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Title:
Families around the world
Author:
Ruurs, Margriet, author.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Toronto, Ontario : Kids Can Press, [2014]

©2014
Physical Description:
40 pages : color illustrations ; 32 cm.
Summary:
Allows young readers to visit with fourteen children, each from a different country, to learn about their families. Includes suggested activities.
Language:
English
Contents:
Families around the world -- Map -- Canada -- U.S.A. -- Mexico -- Brazil -- England -- Netherlands -- France -- Poland -- Israel -- Saudi Arabia -- Kenya -- Pakistan -- Mongolia -- South Korea -- Your family -- A note for parents and teachers -- Glossary.
Reading Level:
AD 660 Lexile.
ISBN:
9781894786577
Format :
Book

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Summary

A successor to the popular Children Around the World written and illustrated by Donata Montanari, this book allows young readers to visit with fourteen children, each from a different country, to learn about their families. Based on real children, each one's story fills a two-page spread and is told in the first person, beginning with a greeting in the child's native language. From Ryan, who lives on a Texas cattle farm, to Nkoitoi, who tends the family goat in Kenya, to Baatar, who moves regularly with his nomadic family in Mongolia, there is a vast range of homes, locations, customs and activities presented here, all of it enthusiastically illustrated with bright colors and vivid detail by illustrator Jessica Rae Gordon. There is variety in the heads of the families as well: a single parent, multiracial parents and same-sex parents are all represented.



For all the children's different experiences, however, it is clear how much their lives have in common with one another, and likely with the book's readers. The love they have for their family members, the joy they find in play and the beauty they see around them wherever they live are experiences that cross borders. This is a wonderful, uplifting global studies title perfect for exploring cultures and geography. It would also be useful for a social studies unit on families and family relationships. Adding to its value as a teaching tool are suggestions for lesson plans built around the book, as well as a glossary and pronunciation guide for foreign words.


Author Notes

Margriet Ruurs is an avid traveler and has shared her 30 books with children all over the world. She lives in Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.

Jessica Rae Gordon is an illustrator, designer and visual arts teacher. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

A companion book to Donata Montanari's Children around the World (2001), this colorful volume introduces families living in 14 nations: Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Brazil, England, the Netherlands, France, Poland, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Kenya, Pakistan, Mongolia, and South Korea. After a brief introduction and a lively world map connecting pictures of children with their home countries, each double-page spread features a different family. Boys and girls serve as hosts, greeting the reader (Bonjour, Assalamu alaikum, Shalom) and telling a little about their families, such as what they eat and what they do together. Showing families engaged in everyday activities, the collage illustrations also offer clues about the culture, the climate, and the level of technology in each locale. An appended glossary defines the few non-English words (My family lives in a ger) within the text, though the meanings are often clear from the context and illustrations. Inclusive in showing many different family structures, this large-format book offers an amiable introduction to families around the globe.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Readers meet fictional children from 14 nations in this engaging companion to Donata Montanari's Children Around the World (2001). The children introduce themselves and their families while sharing highlights from their daily routines. Zofia, from Poland, hunts for mushrooms and plays video games with her brother, who uses a wheelchair, while a Kenyan boy named Nkoitoi gathers firewood to cook ugali (a mixture of maize flour and water). There's a subtle dimensionality to Gordon's mixed-media paper collages, and a glossary defines the scattering of non-English words-in Pakistan, Murtaza prepares for bed after reading the Qur'an with her family: "Tomorrow, Inshallah, will bring new adventures." Ages 3-7. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-This large-format picture book presents a variety of families from around the world: biracial, single parent, multigenerational, and more. Fourteen families are included, all based on real people whom the author interviewed. For each family, simple text describes common activities, such as cooking food, visiting relatives, or going to school, infusing these universal experiences with culturally specific details. For instance, a Brazilian family sips maracuja (passion fruit) juice. Another family, who emigrated from China to Canada, eats lasagna with chopsticks, while J-Ch'eel, a Mexican girl living in a Mayan village, wakes up and puts on her huipil (helpfully defined in the glossary as a "traditionally embroidered shirt or dress"). The book also contains a map, with spot illustrations of all the children, that shows where they live. Rendered in a combination of acrylic paint, cut paper, pencil crayon, and ink, and using copious amounts of white space, the colorful collages pop from the page. This title will be an effective window on the world and an introduction to nonfiction text features, such as a glossary, a table of contents, and bolded headings. An author's note suggests activities to help guide children "toward a better understanding of the world around us," including a poem about families. An attractive and informative multicultural offering.- Toby Rajput, National Louis University, Skokie, IL (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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