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Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time Paperback – June 7, 2016
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Here's a guide to books with engaging and insightful views of the world for children from preschoolers to early teens. Preliminary chapters offer good advice on sharing the joy of reading and expanding human understanding through fiction and nonfiction, both read aloud and read alone. Martin also describes her family's experiences with reading and travel, both actual and armchair. The titles offered are annotated, with some indicated as containing discussions of religions and other topics, and are arranged geographically and by audience age; indexes provide access by title, author, geography, and historical period. The friendly tone and practical read-aloud activity advice should be welcome to both secular and Christian families looking for ways to expand their children's worlds while discovering ways to incorporate high-quality children's books in family life. (Booklist)
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Jamie C. Martin lives a global life at home every day with four countries (England, India, Liberia, and the USA) represented under her roof. She's blessed to be called Mommy by her biological son and her two internationally adopted children and loves sipping cups of tea with her British husband. Jamie blogs at www.simplehomeschool.net, where she's been writing since 2009 about mindful parenting, global mindset, education, and the joy found in a pile of books. She and her husband live with their three children in Connecticut.
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In the first 40-ish pages, we are introduced to author Jamie Martin and her global family. She shares the story of how they came to be (LOVE IT!) and offers some practical, doable ideas for how we can broaden our understanding of the world with our children. Next up leads us to the premise of the book: build your family culture around books, and travel together around the world with great books.
The book lists are organized by region and age interest level. They list title, author, illustrator when applicable and a short synopsis of the book. Sometimes, we'll have a note on whether a book contains religious elements, in case a parents wishes to avoid or have a discussion prior/after.
The indexes are helpful. We have one by author, one by country/region, and historical index, and title index. This will help you on your library hunt. (by the way, if your library allows you to reserve a bunch of titles on hold, do it! Let them do the legwork of finding your books and putting them together for you. Makes library visits with little ones easier. Get your holds and browse, or get your holds and get on outta there. Oh, and if your library doesn't have a title, find out if they do interlibrary loan.)
Sprinkled throughout the book recommendations, we hear many families answer the question: "How do you give your child the world in your home?"
Now. As I love good book lists and we read a ton around here, I will say that many of the titles I already recognized from our own library perusal or other book lists. Some Five in a Row titles are within; and others I have found already from my treasured All Through the Ages by Christine Miller. There is some overlap in titles for this book and Miller's. In Martin's book, we have a longer synopsis. One area where Miller's book has an edge, is it simply has way more titles (plus, history and geography and more sections), and it also reaches interest levels beyond the age 10-12 set; Miller's reaches high school.
That said, there are some new-to-me titles in Martin's book, and there are certainly room for both books on my bookshelf. I will use both when browsing titles when we're doing a regional study, country study, or just wanting to add some more living books to our library list.
We will continue to read through these books beyond this homeschool year as well. The suggestions look amazing and the intro section choked me up at how beautifully she wrote about the power of stories.
Edited to add: although this is classified as Christian category, it is still a great tool for a secular homeschool family like ours.
We have already read TONS of the suggested stories and every single one is AMAZING! I no longer have to go to the library and randomly pluck good-looking books off the shelf hoping that I get a few great ones (okay, I still do that too, I mean, BOOKS!). I actually carry this book in my purse, pull it out when I get there, and leave with a pile of all great books!
That said, this book is already a fantastic resource. I could do without the religious references- the content stands on its own without that aspect- so if that topic sprinkled throughout bothers you, consider yourself warned.
I've already used this book as a reference to search our library for great books, and I'm glad someone else has already done the work of tracking the titles down. A must have for any parent who wants to offer their kids a view into the outside world, without spending hours online (or tons of cash) researching.
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A big portion of the book is a mini-autobiography in which she talks about how she acquired her children.Read more