Welcome to Our World: A Celebration of Children Everywhere!; Moira Butterfield, illustrated by Harriet Lynas
Welcome to our World proclaims on its front cover to be ‘A celebration of children everywhere’ and it is exactly that. No matter what culture, what background, what beliefs…children will find themselves represented in this book. Our individual culture and heritage makes us unique yet we have so many things in common.
Welcome to our World is a wonderful book about the differences and similarities of children around the world. Whilst we may appear very different to each other we are in-fact very similar. We all wear clothes, we all eat food, we all have somewhere to call home, we all talk to others, we all play games, the list goes on.
It truly is a feast for the eyes and the brain. Even as an adult there was so much in this book that I didn’t know and I feel richer for reading it. Ever wondered what different children around the world do when their tooth falls out? Greek children throw their tooth onto a roof whilst children in France put their’s under a pillow for a mouse to take away. And did you know that “Stop ironing my head” means “Stop annoying me in” Armenian. Or how about how Mexican children cure hiccups…they spit on a piece of red string and then stick it to their forehead.
The book is set across sixty-four pages, many of which are double page spreads, and is packed full of beautiful illustrations and accompanying text. Each page or double page spread has it’s own unique theme and is laid out in an accessible way with headings, sub-headings, a brief opening sentence or question, and illustrations accompanied with captions or paragraphs of informative text. Words in different languages are written with a phonetic pronunciation beneath enabling the reader to have fun speaking in a different language - they’ll be able to say hello in Thai, introduce themselves in Russian and say boring in Italian!
Perfect for introducing children to other cultures and helping to develop an appreciation and understanding of these cultures. Younger children will delight in looking at the bright illustrations and older children will enjoy reading the informative captions that accompany the images. This truly is a celebration of children around the world and is suitable for readers of any age.
Recommended for everybody.