I’m a sucker for a craft shop or quirky gift store, and so when I stumbled across Paper Tipi, I was in my element. Melanie, who runs Paper Tipi stocks a host of gifts ideal for fans of Star Wars, Harry Potter, Mermaids, Unicorns, and much more.
As I was chatting to Melanie, I discovered she had also written and illustrated a children’s book called I’m Not Different.
Always one to support a fellow author I dashed home and bought a copy from Amazon.
Here’s what I thought.
Title: I’m Not Different
Author: Melanie McCluskey
Category: Children’s/Family, Friends & Social Issues
My Rating: 5 Star
I’m Not Different is written for every child who lives in a diverse family situation; single parent, adopted, foster care, same sex parents, etc. The message is clear for every child. It doesn’t matter what your situation, for love overcomes everything.
Told in rhythmic verse, the story is also beautifully illustrated by Melanie.
It doesn’t matter what your home life is like. It’s perfectly normal in today’s society to live with grandparents, divide your time between mum and dad’s houses, have same sex parents, or be adopted into a loving family. This book will warm the heart of every child, no matter their situation.
“He’s not different,
I tell you this as fact…
Joey has two Dads
That love him to the moon and back.”
I believe this is the kind of book that should be read in schools. It’s a delightful book, carefully written, and charmingly illustrated.
‘I’m not different’ is a poetic short story book with a twist – a child’s point of view on modern parenting.
The book was written with children in mind, to help them accept their living situations,
from single parenthood to adoption and more. All families are quirky and unique, no two families are the same.
The perfect tool for helping children understand and embrace their family situation made easier to read in rhyme.
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