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In this picture book perfect for social emotional learning, a group of young animals shows readers that even though others might look, talk, or walk differently, we can like each other just as we are.
With a subtle message of tolerance and acceptance, this irresistibly sweet book features animal friends who like each other despite--and because of--their differences. An elephant and a cat might look different from each other, a lemur and a stork might enjoy different activities, and a lion and a mouse might have different hairstyles, but all the animals value and appreciate one another, as shown by exuberant scenes of playing together. The short, simple text will hold the attention of young children and the artwork includes clever and funny details for them to look for as they listen. I Just Like You also models the ways young children make friends, with simple conversation starters of sharing opinions and trading compliments.
About the Author
Suzanne Bloom is the author-illustrator of the ever-popular Goose and Bear series, including the Geisel Honor-winning A Splendid Friend, Indeed, as well as many books outside the series, such as The Bus for Us, A Mighty Fine Time Machine, and A Number Slumber. She was an illustrator before she became a writer, and she loves to visit schools.
★ “A sweet celebration of differences. There's not a cardigan in sight, but the spirit of Fred Rogers is all over this rhymed chorus of ‘likes.’ Bloom suspends pairs and larger groups of anthropomorphic young animals…and she goes to town on highlighting her figures' diversity. A manifesto to bridge the deepest chasms of otherness and to melt the stoniest of hearts.” - Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“This is a charming read that celebrates diversity and promotes acceptance of differences and harmony. Using domestic and wild animals, this tender story is illustrated with sweet pencil-and-watercolor artwork that will appeal to children…Large illustrations and short text make this a good choice for sharing in a group setting. The message is a positive one about accepting others’ perspectives even if they differ from your own. A perfect selection for a storytime or use in a one-on-one setting.” - School Library Journal