With simple, rhyming text, Smiling takes young readers all around the world to find out what makes people smile, from a sunny spring day to colored leaves in the fall.

Explores the importance of smiling to people all over the world.

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With simple, rhyming text, Smiling takes young readers all around the world to find out what makes people smile, from a sunny spring day to colored leaves in the fall.

Explores the importance of smiling to people all over the world.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-An attractive but slight offering. Each page contains a color photo of smiling faces featuring children from around the world the locales are identified in a note at the end. The pictures were taken by a number of different photographers and vary in quality and tone. The captionlike text loosely ties the pictures together, giving reasons why people smile. For example, "Smiling is a way of saying, `I'm happy!' without words. It's a way to let your feelings be heard." Swain uses near rhymes like this often, and many of her points are either trite or obvious. Sometimes, too, the connection between text and photo is tenuous. The book's design is appealing though, with photos set on creamy marble paper. Collections needing numerous titles showing different cultures may want to consider buying this, but others can rely on the more vivid and cohesive books by Ann Morris and Ken Heyman, such as Houses and Homes Lothrop, 1992.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The latest addition to the Small World series, which shows children around the world engaged in similar activities, focuses on the very human act of smiling. Using full-color photographs, Swain supplies a rhythmic cascade of statements and queries: "Do you smile when you put on a hat? Do you smile for the camera, just like that?" Every page contains a photograph with one to two lines that are simple enough for beginning readers to attempt. The scope of photographs allows children to stretch their imaginations: all convey the information that people are more alike than different. An index provides further information on the locations and settings of the photographs. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575053714
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Series: Small World Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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