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I bought this book recently to supplement my primary schooler's global cultures education. Something I did not note before purchase was the publishing date of 1995. Many of the pictures are in fact outdated now. But my chief complaint is that the buyer understand as I did not- this is not an atlas-accurate depiction of children by percent population in each country; it is actually more a compilation of minority cultures. The example children from the United States reveals this. For example, p. 6-7 show sample kids from several countries, some with typical appearances and names for their country like Yannis from Greece, Guo Shuang from China etc, but the US shows five children: two which appear hispanic (Nicole and Carlos), one eskimo, one unusual-looking chunky caucasian girl and one African American male with a seriously outdated hairdo and parachute pants. On the Americas page there is an entire line up of children, 24 in all, and only two caucasian kids in the whole line-up, which is a little odd. There are two eskimo children given two whole pages from the US and Canada (no other children from Canada- apparently they are all Inuit), where other countries with proportionately way more children like China do not get that much coverage. I unfortunately cannot tell if the children from the other countries are represented correctly, but the US is over-represented in general, as all the other countries have only 1 or 2 children. Tbe publishers should have left out so many extraneous US children, two children of ANY race would've been sufficient. I guess Australia's in the same boat as Canada as the only child represented is Aborigine, which is great to learn about, but not entirely a fair depiction of the continent. Oh well. The idea for the book is really cute, and the book is published with UNICEF, and when the subtitle says "a unique celebration of children around the world" they really mean it. Since this book functions similar to an atlas, it's a bit outdated,as mentioned. Each page includes a picture of the child, their home, food, family, school, favorite toy, friends, signature etc. Countries included: Canada, US (5x), France, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Japan, China, Mongolia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, India (2x), Tanzania, Ghana, Ethiopia, Botswana, Morocco, Jordan, Egypt, Israel, Argentina, Mexico, Bolivia, Brazil.
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Initial post: Jun 21, 2011 6:05:33 AM PDT
I'm going to be teaching a world cultures section next school year and I am looking for a fairly simple, yet accurate book. It sounds like you were searching for something similar. Do you have anything you could recommend? Thank you!
Posted on Jun 30, 2011 4:32:20 PM PDT
Katie Rains says:
Maybe they don't feature a ton of white American kids because the media is already saturated with the stories of white American life. People the world wide have a pretty sufficient idea of white culture in the United States is like already! COME ON! I'm watching the Suite Life of Zack and Cody in Argentina AS I write this! The point of this book is to learn about other cultures, particularly those that are often overlooked. I own this book (it was my absolute favorite book growing up!) and Nicole looks tan and "unusual-looking Caucasian girl" are you KIDDING ME?! Since when is being THIN a prerequisite for having an interesting story to share!
Posted on Aug 21, 2011 6:13:42 AM PDT
Those aren't parachute pants. Those are normal, ordinary red cloth -- like jeans, only red.
Posted on Mar 9, 2012 12:07:03 PM PST
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Posted on Oct 8, 2013 11:16:35 AM PDT
R. LEE says:
If you were offended by this review, you are missing the point - which is that based on statistical data, the children included here are misrepresentative of their country of origin. Also, US is over-represented as a percentage of world population. If the US is "diverse," the point is not driven that China is not inhabited by all Han Chinese, Australia is not all aborgine, etc.
"this is not an atlas-accurate depiction of children by percent population in each country; it is actually more a compilation of minority cultures."
If this offends and puts off, consider the alternative atlas - a larger tome which strives to more accurately depict children life around the globe. That's all the reviewer is saying.
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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 27, 2015 8:10:13 AM PST
C. Cage says:
EXACTLY!!! And if you have seen any "African American male" lately, you would know that there are all kinds of hair out there. Really, "with a seriously outdated hairdo"? How many "African American males" do you see on your farm in rural Maryland? From Maryland.gov
Racial and ethnic minority populations in Maryland fare worse than Non-Hispanic Whites in three ways: poorer health status, less access to primary care, and greater use of expensive hospital services. Many of these differences are the result of historic and ongoing discrimination and economic and educational disadvantage, and are considered health inequities and health disparities that need to be eliminated.
Data documenting racial and ethnic health and health care disparities in Maryland have been reported in a variety of reports and show:
Blacks experience significant disparities in infant mortality, late prenatal care, end-stage kidney disease, and new cases of HIV.
Hispanics experience significant disparities in health insurance coverage, new cases of HIV, late prenatal care, and end stage kidney disease.
American Indians and Alaska Natives experience disparities in infant mortality, end-stage kidney disease, and new cases of HIV.
Asians and Pacific Islanders experience disparities in end-stage kidney disease and health insurance coverage."
I hope you are teaching your kids this!!!
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