I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Different? Same! by Heather Tekavec
Published on May 2, 2017.
This clever picture book introduces the concept of animal characteristics by highlighting how there can be both differences and similarities within a group. For example, the zebra gallops, the bumblebee flies, the lemur leaps and the tiger prowls — ? But look closer now… We all have STRIPES!? And so it goes. Again and again, readers will be surprised to find that a group of four seemingly different animals all have one trait in common — whiskers, horns, shells and the like — for a total of thirteen traits in all. Observant children will notice that one of the animals from each group also appears on the following spread with three new animals that have a different characteristic in common. Finally, all forty of the featured animals are shown together, and readers are asked to search for those with specific characteristics not already covered in the book — for example, those with spots, those who live in the ocean or those with six or more legs.
This book is so clever. Each two-page spread features 4 animals with different characteristics, but then it groups them together based on one similarity. For example, squid swim backwards, jellyfish drift, snails slide, and star-nosed moles dig, but they all have tentacles. I enjoyed trying to guess the similarities as the book went on, so I know kids will too.
The last page in the book features all of the animals on a spread with questions asking the reader to find animals fitting certain characteristics. I loved these kind of seek and find type books when my son was younger. This book is perfect for ages 2-4. The end notes include evolutionary benefits of stripes, shells, etc. I always love this part of a book. It makes it a great resource for parents or even something that children will enjoy as they get older.
The illustrations are colorful and fun while still being accurate to the physical descriptions of the animals, so the features being highlighted are easy to see. I loved the smiling faces and knowing eyes on the animals. There are many small details that children would delight in reading this book over and over again.
My Rating: 4 stars