This remarkable story shows what can happen when we choose to help. Kids will discover that we can all make a difference—no matter how big or small we are and no matter how big or small the task.
Based on the New York Times bestseller Same Kind of Different As Me, which sold more than a million copies worldwide and inspired the major motion picture, this book tells the true story of Denver Moore and Ron Hall, who also created the delightful illustrations in this book.
Share the power of friendship and faith with your children.
|Publisher:||Nelson, Thomas, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||7.80(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Ron Hall has dedicated much of the last ten years of his life to speaking on behalf of, and raising money for, the homeless. Formerly an international art dealer, Ron is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and writer/producer of the Paramount/Pure Flix film Same Kind of Different as Me. A Texas Christian University graduate, Ron was honored in 2017 with the Distinguished Alumni Award. In addition to traveling and speaking, Ron and his wife, Beth, run the Same Kind of Different as Me foundation (SKODAM.org), which meets emergency needs for those who are less fortunate.
Denver Moore served as a volunteer at the Fort Worth Union Gospel Mission until his death in March 2012.
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Same Kind of Different As Me
Everybody Can Help Somebody
By Ron Hall, Denver Moore
Thomas NelsonCopyright © 2013 Ron Hall
All rights reserved.
"I used to spend a lotta time worryin' that I was different from other people. ... But I found out everybody's different — the same kind of different as me."
Not too many years ago, American people were struggling. That time was called the Great Depression. Families didn't have much money. Mothers and fathers couldn't find jobs to buy food, medicine, or warm clothes for their children.
That was the time when Denver was born, on a cold January day on a cotton plantation in Louisiana. He was so small that his granddaddy would carry him in the front pocket of his overalls.
Denver's family worked as sharecroppers picking cotton on The Man's plantation. The Man let them live in a shack on the plantation. They had no electricity. They had no lights. They had no water. They were as poor as they could be.
Denver's family didn't have a car. Sometimes they rode on a big wagon pulled by mules. But they usually walked.
Most of the food they ate came from their garden — corn, potatoes, carrots. The milk came from The Man's cow. At Christmas, The Man would give them a pig so they would have some meat.
Even though he was a little boy, Denver worked with the rest of his family. He fed the chickens. He milked the cows. He picked wild blueberries.
There wasn't money for toys, so Denver would make toy trucks from old boards, with bottle caps for the wheels.
One day, Denver saw The Man's son Bobby riding down the dirt road on a brand-new bicycle. It was shiny and red! Denver had never seen a bicycle. He wanted one so much! He asked The Man, "Can I do extra chores for you so I can earn enough money to buy a bike like Bobby's?"
"Denver," The Man said, "if you pick one hundred pounds of cotton, I will buy you a new bike."
Denver got up before the sun even came up the next morning and picked cotton all day, sweat trickling down his forehead and into his eyes. Just as the sun was setting, he took his pillowcase full of cotton to The Man's barn and put it on the scales. It only weighed five pounds!
Day after day, he worked in the hot sun and picked cotton until his hands and knees were so sore and swollen that he could not pick any more. The Man's son Bobby felt sorry for Denver and thought, I'll pick some cotton too and sneak it into Denvers sack in the barn. With a friend helping him, Denver finally had one hundred pounds of cotton.
Excerpted from Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall, Denver Moore. Copyright © 2013 Ron Hall. Excerpted by permission of Thomas Nelson.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is a MUST read for every parent and child. It's the children's adaptation of the book Same Kind of Difference as Me, which is also a must read for everyone. I don't want to give away the plot, because it's just that good, but it's for anyone who wants to read a story about very different people coming together and helping each other. When we put aside our differences, we can create something so beautiful and make the world a better place. Read this book, you won't regret it!
This shortened, children's version of previous bestseller "Same Kind of Different As Me" brings to children the concept that helping others is a good thing to do. Denver Moore was a black child born into the poverty of tenant farming in the South and grew up with no education and virtually no toys. He escaped the farm in a train boxcar which he rode to Texas. Life in Texas was as hard or harder than the life he had left on the farm and he lived for years as a homeless person. He found his way to a Mission where he was discovered by a couple who took him under their wing and helped him. This evolved into a speaking tour and a book which generated a large sum of money which was used to build a new Mission for the homeless. A good story, but somehow it seems to miss the mark. Would I purchase it? Probably not. Would it be a good book for a library and why? Yes, and because it tells the story of helping others. DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from the BookLook Review Program on behalf of the Thomas Nelson Publishing Company to facilitate this review of my honest opinions. I was not compensated.
I have not read the novel: Same Kind of Different as Me but I still thought this would make a good book for my kids. I am constantly striving for ways to remind my children that this world does not center around us and our farm. That the world is way bigger than us, and God made lots of different people in all sizes, shapes, colors, personalities, etc. The cover of Same Kind of Different as Me for Kids indicates that it is for very little children, but I actually think this is a book directed more at my boys (who are in second grade) or older. There are a lot of words on every page, and it is intended to serve as a conversational piece about making a difference—no matter how big or small we are and no matter how big or small the task. It tells the story of one man and his journey from the streets to a life of purpose. Based on the New York Times bestseller Same Kind of Different As Me, which sold more than a million copies worldwide and inspired the major motion picture, this book tells the true story of Denver Moore and Ron Hall, who also created the delightful illustrations in this book. Booklookbloggers provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Same Kind of Different As Me For Kids begins with Denver as a child. The book explains how he lived during the Great Depression. His family was very poor and worked on a plantation. He had to work and couldn't go to school and didn't have anyone to teach him. He desired to travel, learn and get out of his situation. However, when he leaves for the city he is homeless and can't get a job because he has no education. He lives as a homeless man for a lot of years and becomes very angry. He eventually meets Debbie at a homeless shelter and she tells him that God loves him and so does she. She and Ron help him and amazing things begin to happen! I thought that the book did a great job of retelling the story in a way that children could connect to. This is a hard story, about homelessness and poverty and the way that people with less are treated. Talking about Denver's childhood, his bike, his dreams, it shows kids that people who end up on the street are people. They were children, like them, who might have had a really hard life and even when they try to rise above their situation, like Denver, they find they can't without some help. That is the real heart of the book, sharing God's love and kindness. It opens up a lot of great conversation with children about homelessness and the power of one person who is willing to help. This is a longer picture book and I would say it's probably best suited for children who can sit for longer periods, probably 4+. The illustrations are lovely and were actually done by the author. This is a kids book that touches the heart of the child and parent alike I received this book in exchange for my honest review from BookLook Bloggers.