"In art class, I painted a picture of my world. My teacher mailed it across the oceans."
So begins the marvelous pictorial correspondence between Elliott, an American boy, and Kailash, who lives in India. The youngsters compare many details of their lives--families, favorite classes, alphabets, and more. With each new picture and message from his friend, Kailash comments (using a common expression) that their worlds are "same, same, but different." The boys conclude that "We're best friends...even though we live in two different worlds. Or do we?"
Stunning, brilliantly hued art work by author Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw vividly portrays the environments in which Elliott and Kailash live. Illustrations on following and facing pages detailing aspects of life in their respective communities bring home the message of this magnificent book. It all ties together with a double-page spread featuring each boy's drawings surrounding an image of his sleeping friend. With a winning combination of lovely art, simple yet eloquent language, and timely (and timeless) lesson, this book is a marvel. Ages 7-9 Recommended by Barbara Karp, Librarian New York USA