The somewhat old-fashioned idea of having a penpal is given new meaning in Same, Same But Different.
In this day and age of globalisation and digital citizenship, one would think that overbearing censorship practices — especially when the dubiously ‘controversial’ material in question is widely available elsewhere in the world or, better yet, one Google search away on the internet — are not only pointless, but also pathetically archaic and, in many cases, reflect the narrow-minded prejudices of the ‘powers-that-be’.
It’s really easy to get used to life with all the modern comforts and conveniences that we enjoy, and take them for granted. (And god forbid if our lives are interrupted by #firstworldproblems such as faulty air-conditioning, a power outage, no internet connection or even low water pressure.) Thus, Anna Carries Water is a refreshing read in more ways than one.
The lyrical words of Helen Frost’s poem accompany the stunning photography of Rick Lieder to produce a quietly powerful book that literally gives a face to some of the tiny creatures that we ostensibly know co-exist with us, and which we sometimes see around us but rarely pause to take a second look at.
Children love to read about other children/babies — perhaps it helps them to understand and make sense of their place in this world as well. Everywhere Babies is a book that celebrates babies and all that they do, using rhyming text, so it was no surprise that both my kids were happy to read it over and over again.
Similar to The Feelings Book by the same author, simple, short sentences and colourful stick figures are effectively used in It’s Okay to Be Different to show children that it is OK to be “different” in various ways, from wearing glasses to being on a wheelchair, as well as other wacky examples that all give out a positive message about embracing diversity and individual expression.
Check out the video reading below: