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What If Everybody Thought That?

Two Lions/Amazon/. (What If Everybody?). Aug. 2019. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781542091374.
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PreS-Gr 2–Keeping an open mind is a challenge for some kids, and adhering to a narrow viewpoint can limit their own experiences and impact their acceptance of people who seem different. This simple concept book shows how wrongheaded assumptions can be when it comes to trying unfamiliar foods or judging others with nontraditional learning styles, disabilities, or different physical attributes. Cheerful mixed media artwork presents individuals of varied backgrounds and ages. Speech bubbles are used to reveal children’s initial prejudices, with page turns employed to indicate their revised opinions. The refrain that appears throughout is “What if everybody thought that?… They might be wrong.”
VERDICT This is a message-driven work but certainly a message that still needs to be delivered either in a classroom setting or during a parent-child teaching moment. A worthwhile acquisition

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