and yours are brown? All that matters is when your eyes see ice cream, you eat it together." Filled with likewise laid-back ruminations and color photos of children of diverse backgrounds enjoying the same activity, this book presents a light-handed positive message focusing on the strength of social bonding to counteract superficial differences. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.