From School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-In this slim volume, photography and verse come together to present a youthful showcase of diversity, beauty, strength, and joy. Lush and ethereal color imagery brings deep meaning to the simple, rhythmic lines. Each page explores what makes us who we are, from heritage ("I am the blood of emperors") to food ("I am the snap in biscotti") to clothing ("I am the pleat of the Highland kilts") to music ("I am the clickety-clack-clack of castanets in flamenco") and language, tying everything together to make a unique world. The book ends with a glossary defining cultural terms presented throughout the book. A powerful jumping-off point for children beginning to study their own culture and those of the youngsters around them.-Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
This lyrical salute to the world’s children begins, “I am the world. I am strong. I am the spirit of generations gone.” Touching on the diversity of respected historical figures, geographical areas, ethnic foods and clothing, and greetings in several languages, the poem concludes, “I am the world and the world is me.” The ebullient lines are nearly as charming as the appealing, full-color portraits of children that grace each verse. Words and photographs showcase and honor cultural differences yet avoid stereotypes. Children are the focus of each page except for those mentioning food, where images of food and text crowd the page and obscure the handsome young faces. Still, this exuberant celebration of the world’s children will enhance primary multicultural units and inspire children to express their own thoughts through words and pictures. Grades K-3. --Linda Perkins