I'm Just Like My Mom; I'm Just Like My Dad
Author: Jorge Ramos
Illustrator: Akemi Gutierrez
Publication Date: 2008
Genre/Format: Fiction/Picture Book
Summary: This book tells the story of how a little girl is just like her mom and then you can flip it over and it tells a similar story of how a little boy is just like his dad. The text is simple, but emphasizes how much we resemble people in our family.
What I Think: Peanut and I had fun reading this book - he wanted to read the girl side because I'm a girl and I wanted to read the boy side because he's a boy! Of course, we had to read both sides...many times! It was fun to see how the kids were like their mom or dad and then we compared how Peanut is like me and how he is like his dad. I love how this could generate ideas for young writers to write about their families and maybe extend into personal narratives.
Read Together: Pre-K - 3
Read Alone: 1 - 3
Read With: When I Was Little: A Four-Year-Old's Memoir of Her Youth, by Jamie Lee Curtis
Snatch of Text: "When I'm mad, my forehead wrinkles just like my mom's." "When we drink hot chocolate together in the morning, I get a mustache just like my dad's."
Reading Strategies to Practice: Activating Background Knowledge, Making Connections
Writing Strategies to Practice: Personal Narrative, AAAWWUBBIS, Memoir
Writing Prompts: Write a personal narrative about a special time you spent with one of your family members. Write about your favorite memory of someone in your family. Write a poem about how you are like your mom or your dad or someone in your family.
Topics Covered: Family, Memories
Translated to Spanish: Yes! Me Parezco Tanto a Mi Mama; Me Parezco Tanto a Mi Papa