About the Author
R. W. Alley is the illustrator for the popular Abbey Press adult series of Elf-help books, as well as an illustrator and writer of children’s books. He lives in Barrington, Rhode Island, with his wife, daughter, and son. See a wide variety of his works at: www.rwalley.com.
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You Are You, I Am Me
By Cynthia Geisen, R. W. Alley
Abbey PressCopyright © 2016 Cynthia Geisen
All rights reserved.
God Loves to Create Lots of Different Things
Open the curtains. Look all around you. What do you see? Clouds floating across the sky? Trees swaying in the breeze? Birds flying through the air? Tall buildings?
Open your ears. What sounds do you hear? Birds chirping? Dogs barking? Horns honking? Music playing? People talking?
Take a deep breath. What do you smell? Grass that's just been cut? Exhaust fumes? The smell of curry coming from your neighbor's kitchen?
See, hear, and smell all the awesome things God has made. Remember: YOU are God's amazing creation, too!
We Are Unique AND Alike
Did you know that over 7,000,000,000 people are living across the world? But none of us is exactly the same.
Think about your family, your friends, your neighbors. No one has your smile. No one sings just like you. No other person in the world draws or dances or dreams exactly like you. You are ONE-OF-A-KIND.
BUT, people throughout the whole world are also alike. Just like you, people everywhere laugh when they feel happy and cry when they feel sad. Just like you, they love and are loved.
Outside, We Look Different ... Inside, We're the Same
Close your eyes. Picture the kids in your school. Is everyone's hair the same length? Does everyone have the same color skin? Do all the kids in your class wear glasses?
Of course not! None of us looks, walks, or talks the same. God made us in many different shapes, sizes, and colors.
Yet, deep down, we are very much alike. We want to have friends. We feel hurt when others push us away. When we are sick or scared, we are glad to get a hug from someone who loves us.
We Have Different Talents, But We're All Good at Something
What do you do well? Maybe you can spell big words or add large numbers. You might draw amazing dinosaurs or write beautiful poems. It could be that you run like a gazelle or sing like a bird.
But, there are also things that you might not do so well. Maybe you have a hard time understanding math or kicking a soccer ball.
We all are good at something, but none of us is good at everything. The world needs people with different talents. Where would we be if everyone was good at dancing, but no one could play music?
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