What Does It Mean to Be Global?by Rana DiOrio, Chris Hill
Can you say “hello” in nine languages? You can! Join children from around the world as they play, sing, and travel, trying all types of food and experiencing other traditions. Living respectfully and peacefully with one another, they celebrate diversity, see how their actions affect another person’s experience, and come to understand that being
Can you say “hello” in nine languages? You can! Join children from around the world as they play, sing, and travel, trying all types of food and experiencing other traditions. Living respectfully and peacefully with one another, they celebrate diversity, see how their actions affect another person’s experience, and come to understand that being global means being a citizen of the world.
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"Being global means...
...being curious about other parts of the world.
...recognizing that your language is just one of thousands spoken on our earth.
...listen to all different kinds of music."
Meet the Author
Rana DiOrio was born in Providence, RI and grew up in a colorful Italian-American family. Her curiosity about the world began in kindergarten, while studying Western access to China and, obviously, panda bears. As a political science major/psychology minor in college, and then as a law student, she became fascinated with understanding perspective, and how just about any person, place, thing, or situation can be interpreted in so many valid ways.
“I believe that I have two ears, two eyes and one mouth intentionally, so I listen and observe more than I talk,” she explains. “As a result, I think I’m better able to respect and appreciate diversity.” Rana’s inspiration for writing What Does It Mean To Be Global? was the election of President Barack Obama and explaining its significance, on so many levels, to her children.
Rana has written her way through life–as a student, a lawyer, an investment banker, a private equity investor, and now as an author and publisher of children’s picture books. Her interests include practicing yoga, reading non-fiction, dreaming, effecting positive change, and, of course, being global, green, and present. She lives in Tiburon, California with her three Little Pickles.
Chris Hill was born and raised in London, Canada. After graduating from university with a degree in psychology, she filled her backpack with a few of her favorite items, including a sketch pad and some Sharpie™ pens, and traveled to California for an excursion. She never left. Chris became a teacher in San Francisco, where she enjoyed teaching art to her kindergarteners, and used her whimsical cartoon characters to entertain and motivate her middle school students.
After over a decade of teaching and honing her own artistic skills, Chris opened Mackie Mack, a purveyor of handmade stationery, invitations, and canvases. Her wit, creativity, and innate sense of people make her happy characters come alive. “While illustrating What Does It Mean To Be Global?, I was inspired by the idea that a single kind gesture could change another person’s view of the world and herself,” she explains, “and the idea that this positive energy might be contagious, leading to a more peaceful and purposeful life for everyone.”
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What Does It Mean to Be Global is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, and New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. . Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
Check out this great book to get raise awareness about the many little things we can do to be global citizens. Published in three languages and replete with bright, whimsical illustrations, What Does It Mean to Be Global takes a fresh, common-sense approach to the value of being a global citizen.
This book has such amazing messages, and is definitely a must-read for today's children. It teaches messages of acceptance and unity.
"What Does It Mean To Be Global" is an excellent resource for parents and teachers. It uses and easy question and answer format to introduce the concept of global community, then goes on to provide practical ways for each of us, adult or child, to truly live in a globally aware manner. The illustrations are simply and bright, adding value to an already wonderful book. My children enjoy explaining the concepts in this book to their friends and family.