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I Like, I Don't Like

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  168 ratings  ·  72 reviews
An eye-opening introduction to an important issue

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child states that every child in the world has the right to play. Unfortunately, that universal right is not always respected. I Like, I Don't Like presents this reality to readers by showing how children in varying circumstances can see the same object very differently.

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Hardcover, 28 pages
Published March 6th 2017 by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
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Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

It's amazing how such a simple picture book, that's easy for children to understand, can really pack a punch. The pictures and sentences do an excellent job of showing inequality. Children will understand how different other children's lives can be and what makes them different. This is a great story for elementary children. 5*****
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The pictures tell the story. Phrases as simple as "I like blocks" and "I don't like blocks" turn to be something completely meaningful when who are saying them are a kid playing with lego blocks and another one loading up them as part of his job. Equally huge is the different between a kid who is picking daisies in a field, and another who is selling flowers in the street. Or a kid playing with toy cars, and another one washing cars in alongside the traffic lights. The message is rough, as reali ...more
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a very simple picture book, but with a very powerful message. The point of the story is that kids can like things but that some kids don't like them and why. Why would any kid not like flowers? Because they have to sell them on the street. Why would any kid not like cell phones? When they have to assemble them for a living? Why would anyone not like bricks to play with? When you have to make bricks for a living, as a child. The whole book shows how children are used for child labor, and ...more
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
'I Like, I Don't Like' begins with a list of rights that every child in the world is entitled to, followed by the accompanying words "And yet...". Each page clearly shows the juxtaposition between a lucky child and a child facing poverty and neglect.
The first of these features a young girl delightedly trying on a number of adult's high heels, playing dress up in front of a mirror. In contrast, the girl on the right is knelt miserably polishing an extremely oversized shiny shoe (poignantly is not
Michele Knott
Really, really important book.
Jillian Heise
Powerful book to get kids thinking about perspective and differences. Use with a human rights unit, or a unit on point-of-view. How kids in poverty view different items that others use for play is highlighted through the repeated "like" "don't like" texts. The use of photographs of children collaged with background images, juxtaposed with the elements they are playing or working with, strikes a powerful chord. A great discussion starter for checking your privilege.
This is a short but incredibly powerful little picture book for kids. Each page featuring a western child enjoying a common item (Lego bricks, high heeled shoes, cell phones, etc.) is juxtaposed with the facing picture of a child in a developing country, working to make that item, reclaim materials from it, or maintain it. The incredibly simple phrases ("I like X." "I don't like X.") leaves room for the stunning power of the message. the reminder that child labor around the world is real and ter ...more
Niki Marion
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
A brutally honest and important conversation starter about child labor and poverty. Through direct visual examples of play and work, opposing each other in each spread, this book demonstrates which children have the privilege of experiencing a childhood full of beauty, accessible food, sportive play, and innocence (ignorance?)--usually white children, as the illustrations suggest--and which children do not.
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Both a wow and an ow.

This book takes a very serious subject and simplifies it into a powerful and meaningful picture book. Thought provoking. Moving. Important.

Two hours later, I am still feeling haunted by this book.
Very simple, early-reader introduction to the fact that some kids have very different childhoods than others.
Eleanor Framboosje
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's heartbroken reading this book.
Mainely Stories
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I Like, I Don't Like contains striking reality and demonstrates perceptions here in the US versus the reality of child labor elsewhere in the world.
The author/s and illustrations provide a wonderful comparison and graphic demonstration of the difference in the reality of a child in most of the U.S. and that of children in some of the poorest third-world nations.
A child with lots of shoes and who plays with shoes in dressup would have a much different perception than a child who must clean shoes
Lindsey Lewis
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not compensated in any other fashion for the review and the opinions reflected below are entirely my own. Special thanks to the publisher and author for providing the copy.

"I Like, I Don't Like" is a book that teaches children about inequality, from child labor laws to poverty. Although a heavy and difficult concept, young children will be able to follow due to it's simple, repetitive phrases and side-by-side illustrations. There are info
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This picture book is an excellent way to introduce kids to the idea that many children around the world are subjected to long, and often unsafe, hours of work. The left side of each double-page spread shows children engaged in a pleasurable activity with the phrase "I like . . ." The opposing page shows a child engaged in labor with a similar object. For example children playing soccer are shown opposite a child stitching together a soccer ball. The images are jolting. A small amount of informat ...more
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book. It attempts, through pictures, to show child labor here and across the world. For example the child on the left likes bricks. Building bricks to let their imaginations soar. But for the child on the right who spends his day carrying bricks, they are heavy back breaking work. Trying to show a child that there are some places where children do not get play can be a hard concept to grasp. But this book does a fantastic job of illustrating this concept. It's simple, it's t ...more
Liliyana Shadowlyn
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A very simple, but powerful book. Short, easy to read sentences, paired with images that show the stark contrast of life between children who live in poverty and those without that fear. At the end is information on poverty, child rights, and what you can do to help. A definite way to broaden horizons and start the conversation with anyone - regardless of age. I won't lie, this moved me to tears.

