Way back at the beginning of the year we took part in the Green Parent Magazine’s parents lounge; it was great fun, after all what’s not to like about being sent three sorts of chocolate and asked for your considered opinion, following which you have to, yes have to, have a long and luxurious bath in which to fully test out a box of the most deliciously gorgeous bubbles and scrubs and creams that ever did land on a doorstep on a chilly wet winter’s day.
And with all that decadence came a couple of books for us to review, including this treasure.
I think I managed to say something a little more eloquent in my reader feedback than, “we love it, it’s awesome” but that does sum up pretty much how Kitty and I felt about One World Together, and even after it’s been sat on our bookcase for several months it’s still one she’ll pull out often as part of a stack of favourites perfect for curling up with in the big armchair on an August afternoon that feels like it might have been borrowed from October.
For a couple of months Kitty had a French nursery teacher who taught all the children French nursery rhymes and a few basic phrases and their numbers, and then when she left, one of their other teachers taught them their numbers in Spanish. I’m sure part of it was the novelty value but Kit really loved it; she’d stand at the top of the slide and belt out French nursery rhymes, and there’s nothing quite so surreal as knowing that what you’re hearing from the back of the car is definitely supposed to be French, but not being able to quite distinguish enough words beyond peche pomme poir abricot to know the rest of the song. We can’t have been the only parents asking what they were singing because a couple of weeks later a song sheet came home. With translation.
And it was on the back of all that linguistic curiosity that we first started to read One World Together. At its heart it’s a gentle jaunt around the world; meeting children from countries near and far, and always starting with saying hello in their native language.
There’s Paulo from Brazil (very appropriate this summer), Lukas from Kenya, Lilly from Sweden and Vani from India, among others.
And each of them tells you a little bit not just about what makes their part of the world different, but also the things that they all have in common, the things that my little English girl can recognise and relate to.
Kitty love the page with Li because it has a picture of a “Chinese New Year Dragon!”, she likes the animals near Lukas’ house, although her favourite are probably Lilly, because she’s playing the recorder and has a baby sister, and Galina who’s from Russia and wakes up early and makes lots of noise.
The illustrations are incredibly engaging and if that weren’t enough, the last page is a giant fold out picture of the world, with all your new friends surrounding it. It isn’t perhaps the best at being a map, and we’ve reverted to the internet a few times to talk about exactly where the countries might be, but it’s none the worse for it, and it’s lovely to see Kitty’s awareness of the wider world grow naturally and through her own curiosity.
Last week Vickie at A Pocketful of Dandelions and came to join in What We’re Reading with the wonderful looking Hens Don’t Crow which I shall be stalking at the library in the near future! And if you have a favourite, or just something fun your little ones have enjoyed reading lately please do join us. The linky is always open for the whole week so there’s plenty of time. And so, without further ado, it’s over to you to tell me what we should be reading!