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No One Else Like You

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No One Else Like You by Siska Goeminne is a children's story which is supposed to celebrate diversity and uniqueness.  As  an elementary special education teacher, I teach a class of students on the autism spectrum.  I am always on the lookout for books that teach social skills and that my students should be proud of themselves and all of their differences while respecting that other people can also be different.  I was excited about most of this book, but there were a few word phrases that I felt a bit sarcastic or not appropriate for the intended age group.  For example, when saying that everyone has a head that they every once while they use it to think. While I feel like this was intended to be humorous, I do not feel that all young children, especially students with disabilities, will understand that humor.  I also felt that the page on respecting others' diverse beliefs was necessarily age appropriate either. I fully support teaching children to be respectful and accepting of others' religious beliefs; however, the wording seemed a bit clunky and almost seemed mocking.  Overall, I feel that the book does celebrate accepting other people for their individuality, but some of the phrases were a miss for me, especially when thinking about the needs of students with disabilities.  The illustrations were beautifully done by Merel Eyckerman.
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I thought that this story was lovely, the underlying theme is great and I hope that my daughter will realise that she is special and unique whatever she chooses to do, and whoever she chooses to be. It is very well illustrated too and that enhances the story even more - 4 stars from me for this one!
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I was supposed to get this book free from NetGalley in exchange for my review.  Maybe it is user error, but I was unable to download this book.  I will be trying to check it out of our library in the future.

My daughter just started PreK and I am leaning towards books like No One Else Like You as she is starting to notice other children her age and how they are different than her.  We often talk about her curly hair-as she doesn't have any friends or cousins with similar hair.  We are Jewish, which I know will come up, especially this December when all of her new friends will be excited about Santa.  

Unfortunately, I can not provide a proper review of this book.
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I was very optimistic about this book, as I think championing what makes us each unique is extremely important with young children. The idea that we're all different from each other is also such an important concept to discuss with little children as we help them to grow into empathetic, accepting adults... 

However, despite the title, I didn't feel like this book did that. In fact, I felt like the first 10 pages or so were almost negative about people-- "Some of them know why they are running. Others have no idea..." "Some people try to do a thousand things at once... Some of them are noisy, even in their dreams." "They also have a head. Every once in a while they use it to think!" I didn't feel like these statements celebrated our differences; instead, I felt like they pointed out our shortcomings without helping us to understand what we could do differently.

I do feel like the second half was more celebratory of our differences, and there were many messages I felt would be well-received and understood by the target audience, such as different clothes we wear, different types and sizes of families, and different approaches to situations that need courage. 

I feel it's worth noting that this book does mention that only some people believe in Santa Claus. If you have a small child who does believe in Santa Claus and aren't quite ready for the question, "But why doesn't everyone believe in Santa Claus?" then you may want to steer clear of this book for a while. 

All in all, the illustrations in this book were interesting and unique, but I felt like the messaging fell short.

***Many thanks to Netgalley and FlyAway Books for providing an egalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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The illustrations in this story are amazing! Beautiful!  However, the text is preachy and off-putting;  --- "Some people try to do a thousand things at once. They work,make phone calls, drive around, send emails..."  This describes an adult's world, not a child's world.  Also, the  text size is way too small. This might make a better wordless book 
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I downloaded this book to see if it would be something that I would want to carry in our store or read at storytime. The illustrations were fun. They were colorful, interesting and unique. The text, for the most part, was easy for children to understand. It was a good message on the whole. There were a couple things that I would have liked to see worded a little differently but it didn't ruin the book for me. I would probably either just skip those sentences or read them differently.
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This book was odd. It is translated to English, which I felt showed. The language was strange, sometimes rhyming, often in long blocks of text and paragraphs. It would be a good book to read to children, but I don’t think it would be enticing or accessible for them to try to read independently. 

It has a nice, general message of everyone being different, but the examples are weird…one page talks about how people rush around, talk on cell phones, watch TV all evening - but there is no reverse given, people who like a slow life. Another page supposes that people have heads and “every once in awhile” they may use them to think. Many things are presented as strange fact or judgment, though it’s a book about being different.

I did like some of the illustrations; it includes great visual representations of different holidays and cultural dress. However, on a page supposedly representing different body types in a swimming pool, there is one obese character drawn - sitting outside of the pool, eating a chicken leg! Cringe. 

A nice idea, some cool art, but I wouldn’t recommend this book.
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I love the illustrations and artwork in this book. However, I found the story to be unsatisfying, lacking in depth, and unimaginative. There is also a section of the book that reads "People believe in different things. Many people believe in God. Others believe in secret powers, Santa Claus, or the beams of the moon..." This part of the story seems to position beliefs other than Christianity as invalid; instead, I wish the book had championed all types of faith. Moreover, the text positions people in a very binary way (i.e. some people are born scared, some people are born brave) and does little to create space for multiple feelings and identities in one person. Ultimately, I expected more from this picture book.
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In No One Else Like You, the author explains in simple language how we are all different -- how our emotions, personalities, preferences, attitudes, and families are all varied. 

While the text is engaging, the draw for me has to be the beautiful illustrations that mirror each page of brief text. You are drawn into them and there is so much detail that can be gained if you look closely.  And the message of no one else being exactly like you is endearing. I know if I read this to my daughters they would want me to linger over the pages when I've finished up the words so they can soak in the colors and the images. 

When my first daughter was born, a friend gifted me a simple board book showing babies from around the world. While I don't believe this will be a board book, it would be a thoughtful gift for a new baby, to be saved away until they're a little older and can appreciate the message in the text and images.
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No One Else Like You by Siska Goeminne teaches young children to value difference. We are each unique, different from one another. The difference may be subtle, like freckles, or a lack, or it may be as huge as missing a limb. We may be tall or short, rich or poor, live in a city, or out in nature. We may have a laid-back personality, or be busy bees. We may be fearful or fearless, sociable or solitary. Difference should be embraced, not feared. 

