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The Milestones Project: Celebrating Childhood Around the World Paperback – November 1, 2007
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Grade 3 Up–The authors have accumulated photographs for the Milestones Project that "share a sense of awe in those moments when a child is engaged in an experience common to children everywhere." Milestones such as losing a first tooth, starting school, birthdays, haircuts, responsibilities, and so on are documented with stunning images of children from all corners of the globe, along with their observations. "When I lost my first tooth, I swallowed it at school during lunch.–Stephanie, age 9, New Zealand." "I don't like the doctor. Everything is always cold.–David, age 5, USA." "I don't have a best friend, all of my friends are good.–Yori, age 10, Guatemala." Short comments by famous individuals, mostly children's authors, are artfully interspersed throughout the pages. James Howe remembers his first day of school: "…I don't remember how I got to school that first morning, but I do remember clinging tearfully to my mother's legs…. I just wanted to go home with my mother where I'd feel safe." The book has a clean design, with blocks of color and text and brilliantly animated photographs. This is a volume to share with younger children and to be enjoyed by many ages.–Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI
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PreS-Gr. 2. This book-with-a-purpose, an offshoot of a husband-and-wife team's larger photography project, showcases images of diverse youngsters in "milestone moments": getting haircuts, playing with toys, enjoying siblings and friends. Quotes from children and vignettes from adults, primarily kid-lit personages such as J. K. Rowling, enlarge upon the theme. There's a lesson about globalization in the Western birthday traditions observed and the toys preferred by the worlds-apart children (Transformers and blond baby dolls), but the section on chores does reflect ways of life less familiar to Western children, showing, for example, a Filipino boy carefully filling water bottles at a communal pump. Images rarely tie directly to the adjacent commentaries, and the misspellings preserved in the quotes from kids ("When I herd Eliza was born I was so happy that I cryd") are distracting. Still, the sharp, colorful photos capitalize upon children's intense curiosity about their international peers--and may even inspire browsers to pledge, as the book's creators earnestly suggest, to put "an end to intolerance and hatred all over the world." Jennifer Mattson
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Top customer reviews
"I don't have a best friend, all of my friends are good." Yoni, age 10, Guatemala.
Use this in a classroom to teach tolerance and to enjoy seeing other faces from around the globe and more importantly perhaps, use this book at bedtime to teach yourself and your child to embrace your MILESTONE MOMENTS!
I bought one copy for myself, and have now purchased several more copies for my children, and their children.
The Steckels deserve much praise for their efforts in creating this lovely book.
Bless the Steckels for showing usw how simple life really is!