Hello Lauren Simone Pubs Readers!!!!!
It's Dr. John here again. I have missed you guys so much. I am sorry I have not been able to do the weekly book review. We have had a very busy schedule feeding young, hungry minds in and out of the classroom. Lucky for me it is the last week of the academic term and while students are studying, I figured I would catch up on some picture book reading and keep you updated on my finds.
It is so fascinating to me to see that rather than embrace our differences and accept each other, we perceive others as weird or peculiar.
Although we appear to be different on the outside, on the inside we all want the same things in life. Everyone has the same basic motives- eat, find shelter, safety, love, and respect. It is only after achieving those basic goals we are able to become the best versions of ourselves. At least that is what psychologist Abraham Maslow posits in his theory called Hierarchy of Needs.
I recently met a local author on Facebook and saw the cover of her book and noticed it featured topics that the authors here at Lauren Simone Pubs care deeply about (diversity, difference, and acceptance). I asked her if she would share her book with us and tell us about herself.
Author Michelle Spray is an "additional needs" mom living in Connecticut with her husband, Erick and their four children. Michelle understands “differences” not only as a mom of a child with DiGeorge Syndrome, which can present in over 180 symptoms including growth, motor and developmental delays, and significant speech dysfunction, but she is also a scoliosis warrior.
Her book, Like Everyone Else, is a sweet, short, and inspirational children’s picture book of a young boy who wasn’t always able to walk, write, or do other things we often take for granted. His voice is the narration of the story and he explains what it is like having these developmental delays and the consequences of how he is perceived and treated by others. The story goes on to show the main character not as a victim of his circumstances but an overcomer and a regular kid like everyone else who just wants what we all aim to do- live, love, laugh, and fulfill our maximum potential.
Besides the creativity of the author, the illustrator does a great job with color, fonts, and diverse characters to create this touching and inspiring story that so many children will be able to relate to in one way or another. Taking into consideration the content, the art, and the writing, without a doubt, I give this book five stars. I strongly recommend you introduce your early readers to this book to teach them about both persistence and accepting differences.
When the author is asked, why did you write this book, she shared
Besides this book, Michelle has authored quite a growing list of books and is currently working on a book about her grandmother's journey with Alzheimer's.
You can purchase the book here and find Michelle on: