A World Together
A World Together
Library Binding25.69
Publisher's Hardcover15.29
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Annotation: Sonia Manzano, Sesame Street's beloved "Maria," brings warmth and wit to this timely picture book that looks across cultures and generations to celebrate what unites us, wherever we come from.
Genre: [Social sciences]
Catalog Number: #192191
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-426-33738-8
ISBN 13: 978-1-426-33738-3
Dewey: 307
LCCN: 2019034714
Dimensions: 29 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
This visually enticing photo-documentary is a celebration of diversity. Author Manzano, aka Maria of Sesame Street, has teamed up with a host of photographers from National Geographic to depict images of familiar themes that should resonate with preschoolers: family and friends, games and school, houses, clothing, emotions, and relationships. The straightforward text asks simple questions about everyday activities ("Do you wonder about what people eat?"), accompanied by crisp photos of kids demonstrating various local options from around the world. The text and photos acknowledge differences but never stray into negative caricatures or gratuitous stereotypes. Instead of making comparisons, sentences steer readers toward noticing similarities, positing that, deep down, people are basically the same. The cast of children include those with disabilities, and while kids are front and center, parents and grandparents also put in appearances. The book ends with a map of the featured destinations and photos of Manzano's relatives in Puerto Rico. These images and messages are meant to be shared, and the accessible dialogue and oversize photos will work great for storytimes.
Kirkus Reviews
Large color photographs (occasionally composed of montages) and accessible, simple text highlight global similarities and differences, always focusing on our universal connections.While child readers may not recognize Manzano, the Puerto Rican actress who played Maria on Sesame Street, adults will recognize her as a trusted diverse voice. In her endnote, she explains her desire to “encourage lively conversations about shared experiences.” Starting out with the familiar, home and community, the text begins with “How many WONDERFUL PEOPLE do you know?” Then it moves out to the world: “Did you know there are about 8 BILLION PEOPLE on the planet?” The photo essay features the usual concrete similarities and differences found in many books of this type, such as housing (a Mongolian yurt opposite a Hong Kong apartment building overlooking a basketball court), food (dumplings, pizza, cotton candy, a churro, etc.), and school. Manzano also makes sure to point out likenesses in emotions, as shown in a montage of photos from countries including China, Spain, Kashmir (Pakistan/India), and the United States. At the end, a world map and thumbnail images show the locations of all photos, revealing a preponderance of examples from the U.S. and a slight underrepresentation for Africa and South America.Engaging, well-chosen images and a clear, coherent text illuminate the importance of empathy for the world’s inhabitants. (Informational picture book. 5-8)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 Vivid photographs and prose explore how children around the world are wondrous in their differences and similarities. No matter where kids live, what they eat, or how they dance, play, create, or speak, the emotions they experience are universal. Manzano, who played Maria on Sesame Street , emphasizes that sharing stories allows children to form fruitful connections with their peers. The text and photos work well together; they depict the world's delightful nuances. Back matter consists of all the photos in the book in thumbnail form, their sources, and worldwide locations. Manzano reflects on her own family, including family photographs, and how she learned to appreciate the preciousness of life. VERDICT A refreshing and joyous picture book that showcases the universality of the human experience. Nancy Call, formerly at Santa Cruz P.L., Aptos, CA
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Reading Level: 3.0
Interest Level: K-3

Sonia Manzano, Sesame Street's beloved character Maria, brings warmth and wit to this timely picture book that looks across cultures and generations to celebrate what unites us, wherever we come from.

Manzano's lyrical prose combined with stunning photography of people from dozens of countries around the world explores how all of our lives are enriched by our geographic and cultural diversity. Kids see how people around the world look, dress, and spend their day, and learn that what we enjoy and value--friends, family, food, play--may sometimes look different, but deep down is the same wherever you go.

This lovely picture book from a first-generation American affirms our common humanity as it presents the glorious similarities and differences that connect us all.

It's a charming book to share with friends and family and to read aloud with little ones. It has an inspiring message: With laugher and love, we can help bring a world together.

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