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A Life Like Mine: How Children Live Around the World (Children Just Like Me)

4.29  ·  Rating Details ·  133 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
After ten years of study and consultation, UNICEF, the premier organization devoted to the care and welfare of the world's children, published the results of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Using these tenets as a base, A Life Like Mine profiles children from all over the globe leading their lives in different and fascinating ways. The challenges of nations both ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published December 19th 2005 by DK Children (first published October 3rd 2002)
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Sue Goldman
Jun 22, 2013 Sue Goldman rated it really liked it
This is a lovely book full of information and colour photographs. It is based around children's rights; to survival, development, protection and participation and how these are met around the world. We are introduced to children from different countries and text and photographs inform us about their daily lives. This book covers many topics such as healthy living, identity, shelter and education. Each page bursts with beautifully presented information. This is a great book for PSHE and Geography ...more
May 13, 2013 Jeffrey rated it liked it
Books about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child tend to be problematic because the focus is really on what's easy for us to cope with - the articles that focus on Protection and Provision and that's what the problem is here. But, as well, I also have an issue with trying to present the lives of children, as this book does, as if they weren't problematic - there's an essentialist perspective that I find troubling. I'm not sure exactly what the best way to approach this is but ...more
Retnadi Nur'aini
Apr 22, 2011 Retnadi Nur'aini rated it really liked it
Jutaan anak di dunia menjalani kehidupan berbeda dengan kita. Tak hanya memiliki tampilan fisik dan bahasa yang berbeda, mereka juga menghadapi tantangan yang berbeda setiap hari.

Namun, mimpi dan harapan mereka serupa. Apa sajakah itu?

Hak-hak Dasar Anak

Dengan mengusung misi UNICEF yang menggarisbawahi hak-hak dasar anak, buku ini terdiri atas empat bab: Survival, Development, Protection, Participation. Dalam bab Survival, akan dibahas hak-hak dasar anak untuk memperoleh air, makanan, rumah, ser
Charli Philpott
Oct 09, 2016 Charli Philpott rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I read it for a project in one of my education courses. I was already interested in learning more about children from all over the world, but this definitely heightened my interest. It gives great perspective on the rights of children, and does so in a way that is approachable for all readers. I found this book inspiring, and i think it would be a great way to get more students/kids interested in being better global citizens. It is a very manageable book, although the ...more
Michelle Estenson
Oct 03, 2016 Michelle Estenson rated it it was amazing
This book is wonderful for getting elementary students to think about the world beyond their own community. The purpose of this book is to show that though children of the world lead different lives, many children have the same hopes and needs in life such as education, food, health care, shelter, play, and protection. I will read this book to my students and have an extension lesson on similar wants, needs, and rights that all children of the world have in common.
Mar 21, 2011 Maren rated it it was amazing
Similar to the book Children Like Me, in that it exposes children to the differences in how people live around the world. It goes through the necessities of life like food, water, education, etc., and gives a realistic view of what many children have and don't have in different countries. But it does this in an appropriate way for a child (probably intended for children ages 8-11, but can be read by an adult to any-aged child) to understand and to realize that they should be grateful for what th ...more
Jan 08, 2013 Alicia rated it really liked it
De pequeña me leí este libro como cincuenta veces. Me encantaba, y a día de hoy me sigue encantando.

Solía pasar página tras página mirando las fotografías de los niños y leyendo una y otra vez sus historias y sus vidas. Dónde vivían (probablemente aprendí más gegografía gracias a este libro que en todos mis años de primaria), qué comían y cómo se llamaban. Los nombres me llamaban mucho la atención, porque eran raros y no comunes y cuando hablaban de lo que comían me imaginaba cómo debía de saber
Aug 13, 2008 Tim rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Teachers and school Libraries
Recommended to Tim by: JK
This book was recommeded in our class in an article written by our teacher and a fellow student. This book is considered global literature. I am familiar with these books that DK publishes. This book could be used to teach about the concept of neighborhoods. Students could see how children live around the world and see the differences and similarities. The photographs are engaging and would lend to great discussions. The book is set up into four parts. I have the book Children Just Like Me which ...more
Oct 04, 2011 Heidi rated it it was amazing
This book provides plenty of interesting photographs and quick glimpses into the lives of children from all over the world. I appreciated the fact that it focuses on the four major areas that the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child decided are necessary for children to have a happy life. Those four things are survival (water, food, shelter, etc.), development (school,etc.), protection (love and care, etc.), and participation (nationality, religion, etc.). Each section focuses on ...more
Lynesha Williams
Nov 12, 2012 Lynesha Williams rated it it was amazing
I truly believe that diversity is a key component to educating children. When reading books or celebrating holidays all students should feel included in the lesson. This book truly celebrates the value of diversity and multiculturalism. Whether a student is African-American, Hispanic, Caucasian, Asian, or Indian they can relate to the four components addressed in various cultures: survival, development, protection, and participation. This is an amazing book for children to learn more about thems ...more
(NS) Becca
Sep 29, 2009 (NS) Becca rated it really liked it
Shelves: multi-cult-lit
This nonfiction book is assembled by UNICEF,and was published by DK publishing in 2002.