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James Swenson
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of "I Like, I Don't Like" from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.

This attractive, simple book draws the reader's attention to the reality of children in poverty. Every page echoes the title, illustrating that familiar objects like phones, soccer balls, and rice have connections to child labor. Suitable for classroom use with small children, as part of a carefully planned conversation.
This picture book, first published in Italy, examines children’s rights, poverty, and child labor. The front endpaper displays the list of Children’s Rights from the United Nations; the double-page spreads that follow contrast the lives of children who are fortunate with those who are less fortunate. A nicely dressed young girl is shown playing dress-up with adult high heels, saying “I like heels;” she is placed across from a child kneeling to polish a shoe, who states, “I don’t like shoes.” A ...more
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book teaches a lesson about poverty and child labor. Children from more affluent circumstances are shown on one side of the double-page spreads, claiming they “like” objects that are fun and/or luxurious, while on the other side, the children who have to make and/or labor over those objects say they don’t like them.

Some examples include a kid playing with lego bricks on one side, and a kid having to cart piles of bricks on his head on the other. There are happy kids eating rice juxtaposed w
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This spare and focused children’s picture book tackles the issue of child labor in a way that children will immediately understand. Looking at one object at a time, a child first says how much they like it, then the child responsible for making or gathering that object states that they don’t like it. So one child likes shoes, another doesn’t like shoes. One child likes music, another who plays on the street doesn’t like music. One child likes phones, another doesn’t like phones as they take them ...more
A Reader's Heaven
(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child states that every child in the world has the right to play. Unfortunately, that universal right is not always respected. I Like, I Don't Like presents this reality to readers by showing how children in varying circumstances can see the same object very differently.
With stark illustrations that perfectly capture the tone of the book, I Like, I Don't Like will inspire
I requested and read this book last month. I'm only just now getting around to writing my review. I received the book from *Netgalley. I picked it because I thought it sounded like an interesting and different picture book.

I Like, I Don't Like tells in pictures and words about the difference between the privileged children of the world and those in 3rd world countries. Using the same object such as a shoe it shows that some children get to wear and enjoy them while others have to build the shoe.
Feb 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fms-shelf
I received a free advanced copy of this book from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

The purpose of this book is to show the contrast between the life of children in most Western cultures/countries and the life of some children in less privileged countries where they might have to work or do not have the luxury of play. On one hand, this book does a great job of simply and very accessibly allowing there to be an open discussion on poverty and privilege wit
Elaine Fultz
Deceptively simple powerful book about child labor and poverty. Spreads show one child on the left-hand page with "I like..." and on the right-hand page with "I don't like..." One example is with bricks. The child who likes bricks is shown playing with Legos. The child who doesn't like bricks is shown carrying a load of construction bricks balanced on his head. Eventually the pattern changes with "I like play," and "What is play?" Author's notes include information about poverty and child labor ...more
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child includes the right to play. The book features stark opposing situations where one child plays or enjoys something while the other is engaged in work related to the object. The contrasts are simple, stark and extremely effective. One child "likes" bricks with an illustration of him playing with lego bricks. The opposing page shows children carrying actual bricks on their heads. A group of children play soccer while the contrasting picture is of a young ...more
Read this to start conversations with children, and read it to help begin research in poverty and children's needs in our own country and in others. The text is simple, but begs for a thoughtful response. "I like rice. I don't like rice." shows facing pages of a boy on the left eating a bowl of rice with a smile on his face and a boy on the right harvesting. I read this to my youngest granddaughter, knowing that a beginning conversation is all she needs now. She is six. But it is a start in hel ...more
Debbie Brueggemeyer
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Despite being a little picture book, this story has ALOT to say. It really hurt my heart because kids should be able to be "kids".....they should not have to work!!!
The first page says: "Every child n the world has the right: to have a family, to play, to receive an education, to be protected in the times of war, to be taken care of, to be comforted, to not be mistreated in any way, to be loved, to have a name and a nationality, to express their opinions, to meet others and make friends, to ha
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-and-adults
from the inside cover -
Every child in the world has the right:
to have a family
to play
to receive an education
to be protected in times of war
to be taken care of
to be comforted
to not be mistreated in any way
to be loved
to have a name and a nationality
to express their opinions
to meet others and make friends
to have a life of dignity
And yet...

Simple illustrations and words show the harm and shame of child labor and poverty around the world.
Brook Donatelli
This simple picture book did such an amazing job at showing inequality that different children face. The words and pictures go hand in hand to show how different children’s lives can be. Children often don’t know or realize how different their life can be from other children’s and this book does a great job of showing it. The book was very easy to read and understand, which makes it a good read for the intended audience.
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Starkly contrasts childhood with and without poverty and child labor. Informational pages at the back offer ideas to learn more about the Convention on the Rights of the Child (including that the United States is the only member of the UN which has not ratified it!), organizations that combat child poverty worldwide, and an invitation to seek out local community organizations that focus on poverty-related issues like hunger and homelessness.
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