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Children of the World: How We Live, Learn, and Play in Poems, Drawings, and Photographs Hardcover – September 13, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Universe (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789322676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789322678
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 11.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Children of the World is a delightful anthology of children’s art and poetry from around the world. The premise of the book is that there is art in all of us. The authors more than prove their point. In the Introduction the authors’ stories about their adventures while gathering information leads the reader to expect what they get: multicultural excitement.
The book has a charm all its own, blending the original works of art with the photographs. The most significant message readers take away is that despite the many cultural differences that exist around the world, children are more alike than different. In sharing this book children can relate to children who live, love, laugh, and play just as they do. This valuable message of sameness within difference sends a strong message of multicultural richness and the beauty of diversity. Children of the World provides a wonderful springboard to introduce a multicultural unit as well as a rich resource of information to be read again and again.” ~National Art Education Association

"This captivating volume, ambitious in scope and remarkable in execution, combines striking candid photographs of children from 192 nations with poems and artwork from children in each nation. Organized by country, the volume also includes details about language, diet, and local activities. “Bosnia my homeland, My pride, my peace,” writes a 10-year-old, while a child from the Philippines declares, “What I want to achieve/ Is a country full of peace.” Asael and Rabemiafara deliver a powerful kaleidoscope of young voices, diverse yet united." ~Publishers Weekly

"Top Picks: Children of the World is an endearing new book that features a drawing and poem by a child from each of the United Nations’ 192 member states, as well as a photo of the children and fun facts about their country. The differences across the world are entertaining, but not as striking as the similarities. It's a book that will make you smile." ~The Christian Science Monitor

"Children of the World [is] a bright, enticing book that belongs in every school or public library. In living color and with a multitude of young voices, Children of the World testifies to the power of art in making our lives meaningful, in both personal and public ways. Educators looking for opportunities to increase awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures should reach for this well-crafted book to enhance a variety of social studies, geography, art, and literature units." ~New York Journal of Books

"Children of the World is a superlative book that has the potential to provoke curiosity and a deepened awareness of our shared humanity, among children everywhere. As a powerful learning tool and as a book that exudes sheer joy, it begs to be shared at home, and it should certainly have a prominent place in every school library." ~Marjorie Coughlan, PaperTigers.org

"Travel for Kids book pick of the month: What a fabulous treasure trove, the world through the eyes of children!" ~Globetracks: Travel for Kids

About the Author

Anthony Asael and Stephanie Rabemiafara are the founders, photographers, and directors of Art in All of Us (AiA). They have strong economic and managerial backgrounds, and have both worked as foreign trade professionals. In 2004, Anthony and Stephanie decided they could do more by committing their lives to the vision and mission of AiA, and thus began their long journey in building the organization.
Ann M. Veneman served as the Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) from 2005-2010.
Art in All of Us is a not-for-profit organization based in Brussels, Belgium, and New York City (501(c)(3)). AiA promotes tolerance and cultural exchange through art and creative activities in all 192 UN member countries. AiA endeavors to enrich the lives of children by inspiring them to create a portal through which they can look at each other's lives in a cross-cultural context.

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This book is absolutely gorgeous.
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The book provides a wonderful introduction to the children of the world.
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We already bought one for our school library!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JO Reynolds on September 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As a parent, sharing the opportunity to learn about other cultures with my children is a great experience. How better to teach appreciation and tolerance for the differences, but also to learn that we are all children of one world? This book offers photography and fun facts on 192 countries, as well as drawings and poems by children from each country. My 7 year-old-daughter loves to see how old the kids are who did the drawings. My 10-year-old son likes to see what other kids (have to) eat and what they play. We plan to give copies as gifts to friends and teachers. We already bought one for our school library!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Center on May 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book is absolutely gorgeous. It is a also a wonderful book to share with upper elementary/ middle school aged children, as it really provides a window into other cultures, other lives. At times the drawings and poems are heartbreaking: depictions of war or poverty, but for the most part the book is overwhelmingly uplifting and positive. I used it at a library storytime on multiculturalism and the kids were really interested in the pictures drawn by other children. Fascinating how our world can be so similar, yet so different. An absolute must for a school or public library, it is a treasure.

If you enjoyed it and are looking for similar titles, I would also recommend
What the World Eats and Afghan Dreams: Young Voices of Afghanistan for more slices of life from around the world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Grandma on November 3, 2011
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I chose this book because of the positive review in the Christian Science Monitor. But for the price I was expecting a much smaller book. The incredible number of countries represented is amazing. What a mind and world view stretcher! It will be a GREAT present for our grand daughter. She will love the pictures by children now and their essays about their countries will encourage her to learn more in the years ahead!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tonioto on November 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
They traveled the 192 countries around the world in four years, 620,000 km, visited 310 schools, 185,000 were collected drawings, poems and photos.

They lived an extraordinary adventure and stimulated the creativity of children of different cultures, religions and social background

It is a full-color book with photos beautiful, moving poems, exciting drawings. This is the way we discover each of the 192 countries worldwide. All funds raised by the authors will go to programs in schools in the world of Art in All of Us [...].
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