Monday, November 13, 2017

This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from around the World

I would have been obsessed with This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from around the World when I was a kid. I still love poring over the various online slideshows of what food families buy in a week, what toys kids play with, and where people live. Matt LaMothe has taken that concept, simplified it for early readers, and beautifully illustrated it. 

In the book, we meet Romeo (Italy), Kei (Japan), Daphine (Uganda), Oleg (Russia), Ananya (India), Ribaldo (Peru), and Kian (Iran). We follow them through a typical day and learn about their lives. The layout of the book is brilliant, with all seven different kids' lives on the same spread. It's fun to look at what they eat and see what is appealing, to look at where they sleep and compare it to ourselves, and to look at their hobbies and see what we have in common. 

The book ends on a beautiful note about how we all have certain things in common. I do wish that there was more diversity in the families presented. It was surprising to be that they all had two parents and there weren't extended family members living under the same roof as them. That was a missed opportunity to show some more ways that families can look different. Despite that, I believe this book belongs in every classroom and library. Excellent.

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