Saturday, October 8, 2011

Thank You God from Kids Around the World

Focusing on thankfulness while introducing children to our similarities and wonderful differences is what Thank You, God from Kids Around the World by Allia Zobel Nolan is all about.

Nolan is well known for her well written rhyming children's books, and this, her newest title, is no less well executed. Sometimes she has children thanking God for regionally specific things (like Lady Liberty, Chinese dragon kites, Indian curry, or Egyptian camels) and occasionally for universals (like parents and God's love).

The illustrations by Miki Sakamoto compliment the text beautifully, with bright colors and cute kid faces. Many pages also feature a flap kids can lift.

What I Like: My 6 year old was fascinated to see images of children in other lands. (Her favorite? The illustration of a Chinese family.) She had fun guessing which countries the children were from, and her nearly 3 year old brother loved learning about them, too. The images are colorful, the text is well written, the theme is important. What's not to like?

What I Dislike: Nothing, really, although it would have been nice to have some written indication of which countries were being featured, perhaps with a few bits of factual information to help parents teach their children more about children around the world.

Overall Rating: Excellent.

Age Appeal: According to the publisher, 4 to 8, but I think this book is most appropriate for 2 to 6.

Publishing Info: Zonderkidz; 2011; ISBN: 978-0310722649; paperback, 16 pgs., $6.99.

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