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Going to School in India

4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Do you cross a rope bridge to get to school? Does your school meet in the middle of the desert? Does your school bus double as a classroom? If you lived in India, you might answer "yes " In this inspiring book, meet students who overcome these and other challenges--all for the chance to learn. A contemporary, innovative design opens a window to this vibrant culture.
Hardcover, 98 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Charlesbridge (first published January 15th 2004)
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Jaclyn Kruljac
Going to School in India is a children's picture book that inspires young children to follow their dreams. It gives the reader perspective on what life is like to go to school in India and the challenges that kids face just to get to school in order to obtain an education. It depicts the daily life in school through different children;s eyes in which they tell about their day and the activities they engage in. For example one student describes how they were architects for a day and designed a mo ...more
Michelle Llewellyn
Lots of information crammed into this book making it a little too busy and distracting. It includes many photographs of different areas of the country of India and the children from their respective indigenous tribes and cities. I counted sixteen different stories illustrating all the many school scenarios Indian children are exposed to from government run to private to religious. From remote shacks to desert tents to converted buses to simple street puppet shows for the homeless waifs in some o ...more
“Going to School in India” comprehensively explores 12 different types of school settings ranging from train platform classrooms to desert tents and mountain fields. Dependent on the location, transportation to school can include chickarees, rickshaws, horses, camels, swings, rope bridges and bikes. The pages are collaged with colorful graphics and photographs. Factual information on topics such as food, transportation, religion, economics, politics and geography are blended into the vivid fold ...more
Grade 4-6 SLJ
multicultural school experiences, Indian, documentary photographs, documents school life in India, how kids get to school (tightropes, swing over rivers, etc), inspirational stories, Gujarat earthquake, role playing parliament, a school on a bus, lunchtime foods, night schools for girls who do housework during the day, Panija tribe (wanderers), school in a lake, Children's Group for Development (children take charge and discuss what they need their school to be, and what makes the b
Ryan D'angelo
Going to School in India by Lisa Heylauff is a well-written informational book which is revolves around the Indian culture. Heydlaudd also incorporates a first-person narrative and photographs which help to illustrate the book. Overall, I believe that this a well-written book that I would definitely recommend to any teacher interested in focusing on international literature or the Indian culture.
This book tries too hard to 'capture the colorful Indian spirit' and ended up with pages that look cluttered and messy.

The parts on Ladak were interesting (the school is on a mountain top and the kids walk upto 7 km through snow covered lands to reach the school).

The ending credits where they'd listed the ambitions of these kids when they grow up seems totally fabricated!

At first glance, I didn't realize how in-depth this book was. Although it is a picture books (with great visuals), it is definitely not a book you can read aloud in one sitting. It took me about an hour to read this 100 page book to myself! I could imagine using bits and pieces of this book to read aloud. It was very interesting and I really learned a lot!
Kasturi  Dadhe
an inspiring, colourful and a very interesting peek into the diverse schools and diverse lives that the 300 million children of india lead.
Lisa Lesyshen
What a great book.
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