This beautifully designed book describes the lives of five children from South Africa, Mexico, Thailand, India, and France and their relationship with family and food. Artful photographs capture the joy and activities of the children, their place in the family, their involvement in the food gathering and cooking process, and the natural settings in which they live. Each chapter also discusses a special day and its food, for example, a wedding celebration in South Africa and a patron saint's fiesta in Mexico. Children reading this book or having it read to them will easily make comparisons between these children's lives and cultures and their own. This lovely introduction to the world at large and a child's intimate connections with his particular world will intrigue children with both the differences and the similarities between their world and those of the other children. Events totally strange to an American child, such as a Buddhist priest visiting a Thai house to collect breakfast, are presented as entirely normal and even a treat for the Thai child. The Mexican child happily feeds and herds the sheep while the African child reluctantly weeds she would rather be cooking! At book's end, readers are invited to make a recipe from each country, but warned to ask an adult for help. Oxfam receives a 5% royalty for each book sold. 2003, Henry Holt and Company, Ages 5 to 12.
Gr 3-5-Colorful photographs detail the lives of five youngsters from around the world: their homes, families, lifestyles, traditions, and typical foods. Each section also explores a special day in one child's life and the role of food in it: a wedding in South Africa, a fiesta in Mexico, a day out with Dad in Thailand, mushrooming in France, and a birthday in India. While children may not read this title from cover to cover, the color photos on each page and quotes are sure to pique their interest and encourage browsing. The recipe for a favorite dish of each youngster is appended; it will require adult assistance. The ingredients can be found at most supermarkets. A map and food glossary are useful aids. This enjoyable adjunct to country studies provides vivid snapshots into the lives of children outside the U.S.-Anne L. Tormohlen, Deerfield Elementary School, Lawrence, KS Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.