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Invites kids to imagine a parallel universe or other worlds on other planets, and to consider what makes us different and the same as other people. Since it's a wordless story, it may stimulate storytelling by kid readers.
Implied message that it's cool to explore and follow adventure where it leads you. Maybe we're more alike than we think we are. Since the book is wordless and open-ended, kids can decide what message they get from the story.
Positive Role Models
The girl of color from the bedroom is cheerful, curious, up for adventure. She models interest in science by wearing dress with Saturn on it, and on back cover she's looking through a telescope. The kids in the other world are cheerful and play nicely together. The diversity includes kids of color, kids who use a wheelchair, girls who wear head scarves.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Another, by Caldecott Honor artist Christian Robinson, is a brain-twisting wordless adventure that follows a little girl and her cat through a portal to another dimension that's almost a mirror image of their own. Diverse kids play happily in this upside-down world, and each one seems to have a twin version of themselves to play with. It's an original, provocative adventure sure to keep kids guessing -- in a good way.
Is It Any Good?
This unusual, mind-bending wordless story takes readers to a fun opposite world where up is down and down is up and everything's the same but slightly different. Another challenges readers to explore another dimension and kids playing with alternative versions of themselves -- alike except for tiny variations in what they're wearing or holding (like a blue vs. yellow book or red vs. blue leash), or how they're positioned (like upside down vs. right side up). Young readers will have fun figuring out who matches whom and what's different and the same about the pairs of kids. Is it a dream? A parallel universe? Another planet? Is it an ideal world where everyone plays together happily? Kids can decide for themselves as they turn the book over and over to see which end is up.
Author Christian Robinson's playful mixed-media and paper collage art is set against stark white pages in the alternative world and pitch black walls in the bedroom world. The kids are expressive and appealing, and invite readers to make up their own stories about what those kids are up to.
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