Children's LiteratureWith text and photographs of celebrations of little known cultures and our own, the author hopes to show our common humanity. A world map shows where the peoples live: Tibetans and Sherpas in the Himalaya, the Tuareg in the Sahara desert, the Aborigines in Australia, the Sami in the European Arctic Circle, the Yanomami in the Amazon basin, the Inuit in the north of North America, and the Balinese in South Asia. The bright colorful photographs show people celebrating by eating, drinking, and decorating themselves with special clothing, paint, and beads. In the United States children celebrate Halloween in costumes. Other components of celebrations are music, dance, and gathering around fires. Americans celebrate birthdays with lighted candles on a cake. The text explains the pictures and gives further interesting details. The author concludes that, "We are one human family celebrating life on earth." The author lived with the cultures presented. There is a pronunciation guide, and additional sources are listed. Children may not see the commonality, but they will be interested in the pictures. 2006, Lee & Low Books, Ages 8 to 12.