What Makes Me A Me?
32pp., pbk., RRP $A14.99
Who am I?
I ask myself.
What makes me a ME?
I think hard with all my might,
And look around to see.
What is it that makes us unique, unlike anything or anyone else despite the similarities we see? Are we like our clothes -the same shape and the same age; maybe like a computer that knows lots of things; or perhaps a tree because our arms stick out like branches? But then, for everything we see a similarity with there are also subtle differences. Super Guy helps the goodies and fights the baddies but he also likes to kiss girls! Maybe we move like a snail, especially first thing in the morning, but where are our eyes on stalks and the slimy trail?
The author of Watch Out for Muddy Puddles and the illustrator of You Can’t Take an Elephant on a Bus have combined to create an intriguing story-in-rhyme that encourages children to think about their identity and what it is that makes them special. Because no matter how like something or someone you are, there is always a subtle – or not-so subtle- difference that makes you, you.
A perfect parent-child read-along, it would also be the ideal introduction to an early childhood unit that explores each child’s individuality while still acknowledging that each is human and has the same needs and dreams as their friends. They could have fun thinking how they might be like something, especially if their thinking is extended by pulling the name of an object out of a hat (perhaps a woolly blue one) and looking for a link. My friend tells me I am an eggbeater but didn’t say if it’s because I’m always whirring around or whipping everything up!!! Lots of potential for all sorts of activities in this one.