From everyday clothes to outfits worn only on special occasions, The Clothes We Wear introduces young readers to the incredible variety of clothes, shoes, hats, and jewelry that people wear around the world. From reindeer-skin coats to colorful shawls made from alpaca wool, readers will learn that not everyone buys their clothes online or at a mall! Young readers will also find out how a worn-out T-shirt or jeans that no longer fit can become a new outfit for another child living on the other side of the world.
In The Food We Eat, readers will meet children from around the world and find out what foods they eat, where the foods come from, and how they are prepared. The difficulties many people face in obtaining enough food are also sensitively explored. From gathering fruit in the Amazon rain forest to growing vegetables in a hot, dry African garden, from helping on a family fishing boat to helping milk the family’s yak, readers will gain a fascinating insight into how people obtain the food they need.
Some classrooms are inside a large school building. Others are just a single hut in a rain forest or dusty desert. Some students do their schoolwork on computers or tablets, while others write on chalkboards or in the dusty soil. In Time for School, young readers will get a fascinating insight to school life around the world. Of course, not all children get to go to school, and in this title, readers will also meet some young children who must work to help their families survive, and for whom school is only a distant dream.
In Time to Play, readers will meet children from around the world and find out what games they like to play. From board games to sports, some games are played in only one culture, while others, such as soccer, are loved in countries and cultures worldwide. Many families cannot afford to buy toys, but that doesn’t keep inventive youngsters from making their own toy cars, dolls, bikes, and even soccer balls from trash!
When we think of home, we might think of living in an apartment or a house, but not everyone lives in a home like this. Some children grow up on a houseboat in a floating village. Others live in huts that are carefully crafted from branches and animal dung. And many children live in makeshift tent homes in refugee camps. In A Place to Call Home, young readers will learn about the many different types of structures and places that children and their families call home.
When we turn on a tap, we expect to see clean, safe water pour out. This is not how everyone around the world gets their water, of course. Some children must walk miles each day to collect water for their families, while others bathe and help do their family’s laundry in a river. In Everybody Needs Water, young readers will find out how families around the world obtain and use this precious resource.
In Celebrations and Special Days, young readers will join children around the world as they celebrate religious festivals and special family days, such as weddings and coming of-age ceremonies. From Holi to Hanukkah, Easter to Ramadan, readers will join families as they prepare special meals, decorate their homes, and take part in the special times that shape our lives.