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This Is How We Do it

This Is How We Do it

Spring 2017 Picture Books
Ages: 5 - 8 yrs.
Author: Matt Lamothe
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 9781452150185
Hardcover Price: $17.99

Author/illustrator Matt Lamothe's handsome picture book, subtitled "One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from Around the World," offers side-by-side comparisons of the everyday lives of real children from Italy, Japan, Uganda, Russia, India, Peru, and Iran. Double-page sections, beginning with a "This is Me" introduction giving each child's name and age, explore what homes, schooling, and playtimes are like, what the children wear, what food is served at meals, and so on. Although the details are different, readers will relate to their counterparts, regardless of the country of origin, thanks to Lamothe's resonant, show-and-tell text and engagingly detailed illustrations. The book ends with a rendering of the night sky shared by all, photographs of the children and their families, and a glossary for further reference.

Lynne Heffley   ©2017 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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