Review: Same Here! The Differences We Share

Today I’m sharing a creative picture book that celebrates the many unique ways people across the globe live. Same Here! The Differences We Share by Susan Hughes and Sophie Casson shares a glance into the day-to-day lives of young kids around the world, offering young readers a window into the lives of others.

Title: Same Here! The Differences We Share
Author: Susan Hughes
Illustrator: Sophie Casson
Publisher: Owl Kids
Published: April 15, 2022
Format: Illustrated Middle Grade

While Same Here! highlights the many many differences children’s lives may have, such as different cultures, socio-economic realities, and access to health and education, it also highlights the commonalities in everyone’s life. Each section is titled with the things we all need, like communication, food, shelter, and community. In these sections, Susan Hughes shares thought-provoking snapshots of the lives of young children drawn from her extensive research, encouraging children to draw connections between their own lives and those of other children in different countries.

The illustrations by Sophie Casson are wonderful. I loved the the bright colors used, but I especially appreciated the way the colors are consistent throughout, providing visual reminders of the similarities in the children’s lives.

Same Here! would be perfect for the classroom, and I would highly recommend it to fans of One Day, Many Ways, Who am I?, and This is How We Do It. This one will be officially released tomorrow (April 15, 2022), but you can preorder your copy today wherever books are sold, including Bookshop and Amazon. (Please note: Some links provided are affiliate links. Affiliate links allow me to receive a small commission for recommendations at no cost to you. This commission is used to maintain this site and to continue bringing content to you. I always appreciate your support!)

Many thanks to Owl Kids for sending me a review copy of this amazing book! I was delighted to learn about the experiences of children across the world, and I’m so grateful to share it with you all today.

About The Author:

SUSAN HUGHES has written many books, both fiction and nonfiction, for children of all ages, including Carmen and the House That Gaudí Built, What Happens Next, and Off to Class. Susan is a freelance editor, writer, and story coach. She lives in Toronto, Canada.

About the Illustrator:

SOPHIE CASSON has illustrated a number of children’s books, including The Artist and Me, a finalist for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, and Helen’s Birds. Her highly acclaimed illustrations have also appeared in many international publications, including The Globe and Mail, The New York Times, and The Financial Times. Sophie lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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