Different Just Like Me
Lori Mitchell, author & illustrator
Lori Mitchell has worked as a freelance designer, illustrator, and teacher ever since graduating with honors from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Her inspiration for writing Different Just Like Me is her own daughter, April, who has vitiligo, a loss of pigment that presents itself as white spots all over the skin.
Read more about Lori.
- ABA's Kids' Pick of the Lists
- Read, America! Collection
- Early Childhood News Directors' Choice Award
- San Diego Book Awards, Children's Picture Book
April can't wait to take the train on Friday to visit Grammie, but it is only Sunday night. Each day of that week, April and her mom run errands, and each day April notices new things: on Monday, a girl on the bus using sign language; on Tuesday, the farmers' market full of fruit in a great variety of colors and shapes, like the people who shop there. April notices a blind woman, a woman in a wheelchair, and a boy sporting a pirate hat. When she finally gets to Grammie's, she sees how the garden next door has roses in straight rows, but Grammie's yard is a riot of flowers. April thinks about the folk she has seen all week, and "like the flowers in Grammie's garden, they were all different from one another, and that's what made them so great." The earnest, didactic text is considerably brightened by the engaging illustrations, in which the figures are in full-color acrylics, and backgrounds and landscapes in black-and-white graphite. Samples of braille and the sign language alphabet are included.
School Library Journal
A sweet dose of bibliotherapy that explores the similarities and differences among people. The story is told from the point of view of a little girl anticipating a visit to her grandmother's house. Every day as she waits, the girl and her mother go on an errand. On each of these trips, the child encounters someone who is different—someone who is either older, speaks another language, has a disability, or is doing the same thing she is. Acrylic paints highlight only a few items or people in each of the pen-and-ink illustrations, inviting children to take a closer look while reinforcing the story's point. Tolerance and acceptance are difficult concepts to address for a young audience, and this book does it in a manner that can be applied to a number of situations.
Page count: 32
10 x 8