Sunday, November 8, 2009

Looking Like Me

Looking Like Me, written by Walter Dean Myers and illustrated by Christopher Myers, is a rocking rhyme filled book that revels in the many different people that are inside all of us. Jeremy is a little brother, a son, a dreamer, a writer, an artist, and more. As he celebrates all the facets of his personality, Jeremy punctuates each one with a fist bump. How cool is that?

Christopher Myers' collage illustrations are filled with photographs, bright colors, and block letters that jump off the page and catch your eye immediately. The text has a great rhythm that makes for fun reading. "THE MAILMAN LIFTED HIS FIST. I GAVE IT A BAM! IT IS KIND OF AMAZING ALL THE PEOPLE I AM." This book screams to be made into a Reader's Theater piece.

This would be a fine book to read at the beginning of the year to learn about each of your students. They could write their own versions of Looking Like Me to introduce themselves to the class.

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