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What If We Were All The Same! A Children's Book About Ethnic Diversity and Inclusion is a children’s picture book written by C.M. Harris and illustrated by Eric Everett. Can you imagine what the world would be like if everyone was exactly the same? What if we all had the same appearance, interests, and personalities? What if every single house, car, and tree was identical. What if the only food you could eat was beets? No meat? No candy? No fruit? Just beets...
Harris contrasts this rather grim and boring world with our own diverse reality where no one is exactly alike, even identical twins, and she shows how those differences add infinite spice and dimension to our lives. Her story illustrates how our uniqueness makes each of us special and beautiful in our own way. Some kids are short, others tall, and there’s an infinite number of ways that we are both different and alike. Then she shifts her focus to the natural world where animals are found in all forms, shapes, and sizes. These differences are also a cause for celebration. Harris asks the reader to consider what differences make them who they are?
What If We Were All The Same! is an inspirational and warm celebration of the differences in all living things. Her story sends an important message to kids who often want to be just like everyone else. Artist Eric Everett does a grand job of visualizing the monochromatic world where everything is the same and contrasting it with the world as it is, filled with kids of all colors, shapes, sizes, and abilities. Each panel is brightly colored and upbeat and works perfectly with the story. This is a grand selection for storytime and offers teachers and caregivers opportunities to have kids weigh in on how their differences make them special in after-story-time discussions. It’s also suitable for new readers to try on their own. What If We Were All The Same! is highly recommended.