This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from around the World by Matt LaMothe

Hardcover, 52 pages
Expected publication: May 2nd 2017 by Chronicle Books
Source: Raincoast Books

As the tag line of this book states, This is How We Do It illustrates a day in the lives of seven different children from around the world. These kids hail from different financial situations, some of them are from more affluent families than others and this is reflected in their daily lives and activities. On the whole, I found this picturebook very interesting as it gave me glimpses of 7 real children around the world who, the author is sure to specify, do not represent any culture wholly but are expressions of their own families and circumstances.

I think This is How We Do It will be invaluable as a tool to widen the horizons of kids who are just beginning to be understand how the world works. I also appreciate the photographs included at the end of the book that show the children with their families and reiterate their ‘realness.’ This picturebook would be an excellent introduction to social studies and world studies.

Recommended.

If My Love Were a Fire Truck: A Daddy’s Love Song by Luke Reynolds

If My Love Were a Fire Truck: A Daddy’s Love Song by Luke Reynolds

Hardcover, 32 pages Published April 18th 2017 by Doubleday Books for Young Readers Source: Publisher Ugh, this was so sweet. A father’s ode to his son, each verse dripping with feeling and promise. The art is just as uplifting. For all those dads who don’t have the words, Luke Reynolds has solved your problem. Express […]

The Hidden Life of Deer by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

The Hidden Life of Deer by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

So, technically this isn’t children’s literature? And by technically, I mean entirely: nothing about the packaging or marketing of this book is directed toward children. Fortunately, “children’s literature” as we know it began as a marketing ploy, and to a large extent the classification of this book as middle grade or that book as YA […]

The Bone Flute by Patricia Bow

The Bone Flute by Patricia Bow

An outline of treetops formed through the walls of the house. The fire in the windows turned pale yellow, then green, then blue, a watery shadow printed on the trees. And then the house, with its brass, its ivy, and its fiery windows, melted into the night. Camrose has inherited responsibility for an ancient bone […]