Whoever You Are by Mem Fox
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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!
 

About Mem Fox

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Mem Fox is the author of many acclaimed books, including the bestselling Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, Where Is the Green Sheep?, Time for Bed, and, for adults, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever. She lives in Adelaide, Australia. Steve Jenkins has written and illustrated several award-winning children's books, including the 2003 Caldecott Honor recipient What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? He lives in Boulder, Colorado. Leslie Staub's paintings have been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States. In addition to her books for Harcourt, she has illustrated Lives: Poems About Famous Americans. She lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.
 
Published August 1, 2001 by Perfection Learning. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The faces of the little ones in Staub's paintings are as appealing as dolls', and a beatific paternal figure in a sky-blue suit printed with clouds floats through the pages with a bevy of children in his arms.

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Children get a taste of the pace of life in other places, with Asian children carrying produce to market or children in India studying in an outdoor classroom.

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PW wrote, "With a gentle and knowing calm, Fox provides a compelling exploration of the differences between children that make them unique as well as the common humanity that unites them."

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