Cover image for Bein' with you this way
Bein' with you this way
Nikola-Lisa, W.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Lee & Low Books, [1994]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 x 27 cm
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.8 0.5 26753.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.9 1 Quiz: 01050 Guided reading level: K.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
J PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Illustrated by Michael Bryant

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4-7. A vibrant African American girl leads a cumulative rap about racial tolerance in this joyfully illustrated story. "Big nose. / Little nose. / Straight hair. / Curly hair. / Different--Mm-mmm,20/ but the same, / Ah-ha!" The colorful paintings, showing an urban, multicultural playground that any child would be delighted to have in the neighborhood, are energetic and expressive; the original verse has a challenging and inviting beat. Although advocates of the Opies' school of subversive school-yard chants may find the optimism here too sunny, others will appreciate the positive outlook. ~--Julie Corsaro

Publisher's Weekly Review

Individual differences are celebrated with a lilting, repetitive verse. PW said, ``Bryant's full-page, ginger-toned watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations give the book its buoyancy and warmth.'' Ages 2-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-A sunny day, an urban park, and a multiethnic cast of characters form the setting for this ode to the beauty of diversity. A young African-American girl urges other children to snap their fingers, tap their toes, and sing along with her as she notices that- brown eyes or blue, big nose or small, straight hair or curly-everyone is different, yet the same. In spite of its positive, upbeat intent, the rhyme scheme is awkward, requiring a forced verbal interpretation to sound catchy. The mottled illustrations capture the mood of the sun-dappled, action-packed park, and the smiling children represent a veritable United Nations of humanity. More of a chant than a story, this title certainly has a commendable message and will be useful in filling requests for multicultural materials.-Anna DeWind, Milwaukee Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.