By Author / Illustrator
Molly Potter, Sarah Jennings
Representation & Inclusion
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
'Featuring an ensemble cast of visibly diverse children, this colourful book explores ideas of difference and shared experiences ... A good starting point for conversations about inclusion.' The Bookseller
From the bestselling author of How Are You Feeling Today?, this picture book encourages children to celebrate uniqueness and diversity and helps them to challenge stereotypes. The Same but Different explores the ways in which we're all unique as well as the similarities we all share. Using everyday examples, clear explanations and colourful illustrations by Sarah Jennings, this book prompts children to broaden their perspectives and rejoice in their differences. After all, imagine how boring the world would be if everyone was exactly the same!
The Same but Different explores all the ways we're different, including how we look, where we live, the languages we speak, what our families are like and what we believe in. It's the perfect book for starting important conversations with children about diversity and inclusion, with topics such as race, disability, gender, sexual orientation and religion. Early Years and PSHE expert Molly Potter also provides a glossary of terms and notes for parents and carers offering advice on tackling prejudice right from the start.
The Same but Different is a beautifully written book that is perfect for sharing. This fascinating book demonstrates ways in which we are all part of a worldwide family of people who are unique and special in countless different ways. It gently introduces themes which is sure to start interesting discussions covering important topics such as looks, beliefs, families, language, and personalities.
The author states that 'difference in others should be respected, celebrated and enjoyed.' Through discussions, this book could be just that catalyst for conversations that need to be had to enable an understanding on which to build respect and tolerance. This is one of the best books on this topic that I have read for a long time.
Picture book / Reviewed by Amanda Shipton, teacher
Suggested Reading Age 5+
The Same but Different is a very well written book which explores many of the ways that people can be the similar and different. The book begins by introducing the idea that all seven billion people on the Earth are different, even twins! This is a very challenging concept for children young and old to comprehend, so the author has the reader quickly engaged with an activity - Compare how you answer some questions with family and friends - When's your birthday? What last made you laugh? Immediately children realise that even within a small group, there are similarities and differences, without having to understand the larger concept of the world.
The book moves on to address appearance, strengths, likes, personalities, opinions and beliefs, families and homes, languages, celebrations and lifestyles. The books ends by summarising all the topics and focusing on what we all deserve; respect, equal opportunities, safety and to be listened to, regardless of our differences. The illustrations in this book and non other than perfect! They are clear, bold and engaging and add a secondary layer to enhance and embed the information in the text.
This book would be ideal to use over a period of weeks as there is so much information and will certainly get children talking and thinking about themselves and others. There are endless opportunities that would arise from this book and is sure to become a key text in the classroom and PSHE curriculum.
32 pages / Reviewed by Maria Faithorn
Suggested Reading Age 3+
The Same but Different is a great starting point for conversations about inclusion. The bright, colourful illustrations and clear explanations engage children of all ages from the outset. I have this book on display and it has prompted children to broaden their perspectives and think about their differences. I read this with my pupil voice group and they enjoyed thinking about how boring the world would be if we were all exactly the same.
The Same but Different explores all of the ways that we are different including how we look and what our families are like, the languages we speak, what we believe in and what we like and don't like. Depending on the age of the children this book can be read in its entirety or read in different sections; the elements of diversity and inclusion are clearly acknowledged in the contents page. Within my school it has generated discussions about race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religions and customs.
The colourful illustrations and the format of the text makes this a great book to share both in group and whole class discussions. There are endless teaching opportunities to be had and this ties in with our PSHE teaching for this term. The children have already created their own thoughtful speech bubbles that could be added to the text. Early Years and PSHE expert Molly Potter has also included a very useful glossary of terms and notes for the adults reading this book which offer advice of tackling prejudice right from the start. This book is a must for every school library.
32 pages / Reviewed by Samantha Hughes
Suggested Reading Age 3+