What You Need to Know:|
• Whoever You Are is a beautiful story about what unites us all over the world.
• This picture book would make a great read aloud for all ages.
• This book is a beautiful and timeless study of diversity.
• Mem Fox's story telling strength is in her ability to interpret large, global and important issues in a way that young children can understand and learn from. Isn't that what great literature should do?
Mem Fox's language is consistently lyrical and soothing, and Whoever You Are is no exception. The story starts out with, "Little One, whoever you are, wherever you are, there are little ones just like you all over the world." The story proceeds to teach your young reader that while "their skins may be different; their schools may be different; their lands may be different;...", inside we are all the same. Fox takes a common theme, combined with Leslie Staub's beautiful and ethnic illustrations, and creates a passionate message of unity and humanity that we all hope to instill in our children. Together, author and illustrator take the larger than life theme of multiculturalism, and handily bring it down to the level that your youngest reader can relate to.
One reviewer on the back of my copy comments that this title is exceptionally suited for the classroom. While I agree whole-heartedly, it would be a shame not to have this extraordinary book at home, too. Each illustration depicts a different culture. Reading Whoever You Are at home will give the adult and the young reader time to discuss more in-depth each point and illustration, more than they would have time for in a group setting.
2001, 32 pages
Excellent Read-Aloud, Diversity, Ethnicity/Culture