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Children Just Like Me (Children Just Like Me)

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Children Just Like Me: A Unique Celebration of Children Around the World
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published September 9th 1995 by DK Children (first published 1995)
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Paul Bryant
I remember looking through it several times when Georgia my daughter was five or six and I just had to stop and walk away. All these beautiful children, and all their little hopes and fragile families. Each child describes themselves like this -

"Hello. My name is Joseph Mbangwe and I live in a village in Eastern Congo and I am eight years old. I have two little brothers and a baby little sister. I do not go to school yet, but wish to do so soon, when it is possible. I love football!"

And you t
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Tisha
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I got this book as a gift from an amazing English lady nearly 13 or 14 years ago and at that time I had no idea that I would get so attached to this book! I used to spend hours looking at those pictures and reading the notes around them. It felt like being surrounded by friends, friends from different regions, different cultures.

I still open the book often just to see those familiar faces. Yeah, I haven't met them in real life, but they gifted me some beautiful memories that will definitely sta
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A
Nov 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Clear color photographs of children from around the world as well as their houses, schools, favorite foods, and activities

Ages 4-9

One of the best resources for introducing children to different cultures around the globe, this book was written by Anabel and Barnabas Kindersley in association with UNICEF. Each one or two page spread shows a closeup picture of a real child, and clear photographs illustrate his or her family, house, favorite foods and what they like to play with. My child immediatel
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Kelly H. (Maybedog)
Really inclusive and beautiful. Most of the kids are wearing common clothes in their countries, not traditional garb. (I usually hate that because then they just put American children in street clothes implying that they kids in Japan wear kimonos.) The illustrations are big and the information in small paragraphs around the illustrations, making it much less daunting and allowing someone to rid bits of a page and still get a cohesive bit of information. I think this is an wonderful gift for kid ...more
Lisa Vegan
Nov 16, 2007 rated it really liked it
Ah, this is a UNICEF book, which I didn’t know until I had it in hand. I’ve always liked UNICEF; every year I trick or treated for them when I was young, and as I recall, quite a bit of my own savings got contributed as well.

This is a wonderful book highlighting various children from around the world. Each child is profiled and interesting aspects of their lives are shown: their families, friends, favorite foods, customs, religion, dress, toys, what they call their mother and father, schooling,
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Alondra Carter
I really love how the book introduces children to different cultures. It is really nice how each page shows kids from different countries, with facts about their culture and country. I also love how the children are wearing traditional wear from their culture. I believe the book is a good way to introduce children to different cultures, countries, and overall diversity the world has to offer. I believe this is a good book for kids of all ages.
Allie
I looooooooved this book when I was a kid. I think my grandmother bought it for me, but my copy got lost over the course of 20 years. But just today I found a copy at the book seller for 25 cents! Bingo!

There's something really cool about seeing how kids your age live all around the world. Specifically I loved seeing how they all wrote their names and pictures of the little things they treasured. I remember thinking a lot about their schools and the kinds of things they ate. The book profiles a
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Hilary
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book, children from around the world, pictures of their family, their house, their favourite toy and what they eat for tea. Such a compelling read, how amazing ( or not ) that the child that lives in tent with next to no possessions looks as eqally as happy as the western child in the city. I think what all these children have in common are loving parents.
Jackie "the Librarian"
Great photos showing kids' daily lives around the world. Schools, food, and homes are all shown, and the contrasts are fascinating, while still showing that kids are kids, no matter where they live.
Highly recommended for everyone!
Tina
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
A very good book for children to learn about other cultures and to broaden their minds about other races, languages and traditions.
Frankie
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
All-time favorite book.
Hanna
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of my favourite books from my childhood. I remember being so excited reading about other children around the world and how they live. I re-read it as my first book of 2017 and it's still as good. Every child should read this.
Faith Hough
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: homeschooling
My kids loved this, but it needs to be updated. :) Very 90's feel to it...certainly the U.S. children pictured today would look very different, so I wonder what inaccuracies there are about countries I know less about.
Betsy
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teaching-reading
This inspiring nonfiction text takes readers on a trip around the globe to meet children of all ages and learn more about their unique lifestyles. Written by Anabel and Barnabas Kindersley in conjunction with UNICEF, Children Just Like Me introduces readers to children from around the world, presenting how they live in relation to their diverse cultures and environments. Centered on one or two pages are clear, colorful photographs of a child as well as pictures of their family and friends, favor ...more
Jack Kirby and the X-man
This book allows children to obtain insight into the lives of kids around the world.

35 kids from around the world have 1 or 2 pages devoted to them. Common themes run through each profile - a large picture of the child wearing typical clothing, a quick introduction to the child's family and living arrangements, how the child signs their name, what they eat, what school is like, etc. Each page is covered with plenty of photos.

