This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from Around the World

by Matt Lamothe (Author)

This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from Around the World
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Follow one day in the real lives of seven kids from around the world--Italy, Japan, Iran, India, Peru, Uganda, and Russia!

In Japan, Kei plays Freeze Tag, while in Uganda, Daphine likes to jump rope. While the way they play may differ, the shared rhythm of their days--and this one world we all share--unites them.

This genuine exchange provides a window into traditions that may be different from our own as well as mirrors reflecting our common experiences. Inspired by his own travels, Matt Lamonthe transports readers across the globe and back with this luminous and thoughtful picture book.

  • Perfect for kids learning about new cultures and customs
  • Educates children on the importance of similarities and differences
  • Gives kids a unique look into the lives of others across the globe

If you enjoyed Carson Ellis' Home, you're sure to enjoy the window into the world provided by This is How We Do It.

This children's picture book is ideal for parents or teachers looking for the following:

  • World Book for Kids
  • Travel Book for Kids
  • Beginning Reading Books
  • Cultures for Kids Books
  • Families Around the World Books
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School Library Journal

K-Gr 3—An illustrated take on how seven real kids from different countries go about a typical day. Each spread introduces a new topic (family, teachers, chores, dinner, play, etc.) and dedicates a panel to each child, identified by country, with glossary words underlined ("Iran: I live in a second-floor apartment in the city of Gorgan, close to the Caspian Sea."). Lamothe was able to create the digitally rendered illustrations based on photos sent to him by the families featured (a family photo for each child is included at the end). The muted palette in combination with the level of detail makes for a pleasing visual experience. An ending spread with a night sky scattered with stars and a glowing full moon is accompanied by the words, "This is my night sky," hinting that though these kids may lead very different lives, they all sleep under the same sky. In the "Meet the Families" section, Lamothe emphasizes that "not everyone in Peru likes to play soccer, and not everyone in Japan eats fish for breakfast," smartly communicating that the work is just one representation of much larger, complex communities. Endpapers provide a visual map of each child's name and country, including a cameo of the author. VERDICT A good purchase to refresh social science and geography collections.—Melissa Smith, Royal Oak Public Library, MI

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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"A global introduction that goes beyond the usual symbols and sights."-Kirkus Reviews
Matt Lamothe
Matt Lamothe is one third of the award-winning design company ALSO as well as the coauthor of The Exquisite Book, The Where, the Why and the How, and The Who, the What, and the When. He lives in Chicago.
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Guided Reading Level
Chronicle Books
Publication date
May 02, 2017
BISAC categories
JNF031000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Lifestyles | City & Town Life
JNF038000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | General
JNF032000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Lifestyles | Country Life
Library of Congress categories

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