Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $5.29 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
Global Babies Board book – July 1, 2007
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
*Starred Review* Striking in its simplicity and effectiveness, this colorful board book takes into account two fundamental facts. First, babies like to look at faces, particularly the faces of other babies. Second, today's babies will grow up in a world that is, increasingly, a global neighborhood. This introduces young children to their neighbors throughout the world by providing clear photographs of babies in Guatemala, Thailand, Greenland, Mali, the U.S., India, South Africa, Fiji, Peru, Afghanistan, Malawi, Spain, Iraq, Rwanda, and Bhutan. Like Ajmera's earlier books connected with the nonprofit organization Global Fund for Children, such as To Be a Kid (1999) and Be My Neighbor (2004), this title seeks to form a broad, inclusive sense of community. Each page features a single child in a photo shown against a rich, solid background color. Appearing phrase by phrase at the bottom of the pages, the book's complete text reads, "Wherever they live, / wherever they go, / whatever they wear, / whatever they feel, / babies everywhere / are beautiful, / special, / and loved." Attuned to its audience, the book's close-ups emphasize the children's faces and create a feeling of connection between subject and viewer. In an era when board books too often recycle picture book stories intended for older children, here's one that is just right for babies and toddlers. Phelan, Carolyn
About the Author
The Global Fund for Children is a nonprofit organization committed to advancing the dignity of young people around the world. The GFC pursues this mission by making grants to innovative community-based organizations and by developing books that celebrate our global society. GFC books include WHAT WE WEAR, OUR GRANDPARENTS, and FAITH. Please learn more at www.globalfundforchildren.org.
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
How does a children's or baby's book come to be considered a "classic"? In my opinion this happens when it is used by generations of children, much admired and often given as a gift.
I am sure that "The Hungry Caterpillar" is read all over the world and indeed personally I have seen English, Spanish, French and Arabic versions. But how about books that are simply filled with pictures? They require no translation, so one would think that their readership and audience would be much larger than books such as the aforementioned publication.
However, this does not necessarily seem to be the case with books such as this wonderful board book I am reviewing today: Global Babies.
I first learned about "Global Babies" from a fellow member of a baby-wearing group I belong to. Truth be told, it was actually a Facebook group comprising some like-minded parents along with others so very different to me that I would be unlikely to acknowledge their existence. The fellow parent alerted us to the fact that there were three wrapped babies as well as one in a cradle-board. Apparently older babies and toddlers adore looking at other babies, and even more so when babies are being wrapped or carried just like the are.
Both my children love to look at this easy-to-clean board book. My five year old is interested in the different clothes and my nine month old just loves the babies and the colors, from what I can tell.
Each board book page has a single photograph of a child or a child with a parent. The child is dressed in clothes worn in their country, and the name of the country is printed on the page.
There is actually a very short story to go along with the beautiful, expressive photographs:
Wherever they live
Wherever they go
Whatever they wear
Whatever they feel
In my opinion this book opens the doors to understanding that different places have different faces, and that all over the world there are people just like us. As a member of the not-for-profit group Babywearing International, I highly recommend this book to all parents and relatives of young children.
If you have found my review helpful in making a purchase decision, I would be very grateful if you would click one of the buttons below to reflect this. Feel free to add a comment too. Thanks!
The text itself is one sentence that spans across the book, demonstrating what all babies have in common, regardless of where they're from.
Young children will be captivated by the photographs of all the babies in the book, and older preschoolers may be inspired to learn more about the different countries represented in the book. I can think of a number of expansion activities to teach children more about geography, different, cultures, and more.
In a simple, approachable format Global Babies helps children develop an appreciation for diversity and teaches us that despite all of our differences, we are all the same.