|We're All Alike and Different by Leon Weintraub
Young children are introduced to the wonderful
world that lies beyond the borders of their own
home, learning about how we are all alike…and
different from each other at the same time. If we
look at what we can see, we may be alike (two
eyes, ten fingers, one nose) and different (height,
build, hair color, skin tone) at the same time, but if
we look at what we cannot see (our pleasures, our
hopes, our dreams, and our enjoyment with each
other), we find that we are all, under the skin, so to
speak, pretty much alike.
Beginning with family, and then moving outward to
other people in our neighborhood and beyond, we
see the great diversity in humanity. While it is easy
to note our differences, just a bit more thought will
reveal the many ways we are like one another.
|Leon Weintraub knew how different people could be from his early
childhood through all his adult life. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York,
he learned to appreciate the great mix of humanity that he saw daily on the
streets of the largest city in the country, where people from all corners of the
globe were part of the everyday landscape.
Leon’s adult experiences as well as his career only expanded his
knowledge of, and interest in, the varied human experiences. He served as
a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia and then did field research for his Ph.D.
degree in Sierra Leone, both in West Africa. His career as a U.S. Foreign
Service Officer led him to serve at diplomatic posts in Colombia and
Ecuador, Nigeria, Israel, and Switzerland, where he lived for extended
periods with his wife Nancy and his family. His three children were born in
three different countries: the United States, Colombia, and Israel.
Leon hopes that reading this book with your children can make a small but
meaningful contribution to greater appreciation for the richness and positive
nature of the diverse human experience.
|What Are You Doing? by Leon Weintraub
Let’s be honest, parents (and grandparents, too) –
how many times have you asked those young
people that seem to be continually underfoot and
marching to a very different drummer, that simple
question: “What are you doing?” Your need to ask
that question may always seem obvious to you, but
did you ever wonder how that question is heard by
the young child you are addressing?
Just as we already know that those youngsters are
soaking up new information and forming new
ideas in their little heads every single day, we also
need to know that they are trying, in their own,
distinct ways, to relate to the world around them –
often in ways that make much sense to them but
raise doubts to the adults around them. What Are
You Doing? will help you see many situations
through a child’s eyes, enabling you to understand
better what is going through their minds, even
while you have many doubts of your own.