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. Volume VIII Number 15 . . . . March 29, 2002
Donata Montanari's exquisite book takes young readers on a wonderful journey around the world. They meet Miguel in Mexico City, Mexico; Adam in the cold territory of Nunavut, Canada; Maliaka in rural Tanzania, Africa; then they are off to visit Sadako in Osaka, Japan, with stops to meet new friends in eight other farms, towns, and cities around the global community of children. Along their journey, they will enjoy and experience the world's amazing diversity of culture and geography in a book that will enthral readers, young and old alike. Although Montanari's prose is simple enough for young readers to grasp, she has found a way to include an incredibly vast array of information in the remarkably few short sentences that make-up each small biography. As teachers and children read through the text, they will not only see the great differences in the lives of the world's children but will also realize that there are remarkable similarities in the fundamental aspects of life for these children.
Her original artwork is enchanting. Although her collage pieces seem simple, they joyfully capture the essence of the cultural life, the physical world, and the child they are representing.
The curricular opportunities in early years Social Studies for Children Around the World are virtually endless. Most importantly, however, Montanari has created a literary and visual experience that opens windows of insight for the lucky students having an opportunity to share the lives of the children she has created.
Stewart is an early years teacher with Winnipeg #1 School Division.
He also reviews big fat books with small print and no pictures for other
publications. How dumb is that?
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