Same by Katrina Roe
Published by Wombat Books
Uncle Charlie comes to visit, and Ivy runs away to hide. Maybe because Uncle Charlie is different. But most probably because of the electric wheel chair noise.
Uncle Charlie tags along as Ivy and her mum go about their day, and Uncle Charlie looks on.
As the day nears to an end, Ivy starts to draw. Ivy loves to draw. But it is not until the next day that Ivy discovers something that makes Uncle Charlie and her the same.
Katrina Roe has written a touching story for children up to the age of 7, that explores love, acceptance and finding common ground, showing that we can be different but the same. Her story is beautifully illustrated by Jemima Trappel, who has used colour to complement the feelings of Ivy, the mood of colour changing with Ivy's journey through acceptance. Jemima has also captured Ivy's anxiety with perfection in her portrayal of facial expressions, to the happiness of acceptance and finding something the same.
'Same' is a wonderful book to open discussion about differences between all types of people. It encourages children to find in what ways they are the same as someone who is physically different, or challenged, breaking through the barrier of fear that comes with the unknown when someone appears different.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Katrina Roe
Illustrator: Jemima Trappel
Publisher: Wombat Books Australia
Published: July 2015