One criticism I have is skewed selection of kids. Of the 35 kids repre
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Zoe Lampman
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Children Just Like Me by Barnabas Kindersley was one of my favorite books when I was a young child. I had forgotten about it until I had to look for multicultural literature for class. It is a large non-fiction book and each page is about a child from a different part of the world. There are pictures of the children, their families, their homes, their favorite food, and their favorite pastimes. The children discuss family life, what their parents do, what they learn in school, and what they do f ...more
Bojana Žakelj
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My parents bought me this book when I was in kindergarten. I swear I knew it by heart - all the names and everything. Among all the books I had, this one was just my favorite.
Erik Akre
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents and children with world peace and friendship in mind
An incredibly well-fashioned book, this exposes children to others that live all around the world. Each double-page spread introduces us to a new child and a new place. There are great pictures (as with so many DK books) of the people, foods, houses, tools, toys, and environments of a large array of the world's diverse young people. Avoiding a cover-to-cover read (which would be far too exhausting anyway), the adult can look with children randomly through the book and get to know the book's subj ...more
Olivia Longenbaugh
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is an informational book that highlights a different continent or country in the continent on each page, and is from the point of view of children. For example, there is a page where a girl from New Zealand is featured, and she shows what her life is like there, what kind of food she eats, and some of the history. This book cannot include a child from every single country, but many countries are chosen and talked about from a child's perspective. This book is interactive and engaging f ...more
Amy
I loved this book as a kid. There are so many amazing photographs and lots of fun information about real children and their families all over the world. Every few pages focus on a child and their family from a country and what they eat, their traditions, what they wear, activities, where they go to school, what they do after school, etc. It is fun for kids to look through and relate what they do to other children internationally. It's also such a great resource to use while talking about differe ...more
Taressa Williams
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book gives insight into the lives of children all over the world. There were no main characters in this book, but the book focus on a child from basically every country across the globe (ex. India, China,and New York). The author talks about the foods that people from this country may eat, family structure, and the child's home (ex. hunts, homes on stilts, and adobe homes). As a teacher, I would not use this text to teach because I could not find anything in a literary sense. I would use th ...more
Alyssa
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: social-studies
I really enjoyed this book. I loved how the read is able to learn about the world through the lives of children. This book is perfect when teaching children in preschool and elementary school about culture. My favorite part of the book is reading the little paragraphs that the children wrote about themselves, their interests, how they felt about their home country etc. Through this book there is also many emergent activities that could be done to go the extra mile with children. This book not on ...more
Rachel Anne  Boody
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was very interesting! I'm always looking for ways to introduce different and varied cultures in the classroom and this certainly does the trick! I really appreciated how it talked about clothing, food, church, activities, and hobbies about each child from a different part of the world. UNICEF did a wonderful job with capturing and portraying the child's lifestyle from each part of the world. Children themselves can see the similarities and differences between each culture and ...more
Lindsay
Theme: global, informational, similarities and differences in culture

Amazing non-fiction book that is fun to read. Read this book with my 7 year old son and he loved the pictures, and the different facts, and especially seeing how each child wrote their name.

Classroom Connection: Great book to refer to all year long. I am excited to use this book when we learn the continents. I need to buy this book to get it in my classroom library because I know it is one that the kids would love to spend tim
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Krista Rey
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is more informational than it is a story. It is a book explaining all the different kinds of clothing that kids wear all over the world. I really like that it covers each country/region and how in depth it is. The pages have a lot of pictures of different clothing and then has information about them. There are also pictures on where they lived and the the food they ate. The information given is great information and very high quality. This book would be great for a research project or ...more
Diana
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: child-lit
I think "Children Just Like Me" is a great way to introduce children to new cultures and people from all over the world. I like how the book was set up where it would show one specific part of the world and then focus on some countries or states within that area. It showed all the same things for each child, but it would be their preference or something related to them culturally. It was a good way to show that every child has a favorite food and toy, but that there is lots of variety to those. ...more
Maren
Mar 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I got this one on a whim to expose my daughter to different cultures. Despite the fact that this book is probably intented for much older children, my 20-month-old loves looking at all the photos and I love bringing it as much to her level as I can by pointing out the different circumstances in which children live. Okay, maybe she didn't learn anything from me doing that, but it's a start, right? We checked this one out from the library, but I'd consider buying it and just having it as a great h ...more
Patrice
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is more informational than it is a story. It is a book explaining all the different kinds of clothing that kids wear all over the world. I really like that it covers each country/region and how in depth it is. The pages have a lot of pictures of different clothing and then has information about them. There are also pictures on where they lived and the the food they ate. The information given is great information and very high quality. This book would be great for a research project or ...more
Allison
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: social-studies
I love this book and I actually owned my own copy as a child. This is a fantastic teacher resource. Children from all over the world are depicted in this book. Students can read this book and get to know the customs, culture and environments that many children grow up with. It's fun to be able to make comparisons about different people and see what food they eat or what games they play. I love the photos, especially. Because the writing is so detailed you feel like you actually have met the diff ...more
Alyssa
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this book religiously as a little kid. I borrowed it from the library so many times that my mother eventually bought it for me. This is probably the most sentimental, educational, interesting and possibly best book I have ever read. I would recommend anyone (even adult age) read this or any parent/teacher purchase it for their child/classroom. It is worth every penny. I learned so much about the world from this book. I cannot truly express in words how great this is. I'm eighteen now and ...more
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