- Age Range: 3 - 7 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 2
- Lexile Measure: 440L (What's this?)
- Paperback: 48 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (April 1, 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 038524469X
- ISBN-13: 978-0385244695
- Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 0.2 x 13 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 123 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The Caldecott Medalist has created his most ambitious and impressive picture book so far, with minutely detailed and exquisite paintings of human beings on all four continents." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review.
"A wonderful introduction to a global view that will answer and arouse curiosity in the young and act as an absorbing reminder for any age." -- School Library Journal.
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I disagree that the representation of different groups is outdated or stereotyped: perhaps in the United States everyone is encouraged to "blend in" but I have travelled to many countries where people happily wear their traditional dress and markings, like in the book. Anyway, it is a celebration of the diversity that still exists in the world, not a representation of how all people would look if forced to sit in a U.S. immigrant interview or something.
This is a book about the whole world, not ethnic groups as they live in the U.S. or U.K. or Europe. Although many people from far-away countries put on our dress when they come here or work in their own big cities for international companies, that does not mean that they do not still have their own traditions, or that their distant relatives in those countries do not have their own traditions.
It will be a sad day when we can truly say that the diversity shown in this book no longer exists, but that all people now wear more or less the same clothes, have the same beauty standards, and do the same sorts of jobs.