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Celebrating Differences Celebrating Differences
Exhibition Creator(s) - Jaime Moore
 
Wouldn’t it be boring if we were all the same? No two people in the world are exactly the same. We each have characteristics that make us special and unique. It is important to celebrate and appreciate these differences. This exhibition features books whose characters are particularly different from the other characters in the book. Notice how the characters cope with these differences and how they learn to appreciate, rather than deny, their differences.

Mama and Papa have a storeЯнзын жаал = Boy who sees things in a different wayA cool kid - like me!Little CarlyThe bird of good omenSandosenang kuya = A dozen brothersLittle Fluff and his brothersAng alamat ng ampalaya = The legend of the bitter gourdMagnificent Benito and his two front teeth = Ang dakilang si Benito at ang dalawang ngipin niya sa harapThe teacher and the painterMy father makes me feel embarrassedFinboThe beautiful pondThe song village

 
 
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In addition to the ICDL books on this theme, other books on this theme can be found in your local library or bookstore.
 
The following books were identified by First Book, a national nonprofit organization that provides new books to children in need, to be part of "The World in Your Classroom: A Global Literacy Demonstration Initiative" project. The project will develop and test globally themed collections of hard copy and digital books and educational media in pre-schools, elementary schools and other programs serving children from low-income families. For more information visit: www.longviewfdn.org/12/grants-awarded.html.
The Crow-Girl
Author - Bodil Bredsdorff
New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, c2004
ISBN 0374312478
English
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Crow-Girl and her grandmother lived a simple life together. He grandmother is old and knows that she will not live long. In preparation, the grandmother shares knowledge and skills that Crow-Girl will need later in life. When her grandmother dies, Crow-Girl sets off into the world and meets people who her grandmother said would make her feel warm inside and others who make her feel cold inside. She builds friendships with people who are different from her, and some of those people ultimately become her new family.
Elephant dance: Memories of India
Author - Theresa Heine Illustrator - Sheila Moxley
Cambridge: Barefoot Books, c2004
ISBN 1841489174
English
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Even people in the same family can be very different. Ravi’s grandfather was born in India and Ravi was not. In this story, Ravi asks his grandfather many questions about life in India. His grandfather describes the sun as a tiger, the rain as a curtain, and wind as a horse. This story was chosen because Ravi’s grandfather uses stories to bridge their differences across continents and generations.
The friends
Author - Kazumi Yumoto
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2005
ISBN 0374424616
English
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Three 12-year-old boys in Japan are different from their peers because of their fascination with death! Their curiosity leads them to befriend an old man because they want to see what happens when he dies. This book is in the “Celebrating Differences” exhibition because it shows how unusual interests can lead friendships that add wonder to our lives.
Iqbal: A novel
Author - Francesco D'Adamo
London: Simon & Schuster, c2004
ISBN 1416903291
English
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When Iqbal is sold into slavery he meets with other children who have been overworked and abused. He is new to the carpet factory in which he must now work and he learns that the children there have little memory of their lives before slavery. This book was chosen because Iqbal’s different view of the world ultimately leads the enslaved children to freedom.
Just plain fancy
Author and Illustrator - Patricia Polacco
New York: Dragonfly, c1990
ISBN 0440409373
English
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Naomi and Ruth live on a farm in an Amish community. The Amish value simple and plain ways of living. When Naomi wishes for something fancy in her plain life, she finds an unusual egg among the chickens she tends. When the egg hatches and grows into a beautiful bird, Naomi fears the Amish community will shun the bird for being too fancy. Fancy is different from the other birds, but his presence on the farm shows Naomi that some kinds of fancy are welcome.
The kite fighters
Author - Linda Sue Park Illustrator - Eung Won Park
New York: Dell Yearling, c2006
ISBN 0440418135
English
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Set in Seoul, Korea in 1473, Young-sup and his older brother, Kee-sup, are preparing for a kite competition. Young-sup is a skilled kite flyer, but his brother has trouble. This book was selected because it illustrates how each boy has different talents, and when they share their talents and teach one another, both boys improve their kite flying expertise.
The most beautiful place in the world
Author - Ann Cameron Illustrator - Thomas B Allen
New York: Dell Yearling, c2000
ISBN 0394804244
English
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Life in the mountains of Guatemala is beautiful to young Juan, but difficult. Juan wants to go school to have a better life, but his grandmother who is raising him has never gone to school. He is afraid that his grandmother will say no to his request because she needs the money he makes shining shoes. This book illustrates how even people in the same family can have very different lives. In the end, Juan’s grandmother reflects on her past and surprises everyone with her response.
The scarab's secret
Author - Nick Would Illustrator - Christina Balit
New York: Walker & Company, c2006
ISBN 0802795617
English
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Khepri is a scarab beetle who lives in the time of ancient Egypt. When out one day looking for food Khepri meets a prince who picks him up, talks to him, and kindly returns him to the ground. He and the prince cross paths again when Khepri must save the prince’s life. The beetle and prince are very different, but the beetle’s smallness has a giant effect on the prince’s life.
Subira Subira
Author - Tololwa M. Mollel Illustrator - Linda Saport
New York: Clarion Books, c2000
ISBN 0618689265
English
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When father asks Tatu to watch over her younger brother, Maulidi, trouble begins. Maulidi becomes troublesome and disobeys Tatu whenever he can. Tatu turns to Subira, a spirit woman who lives in the woods, to make her brother behave. Subira was hideous and old. Although she was different from Tatu, the woman had lived many years and was very wise. Instead of magic, Subira advises Tatu to use a skill she has had all along to solve her own problem.
Willy and Max: A Holocaust story
Author - Amy Littlesugar Illustrator - William Low
New York: Philomel Books, c2006
ISBN 0399234837
English
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Max and Willy are friends who could not be more alike. They are the same age, they are both missing a front tooth, and they both love to play hide and seek. They were not perfectly alike - Max is Jewish and lives in the Jewish quarter. As war breaks out around them, Max and his family are forced to flee the city leaving Willy behind. Find out how a bronze angel and a beautiful painting hold the boys together across generations. This story illustrates how even in the most difficult circumstances our differences can be part of what makes us the strongest of friends.
 

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