Wake up, World!: A Day in the Life of Children Around the World

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Shakeel rides to school in an autorickshaw. Sasha builds houses in the snow. Cidinha helps her mother crack nuts to trade at the market. All around the world children are waking up, going to school, helping their families, and playing with their friends.

Wake Up, World! follows eight children from eight different countries as each one goes through his or her day. Young readers can see how their own lives compare with other children's in such diverse places as Ghana and Russia, ...

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Overview

Shakeel rides to school in an autorickshaw. Sasha builds houses in the snow. Cidinha helps her mother crack nuts to trade at the market. All around the world children are waking up, going to school, helping their families, and playing with their friends.

Wake Up, World! follows eight children from eight different countries as each one goes through his or her day. Young readers can see how their own lives compare with other children's in such diverse places as Ghana and Russia, Australia and Vietnam, Brazil and England, India and the United States. A portion of the proceeds for this book will be donated to Oxfam, a non-profit organization working to address the causes of poverty and social injustice.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
Nurturing an understanding among peoples is critical to developing world peace. This book is a great way to proceed with that process, and it is directed to small children. We follow eight children as they go through their day. The kids are about seven-years-old, and each is from a different country. Paige is from the United Kingdom, Natali from the United States, Cidinha from Brazil, Anusibuno from Ghana, Shakeel from India, Alexis from Australia, Lihn from Vietnam and Sasha from Russia. Their days are documented in a photo album depicting each kid as he or she wakes up in the morning, prepares for the day and eats breakfast. Cidinha is washing in a bucket of water outside, while Natali is eating a bagel. Then it is off the school. We see many common elements about their school life, but also some real differences. Everyone loves playtime, but then it's time to help out again, and get ready for dinner. Each child discusses his or her dreams at the end of the book, which also includes a brief narrative about each country.
Library Journal
Gr 1-3-A simple look at some of the ways in which people differ in the details of their lives but are similar in their overall values. Two-page spreads of full-color photographs focus on a specific aspect of daily life, such as waking up, school, or playtime, and convey information about the homes, families, and lifestyles of a group of youngsters from eight different countries. A brief explanatory paragraph introduces each topic and each child's blurb is accompanied by a symbol that follows his/her story throughout the book. At bedtime, Anusibuno from Ghana and Cidinha from Brazil are shown falling asleep in the heat listening to sounds of the animals outdoors, while Shakeel from India and Alexis from Australia listen to stories before drifting off to sleep. There are some beautiful photographs here, but the effectiveness of a few of the spreads is marred by the small size of some of the images and/or the lack of distinguishing details. An outline map pinpoints the location of each country, and a short end section explains aspects of each nation's culture. There is a good balance of children from a variety of cultures, and the periodic use of their own words makes their stories inviting. While geared to a similar audience as Patricia Lakin's Growing Up: Around the World (Blackbirch, 1995; o.p.), Hollyer's work is more personal and provides more information.-Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Readers wake up with eight children living in other parts of the world and enter their daily routines. Alexis in Australia, Linh in Vietnam, Sasha in Russia, Shakeel in India, Anusibuno in Ghana, Cidinha in Brazil, Natali in the US, and Paige in the UK eat, get ready for school, play, assist their families, and go to bed. Hollyer concludes with a message from every child about his or her dreams for the future. The final two pages describe every country's climate, language, history, customs, and traditions. The concept behind the book is a familiar one, but from these pages readers will quickly realize what they share with other children's days, no matter their location. Full-color photographs illustrate aspects of daily life with well-designed graphics that accentuate the messages of diversity and similarity. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805062939
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 586,369
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.34 (w) x 11.45 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Beatrice Hollyer is a journalist, writer, and newscaster. She lives in London, England. This is her first book for children.

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