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Summary: With a simple question and answer (Q and A) format, the reader explores all of the potential definitions of "global" and then learns about what it means as an individual, as a community, and as a society. This picture book helps children understand their roles and responsibilities as global citizens.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, learning to read, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 10
Interest Level: 5 to 9
Reading Level: 4.2
Age of Child: Read by a nearly 8-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter loved the illustrations. She instantly recognized some places (like the pyramids in Egypt) and focused in on the faces of the children.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a beautifully illustrated, well presented book. The author does an outstanding job engaging readers in the first few pages with her questions. Although she is teaching "concepts," she matches them well with visuals and ideas that kids can understand. The illustrations reminded me of the kids Todd Parr draws. I was surprised by the reading level for this book. This is an excellent choice for a second grader to read.
Pros: Simple text and bright illustrations come together to teach little kids about big ideas.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a book that will grow with your child. Toddlers and preschoolers will like it for the pictures, elementary aged children will grasp the concepts and ultimately be able to read it themselves.
Educational Themes: This is the kind of book where you give kids a chance to answer the title question before reading. There is one piece of the concept on each page, and it is easy to stop and expand the discussions as you go along.
Notes: Awards: 2010 Nautilus Award, Silver; Winner 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Multicultural Non-Fiction Category;finalist Ben Franklin Award 2010; 2010 Mom's Choice Award, Gold - Children’s Picture Book — Peoples, Places & Cultures The author donated a copy of this book to the Reading Tub. This is an unsolicited donation. The Reading Tub reviewed the book in conjunction with an Author Showcase feature. A portion of the proceeds of this book are donated to the Starlight Children's Foundation.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, ecology, multicultural