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This Diverse world : EUROPE

BOOKS WITH EUROPEAN CHARACTERS

Given below is a list of books with European characters. I have tried to include books which would give a glimpse into different European cultural backgrounds.

Please use your own discretion when selecting the book for your  kid/family.

I have listed the name of the country next to the book link, either the main character lives in that country or has links to it.

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This Diverse World : Australia and Oceania

BOOKS WITH AUSTRALIAN / OCEANIC CHARACTERS

When I took up this project I did not realise that it would be this difficult for me to search for books! it has been really difficult to find apt books with Australia and Oceanic characters. Maybe I am not searching right?!

Here are some books that I found on Amazon, I will keep searching in this category and updating.

Please use your own discretion when selecting the book for your  kid/family.

The stolen stars of Matariki – New Zealand

How Maui slowed the Sun  – New Zealand

The Tunnel in our Backyard  – New Zealand

The Whale Rider  – New Zealand

Looking for Alibrandi – Australia

Does my head look big in this  – Australia

The Bone Sparrow  – Australia

Becoming Kirrali Lewis – Australia

The Secret Science of Magic  – Australia

Possum Magic  – Australia

Are we there yet? A journey around Australia – Australia

Audrey of the Outback – Australia

Adventures of Riley : Outback Odyssey – Australia

This is Australia  – Australia

Into that forest  – Australia

Middle School: Escape to Australia  – Australia

Tiddalick, the greedy Frog  – Australia

Kon Tiki  – Polynesia

 

 

 

 

 

 

If You Lived Here: Houses Of The World – Book Review

If You Lived Here: Houses of The World

by Giles Laroche

This is a great book to expose the kids to the different ways in which people live around the world.

The most unique  part about this book is that all the houses  are illustrated in bas-relief color collages. Another interesting fact about the houses was that all those still exist.

Each house has an illustration of real example of type of structure. The detailing that has gone into making the collages is amazing. We spent a lot of time admiring not just the house structure but the surrounding landscaping with nature, people, animals etc.

It also has a brief description of the interiors, the reason behind its design, information on material used, geographical location of these houses, dates of occupancy and some fascinating fact.

The list of houses include

  • Dogtrot  – Southern United States
  • Chalet  – Alps, Europe
  • Pueblo – Taos, New Mexico
  • Connected barn – Northeastern United States
  • Cave dwelling – Guadix, Andalucia, Spain
  • Palafitos (house on stilts) – Chiloe Island, Chile
  • Palazzo Dario – Venice, Italy
  • Chateau La Brede – Bordeaux, France
  • Fujian Tulou – Hangkeng village, Yongding, China
  • Half-timbered townhouses – Miltenberg am Main, Germany
  • White Towns – Astipalaia Island, Greece
  • Decorated houses of Ndebele – Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa
  • Yurt – Mongolia and other parts of central Asia.
  • Airstream trailer – Anywhere
  • Floating house – Middleburg, the Netherlands
  • Tree House – Anywhere

At the back of the book, there is also a map of the world where each of the examples can be found.

The only drawback that I see in this book is that of the 15 dwellings discussed 7 were found in Europe, 4 in North America , and the larger continents of Africa and Asia are under represented. Australia was left out completely.

Laroche’s writing is light and interesting. The illustrations along with the simple and short textual facts make this book good for kids of any age in K-6.

Overall a great book and can be a great supplement for culture study.

Multicultural Books Week 1: Asia

Hello,

안녕  Annyeong (Korean),

ආයුඛෝවන්  Ayubuvan (Sinhalese),

سَلام Salam (Persian),

नमस्ते Namaste (Hindi),

Ni Hao (Mandarin).

These are the languages the characters, of the books that we plan to read this week, speak.

Here is the lists that we will be following:

This diverse world : ASIA

This diverse world : ASIA

this diverse world asia

 

BOOKS WITH ASIAN CHARACTERS

Given below is a list of books with Asian characters. I have tried to include books which would give a glimpse into Asian cultural background (which is quite varied in itself).

Please use your own discretion when selecting the book for your  kid/family.

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This diverse world

Every year our family of 4 travels to India to meet our extended family and we spend about a month there. So, my elementary school going boys have been exposed to 2 different cultures extensively. We have also travelled to a few more countries and they have noticed, talked about and compared the difference in food, homes, appearances and lifestyles. But there is so much more to explore, so much more to learn in this diverse world!

One of the many boons of internet and access to books/local libraries is that we can learn about different countries  and its culture sitting at home. And this is exactly what we plan to do in the coming weeks.

My last post has the timeline that I plan to follow.

Here are a few sites/links that I have searched that will help in making a start to this learning process.

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