Reading/Interest Level: Preschool
Author: Ariane Hofmann-Maniyar
Publisher: Child's Play Inc
Lucy knows how to do everything right. She knows how to eat with a fork and a spoon, how to build a tall tower, and how to fold a perfect star. Then Toshi arrives. He doesn't eat with a spoon or fork, or build towers like Lucy. He can't even fold a paper star! Lucy can't take it anymore and tell him, "That's not how you do it!" Toshi gives her a paper crane he made and Lucy discovers that there is more than one right way to do things.
This is a simple and sweet book about acceptance and diversity. The illustrations are colorful and bold with Lucy, a cat with a beret, and Toshi, a Panda, as the main characters. This would be a great book for kids who have a hard time with other children who play or do things in a different way. The whole message of the book is that there are many good ways to do the same thing, like building with blocks, making music, and eating with chopsticks or silverware.