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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Beautiful Illustrations!

This is a children's book which says ages 9-12, but my 4 year old liked it's simplicity and rhymes - not to mention the beautiful and detailed illustrations that grace every page. (I just found another site which places this in the 3-7 age group which I feel is more app...
This is a children's book which says ages 9-12, but my 4 year old liked it's simplicity and rhymes - not to mention the beautiful and detailed illustrations that grace every page. (I just found another site which places this in the 3-7 age group which I feel is more appropriate.)

It follows a family from morning until night with various places, activities, weather - all the while reaffirming that everything that happens is part of our world - yet at the same time, a part of the bigger world - so we are all really connected. Did that make sense? That is what I got out of it at least.

posted by kherbrand on October 12, 2009

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Beautiful Illustrations but a Tad Geocentric

I'm going to get reamed by some people for this review, but I call it like it is. The illustrations in this book are gorgeous. They inject humor into the story in some places and I enjoy that it shows people of all skin tones and ancestral backgrounds.

The poetry i...
I'm going to get reamed by some people for this review, but I call it like it is. The illustrations in this book are gorgeous. They inject humor into the story in some places and I enjoy that it shows people of all skin tones and ancestral backgrounds.

The poetry is simplistic (which you want in a child's book) and easy to understand. The concept is beautiful - we are the world and the world is us.

The issue that I do have in this book is that it's quite geocentric. We're supposed to be talking about how we are all the world, but, while Frazee gives a nod to Mediterranean architecture and vehicles that can be European, it's very obviously set in the United States (or at least Western Europe). If we're supposed to be "all the world" why would the book not present how all the world holds these same activities and shares all of these characteristics? Why not depict different countries following the same activities in different ways?

Maybe it's picky, but children are sharp and intelligent and pick up on these things, so, as adults, we should, too.

posted by The_Almost_Librarian on January 25, 2012

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  • Posted January 25, 2012

    Beautiful Illustrations but a Tad Geocentric

    I'm going to get reamed by some people for this review, but I call it like it is. The illustrations in this book are gorgeous. They inject humor into the story in some places and I enjoy that it shows people of all skin tones and ancestral backgrounds.

    The poetry is simplistic (which you want in a child's book) and easy to understand. The concept is beautiful - we are the world and the world is us.

    The issue that I do have in this book is that it's quite geocentric. We're supposed to be talking about how we are all the world, but, while Frazee gives a nod to Mediterranean architecture and vehicles that can be European, it's very obviously set in the United States (or at least Western Europe). If we're supposed to be "all the world" why would the book not present how all the world holds these same activities and shares all of these characteristics? Why not depict different countries following the same activities in different ways?

    Maybe it's picky, but children are sharp and intelligent and pick up on these things, so, as adults, we should, too.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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