A Different Story

A Different Story

Written on 12/31/2019

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Author: Sonya VanderVeen Feddema

In this subtly humorous children’s picture book, Adolfo Serra delightfully captures the diversity and commonality of a rhinoceros and a rhinoceros beetle. One is large, the other small; one is imposing, the other easy to miss; one is a mammal, the other an insect. Yet both have horns with which to defend themselves and both belong in the world.

With few words and a combination of collage art and drawings, Serra’s light, amusing touch nevertheless conveys a meaningful message for children and adults alike—we are different from each other, each unique; but at the same time, we are similar.

Christian parents and caregivers who share this book with children might have the opportunity to talk about the wonders of God’s creation—similarities and differences between animals and the ways people are alike and distinct from each other—and how all creation speaks of God’s glory. They might also talk about God’s desire that we love and accept all people. (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers)

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