The Milestones Project: Celebrating Childhood Around the World

The Milestones Project: Celebrating Childhood Around the World

by Michele Steckel
     
 

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A best friend. A lost tooth. A first day of school. These moments are milestones of childhood that all boys and girls experience. Every child. Everywhere.Like The Milestones Project, a living, growing archive of more than 22,000 photographs of children, this book pays tribute to the core experiences shared by every person on the planet. Culled from the project's… See more details below

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A best friend. A lost tooth. A first day of school. These moments are milestones of childhood that all boys and girls experience. Every child. Everywhere.Like The Milestones Project, a living, growing archive of more than 22,000 photographs of children, this book pays tribute to the core experiences shared by every person on the planet. Culled from the project's international collection are engaging and candid images of kids doing what kids do. The pictures are paired with youthful memories from the world's most beloved children's book authors and illustrators, activists, and writings by kids from all over the world. The result is an album bothinspirational and humorous that will have children recognizing-and empathizing with-each other.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The creators of The Milestones Project, an online archive of 23,000 photographs of children, from various countries, here assemble an upbeat sampling of those images. An introduction describes the mission of the project as "a comprehensive effort to document childhood experiences in places far and wide. We aim to create a more peaceful world by encouraging the recognition that, beneath our beliefs or skin color, we are all the same." The Steckels collect in these pages photos of familiar moments of childhood-losing a tooth, celebrating a birthday, beginning school-demonstrating that these international children are "part of a universal family." More than three dozen children's authors and illustrators (among them Naomi Shihab Nye, Margaret Mahy, Cynthia Rylant, Eric Carle, William Joyce-who also provides an illustration-and J.K. Rowling) share brief, heartfelt, sometimes humorous reminiscences from their early years, alongside spontaneous quotes from children. At times the text and photograph layouts are inspired, such as a checkerboard page of children's quotes about their toys, and images of various children with dolls, teddy bears and the like; other pairings may be confusing to children (e.g., a quote from a South African, paired with a photo of a child from India). What will linger longest in readers' memories are the crisply focused, beautifully reproduced full-color portraits, which-except for several revealing the anguish of getting a haircut or visiting the doctor-focus entirely on the positive. Ages 4-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Readers of all ages will benefit from reading and sharing this compilation of life stories. The goal of this book is to create empathy among youth by proving that despite all the differences among people, there are some things that make all of us the same. It is full of photographs of children from around the world who have lost their first teeth or are getting their first haircut. The philosophy of this project is that by seeing how much alike all humans essentially are, children in particular will be less likely to fall prey to stereotypes and racism. The subtitle, "Celebrating Childhood Around the World," sums it up well. This book includes adorable quotes in their unedited content from adolescents, as well as short essays from famous people. The chapters on universal childhood milestones make wonderful conversation starters for youngsters, and this would be an important and valuable addition to any library or social studies classroom. This brilliant concept book truly captures children experiencing life as we all do on fundamental levels. This book has quotes by children that new readers will understand, but its introduction is on a higher level of comprehension. It can easily be shared with five-year-olds, but people who are teenaged and older will be able to better appreciate the essays. 2004, Tricycle Press, Ages 5 to adult.
—Cherie Ilg Haas
School Library Journal
Gr 3 Up-The authors have accumulated photographs for the Milestones Project that "share a sense of awe in those moments when a child is engaged in an experience common to children everywhere." Milestones such as losing a first tooth, starting school, birthdays, haircuts, responsibilities, and so on are documented with stunning images of children from all corners of the globe, along with their observations. "When I lost my first tooth, I swallowed it at school during lunch.-Stephanie, age 9, New Zealand." "I don't like the doctor. Everything is always cold.-David, age 5, USA." "I don't have a best friend, all of my friends are good.-Yori, age 10, Guatemala." Short comments by famous individuals, mostly children's authors, are artfully interspersed throughout the pages. James Howe remembers his first day of school: "-I don't remember how I got to school that first morning, but I do remember clinging tearfully to my mother's legs-. I just wanted to go home with my mother where I'd feel safe." The book has a clean design, with blocks of color and text and brilliantly animated photographs. This is a volume to share with younger children and to be enjoyed by many ages.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"The mission of The Milestones Project, founded by Dr. RICHARD STECKEL and MICHELE STECKEL, is to empower individuals, parents, and families to take actions in their own lives to reduce intolerance, promote nonviolence, and have a lasting impact upon the larger world. "

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582461328
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
11/28/2007
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
10.35(w) x 11.35(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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