After the book, we looked at pictures of the village. The children were most interested in pictures of Beatrice as a child and as an adult. We compiled a list of the similarities and differences in the two communities. The children had no problem pointing out differences:
- their house aren't painted
- they carry food on their head and we carry it in bags
- they have goats for pets
- we dress differently.
It was much more difficult for the children to identify similarities until we had discussion about our families. The children were able to make connections between their families and Beatrice's family. The similarities the children identified were:
- listening to mom, dad, brothers and sisters
- we look after pets like Beatrice cared for her goat
- going to school
- helping at home
The children were able to see that even if communities appear to be very different, we can find similarities through how families work together and how we each play a role within our family setting.