This Is How We Do It

This Is How We Do It

One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids From Around the World

Book - 2017
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Follow the real lives of seven kids from Italy, Japan, Iran, India, Peru, Uganda, and Russia for a single day! In Japan Kei plays Freeze Tag, while in Uganda Daphine likes to jump rope. But 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 a window into traditions that may be different from our own as well as a mirror reflecting our common experiences. Inspired by his own travels, Matt Lamothe transports readers across the globe and back with this luminous and thoughtful picture book.
Publisher: San Francisco, California : Chronicle Books, LLC, [2017]
ISBN: 9781452150185
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations, colour portraits ; 31 cm.

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PimaLib_SamR Jul 22, 2020

This book has the potential to be a learning tool. With the aid of an atlas, a globe, or a computer, kids can search for the countries mentioned in the book. Which can then lead to defining words like continent and island, or to learning the names of the various continents. It is also possible to discuss how the lives of the various families are similar or different from one’s own. Then, maybe encourage them to draw pictures of their own activities, foods and clothing.
All that said, I have some qualms with the book. All the families are nuclear, ones with both parents, which may make sharing this book with a single parent family more complicated, and suggests that single parent families don’t exist in other countries. Also, in many countries more than two generations live under the same roof. If one reads closely, one will notice that there is one family which for every meal eats a variation of a staple food. However, in various parts of the world, there are people, including children, where one meal a day is the norm. Lastly, the world over, school is not an inherent part of every child’s life. In some countries, you must possess a birth certificate to be eligible for schooling, in others you must be able to pay for the uniform, school supplies, and the fees for school, in order to attend school.
No doubt, I do not know or see all of the subtle drawbacks to this book. Nevertheless, I believe it is a great starting point for getting kids interested in the world at large!

HerrickDL_Laura May 28, 2019

A true book about everyday life of 7 kids from different countries around the world.

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SakuraRose
Nov 08, 2018

The illustration is beautiful. I enjoy reading this book. It's about 7 children from different countries and how they live in one day. From breakfast to dinner, clothes they wear to school, their school, classroom, teacher and more. It includes a short description for each picture. I just hope that the order of each child is the same for each section so that it's easier to follow.

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Roundcat
Sep 15, 2018

The author actually contacted families in each country, asked them for pictures of the members of the family, their home, school, food and so forth. Then he based his illustrations and text on the pictures as well as conversations that he had with the families. The book can be approached in two ways (and probably more). You could read it as the book is laid out by activity or you could read each country skipping from activity to activity. There is also a glossary, so you can read a description of food dishes or terms that appear in the text. The illustrations are cheerful and show the child in the context of school or play or whatever the activity might be, so that you get a feeling for the people and the way they go about their lives. The countries chosen are in very different continents, climates and socio-economic settings. This is a great book to share with your family or classroom.

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eeyorebd
Aug 31, 2018

I really enjoyed reading this with my kids. The only thing that was a little annoying was how they kept moving where the countries were placed so my kids had a hard time remembering which country it was.

TSCPL_Cadie Jan 30, 2018

I loved reading this book with my 7 year old. It shows images of children and their families doing chores, eating meals, and playing together from all over the world. This is a great book to share with your child to help them learn how different AND similar other cultures are. Highly recommended!

VaughanPLLily Jan 25, 2018

Beautiful illustration, good book for young kids to see diversity in the world.

ArapahoeStaff2 Jul 24, 2017

What a lovely nonfiction picture book! It is lengthy, so it isn't necessarily meant to be read aloud in one sitting. The author notes sum up this one perfectly. Matt Lamothe writes "I hope to surprise readers with similarities between us, as well as teach readers about the things we do completely differently". A job well done!

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SakuraRose
Nov 10, 2018

"I hope to surprise readers with similarities between us, as well as teach readers about the things we do completely differently."

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SakuraRose
Nov 10, 2018

"I believe the more you learn about different people, the more you see yourself in them, and the more accepting you become."

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vandellb
May 29, 2020

vandellb thinks this title is suitable for 4 years and over

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