In this colorful and touching story that celebrates what makes each of us unique, a little creature that's not quite a bird and not quite a bunnyit's "neither"searches for a place to fit in.
In the Land of This and That, there are only two kinds: blue bunnies and yellow birds. But one day a funny green egg hatches, and a little creature that's not quite a bird and not quite a bunny pops out. It's neither!
Neither tries hard to fit in, but its bird legs aren't good for jumping like the other bunnies, and its fluffy tail isn't good for flapping like the other birds. It sets out to find a new home and discovers a very different place, one with endless colors and shapes and creatures of all kinds. But when a blue bunny and a yellow bird with some hidden differences of their own arrive, it's up to Neither to decide if they are welcome in the Land of All.
This colorful, simple, and touching story promotes diversity and offers a valuable lesson to the youngest of audiences: it is our differences that unite us.
Airlie Anderson is the author and illustrator of Cat's Colors, Momo and Snap Are Not Friends, and numerous other books for children. She is also the recipient of the Moonbeam Children's Book Award, the Independent Publishers Book Award, and the Practical Preschool Award. She grew up in California, graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design, and now lives in New Jersey. She invites you to visit her online at AirlieAnderson.com.
"This stands out for its accessibility to even very young read-aloud audiences. A sweet story of acceptance for all those who are this, that, neither, either, and everything in between."
"Hits all right notes and is filled with fun, fantastical creatures to boot."School Library Journal
"A positive celebration of diversity and how our world is a better place when everyone is included."The Reading Eagle
"Features key parts of the transgender experience and is perfect for kids in kindergarten through second grade."
K-Gr 2—This relatable tale of not fitting in begins in the Land of This and That where one is either a blue bunny or a yellow bird. When a green bird-bunny hybrid is hatched, it declares itself Both. In the Land of This and That one must be one or the other, being both is not acceptable. So Both is instead declared Neither and it is suggested in no uncertain terms that as "not one of us" it should find "Somewhere Else." Both flies away and alights in the The Land of All where myriad creatures in all colors, shapes, and sizes live and all are welcome. Both even welcomes some of his former Landmates who don't fit in the Land of This and That. Featuring lots of bright bold colors, plenty of word balloons, and a ton of fantastic critters (like a purple butterfly cat) Anderson's illustrations are a perfect match for the message of her text. Who knew a bird-bunny face could be so expressive? Cleverly, Anderson never specifies a name or gender, so her bird-bunny is a perfect avatar for all. VERDICT This less-than-subtle tale of belonging hits all right notes and is filled with fun, fantastical creatures to boot. The last line of the book sums it all up—"Once upon a time there were many kinds…and all were welcome!"—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH2017-11-22
In a world with only This or That, being Neither is a lonely existence, but it's also a launch pad for seeking acceptance in a vibrant and colorful community in Anderson's newest picture book (Cat's Colors, 2016)."Once upon a time, there were two kinds: this and that": blue bunnies and yellow birds, with no other options. Until one day, an unusual egg hatches something that's a bit of both—it's a bright green creature with ears and tail like a bunny's on a body like a bird's. An animal that's both, or Neither, does not really fit in anywhere, not quite "rabbity" nor "birdy" enough. So Neither flies off for Somewhere Else and stumbles upon a friendly community with lots of other "neither" sorts. Anderson's bright gouache illustrations depict fantastic, rainbow-hued creatures that don't quite fit into any neat box, not even those of well-known mythical creatures. Wings, spots, unicorn horns, and beaks, in any combination, all are welcome in the Land of All. Overtly a celebration of nonbinary identities, this parable is well-suited for any shelf seeking positive diversity titles for preschoolers and early-elementary students. Reminiscent of other recent titles in the same vein (Michael Hall's Red, 2015, and Andrea J. Loney and Carmen Saldaña's Bunnybear, 2017, are just two), this stands out for its accessibility to even very young read-aloud audiences.A sweet story of acceptance for all those who are this, that, neither, either, and everything in between. (Picture book. 2-6)