Same, Same but Different

Title: Same, Same but Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw


Bibliography: Kostecki-Shaw, J. S. (2011). Same, Same but Different. New York, New York: Henry Holt and Co.


Annotation: Pen pals Elliot and Kailash learn a lot about each other through their letter exchanges. This book highlights that boys from America and India have a lot in common despite the difference in their worlds; Elliot and Kailash both have pets, go to school and enjoy climbing trees. They’re the same, same but different!


Genre: Realistic Fiction


Grade Level: 1-3


Readers who will like this book: This book would be a great introduction to learning about the world’s cultures and pen pals. It also promotes equity and equality. Anyone curious about other cultures would enjoy the story of Elliot and Kailash.


Personal Response and rating: 4; the relationship between Elliot and Kailash makes learning and relating to other cultures relevant for young readers and would be a great addition to a teacher’s classroom library in hopes of embracing cultural diversity.


Question: Have you ever had a pen pal? What place might you like to learn about through a pen pal? 


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