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Just like you and me
Miller, David, 1943-
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Publication Information:
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 volume (various pagings) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Reading Level:
AD 190 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 1.5 1 Quiz: 38470 Guided reading level: G.
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PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Are you swift like a cheetah, sociable like a penguin, graceful as a dancing crane, or brave as a willy wagtail bird? If you are, you'll find many more within these bright, colorful pages who share these and other kinds of behavior. Here is an exuberant, original exploration of the ties between humans, animals, and their intriguingly similar worlds.David Miller made his debut with the popular Boo to a Goose by Mem Fox. Publishers Weekly praised his cut-paper collage as "stunning", saying it would "have readers poring over the pages in amazement and delight.

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Booklist Review

Ages 4^-6. Alternating spreads show animals and humans engaged in similar activities, such as showing off, blending in, and dancing, while the text ties the two pictures together. "Swiftest of all cats, the golden cheetah moves like the wind," says a line accompanying an illustration of a running cheetah. Turn the page to see a girl racing along on inline skates: "Just like you and me." The most striking aspect of the book is its artwork. Three-dimensional paper sculpture, often brilliantly colored, is the medium here. Oddly, the scenes of animals are beautifully conceived visually but the accompaning text is a little stiff. While on the pages with people, the repeated words "Just like you and me" sound natural and work well, but the pictures look a bit staged. Still, the boldly conceived artwork will intrigue children as well as adults. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-Dramatic art created with paper sculpture and a brief text describe the habits and behaviors that animals and humans share. The repeating refrain of "just like you and me" may be redundant, but the font is playfully enhanced and printed. "-cranes love to dance. Just like you and me" is accompanied by one spread of two cranes in graceful poses, followed by a spread that shows a young ballerina in a pink tutu against a stage curtain. Although backgrounds are plain, the illustrations of the animals and the ethnically diverse children are a delight. Vibrant colors and large, uncluttered images make the book effective for group presentations. A visual delight.-Debbie Stewart, Grand Rapids Public Library, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.