Just ask! : be different, be brave, be you / Sonia Sotomayor ; illustrated by Rafael López.

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      Summary: In this creative non-fiction story, Sonia and her friends plant a garden, and each one contributes in his or her own special way, in a book that celebrates the many differences among humans. In this warm and inclusive story by U.S. Supreme Justice Sonia Sotomayor, inspired by her own childhood diagnosis of diabetes, readers join along as differently abled kids use their strengths to work together and learn about each other.
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      SOTOMAYOR, S.; LÓPEZ, R. Just ask! : be different, be brave, be you. [s. l.]: Philomel Books, 2019. ISBN 9780525514121. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.672986. Acesso em: 22 out. 2020.
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      Sotomayor S, López R. Just Ask! : Be Different, Be Brave, Be You. Philomel Books; 2019. Accessed October 22, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.672986
    • APA:
      Sotomayor, S., & López, R. (2019). Just ask! : be different, be brave, be you. Philomel Books.
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      Sotomayor, Sonia, and Rafael López. 2019. Just Ask! : Be Different, Be Brave, Be You. Philomel Books. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.672986.
    • Harvard:
      Sotomayor, S. and López, R. (2019) Just ask! : be different, be brave, be you. Philomel Books. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.672986 (Accessed: 22 October 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Sotomayor, S & López, R 2019, Just ask! : be different, be brave, be you, Philomel Books, viewed 22 October 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Sotomayor, Sonia, and Rafael López. Just Ask! : Be Different, Be Brave, Be You. Philomel Books, 2019. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.672986.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Sotomayor, Sonia, and Rafael López. Just Ask! : Be Different, Be Brave, Be You. Philomel Books, 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.672986.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Sotomayor S, López R. Just ask! : be different, be brave, be you [Internet]. Philomel Books; 2019 [cited 2020 Oct 22]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.672986


Booklist Reviews 2019 October #1

*Starred Review* In this inviting picture book, 12 friends are planting a garden. Each child is distinct in appearance and personality, but other differences are harder to see or to understand. Seven-year-old Sonia tells of pricking her finger to measure her blood sugar and giving herself insulin shots to manage diabetes, which she briefly explains. Next, Rafael talks about having asthma and using an inhaler when he has trouble breathing. Ten more children in succession talk about their wheelchair, blindness, deafness, dyslexia, autism, stuttering, Tourette's syndrome, ADHD, nut allergy, or Down syndrome. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who began giving herself insulin shots at age seven, offers an amiable, matter-of-fact text in which each child handles a challenge with courage and grace. Created with pencil, watercolor, and acrylic, then digitally manipulated, the vibrant artwork celebrates these self-assured kids, shown working, communicating, and interacting with nature. The garden becomes a metaphor for a community where "all the ways we are different make our neighborhood—our whole world really—more interesting and fun." Along the way, Sotomayor quietly encourages those who don't understand someone else's differences to "just ask" that person or a parent. Addressing topics too often ignored, this picture book presents information in a direct and wonderfully child-friendly way. Preschool-Grade 3. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2019 July #4

Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor's (Turning Pages) experience as a child with juvenile diabetes spurred this meditation on the idea that we're all different. Using a compassionate, forthright tone, she engages the metaphor of a garden to explain how variation creates beauty: "Thousands of plants bloom together, but every flower, every berry, and every leaf is different... Kids are all different too." Extending the theme, artwork by López (The Day You Begin) shows children working together on a spacious garden. Starting with her own story and continuing with López's experience with asthma, Sotomayor next includes 12 additional characters with diverse experiences, such as dyslexia, a nut allergy, and Tourette's syndrome. The children introduce themselves, sometimes noting differences along a spectrum (Jordan and Tian, both autistic, communicate differently). Characters engage with readers, too; after describing how he gets around in a wheelchair, Anthony asks, "How do you get from place to place?" The title expresses Sotomayor's conviction that asking, far from being impolite, banishes isolation. If anyone doesn't "feel ready to explain," "I just ask my parents or my teachers and they help me to understand." A quiet musing about how "each of us has unique powers to share." Ages 4–8. (Sept.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.