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We Can't All Be The Same

Written and Illustrated by Glenn Martin


This book is dedicated to all the children and adults who have found it difficult to find stories and tales that reflect their own lives and journeys. May everyone's story be given an equal chance to be told, heard, respected and enjoyed. We Can't All Be The Same is a beautiful collection of four, rhyming, short stories that teach children about diversity, equality, love and adventure. This book gifts readers with a love story, a story of identity, a story of determination and a story of adventure.

The SuperAbles
Local kids Henry and Holly team up together to help find the person responsible for stealing Mrs Bubble's apple pies. Henry is in a wheelchair and Holly is without sight but that does not hinder their ability to catch the thief.

A Simple Fairytale
Jose just wants to find his perfect man. He travels the world on a quest to find his true love. After finally finding someone special, a simple mistake could prevent Jose from ever seeing his special man again!

A Tale of Two Ponds
Benji is a fish and his pond is quickly drying up. He needs to find a new pond to call home! Unfortunately, not everyone is eager to welcome him!

Susie's Wish
Susie has a dream of swimming at the Olympics. She goes through a difficult journey and faces challenges, both in her competitions and in dealing with her gender identity.



Book Reviews

"These stories will resonate with members and families of the LGBTIQ, refugee and multi- abled communities. Children who identify themselves from one of these groups are often underrepresented or forgotten completely in literature to the detriment of all. This inclusive book strives to give a voice, a role model or a relatable figure to those who have often had none when they open the pages of a book. The impact on those who read this book, especially those who maybe feeling isolated, can be subtle but significant. The impact on the rest of the community can be one of awareness and appreciation of people from all walks of life. 'We Can't All Be The Same,' satisfies an existing demand from people of diverse backgrounds to have their stories told and for others to hear and understand those stories. As someone who has campaigned extensively for the rights of the LGBTIQ community, I strongly endorse Glenn's artistic project as it endeavours to nourish inclusiveness within our society."
Shelley Argent - PFLAG National Spokesperson, Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays

“A great resource to help children and whole families address critical and current issues was sadly needed. Finally, thanks to gifted author Glenn Martin, such resources are available. Glenn provides a beautiful and appealing lead in to such issues as inclusion, respecting diversity, tolerance, transgenderism, valuing those society labels as disabled, gay relationships, the value of self-belief, as well as the good old issues of right versus wrong, persistence and being a good loser. As an educator, I see these books as invaluable in a time of intolerance and conflict.”
Sherryl Woodward, Teacher

“I liked all the stories but my favourite was about the little boy in the wheelchair working as a team because everyone is different and that's ok!” ”Boys can marry boys, girls can marry girls but people can't marry cats... or dogs!” ”Love is love, it doesn't matter whether you are a boy or a girl or who you love. There's lots of love and everyone loves someone.”
Fletcher, 5 years old

“It’s the best book ever! Glenn's book reminds me to be kind to everyone and not to steal."
Lily, 6 years old




The SuperAbles


A Simple Fairytale

a simple fairy tale


A Tale of Two Ponds


Susie's Wish








We Can't All Be The Same by Glenn Martin

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ISBN: 978-1-925590-73-9
Format: Hardcover 152mm wide x 216mm high
Extent: 72 pages (colour)
RRP: $25.95 $10.00
Publisher: Vivid Publishing
Category: Children's illustrated book


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