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Children Just Like Me



Introduces kids to variety of cultures and places.

What parents need to know


Some of the children's stories are upsetting.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the writing is simple and straightforward, but it highlights high-interest areas for kids. Crisp photographs feature portraits of smiling children in their favorite outfits or traditional garb.

What's the story?

From a Bedouin village in Jordan to the heart of Hollywood, children are introduced to a wide variety of cultures and places. Although the text is beyond the abilities of many in the target audience, stunning photographs, moving testimonies, and intricate details highlight the lives and dreams of ordinary children.

Is it any good?


This inspiring work, produced in conjunction with UNICEF, urges readers to focus on the interests they have in common with other kids. Some of these compelling stories are sorrowful: Seven-year-old Meena, for example, lives on a construction site in New Delhi with her transplanted family, and longs to return to her rural village. Other tales are uplifting, and all are absorbing to read. The book strikes a delicate balance between providing vital information about the culture and region and presenting anecdotal tidbits on topics of interest to children: a child's favorite food, toy, friend, or school subject.

Children the same age as most of the subjects will find the reading too advanced, but the book is an excellent resource for middle-grade children. Each page overflows with information, both textual and visual. Barnabas Kindersley's cheerful photographs document everyday details, including each child's abode and schoolwork. Readers will be challenged and touched by this remarkable work.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the children featured in the book. Kids: What similarities do you find among them? What are some of their differences?

Book details

Author:Anabel Kindersley
Illustrator:Barnabas Kindersley
Book type:Non-Fiction
Publisher:DK Publishing Inc.
Publication date:January 1, 1995
Number of pages:79
Publisher's recommended age(s):9 - 12

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Parent of a 5 and 8 year old Written bykarinajohnson November 27, 2011

Good for all ages

This is very good for teaching kids what life is like in different places. Some stories were upsetting or sad, but that is the way it is and kids deserve to know.
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Written byAnonymous July 28, 2010
This book speaks volumes about all the children of the world.
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Great messages
Adult Written bybeach3290 February 8, 2010

I would recommend this book to all ages!

I got this book for christmas when I was about six years old, now I am 20 and I still have this book at home, I read it all the time. It is what inspired me to want to travel and learn about people all around the world. I would also recommend the other Children Just Like Me book, as well as other books sponsered by UNICEF! This book will open your eyes to so many different lives and experiences.
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Too much violence
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Great role models


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