Walk This World: A Celebration of Life in a Day
Jenny Broom & Lotta Nieminen
Candlewick, 2013 (2013)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
his novelty book invites the reader to visit a number of places around the world to view what people are doing. As the reader lifts the flaps to peek through windows, opens doors, and checks out what is happening underground, he/she will notice that there are similarities and differences between each culture visited.
pen the book and you'll be in New York City as morning dawns and people set off for work using the subway system and taxi cabs. In the following two page spreads you'll visit Paris and cities in Africa, Italy, Russia, South America, India, Australia, Japan and England before returning to New York as evening a begins.
here is much text here, but so, so much to see and absorb. There are over 80 flaps to open, but the challenge will be to find them all. Before sharing this book with a child I'd suggest you carefully bend each page just a little so the flaps separate from the background. Also, run your fingers back and forth across each page to make sure you haven't missed any flaps. This will make it much easier for the child to locate and open the flaps when you share the book together.
lso, as you look at each two page spread ask your child questions about the scene pictures and notice, in particular, what the people pictured are doing. Make up your own stories about what these people are doing.
his reinforced trade edition is appropriate for youngsters five years of age and older. It could also be used to introduce geography studies and the child could be challenged to identify famous buildings and other landmarks included in the city panoramas.
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