Walk This World
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Walk This World

by Lotta Nieminen
     
 

A celebration of life in a day.

A composite of global cultures, Walk this World celebrates the everyday similarities and differences that exist between cultures around the world. Travel to a new country with every turn of the page, each with new surprises to discover: peek through windows, open doors, and delve underground by opening the many

Overview

A celebration of life in a day.

A composite of global cultures, Walk this World celebrates the everyday similarities and differences that exist between cultures around the world. Travel to a new country with every turn of the page, each with new surprises to discover: peek through windows, open doors, and delve underground by opening the many flaps on every spread.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
[A] a bright debut for the Finnish artist.
—Kirkus Reviews

Walk This World will delight children ages 5-8 with its celebration of life in a day told through a stroll around the globe. Written by Jenny Broom and illustrated by Lotta Nieminen, this interactive book has more than 80 flaps for kids to open and enjoy as they travel from New York and visit places such as Australia, India, and London before returning with the heartfelt conclusion 'that though we might look different, underneath we're just the same.'
—New Jersey Family

Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
The charming illustrations and the many cardboard flaps on each page are the stars of this short book. Each page shows a city from around the world and the citizens of each city going about their daily lives. Beginning and ending in New York City, the artist portrays people as they journey through their day. The author takes the reader to Paris, Moscow and several other cities around the globe, showing famous landmarks and customs that come to mind when the city is mentioned. Rio De Jeneiro features the Cristo Redentor, sunbathers and carnival dancers, while Sydney showcases the opera house, kangaroos and surfers. The text is simple, short poems that describe the country and emphasize the activities that are similar and different in each country. The cardboard flaps provide a fun searching game for readers, showing people inside buildings and vehicles. Made of sturdy cardboard, the text will be a fun book for beginning readers to explore. Reviewer: Danielle Williams; Ages 5 to 8.
School Library Journal
11/01/2013
K-Gr 3—Each spread is supposed to represent a different area of the world. Only the first one is specifically identified as New York City. Youngsters are left to determine the others on their own by examining the busy pages for clues. Whether or not they can do that is dependent on their prior knowledge of a country, which calls into question the audience for this book. Lift-the-flap titles do not usually attract an older elementary crowd, and younger children will be lost unless the book is used one-on-one. Some of the flaps provide clues, such as the samovar in the Russian spread, while others do not. The 80 flaps in the mixed-media illustrations will prove problematic in library circulation. There is no glossary to explain capoeira dancers, and having one's country characterized as being inhabited by "relaxed beach bums" is also questionable. The book is visually attractive, the rhyme schemes are (usually) acceptable, but it's not a worthy library purchase.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-25
A one-day world tour strolls through 11 bustling cityscapes--highly stylized but with identifying clues and recognizable landmarks tucked within stacked rows of streets and clusters of buildings. References in the rhymed commentary to "[t]eeming streets and bhangra beats" or "[c]apoeira dancers whirling" provide location clues, but aside from London, New York, Rio and Paris, most scenes are crowded composites. In one, a gondolier glides between a leaning tower and an erupting volcano; another offers a view of Uluru across a stretch of water near the Sydney Opera House. On each page, three to five small square or rectangular flaps--artfully concealed by landscape or architectural lines--hide glimpses of underground activity, people within structures or other visual surprises. Nieminen's tiny human figures, all of which are faceless or have black dots for heads, convey a message contrary to Broom's conclusion "that though we might look different, / underneath we're just the same." Still, everyone here from the walking narrator to shopkeepers, sunbathers, ice skaters and window washers (there are a lot of windows) is doing something, and the flat, graphic art's vibrant colors kick up the collective energy of all that activity. Eurocentric despite stops on each (permanently inhabited) continent, but a bright debut for the Finnish artist. (Informational novelty. 6-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763668952
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
10/08/2013
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
333,397
Product dimensions:
11.90(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Jenny Broom studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and now writes, edits, and illustrates fiction and nonfiction for children of all ages. She lives in London.

Lotta Nieminen is a designer and illustrator from Helsinki. She studied at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki and the Rhode Island School of Design before winning the Art Directors Club Young Guns 8 award in 2010.

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