"Through vivid illustrations and an inviting point-of-view, Kostecki-Shaw introduces readers to two pen pals—Elliot, who lives in America, and Kailash, who lives in India. By exchanging letters and pictures, the boys learn that they both love to climb trees, have pets and ride a school bus. Their worlds might look different, but they are actually similar. Same, same but different!"
Winner of the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award, 2012.
This is the first book that I read with K-5 WTW classes. While the text is short and simple, children of all ages lingered on the artwork and made many interesting observations and noticed even the tiniest of details. Students will enjoy looking at Kostecki-Shaw's website featuring a special place for kids where she shows how the book came from her experiences living and traveling in Nepal and India and provides a glimpse into her creative process.
In WTW classes, we will make connections back to this text as we explore other books as well as our own stories.