Bibliographic Information: Kostecki-Shaw, J. S. (2011). Same, Same, but Different. New York: Henry Holt.
Short Annotation: Elliott and Kailash are pen pals. And as they write back and forward they learn that even though they are from different countries, America and India, they both love to do the same things, like climbing trees.
Grade Level: K – 2
Readers who will like this book: readers who like to read about friendships; readers who like to read about pen pals; readers who like to read about two different cultures
Personal Response/Rating: 4 – I loved this book. It really allows students to see that even though people live in different countries it doesn’t mean they can’t relate to them.
Text-Dependent Question: How are Elliot and Kailash the same? How are Elliot and Kailash different?
Reading Strategy Connection: Gallery Walks – This strategy allows students to improve their writing skills and give feedback to classmates writing. This strategy is an appropriate instructional match for this book because it students can not only improve on their writing and feedback, but they can also learn about the diversity within their classmates.