The pictures are adorable! My cubs and I read this together, and loved it. They had lots of questions after. Clearly the reading prompted them to ponder over things! I love the lessons presented, and that they were presented with no judgement.

***Many thanks to Netgalley and FlyAway Books for providing an egalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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This book explains about the many billions of people on the planet and the many ways they are alike and different. But it makes it clear, that even in the way people are alike, you are still an individual. I think this is an important message for kids.

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"In this world there are more than seven billion people crawling in the grass, like little ants..." So begins this story, a story that describes and celebrates the differences of each one of us. One great thing about the book is that it addresses everyone in an accepting and tolerant way. This story explains that we were all born different, look different, have different beliefs, or different family situations. But, we are all extraordinary in our own ways. I really like that the author has done a wonderful job at including everyone and addressing that we all have feelings that are similar, but we are all unique. This book would be a wonderful asset to any home or school library, because there is always an opportunity to teach children the value of individuality. We need more books like this, that teach children that being different is part of who we are and we should accept everyone, differences and all. 

Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this wonderful this book prior to publication!
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An important life lesson that young children need to learn. There is no one else out there that is quite like you! I enjoyed this story, and felt like it would be a perfect story to read aloud at story time in a classroom, or at home before bedtime. Children will certainly love the beautiful illustrations, and wonderful colors. A definite recommend from me. 

I received this from #NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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'No One Else Like You' by Siska Goeminne with illustrations by Merel Eyckerman is a picture book about all the things people do and how unique each one is.

The world is full of different people all doing different things.  They watch television and worship different things.  They travel around and make phone calls.  

It's a very busy book.  The reading paragraphs have a lot going on as do the pictures.  I like the pictures, but if this is a book to read to young children, it all seems like a lot of information overload.  The conceptual idea that in a world full of people, there is only one person like you is a good one.  There is just a lot of text and imagery that goes along with it.

I received a review copy of this ebook from Flayaway Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
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I liked the message of this book about how each of us is different and unique and how people come in all shapes, sizes, colors, feelings etc. I wasn't the biggest fan of the illustrations but still enjoyed it. 
I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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I clicked on this book because I first read the title as “No one Else Likes You” and I wondered what it was about! 

But that’s obviously not the title. 

A cute book, highlighting the fact that we’re all different. But that even some people like that, and some like to be alike. 

This book reminds us be ok with our differences, and even celebrate them. 

<i>Thanks to NetGalley and Flyaway Books for a copy in return for an honest review.</i>
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Beautifully illustrated in such a way to draw the younger reader in, with poetic words that engage their ears and spark off questions from the more enquiring individuals, this book is a should have for all libraries and one for the wish list for all homes. The images show a balanced range of diversity without being obvious,  the facts leave the youngsters asking questions, this is just about a perfect book.
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Written by Siska Goeminne and illustrated by Merel Eyckerman, No One Else Like You is a lovely children’s book that promotes diversity, equality, and acceptance of others. The story itself reads as a poem, with alliteration and rhymes, which my children loved (especially when I read it in a sing-song voice). The illustrations are beautiful, whimsical even, turning everyday settings into a show of how different we all are but how our differences all fit together seamlessly. I could easily put one of the pictures in a frame on the wall, that’s how lovely I think they are.

We loved how the book naturally shows human strengths and weaknesses, preferences and beliefs, and how the overall message is to always accept our differences as natural and to embrace them. It’s a great way to help kids understand that we are all very diverse and that this is normal, and also a way to show kids that they are never alone.

My eldest kids are two and three and enjoy reading the story with me, and also enjoyed pointing at the illustrations and making up their own stories. This book is a great gift for anyone with kids between two and 6 in my opinion!

"People believe in different things: Many people believe in God.Others believe in secret powers, Santa Claus or the beams of the moon, in daisies and cows, in a heaven full of stars, or in nothing at all. Some believe in themselves, for a start."

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the copy!
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In a world populated by seven billion people, it is easy to feel like you are the same as everybody else. But if you look closely enough, you will find that we are all different in our own way. It might be a physical difference, or it might be the family we grew up in. It might be our emotions, or the way we react to things. What you need to remember, is that there is no one else like you.

Siska Goeminne manages to give a beautiful description of some of the differences you might find among all those people that inhabit our world. This is a simple, yet effective and nice way to show a child (and why not?even an adult) that every person is unique, and this uniqueness should be celebrated.

Another thing I got from this book is that we shouldn't be jealous of what others have. As seen in the part talking about families, you might have a lot of family members and wish for quiet, or you might be an only child and wish you had a big family. Everyone wishes for something different, but there's always something good about what we have. Consequently, the story helps us become a little more grateful for what we actually have.

All in all, this is a book I would definitely buy for a child. Beautifully written, filled with wonderful ideas and definitely worth sitting down and reading it with your child.
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No One Else Like You is a gorgeously illustrated children’s book that has themes of acceptance of others, including acceptance of diversity, diverse values, diverse appearances, and many other applications, too. The illustrations are engaging and colorful. It’s basically a great start in opening up a conversation with kids about being open to others’ differences, and that those same differences are what makes life fun and interesting. Through that, another message provided is that there is no one else quite like her/him, and there’s room for self-acceptance. I highly recommend this book to everyone. Very important, timely read. 

Thank you to Siska Goeminne for writing it, and thank you to Flyaway Books, as well as Netgalley.
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