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Posted March 19, 2007
This is a wonderful multicultural text that depicts the life style of many different cultures around the world. The author even shows a family living in their car which is not usually depicted in children's literature. While many children in the US are not exposed to this on a regular basis it is helpful for them to understand that some people do live out of cars. The author realizes that most american children are able to recognize the typical american homes but are not aware of the diversity of homes that surround them.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 15, 2004
My children (ages 3 and 6) enjoyed this immensely. We are about to vacation overseas and this book tied into those future adventures, as well as our past travels and the various international festivals (school, church, community, UNICEF) we've taken part in. I found it a fun challenge to pronounce the foreign phrases on each page. I am disappointed in the review by another parent who perhaps didn't read the disclaimer at the front of the book: 'The houses pictured ... are not the only types to be found in the respective countries. In any country, many types of housing can be found.' I was glad to have a chance to discuss 'why some people live in cars' and 'what do you think that would be like?' with my kids. Many Americans lead sheltered lives (no pun intended), but we don't have to revel in it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 15, 2004
The book is correct in pointing out the diversity of different environment's and their houses. However the author is incorrect by showing the picture of the normal house in America as a family living in a car. I do not know if the author does not like living in the United States, but not every family lives in a car. I can only imagine that a child would either feel bad about the family living in a car or laugh hysterically at the notion of such stupidity. This is not one of the author's best books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.