Different Just Like Us

Children - Non-Fiction
40 Pages
Reviewed on 10/08/2019
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Author Biography

Lexi Layton was just nine years old when she teamed up with author Tammi Croteau Keen to share her story. Lexi is an entrepreneur with a passion for animals. She began baking dog treats and turned this into her own business, using her profits to help a local charity to provide service dogs for military veterans with PTSD.

Lexi is very proud of her family and how it came to be. She says, "I wanted to write this book because I think that everyone in important, no matter what color they are, or if their parents are two women or two dads. But some people don't always believe that, so I wanted to write this book to show that everybody is special in their own way. Nobody is less than anybody else, because we are all equal."

Tammi Keen is an author, poet, and advocate for inclusion, acceptance, and kindness. She strives to tell stories that promote awareness of the many ways in which we are all more alike than different, and that illuminate the "kind" in "humankind."

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Let's get to know Lexi and her family in the storybook Different Just Like Us by Lexi Layton with Tammi Croteau Keen. She has a dog, Teddy, and a puppy, Toby, who are half-siblings because they have the same dad. Lexi loves dogs and she loves to bake. She has her own business which is making treats for dogs. Sometimes she spends the money she gets from selling the dog treats and sometimes she saves it. Her family also helps her in making the treats and selling them. They have fun together and they all love music. Every family is different and Lexi is proud of her family. She has two moms and she loves both of them. Her older brother Logan is strong and healthy and he likes to work out. Lexi's favorite story is the one about how she was created. Lexi is happy with her life and the way things are. Her life is filled with love and she doesn't want to change anything.

The book tackles the concept of donor children from a child's perspective and teaches children to love each other irrespective of what their families are. The story is about kindness and acceptance and the illustrations bring the concept and the characters alive for young readers. It is a good story to read out to children in classrooms to encourage them to be kind to each other, no matter what their background is. Every family is different and it is important to accept people for what they are and celebrate them. Stories like this are wonderful for children because it makes it easy for them to understand the concept in an interesting way without sounding complicated and difficult.