Sheree Fitch Joyfully Proclaims Endless Variety of Personalities and Circumstance

Fitch's poem for mental health is masterfully paired with Emma FitzGerald's whimsical art in a celebration of diversity and acceptance

This very special poem was originally commissioned as a fundraiser and a way to raise awareness regarding mental health. It is an exuberant burst of frolicsome rhymes that burst off the page and roll off the tongue while highlighting the many different ways there are of being in the world.

Author Sheree Fitch joyfully proclaims that there are an endless variety of personalities and life circumstances to be found, and calls attention to the myriad ways in which we are also similar: “All of us are perfect and All of us have flaws.”

The playful rhymes celebrate the beautiful uniquenesses of all people while reminding us that there is always more than meets the eye. While we all have hopes and dreams, some of us struggle in ways that aren’t easy to see.

Yes, we are all beautifully, inherently and radically unique. And it is equally true that we are deeply, intrinsically connected.

There are equal measures joy, pensiveness and wisdom in Fitch’s words and wordplay. These carefully-crafted words invite deep reflection on what it means to be human and how we relate to and understand one another and ourselves. They challenge us to think about how we each experience life differently and yet all experience joy as well as pain.

It is in these shared experiences that we can find connection while recognizing and celebrating our differences. This shared knowledge enables us to see beyond the surface and realize the profound truth that “You are Everybody and EveryOne you meet.”

This new edition of this poem features the wonderfully whimsical artwork of Emma FitzGerald, whose loose-lined images fill each page with their own energy. Each drawing is chock-full of riotous details to pore over, telling its own vivid and complex story while still visually capturing the essence of Fitch’s heartfelt verse. FitzGerald’s images capture a sense of absurdity and nonsensicalness while perceptively zeroing in on the ordinary details of everyday life.

A masterful pairing of words and images that speak eloquently to readers of all ages.

Everybody’s Different on Everybody Street
Sheree Fitch
Nimbus Publishing

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Lisa Doucet is the co-manager of Woozles Children’s Bookstore in Halifax. She shares her passion for children’s and young adult books as our young readers editor and book reviewer.

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