Our World Mexico
by Cynthia Harmony (Goodreads Author), Claudia Navarro (Illustrator)
A young boy tells us all about a normal day in Mexico, from the delicious breakfast all the way to bedtime when they say, “Buenas Noches!” The boy gets a besito (kiss) from his mother and hops on a bus to school. He plays with his amigos and then has a snack of pan dulce (pastry) with his abuela (grandmother). After a bath and brushing his teeth, it is time to snuggle up for some dulces sueños (sweet dreams).
I grew up in Mexico as a child, and I can indeed verify that this is exactly like a normal day in Mexico! What a sweet trip down memory lane! And now I’m craving some pan dulce. haha!
I love these beautiful board books that teach children about different cultures around the world! At the back of each book, there are explanations about the words that are in a different language, along with guides to learn how to pronounce them correctly.
The illustrations are so cute, and all the little characters are adorable! Each page is full of color and energy!
I love the sweet and simple plot as we learn about a regular day in this country. It shows that all around the world, we are pretty similar. We all get up and brush our teeth and have breakfast with our family. It’s the lovely simple things in life that bind us together, and showcasing those similarities will help young children to relate to different cultures around the globe.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.
Our World: Brazil
by Ana Siqueira (Goodreads Author), Ana Matsusaki (Illustrator)
5 out of 5 stars
A young child describes a perfect day in Brazil. They start with a hearty breakfast of mingau (porridge), and then try to count the mico-estrelas monkeys on their walk to the market. They take a bus to the beach, and play with a peteca ball. Everyone loves a cool drink of mate in the hot sun. The children play capoeira, a martial arts form that uses music and rhythm. Finally the child drifts off to sleep in a hammock at the end of the day.
Our World: India
by Meera Sriram (Goodreads Author), Neethi (Illustrator)
A little girl and her mother spend the day together, starting with listening to the birds outside their window. They have a special oil massage and then a morning bath. The little girl gets a black dot on her cheek called a kala tika to ward against bad luck. They have a delicious meal of dal (beans) and rice, then count cows and mango trees on their walk. The little girl hides behind her mother’s large sari. Then it’s time for a soothing lullaby at bedtime.
Our World: Italy
by Francesca Di Marzo, Naida Mazzenga (Illustrator)
A little girl shares a perfect day with her family, starting with breakfast and a bike ride to the park. Andiamo! Let’s go! They play soccer and hopscotch, learning to count in Italian. Uno, due, tre! The girl’s Nonno (grandfather) brings panini sandwiches for a picnic and buys them gelato icecream. At dinner, Mamma makes the little girl’s favorite pasta, and then it’s time for a bedtime storybook at the end of the day.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of all these books from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.