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This is how we do it : one day in the lives of seven kids from around the world

One day in the lives of seven kids from around the world
This is how we do it : one day in the lives of seven kids from around the world
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Publisher Info:
San Francisco, California : Chronicle Books, LLC, [2017]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 32 cm
General Note:
Color maps on endpapers.
Follows the daily lives of seven children from around the world, including such places as Japan, India, Uganda, and Italy, and discusses how schools, meals, and play can be different or similar in different places in the world.


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Material Type
J 305.23 LAMO New or Popluar Book Juv Nonfiction

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Follow one day in the real lives of seven kids from around the world--Italy, Japan, Iran, India, Peru, Uganda, and Russia!

In Japan, Kei plays Freeze Tag, while in Uganda, Daphine likes to jump rope. While the way they play may differ, the shared rhythm of their days--and this one world we all share--unites them.

This genuine exchange provides awindow into traditions that may be different from our own as well asmirrors reflecting our common experiences. Inspired by his own travels, Matt Lamonthe transports readers across the globe and back with this luminous and thoughtful picture book.

Author Notes

Matt Lamothe is one third of the award-winning design company ALSO as well as the coauthor ofThe Exquisite Book,The Where, the Why and the How, andThe Who, the What, and the When. He lives in Chicago.

Reviews 2

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-An illustrated take on how seven real kids from different countries go about a typical day. Each spread introduces a new topic (family, teachers, chores, dinner, play, etc.) and dedicates a panel to each child, identified by country, with glossary words underlined ("Iran: I live in a second-floor apartment in the city of Gorgan, close to the Caspian Sea."). Lamothe was able to create the digitally rendered illustrations based on photos sent to him by the families featured (a family photo for each child is included at the end). The muted palette in combination with the level of detail makes for a pleasing visual experience. An ending spread with a night sky scattered with stars and a glowing full moon is accompanied by the words, "This is my night sky," hinting that though these kids may lead very different lives, they all sleep under the same sky. In the "Meet the Families" section, Lamothe emphasizes that "not everyone in Peru likes to play soccer, and not everyone in Japan eats fish for breakfast," smartly communicating that the work is just one representation of much larger, complex communities. Endpapers provide a visual map of each child's name and country, including a cameo of the author. VERDICT A good purchase to refresh social science and geography collections.-Melissa Smith, Royal Oak Public Library, MI © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Meet Romeo, Kei, Daphine, Oleg, Ananya, Kian, and Ribaldo, seven real children from Italy, Japan, Uganda, Russia, India, Iran, and Peru, whose lives are compared through detailed, painterly illustrations and succinct, descriptive text. The book follows each child through a single day, displaying what each is doing at a particular moment in neat, side-by-side illustrated panels. Author-illustrator Lamothe compiled the book with the help of friends, family members, and connections with the featured children, who shared their lives with him through e-mail, texts, and photographs, making this a work of true collaboration. The result is instructive and personal. It takes the ordinary This is where I live: This is what I eat for breakfast: This is how I play and renders it in a refreshingly unromanticized manner. Romeo has a vineyard in his backyard; Kei has miso soup and grilled cod for breakfast; and Kian goes horseback riding. The similarities and differences between the seven lives are both delicate and astonishing in their details, and readers will enjoy examining the images repeatedly to note the surprises they reveal. An author's note, a glossary, a map, and photographs of the families round out the book with a nice personal touch.--Chaudhri, Amina Copyright 2017 Booklist