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What We Wear: Dressing Up Around the World (Global Fund for Children Books) Hardcover – February 1, 2012

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Celebrating global clothing and costumes, this book offers a collection of crisp, color photographs showing children dressed in widely varied ways for school, sports, play, and celebrations. The country of origin appears in a corner of each picture. A large print text runs throughout the book, threading together the loosely organized pictures into a narrative with phrases such as, We wear all the colors of the rainbow.../and paint our faces, and wear masks. Illustrating that one sentence are photos on double-page spreads, showing children in Ukraine, Ecuador, Iran, Brazil, Martinique, Canada, and the Philippines. The composition and clarity of the photos make these fine pictures, while the children s faces make them riveting. An appended section, titled Discover Different Cultures, encourages readers to visit folk festivals, explore museums exhibiting clothing, and learn about the family origins, as well as how masks and costumes are made. An excellent addition to preschool and primary multicultural units. --Booklist

PreS-Gr 2 The simple text of this resplendent homage to our common humanity emphasizes global similarities, with one broad, feel-good statement per page, such as Dressing up means celebrating who we are.... The narrative is accompanied by vibrant color photos of beaming children engaging in a variety of activities, from the mundane to the unique, dressed proudly in their traditional attire. Each photo is labeled with the country of origin, and a world map at the end highlights all of the nations featured. End materials include age-appropriate suggestions for further cultural exploration, feasible for both classroom and home use. This joyous follow-up to Our Grandparents (Charlesbridge, 2010) should be included in all preschool and elementary collections. Rebecca Dash Donsky, New York Public Library --School Library Journal

Celebrating global clothing and costumes, this book offers a collection of crisp, color photographs showing children dressed in widely varied ways for school, sports, play, and celebrations. The country of origin appears in a corner of each picture. A large -print text runs throughout the book, threading together the loosely organized pictures into a narrative with phrases such as, "We wear all the colors of the rainbow…/and paint our faces, and wear masks." Illustrating that one sentence are photos on double-page spreads, showing children in Ukraine, Ecuador, Iran, Brazil, Martinique, Canada, and the Philippines. The composition and clarity of the photos make these fine pictures, while the children's faces make them riveting. An appended section, titled "Discover Different Cultures," encourages readers to visit folk festivals, explore museums exhibiting clothing, and learn about the family origins, as well as how masks and costumes are made. An excellent addition to preschool and primary multicultural units. --Booklist

Celebrating global clothing and costumes, this book offers a collection of crisp, color photographs showing children dressed in widely varied ways for school, sports, play, and celebrations. The country of origin appears in a corner of each picture. A large -print text runs throughout the book, threading together the loosely organized pictures into a narrative with phrases such as, "We wear all the colors of the rainbow…/and paint our faces, and wear masks." Illustrating that one sentence are photos on double-page spreads, showing children in Ukraine, Ecuador, Iran, Brazil, Martinique, Canada, and the Philippines. The composition and clarity of the photos make these fine pictures, while the children's faces make them riveting. An appended section, titled "Discover Different Cultures," encourages readers to visit folk festivals, explore museums exhibiting clothing, and learn about the family origins, as well as how masks and costumes are made. An excellent addition to preschool and primary multicultural units. --Booklist

About the Author

Maya Ajmera is the founder of The Global Fund for Children. She is the co-author of several Global Fund for Children books, including FAITH, GLOBAL BABIES, CHILDREN OF THE U.S.A., and CHILDREN FROM AUSTRALIA TO ZIMBABWE. Elise Hofer Derstine is a writer and farmer. She lives in Goshen, Indiana. Cynthia Pon worked for many years as the director of Global Fund for Children Books and is the co-author of several books, including FAITH, CHILDREN OF THE U.S.A., and others.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 860L (What's this?)
  • Series: Global Fund for Children Books
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158089416X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580894166
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 0.4 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,167,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Sack VINE VOICE on February 10, 2012
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What We Wear gives children a delightful insight on what people of other cultures wear. From America, to South Africa, to Sri Lanka, to Japan and everywhere in-between, we see children doing different activities and wearing different clothing. Some are familiar to us, like soccer uniforms, while others may seem strange, like the shirts from the Ukraine. I would recommend this book to children who are interested in other cultures. The book doesn't have a lot of words (until the very end where it tells you where you can learn more about different cultures), but as the saying goes "A picture is worth a thousand words".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mandi Harden on November 15, 2013
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This book has lots of pictures but not a lot of information about why they wear what they wear. It would have been better with that added, but as far as photography, it shows a very diverse side of what children in other countries wear. My children liked looking at it but unfortunately it's not something that they can learn a lot from.
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By Ms. McKellips on April 6, 2014
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I loved this book. The photos are wonderful and the children are so cute. As we read through the book, my students had loads of questions about why the clothes were different, where they came from and many more. It opened up a discussion which included a map of the world and questions sent home about ancestry. What an adventure we had!
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Bought for a fundraiser. They requested our table bring that book. It is a very cute book. Only of pictures of children from other countries having fun. Dressed up in their costumes. No print.
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By Mariana on February 16, 2013
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colorful and with enough info, great to have an idea of clothes worldwide. My son already knows the countries from the pics.
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