Title: Whoever You Are (1997)

Author: Mem Fox

Illustrator: Leslie Staub

Publisher: Voyager Books


Our first Worldly Wednesday book feature is Whoever You Are.  The perfect book to express what Wordly Wednesdays are all about!  This book shows children that there is a great big world out there!  And in this world there are many, many peope who are different from them, and that is what makes this world so special!  Whoever You Are teaches children that just because someone may look different than you, live somewhere different, dress differently, eat different foods that we are all the same inside.  All children smile, laugh, hurt, and cry at times.  What we share on the inside is way more important that outward appearances.  We must teach this to all children to rid the world of all the -ism’s we are faced with everyday.  Young children do not see color, race, religion, culture as factors unless they have been taught and conditioned to do so.  When a young child goes to the playground they are just looking for another child to play with regardless of any differences.  This is the innocence of childhood that we must preserve.  If we begin early when children are young they will better understand that we are all one people, and no one person is better than another!  We must teach children to be respectful, accepting and understanding of the world and people around them.  Teach them to look for the similarities among us rather than what sets us apart.  It is time to change the world and it begins with children.

Favorite line in this book: “Joys are the same, and love is the same.”

3 other books by Mem Fox:

▪Harriet You’ll Drive Me Wild (2000)

▪A Particular Cow (2006)

▪Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes  (2008)

Leslie Staub also illustrated:

▪Bless this House (2000)

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