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We have had the pleasure of taking a look at one of Lonely Planet Kids books today; a really original book which enables you to meet 84 kids from different countries around the world: This is My World.
The book is called designed to give your kids a window into the world of all these children; aged from 6 to 12. Each section gives you the thoughts on the children, and a real insight into their likes, dislikes, and lives. It is aimed at kids of a similar age; an excellent way to help readers to relate to the children they are learning about.
We found it to be a really lovely, well presented book, which gives you plenty of opportunities to teach your kids about the world with real life examples. The only criticism we had is that it didn’t have a page number index, and therefore if you wanted to flick to your favourite child (!) and country, it was a little difficult to find them.
Some of the little boys even play football too, Mum
We found that there were some good discussion points to use throughout the book, which you can share with your children to help them learn about countries and cultures globally.
Exploring the continents
At the front of the book, there is a world map, which enables you to explore all the cities, and countries within each of the continents, to see where the children featured come from. The book is actually split into the different continents of the world; covering all 6 regions.
Learning about world cities
This map also has the cities that each of the kids are from marked out on the map of the world, and its a fabulous game looking at all the children and matching their city to their location in the map pages.
In fact, its pretty educational for the adults as well…
Do you know where Zug in Switzerland is?
If you don’t, you can check out the map, and the city the delightful Dylan is from, and match them today with the maps at the front of the book!
Checking out all the world flags
On every single page that relates to one of the children is a flag of the world – perfect for brushing up your kids knowledge of the flags around the globe.
It is also a lovely thing to do to draw the flags with your kids, while chatting about each of the kid too; such a lovely and informative exercise.
Exploring other cultures
Some of the children talk in a little detail about their days, and some of the special events that happen in their lives. This is another fabulous learning opportunity for your kids.
For example, did you know that 23rd May is Labour Day in Jamaica? Families celebrate Labour Day by putting back into the community.
Kitara, who is only seven, helped by painting parking spaces in his local community, and then was allowed to have a bit of fun afterwards!
Understanding how different but the same your kids are compared to kids across the globe
The most important lesson from this book though, is that though we all have differences, we are all ultimately the same. Though our hobbies may be different because of where we live, and what we have access too, we still have similar aspirations, thoughts, and ideas.
The book asks many of the children to pick three words that describe themselves, and despite the breadth of locations that the kids comes from; these words could be about anyone from anywhere. From Boy, Swimmer and Robotics-Lover (in Lithuanian) to Friendly, Shy and Curious (In Ghana)!
Overall – 4/5
This is a fun book, with so many great learning opportunities and very well presented, and thought out. It is packed full of real photographs of the kids, and their cultures, that you can’t help relate to the children featured within it.
For every copy sold, £1 goes to the War Child UK charity as well – so what’d not to like about that.
It would have been nice if every child could have picked three words though – but perhaps that is just because I am horrendously nosy 🤪
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We have also got a few other resources on the site focused on reading as well:
- Some friendship bookmarks; which are an excellent choice for your kids to encourage them to both read, and value their friendships in helping them to share,
- Reading posters to pop up in their reading corners at home; with some great quotes about how important reading is, and
- Reading award certificates for you to print out and award to your kids when they have been super fabulous with their reading.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and see you again soon.