Vee, Jimmy Same is Lame 32 pgs, Atlas Press, 2014. $17.99 PICTURE BOOK
Little Jimmy has a lot about him that is unique and special, but
sometimes these are the things that people get made fun of for. He wants
everyone to know that what makes you different is what should be valued and
celebrated. Various example are included, like having a big nose could make you
have a better sense of smell or win a race but just a bit.
The message here is great, but it’s very forceful and loud. I
don’t think students relate well to lecture books like this one, which is why children’s
authors usually create a ‘story’ with a message mixed in. I am not sure that
students will relate to a Grownup taking them on a self-esteem tour either –to be
honest, it sort of felt egocentric. There is quite a bit of vocabulary here
that is challenge for picture book readers. The illustrations are bright and busy
with large pages, easy for sharing. Might be good for a lesson for students to
brainstorm their self-perceived weakness/faults into strengths.
EL (K-3) –NOT RECOMMENDED
Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian