Everything is Different: Ann Morris
Every country in the world has its own customs, architecture and some even drive on the other side of the road. Languages are different, accents are distinct to the area or country and sometimes children fail to understand that not everyone is the same. Places and people have their own special way of communicating with tourists and as Brett and his father take flight and are headed for England he’s about to get the best hands on education of a life time as he learns the definition and understanding of why EVERYTHING IS DIFFERENT.
Brett was excited but was worried because he did not understand that they were flying above the clouds but his father explained it to him and why. Next after going through customs he got first hand experience when the driver drove on the other side of the road as his father explained to him that not everyone does things the same way and sometimes what works for us does not work for other people. Join him for the taxi ride of his life and deal with the roundabouts and what happens when he asks why the man speaks funny and his father’s reaction to his question. Children have to learn as the father explains in a calm and positive way that not everyone speaks the same way and that even in different parts of the United States there are different accents. But, being a kid he thinks it would be easier if everyone spoke the same way but that might be true but Brett will learn more lessons before his trip comes to an end.
Wait until you go on the tour with him to Bolsover Castle and she the great exhibits, wear you own special costume and even take part in a play sword fight with other kids. Knights, horses, checking out more on his computer laptop and learning more about the history of the castle. What a great learning experience!
Pick your own weapons, create your own costume and join Brett on the tour you will see a model of the entire area so that you and Brett your tour guide will know exactly where everything is that you will see. The illustrations are fantastic and bring the places and sights to live for everyone. He saw two men wearing costumes of the old castle times. He learned about the Highway men and he enjoyed pretending to be one as you see him on page 22 in action with another child. Page 23 is a picture of the castle Brett was excited because he found all of the fireplaces in the children’s guide. Next they decided to eat in a English Pub but if you want to learn more about the food and share in the delights you have to join them for dinner on pages 28-29. But, children like Brett and others younger and older have to know that differences are what makes us special and that learning about England, the customs and joining others in the castle and then eating in a special place is a great learning experience for him and his father.
Museums are a great place to learn but before they leave decide to bring back special gifts for his sister and mother. What did they get well every story has to have some mystery and if you want to know if his mother and sister loved their gifts check out their faces when they open them.
Brett learned many important lessons in life about differences and teachers can use this book as a tool to help children from different countries share their customs, tell about their foods, clothing and help everyone understand as the author relates in this outstanding book that EVERYTHING IS DIFFERENT for a reason do you understand why?
Fran Lewis: Just reviews/MJ magazine