cover image The Same But Different

The Same But Different

Tessa Dahl. Viking Children's Books, $11.95 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-670-82572-1

Clover's family starts the day by getting up, dressing and grabbing a quick breakfast. On the surface, everyone is doing the same thing, but no one is doing it in quite the same way. When it comes to underwear, every member of the family has his or her preference. ``Mommy'' dons a bra and panties while ``Daddy'' wears boxer shorts. ``Granny'' wears bloomers, ``Grandpa'' buttons up his long johns and Clover wears an undershirt with her underpants. Readers see that ``Clover sits on her little potty, baby Luke has his diaper changed. Daddy stands up.'' Other events of the day are contrasted, including the family's bedtime habits. The exploration of the concept of ``same but different'' is aptly geared to very young children, enhanced by touches of humor conveyed in zesty cartoon illustrations. The use of an extended family with varying routines and needs adds interest. Ages 2-6. (Mar.)