This month Mockingbird Branch is hosting a wonderful family-friendly storytime on February 16 at 4PM entitled "Same, Same But Different." Showing love and acceptance is what the month of February is truly about, so to celebrate we'll be reading three award-winning books focusing on learning to accept others, and most importantly, learning to accept yourself.
To kick things off we'll read, Two Eggs, Please by Sarah Weeks. This is a great short tale about a variety of animals who all love eggs, but find they like eating eggs in slightly different ways. Elephant likes his eggs sunny-side up, goose likes hers scrambled, fox likes his eggs soft-boiled, mice likes his over-easy, alligator likes her eggs poached, but ram likes his fried. Yet despite all their obvious differences, everyone comes to see that in fact, they are the same - everyone loves eggs!
What if someone dresses differently than you? What if you look different from someone else? These questions are key elements in our second book, Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match by Monica Brown. According to the author, "I wrote this book because like more than six million Americans I'm multiracial...people sometimes ask 'what are you?' when they see me. That's easy - I'm American" Brown replies.
In Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match, Marisol has orange-red hair and nut-brown skin. She likes playing both pirates and soccer at recess and loves polka dots and writing upside down. When she's challenged by a classmate to be the same as everyone else for a day, she soon finds that being the same is never as great as being yourself. A wonderful book about loving who you are no matter what.
Our last book is also the name of our program, Same, Same, But Different by Jenny Sue Kostechi-Shaw. Elliot lives in American and Kailash lives in India. They become pen-pals and write postcards back and forth about all the many things they love. Featuring a popular saying from India "same, same but different," this book teaches us that though we love things, who and what we love are often very much the same. At the end of our family story session we'll be making one of a kind postcard crafts, to send to someone we love - near or far.
You won't want to miss this program on Thursday February 16 at 4PM at the Mockingbird Branch, 1326 N. Mockingbird. For more information, phone 325-437-7323.
Article Contributed by Anne Ellis, Mockingbird Branch Manager