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5.0 out of 5 stars A charming story about accepting others
This story is about a ' something else 'who is always diferent from everyone else, it wants so much to be the same but it is always different. Until the day it meets another something else! Something else finds it a bit hard to accept the new creature at first and then it realises that their differences are strengths and they become best friends...
Published on 15 July 2001

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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice story about with the subtext that it's ok to ...
Nice story about with the subtext that it's ok to be different. I like it but my 5yr rarely asks for it sadly.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A charming story about accepting others, 15 July 2001
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This story is about a ' something else 'who is always diferent from everyone else, it wants so much to be the same but it is always different. Until the day it meets another something else! Something else finds it a bit hard to accept the new creature at first and then it realises that their differences are strengths and they become best friends. They met a human at the end of the story who really is a'something else'!! This story gently helps children understand how people can be different and shows them a way to accept others who are different to them.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too cute!, 5 Dec. 2006
I love this picture book, not only are the illustartions to die for. But the story has a very important lesson to learn as well. It is the moving story of "Something Else" a wee creature that doenst really fit in anywhere, or with anyone... untill "Something" shows up at his door... could it be that there are other outcasts? And could it be that he has finally found a friend after all?

Cute, funny and extremely well done... Cave's best!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous picture book with an underlying message about acceptance and empathy., 8 Sept. 2007
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ELH Browning "Esther-Lou" (Kingston Bagpuize, Oxon) - See all my reviews
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This is a great story about a little creature who wants to join in but the other creatures won't let him join in because he looks different, he eats different food etc. They tell him "you're not like us, you're something else" and he goes home sadly. Something Else is then visited by another funny looking thing and at first he too is unkind to it because it is different. However, he quickly realizes what he is doing and calls the creature back. They become great friends and have a lot of fun together. And then at the very end a truly weird creature turns up (a little boy) and will they be friendly to him too? Something Else is a lovely book to read to your children - you'll all enjoy it and smile at the ending. The illustrations are smashing, a bit quirky in striking pen and ink with full colour. Its also a useful tool to help children think about others. It could be used to talk with preschool and KS1 children about how it feels to be left out, and to teach this age group about treating others as you would like them to treat you. A winner for a whole host of reasons! If you like this, try Two Left Feet by Stower too, which has a similar feel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite illustrations and a moving story about acceptance, 6 Sept. 2014
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K. J. Noyes "Katy Noyes" (Derbyshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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My thre year old isn't quite the right audience for this. Another year or two.

It's a story of accepting difference and making friends based on things other than looks. 'Something Else' is ostracised. Lonely. Separate. And then 'Something' knocks on the door. How will he react?

It's a lovely, sweet story about ignoring colour, looks and surface differences. My son didn't quite understand that but he does love the final twist at the end.

We both adore tw pictures. Chris Riddell's are the perfect style for the story, his experience with fantasy creatures creating some wonderfully quickly ones here.

Best for children mature enough to understand the concept presented. KS1 and Reception classes will get a lot of learning and discussion out of this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, 29 Oct. 2009
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J. M. Cameron - See all my reviews
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This is a delightful story with a very deep message about accepting difference in people. Beautifully told, excellent illustrations and without labouring the point about discrimination. Spot on and well deserving of its Unesco award.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have book for 5 - 8 year olds, 26 Aug. 2009
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lilysmum "lilysmum65" (uk) - See all my reviews
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This is a brilliant book that sparks off so much conversation. I bought it for my daughter but then found out she had read it at school and she told me all about it. It tells the story of a little "something else" who is ostracised for being different, and how he works things out. There's a brilliant page where he is faced by a group who say to him "You're not like us. You don't belong," that inspires discussion along the lines of why the group are excluding the little something else. It makes you think! Highly recommended. (By the way, it has a happy ending.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely read, 30 July 2009
After exhausting most of the books by Julia Donaldson I was on the lookout for other alternatives. We are going to see this at the theatre and so I bought it to read to my daughter prior to our visit. It is a lovely book, with beautiful illustrations and a subtle moral lesson thrown in for good measure. My daughter really enjoyed it. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for teachers ..., 9 Aug. 2013
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I used this in class when talking about being kind to people who are different and not to discriminate etc...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, 2 Feb. 2014
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My kids don't have any particular problems at the moment, but they are both different from their school friends as they have two mother tongue languages which are different from their friends' first language and have different cultures from their friends too, so I decided it would be as well to look at how someone different who is unsure of themselves copes with life and this was a lovely taster. I feel my boys have understood that they need to accept the kids who are not exactly the same as everyone else from this and the discussion that arose from it. And also that they will find the right friends eventually. No force feeding of morals, just a lovely tale to be used as a springboard for chatting or left to seep in slowly...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Book for Year 2 Children, 12 Nov. 2011
Although my intention was to use this book with Year 2 children, I've also used it in Year 4. It links really nicely with the themes from SEAL in the Getting on and Falling Out Theme and in the Good to be Me Theme. It's a beautiful story with lessons for us all about respecting difference, and self worth.
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