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By Emily Kingsley in the book Free to Be... A Family conceived and edited by Marlo Thomas. Copyright 1987 and published by Bantam Books. Used by permission from the Free To Be Foundation.

I went to my dad and I said to him,

There's a new kid who's come to my school.

He's different from me and he isn't too cool.

No, he's nothing at all like me, like me,

No, he's nothing at all like me.

(Leader: Who can tell me some ways that the two boys are the same or different?)

He runs in a funnyish jerkyish way,

And he never comes first in a race.

Sometimes he forgets which way is first base,

And he's nothing at all like me, like me,

No, he's nothing at all like me.

(Leader: Who can tell me some ways that the two boys are the same or different? Do we all run the same way? Why or why not?)

He studies all day in a separate class,

And they say that it's called "Special Ed."

And sometimes I don't understand what he's said,

And he's nothing at all like me, like me,

No, he's nothing at all like me.

(Leader: Does anyone here ever go to special classes? Do we all talk the same way? Why or why not?)

His face looks kind of different from mine,

And his talking is sometimes so slow.

And it makes me feel funny and there's one thing I know;

And he's nothing at all like me, like me,

No, he's nothing at all like me.

And my father said, "Son, I want you to think

When you meet someone different and new

That he may seem a little bit strange, it's true,

But he's not very different from you, from you,

No he's not very different from you.

(Leader: I wonder how the new boy is not very different.)

And I guess, I admitted, I've looked at his face;

When he's left out of games, he feels bad.

And when other kids tease him, I can see he's so sad,

I guess that's not so different from me, from me,

No, that's not very different from me.

(Leader: How do you feel when you get teased? How do you feel when you do not get picked to play a game?)

And when we're in Music, he sure loves to sing,

And he sings just like me, right out loud.

When he gets his report card, I can tell he feels proud,

And that's not very different from me, from me,

No, that's not very different from me.

(Leader: Raise your hand if you like to sing.)

And I know in the lunchroom he has lots of fun;

He loves hot dogs and ice cream and fries.

And he hates to eat spinach and that's not a surprise,

'Cause that's not very different from me, from me,

No, that's not very different from me.

(Leader: Who likes hot dogs? Who likes ice cream? Who likes french fries? Who likes spinach?)

And he's always so friendly, he always says hi,

And he waves and he calls out my name.

And he'd like to be friends and get into a game,

Which is not very different from me, from me,

No, I guess that's not different from me.

(Leader: I wonder why if feels good to call others by their name. I wonder why it's important to wave and smile at new people.)

And his folks really love him. I saw them at school,

I remember on Open School Night.

They were smiling and proud and they hugged him real tight,

And that's not very different from me, from me,

No, that's not very different from me.

(Leader: We all have families. Are our families the same? How are our families alike?)

So I said to my dad, Hey, you know that new kid?

Well I've really been thinking a lot.

Some things are different... and some things are not...

But mostly he's really like me, like me,

Yes, my new friend's... a lot... like me.

(Leader: Each and every person is important. Each and every person is both the same and different. Let's talk about why it is important to look for ways in which we are the same.)

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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