Nothing in Common

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A man and a woman live across from each other. They have little in common, although they both love watching the old man who walks by their houses with his marvelous dog. They notice one day he’s crying and calling out for the dog. The two neighbors now have a common goal. After searching far and wide, they discover the white ball of fluff inside a hot air balloon, a place only they would think to look. They set out to rescue him and begin to notice their commonalities.

Children often notice the differences between them before they acknowledge the similarities that exist. Their disparate ways seem more salient, just as they do to the neighbors before they share a common experience. At first, they don’t want to believe in their alikeness, butl circumstances force them to view things through another lens. Youngsters will find familiarity in this as well as in the loss the elderly man experiences when his dog disappears. They’ll admire the gorgeous watercolor illustrations that are subtle yet so descriptive. They seem to whisper a thousand words. This is unquestionably a unique and touching tale likely to warm the hearts of children aged five to nine.


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Author Kate Hoefler, Illustrated by Corinna Luyken
Star Count 4.5/5
Format Hardcover Picture Book
Page Count 40 pages
Publisher HMH Books for Young Readers
Publish Date 2020-Sep-15
ISBN 9780544774780
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Issue January 2021
Category Children's
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