Reviews for You And Me Together : Moms, Dads, and Kids Around the World


Booklist Reviews 2005 April #2
PreS-Gr. 2. Like Kerley's A Cool Drink of Water (2002), this nonfiction picture book features exceptionally fine color photos of people around the world accompanied by brief phrases of text. Read sequentially, the words form a rhythmic poem about parents and children spending time together. But the richest use of the book might be reading it spread by spread, allowing the words and pictures to spark conversation between adult and child about the world beyond their own communities. American children will recognize the pictured activities, but they will still find some surprises. For example, a pet pictured is not a puppy but a baby goat. A rake is used not for backyard leaves but for rice fields. Each picture is reproduced in postage-stamp size at the conclusion, along with notes identifying the locale and remarking on the activity pictured. In a short essay (that seems out of place given the book's young audience), Marion Wright Edelman laments the poverty, abuse, and gun violence toward the young and exhorts adults (presumably) to care for all the world's children. A visually rich resource on the commonality and diversity of the parent-child relationship around the world. ((Reviewed April 15, 2005)) Copyright 2005 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2005 Fall
A simple text accompanies engaging photos of children and their parents from around the world enjoying each other's company. Whether fishing in Brazil, riding ponies in Iceland, or playing ball in Uganda, these diverse parent-kid combos are visually signaling their similarities. The book ends with captioned small-scale reproductions of the photos which provide more information about the featured regions. Copyright 2005 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2005 April #1
The text is simple and comfortable: "Here we are, together. / Together, ME AND YOU . . . / Sharing. . . . " Sharing many things-a joke, a mess or a meal, a ride or a dance in this lightly rhymed paean to children and their parents. Not only is it utterly reassuring, but it displays its gentle wisdom in unexpected ways. The duo sharing shade are a father and son practicing the trumpet, the pet being held is a baby goat, and "Seeing the SUN" happens through a white gold shaft of sunlight in a canyon, illuminating mother and daughter. The photographs are all sourced and identified at the end, with a world map so eager readers can locate each-and they are full of surprises, too. The chocolate-colored mother and daughter dressed in saffron robes live in Staten Island in New York; the Gypsy/Rom family is camped in Italy. An unalloyed pleasure from the author of Walt Whitman (2004). (lengthy note from Marian Wright Edelman) (Picture book. 3-8) Copyright Kirkus 2005 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2005 April
PreS-Gr 2-Using a simple rhyming text, Kerley captures the essence of childhood's special moments, accompanied by superb full-color photos that depict parent-and-child interactions. Diverse cultures in various locations around the world are represented, and individuals are shown wearing a colorful array of traditional clothing. Children and parents engage in activities such as playing an instrument, taking a walk, making a meal, fishing, and dancing. Simple enjoyments also include sharing a joke or tale, taking a ride or a nap, and holding hands. The universality of childhood joys is evident whether in the United States, Iceland, Saudi Arabia, China, Thailand, Bhutan, Japan, Suriname, Indonesia, Brazil, Papua New Guinea, or any of the other settings. Back matter contains a world map, miniature reproductions of the photos along with their locations and a descriptive caption, and an inspiring "Note on the World's Children" written by Marian Wright Edelman. This book is an excellent tool for raising awareness of cultural differences and similarities. Its design and layout will allow for classroom use, group sharing, or individual reading. A welcome and timely addition.-Augusta R. Malvagno, Queens Borough Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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