Same, Same but Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw

Bibliographic Information:  Kostecki-Shaw, J. S. (2011). Same, same, but different. New York, NY: Henry Holt.

Annotation:  This is a culturally diverse book that talks about what is similar and different in two cultures.  Two boys live in different places in the world, Elliot lives in America and Kailash lives in India but they realize that they have things in common and things that are different.  They end up realizing that even though the lives in different places, they have things that are the same.

Genre:  Fiction

Grade Level:  Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

Interested Readers:  Students who are interested in learning about different cultures, or seeing that even though people live in different places, there are things in common, could be interested in this book.  This book could also interest students based on the detailed illustrations and life experiences that students could relate to.

Personal Response and Rating:  I really enjoyed this book for many reasons.  I enjoyed the bright and realistic illustrations which used acrylics, crayons, pencils, collage, and tissue paper.  I also thought that this book did a great job showing that even though people could be from different cultures, there can be things in common.  Lastly, I enjoyed that the author included details that many students could relate to, to help students connect to the book.  I would give this book a 5/5 star rating.

Text-Dependent Question: How are Elliot’s and Kailash’s families similar and different?

Reading Strategy:

a.)     Venn Diagram Strategy from Gail Tompkins (Strategy #47)

b.)     Venn Diagram Strategy is a strategy where students can compare and contrast topics.  Venn Diagrams can be used as a whole class activity, or an individual activity.  Venn Diagrams can be used for all grade levels, and works on comprehension and content areas.

c.)     With regards to this book, I would use the Venn Diagram as a whole class activity.  After reading the book, we would discuss whats the same and different between the two characters.  This book is already about what is the same and different between the two boys, and using a Venn Diagram will help expand the concept, and work on comprehension.