Whoever You Are

Whoever You Are

Book rating: 02 Paperback Reading Rainbow Books (Paperback)

By (author) Mem Fox, Illustrated by Leslie Staub

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  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
  • Format: Paperback | 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 193mm x 196mm x 3mm | 113g
  • Publication date: 20 December 2007
  • ISBN 10: 0152060308
  • ISBN 13: 9780152060305
  • Sales rank: 43

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"Little one, / whoever you are, / wherever you are, / there are little ones / just like you / all over the world." So begins the Australian author Mem Fox's joyful picture book "Whoever You Are," a celebration of the world's diverse cultures, both our similarities and differences. Leslie Straub's innovative, colorful, folk art-style oil paintings of children from all corners of the globe are bordered with photographs of hand-carved, bejeweled frames--and they all reflect Fox's message that no matter where we come from, within our hearts "Joys are the same, / and love is the same. / Pain is the same, / and blood is the same." A gem!

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By Andrew Pisano 14 Jun 2012 3

It's a good book to help teach kids that everyone is different and that is ok

By Monika Olley 24 Oct 2011 1

I wish I read the reviews before buying this book! I was absoluately horrified to see that the pages of this book have been cropped! What is this!? A Chinese knock off!? I am so upset with the Book Depository right now!

This is a beautiful book but this copy of it is horrible! Avoid at all costs!

By Kelly Adams 01 Oct 2011 1

Although this version of this book is the cheapest available from the Book Depository, it has substantially cropped edges. Each page has a thick, intricate border, as if the picture were in a picture frame. On every page, this border is partially, or on some pages completely cropped out. I've read it as it is supposed to be presented, so I know that this is NOT as intended by Mem Fox.

Although it is potentially a plus that the picture itself is larger as a result, the variability of the cropping makes it rather unsightly.

I've never seen a printing mistake this profound in a legitimately printed book, and I question the Singaporean printing house.

I suggest spending a few extra dollars and buying a different version of this book. The story itself has an important message for children of inclusiveness and tolerance..

By Suzanne Hurley 21 Jun 2011 4

This book is simply a joy to read to children. It freely offers them the opportunity to question differences and helps to teach them that everyone is united. A must for every home library.

By a Book Depository customer 10 Dec 2008 3

"Another brilliant Mem Fox book. It's long been popular in our family. The artwork is captivating. The littler members of our family enjoy finding 'the flying man' in each picture. A wonderful, yet simple way of learing how we can be so similar while looking very different."

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"An essential book that acknowledges in the simplest of terms our common humanity."--"Kirkus Reviews"