This Is How We Do It: One Day In The Life Of Seven Kids From Around The World (Matt Lamothe)

Hello, friends! Our book today is This Is How We Do It: One Day In The Life Of Seven Kids From Around The World by Matt Lamothe, a fascinating look at the differences and similarities in daily life across cultures and continents.

The first page proclaims “This is me,” and we are introduced to real-life children from seven locales: India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Peru, Russia and Uganda. We meet their families, learn about their schools, and gets a taste of their daily meals and chores. At last, as they tuck into their different beds for the night, we are shown that while their daily lives may be very different, they all share the same night sky.

Very interesting! Concise, matter-of-fact text describes the daily lives of the subjects, occasionally underlining a vocabulary word that is then defined in the glossary in the back of the book. The art is the real star here, using detailed, realistic digital illustrations that either recreate or emulate photos of the children’s lives. Social issues are sidestepped, understandably – this is meant as an introduction to global thinking, especially considering the final spread. However, this is definitely not meant for little bookworms to read in a single sitting: while JJ adored the art, the text is strictly informational and there’s a fair amount of it, so she was getting pretty squirmy 2/3 of the way through. But for slightly older readers, this is a great way to begin thinking about the larger world around them, and the children – both unlike and and just like them in many ways – in it. Baby Bookworm approved!

Today (Julie Morstad)

Hello friends! Happy New Year’s Eve! We’re moving into the next year with our very last review of 2017, Today by Julie Morstad.

A cheerful narrative surrounds this object identification book, wishing the reader a good morning and asking a simple question: what will you do today? Of course, it’s important to first get dressed and have breakfast, and there are many options to choose from in both cases. After that, there are lots of things that the reader can do, rain or shine. Go on a picnic? Or to the beach? Would they prefer to be in a bustling city, or in a quiet place alone? No matter how the reader chooses to spend their day, it will always end with getting ready for bed, getting tucked in, and asking one last question before they drift off to sleep: what will you do tomorrow?

This was great! JJ is just beginning to get into these types of books, and she really enjoyed this one. We especially liked how the elements of object identification (foods, clothing, transportation, things in a bedroom, etc.) are woven together with a storyline; it gives the book a structure that allows it to be read either in a linear manner or simply enjoyed page by page. The illustrations are wonderful, energetic and charming, and the text is whimsical and cheeky at times, yet soothingly bright at others. The length is variable depending on how the book is approached, but can easily be read in one sitting. A fun way to educate while inspiring imagination and communication, and it’s definitely Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)