Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Barefoot Book of Children

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Title: The Barefoot Book of Children
Author: Tessa Strickland and Kate DePalma
Publisher: Barefoot Books
Copyright Date: 2016
Age Range: 5-8 years old
Lexile Level: Not Found

This book teaches children about the differences between the children of the world. It shows it's readers that the world is a very diverse place and that we should be accepting of everyone who lives here. The first part of the book can be used as a read aloud book for storytimes in libraries and classrooms. The illustrations are very bright and colorful and the book is over-sized, so the audience will be able to see the pages clearly. The last few pages of this book are more informative and there are sections for each part of the book that was discussed, but in more detail. This gives a more in depth look at the world's different faiths, languages, food, etc. Examples from pages inside the book shown below.

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This book is great for children of all ages and genders. I think it is very informative and will help children understand that there are a lot of other children in the world that may look different than them or live differently than they do, but that they should be accepting of these differences.

Read alikes:

This is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from Around the World by: Matt Lamothe
This book follows the lives of seven different children from around the world. The countries discussed are: Italy, Japan, Iran, India, Peru, Uganda and Russia. I think these are very diverse choices that children would learn a lot of new information from.

Same, Same but Different by: Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
This book is about two pen pals, one that lives in America and one that lives in India. They have similar interests, but there worlds look different.

Barefoot Books World Atlas by: Nick Crane
This book is by the same publishing company and it is an atlas of the world. It is divided by geographic region and allows children to learn more about the world and the environment of different regions.

1 comment:

  1. I have always loved Barefoot Books! I adore the bold, bright illustrations that most of their books have. I have not seen this one that you recommended but will check it out (as I looked it up on my library's catalog and we have it). I definitely think that this book would make a wonderful addition to any library's collection. It is important that children read about other cultures so that they will learn to be more tolerant of others differences. Great review!

    Tara C.