Book Review: Children of the World

Children of the World  An Everyday Story

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We have been busy learning about the world. I’ve been thinking about how to introduce different countries and cultures to Jack (5yrs) and Sarah (3yrs) in a way which is meaningful to them. So rather than looking at different countries from a geography sense, we have been learning about children from around the world; what clothes they wear and why, what kinds of food they eat, what language they speak and what games they play.

It’s fascinating. Jack and Sarah are so engaged; eagerly wanting to know what food children eat in Nepal or what language children speak in China.

So far I have introduced Jack and Sarah to two really beautiful books; Children of the World and Maps. These are both such beautiful books that I thought I would share them with you.
Children of the World An Everyday Story 2 Children of the World An Everyday Story 3 Children of the World is a beautifully photographed book showcasing 192 countries. The book is alphabetised and each new page gives a glimpse into each country and the children who live there.

On each opening page there is a beautiful full-page photo along with poems, drawings and words from the children. It is extraordinary. Jack and Sarah are learning about foods and language, religion and cultural diversity.

The photographs also often give a little window into the lives of the children; with landscapes or houses in the background. I highly recommend this book.

Children of the World An Everyday Story 4 Children of the World An Everyday Story 5Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska was another pleasant surprise. It’s gorgeously illustrated and is big enough to really dive into with so many interesting pictures to explore. It’s not an atlas, so doesn’t include all countries but the ones which are included are beautifully represented.

In Tanzania we learnt about Black Mamba snakes and Mt. Kilamanjaro. In Jordan we learnt about the salt in the Dead Sea and in Croatia we learnt about traditional folk dancing. Jack in particular is really enjoying this book and will sit with it carefully investigating all the different illustrations.

Next week we are going to be exploring our place in the world a little more and we would like you to join with us too. I’ll share more details soon.

Until then, keep an eye out for these two books. They are truly beautiful and I highly recommend them.

10 Replies to “Book Review: Children of the World”

  1. Thank you for sharing these, Kate! They look beautiful and I will definitely check them out.

  2. Hi KT.

    What a wonderful topic to be moving your kids through. If you’d like I’d be more than glad to set up a talk with my Kinder her in Emilio via Skype. We could probably arrange the same for my kids back in Costa Rica.

    Let me know.


  3. Lovely books! We’ve been looking at ‘The Earth From The Air: For Children’ by Yann Arthus-Bertrand that a picked up in a charity shop. It’s beautiful to observe my two year old as he uses his existing knowledge to try and make sense of these new images that are unlike anything he sees day to day. The book has generated a great deal of discussion and play! Looking forward to joining you on this journey next week 🙂

  4. Already requested the books from the library!!! Thanks for sharing!

  5. HI! Children of the World sounds wonderful! I think I have to get it, even if my kids won’t understand the english text.

  6. These books look great! Have you read the Magic Tree House series with your children yet? They are short chapter books- my kids (5 and 3.5 years) insist we read them through in one sitting.They have been a great introduction to social science for us by introducing different countries as well as historical events. My kids ask similar questions about food, music, houses in the various countries. Just thought I would share.

  7. Hi Kate, thank you so much for sharing your experience with us all.

    I am a faithful reader although I have never commented. Today, on my blog, I have given your blog a “Liebster Award”. It’s a worldwide concept to make bloggers communicate among them and give more visibility to the blogs awarded. The idea is to answer 11 questions and tell 11 things about you, then to make a list of 11 blogs you want to get better known and ask 11 questions to their author.

    You will find my article (in French) on my website:

    Here is my translation of the 11 questions I am asking you:

    1. What is the wisdom sentence that inspires you and guides you in your everyday life or in time of crisis?

    2. What is the book that marked a turning point in your life?

    3. Why do you write?

    4. Take a picture of where you write or describe it.

    5. How do you choose your projects? Do you have a good recipe to make a choice that your mind and heart is at peace with?

    6. How do you do to keep your calm and positive state of mind when your children’s behavior makes you reach your limits.

    7. Is spirituality has a place in your life? If so, how do you integrate it in your family life / how you pass it to your children?

    8. For vegetarians / vegans: what is your delicious and quick recipe of the moment? For omnivores: What would attract you to a diet that relies less on animals?

    9. How do you find a balance between the different roles you play in life (i.e parent, lover, worker, friend, etc.).?

    10. Which journey marked you the most and why?

    11. If you won a million euros in the lottery, what would you do?

    I cannot wait to read you. Have a lovely week-end!

  8. I went out and bought this book as well as the Maps one you mentioned and my two children have loved them. It has been a great adjunct to the World Cup too since we can look up the different countries when the kids are wondering about them. I especially love the page of drawn flags at the back of the Maps book – my kids were quite intrigued and wanted to design their own flags as well as copy the designs they saw in the book. Thank you for sharing this wonderful resource.

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