This collection of wonderful pictures and stories of children from all over the world enthralls students as they can flip through the pages and discover all about how different children survive, develop, are protected, and what makes them who they are. The book does an excellent job of interweaving the idea that all children are the same, but at the same time, they have a right to a unique and special identit
Abby Johnson
Jan 21, 2009 Abby Johnson rated it really liked it
In large, colorful spreads A Life Like Mine shows the lives of children living all over the world. The book is divided into sections showing how different children get water, feed themselves, go to school, play, stay healthy, etc. The book also discusses the fact that a large number of children don't have the basic necessities. This is a great book for browsing and will be interesting to kids who like to know about kids in other cultures.
Stephanie Grassie
Dec 30, 2013 Stephanie Grassie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: child
This reads more like an encyclopedia so typically we would only read a dozen or so pages at a time. While my niece and nephew (7) fully enjoy the book and often pull it out, it is a bit much for them to take in all at once. They love seeing the photos of the real kids around the world. It has been a great book to also engage them in geography lessons as they always want to look at globe or map to see exactly where the kids they are reading about live.
Rivka Varnai
Aug 14, 2008 Rivka Varnai rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all readers
Recommended to Rivka by: Jacqui
Shelves: rlr-595
"A Life Like Mine" is a great way for children to learn about other children around the world. This book can also open children's eyes to the poverty and difficulty that some children face. I look forward to reading this book with my students and leading discussions on what they can do to help people in need around the world. This book has beautiful pictures and the information is organized and easy to read.
Jul 16, 2015 Molly rated it it was amazing
I like to think that this book was what started my passion with international relations and travel. I spent hours as a kid pouring over these pages, looking at the maps, imagining the conversations I would have with the children in this book. I would memorize the facts listed on the pages, memorize the stories of these children whose lives were very similar to mine. I still have this book, and it remains one of my favorites to this day.
Lisa Faye
Nov 19, 2011 Lisa Faye rated it liked it
I have been reading this book to my 4 year old daughter and she is really enjoying it! The pictures are a really great way to introduce challenging topics & she really enjoys using the map at the front of the book to understand the geographical context of the children in the stories.

I would recommend this book for children quite a bit older than my daughter though - around 8-10 years. But for her age it is really great for all the photographs.

Sep 08, 2008 Karen rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book but it wasn't quite at the right level either for me or for my 5 and 7 year olds. Perhaps it would be best for a 10 year old or so. I like the pages dedicated to more in-depth stories about individual kids and I wish there was more of that. I guess in the end I would prefer a book of longer and more narrative stories about a bunch of kids around the world rather than strict division into categories (e.g., water, housing, expression) and stories limited to one area.
Jul 02, 2014 Kelly rated it really liked it
This is great for reading with my children. My son, who is seven, really was able to understand the concepts the book is presenting. He is really interested in the children and it puts a human face on what he hears and learns about how the world works.
Apr 05, 2009 Laura rated it it was amazing
This is one of my all time favorite books. I was just reminded how very much information is packed inside by a good friend who recently gave me a copy.
Oct 07, 2015 Megan rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads, 4-stars
A very fun and interesting book. I learned a lot from reading it, and it almost broke my heart to hear about how poor people all over the world are and how unfortunate they are.
Nov 22, 2013 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: global-education
Like any of this style book it is totally unsatisfying as a read aloud - but great pictures/nuggets of info for browsing through.
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