Each day, in countries all around the world, billions of children get up to start their days. They eat, they play, they learn, they spend time with their families, they do chores and they sleep. Daily lives are very different but in many ways are also very similar. Oleg from Russia, Romeo from Italy, Daphine from Uganda, Kian from Iran, Ananya from India and Kei from Japan are seven of these children and this is how they live…
Inspired by his own travels, Matt Lamothe provides a wonderful look at the daily lives of seven real children - a lovely photo gallery of the children with their families is included at the end - from across the globe, exploring cultures and customs in the most engaging and accessible of ways.
In this book of cultural comparisons, each child’s life is captured in simple text and beautiful artwork that showcases various aspects of life including meals, family, clothes, school life, hobbies, interests and home life. Over the course of fifty-two pages, children get a real feel and appreciation for how others live.
We live in a global society and if we truly want children to grow up to be global citizens then it is important that children learn about other cultures and customs and embrace everyones similarities and differences. This celebration of lives around the world meets this goal perfectly and whilst recognising the different ways we spend our days it also shows we share a lot in common. As Lamothe alludes to at the end, no matter where we are in the world we are all living under the same sky.
This is one of those awesome books that really does make learning fun. Whether children use this book as window into the lives of others or a mirror for them to see themselves, it is sure to delight. A superb read.
Recommended for 5+.