"Little one, / whoever you are, / wherever you are, / there are little ones / just like you / all over the world." So begins the Australian author Mem Fox's joyful picture book Whoever You Are, a celebration of the world's diverse cultures, both our similarities and differences. Leslie Straub's innovative, colorful, folk art--style oil paintings of children from all corners of the globe are bordered with photographs of hand-carved, bejeweled frames -- and they all reflect Fox's message that no matter where we come from, within our hearts "Joys are the same, / and love is the same. / Pain is the same, / and blood is the same." A gem!
"Within the covers of the book, the artist has created an art gallery that represents in color, shape, and texture, the full range of human experience." -- School Library Journal
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