Shanshad Whelan's Reviews > Little Treasures: Endearments from Around the World

Little Treasures by Jacqueline K. Ogburn
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Oct 05, 12

bookshelves: childrens, picture-book, nonfiction
Read in January, 2012

If you're looking for a cute picture book to read with a very young child, this probably isn't what you're looking for. If , however, you're looking for a book that demonstrates how cultures can both differ, and yet be very much the same in certain aspects, this is a great little book. Featuring fourteen different countries, the author showcases endearments adults use for children in each country. Where the language is not English, the word is translated into English, written in its original form and in phonetic form. Where the actual alphabet differs, the original script is added as well.

This is a beautifully thorough book on a very specific topic, but it can be a great way to start discussing multicultural perspectives, and how languages and writing differ. And yet the book reassures us that parents everywhere love their children and refer to them by sweet names. Chris Raschka's deceptively simple drawings of stick figure children work well in fitting in with the text without overwhelming the words. Since the endearments are the focal point, having pictures that are too ornate or overwhelming would have detracted from the point.

Nicely done.

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