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Children around the world

Diaz, Natalia and Owens, Melissa  A Ticket Around the World
Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Owlkids

Illustrated by Kim Smith. A backpack-wearing cartoon boy invites readers to join him on a varied trip around the world, visiting friends in thirteen countries and partaking in bustling events such as Carnival and Botswana Day. Each spread shows a map with the country’s animals and informative insets depicting the boy’s host family; a flag; and scenes of food, architecture, or activities. A final spread reviews the trip.
Subjects: Customs and Holidays; Voyages and travels; Multicultural books

Lamothe, Matt  This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from Around the World
Gr. K–3     48 pp.     Chronicle

“This is me,” announces the opening spread, while seven children, ages seven to eleven, smile out at the viewer and introduce themselves with their names and nicknames. Successive spreads show panels of each child’s home, family, classroom, etc.; the countries represented are India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Peru, Russia, and Uganda. The neatly schematized organization plays nicely with the cozy digital illustrations. Glos.
Subjects: Families, Children, and Sexuality; Geography; Multicultural books

Lonely Planet Kids  The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World
Gr. 4–6     212 pp.     Lonely Planet

Arranged by region, this browsable compendium is chock-full of interesting facts and pictures, featuring both well-known and lesser-known sights, festivals, customs, animals, foods, and other examples of culture. Each page has a packed but attractive layout including a fact card (with the country’s flag and a small map) and a mixture of humorously captioned contemporary color photos and spot illustrations. World map. Ind.
Subjects: Geography and Exploration; Voyages and travels; Multicultural books

Strickland, Tessa and DePalma, Kate  The Barefoot Book of Children
Gr. K–3
     64 pp.     Barefoot

Illustrated by David Dean. This enchanting book examines the tenet that while people worldwide have unique life experiences, we are all more alike than we are different. The musing text about the everyday lives of children around the world — touching on language, food, clothing, play, appearance, and more — is illustrated with colorful, precise acrylic paintings. Extensive back matter includes many details about culture and customs in our global village.
Subjects: Families, Children and Sexuality; Geography; Multicultural books

Uwiringiyimana, Sandra How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child
High school
     291 pp.     HarperCollins/Tegen

With Abigail Pesta. At ten, after she saw her sister gunned down, Congolese refugee Uwiringiyimana and her family began the long process of applying for asylum in the U.S. From there, Sandra recounts her American adolescence, trying to make sense of how she fits in as an African but not an African American. The politically and culturally complex picture of Africa that the author paints is welcome.
Subjects: Refugees; Family; War; Congo (Democratic Republic); Women—Biographies; Women—Refugees; Identity; Immigration; Autobiographies; Women—Autobiographies

From the September 2017 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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