Children's Book

Reprinted from PN January 2012

Tale targets young children in response to bullying of kids who are "different."

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When values of acceptance and kindness are instilled early, children’s minds and worlds expand. That is the lesson of the new children’s book Just Like You.

The book is an endearing tale about Henry, a deaf field mouse and his best friend Boris, a spider with a bad leg, who are bullied. They live in The Piney Forest with the other animals who tease and taunt them because they don’t act, walk or talk like the others.

After repeated attempts to fit in, a discouraged Boris and Henry are forced to stay by themselves. When fire threatens their forest homes, Boris and Henry rally to help their fellow critters and teach us about character and honor.

Just Like You is written by Robert Kroupa, a Chicago entrepreneur, inventor, and civic activist. Kroupa wrote this tale for young children in response to the epidemic of bullying.

The book is available through the Just Like You Foundation ( for $16.95, plus shipping. All profit is earmarked by the buyer to one of four charities.


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