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A Global Album

by Maya Ajmera & Sheila Kincade & Cynthia Pon

Age Range: 3 - 8

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-57091-458-4
Publisher: Charlesbridge

In the foreword to this attractive photo collection of grandparents and their grandchildren, Bishop Desmond Tutu states: “We make sure that the wisdom of our ancestors is passed on to the next generation.” Written in the voice of today’s grandchildren, the simple sentences that form the body of the text accompany engaging photographs of the world’s children sharing stories, celebrating holidays, feeling happy, safe and loved, and learning from one another. Sometimes wearing traditional clothing, sometimes dressed in contemporary wear, kids and their grandparents from Peru, China, the United States, Russia, Morocco, Kenya, Yemen and other countries smile out from the photographs. A few look serious, as a child points out something on the computer to a Japanese grandparent and a Pakistani grandparent reads a picture book to his young grandson. Some proceeds go to The Global Fund for Children, but the real contribution will be to further the relationships of the young and young-at-heart viewers of this book. Translations of “Grandma” and “Grandpa” in different languages and a map reinforce the international breadth of this charmer. (activities) (Picture book. 3-8)