John Jensen Feels Different

John Jensen Feels Different

Book - 2012
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John Jensen, a crocodile, cannot quite understand why he feels so different from everyone else, but a kindly doctor reassures him that no one is exactly the same as anyone else.
Publisher: Grand Rapids Mich. : Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2012
ISBN: 9780802853998
Branch Call Number: jp HOV NVD
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 23 x 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Bartlett, Don
Kove, Torill

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IrishMoon
May 13, 2014

A good book about acceptance and self-esteem.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Mar 01, 2012

Let’s just put it this way. Any picture book that includes a shot of the hero lying awake in bed with a copy of Albert Camus’s The Stranger open on his tummy is not trying to fit in with the general pack. Like John Jensen himself this book could have done any number of things to try to look like all the other illustrated books for kids out there. In refusing to do so it separates itself from the masses. It ends up being something you’ll remember long after you put it down. And if it has that affect on an adult, imagine how it will affect child readers. If you’re looking to hand them something smart and funny and charming that is its own beast and no one else’s, look no further than this little Norwegian gem. I guarantee you’ve never seen the like.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Mar 01, 2012

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 8

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Mar 01, 2012

John Jensen. He feels different. He feels it at home, on the bus, and at work. As we watch this perfectly amiable alligator (crocodile?) navigates through the realistic world of humans, holding down a good job as a tax consultant, we see him struggle with the idea. After much thought John decides that it’s his tail that makes him so very different from other people. Yet an attempt to tape it to his body only turns to pain when he sprains it after an accident. At the hospital he makes the acquaintance of Dr. Field (a nice elephant) who gives John the inspiring words he needs to stop being silly about his tail/who he is and to get on with his life.

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