Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Same is Lame by Jimmy Vee –NOT RECOMMENDED

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

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