Mariama, a girl from Africa, is moving to a different country, far, far away. Now she lives in a big city with tall buildings, goes to a school where the language is strange, and eats unfamiliar foods.
Mariama doesn’t feel like she fits in, so her mother encourages her to make new friends. They teach her the language and her new country’s customs, and she shares her African heritage with them. Although her life is now very different, she finds that her playmates help her feel more at home in this new place.
Moving away is always a difficult transition for children, as they leave friends and family behind. But there are new joys to be discovered, if they keep their minds open to the possibilities. Mariama: Different But Just the Same reminds kids that they can make new friends wherever they find themselves.
Reviewer: Alice Berger