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Global Babies [Board book]

The Global Fund for Children
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July 1 2007 Global Fund for Children
Appealing photos of babies from seventeen cultures around the globe are woven together by simple narration. GLOBAL BABIES presents children in cultural context. Diverse settings highlight specific differences in clothing, daily life, and traditions, as well as demonstrate that babies around the world are nurtured by the love, caring, and joy that surround them.

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*Starred Review* Striking in its simplicity and effectiveness, this colorful board book takes into account two fundamental facts. First, babies like to look at faces, particularly the faces of other babies. Second, today's babies will grow up in a world that is, increasingly, a global neighborhood. This introduces young children to their neighbors throughout the world by providing clear photographs of babies in Guatemala, Thailand, Greenland, Mali, the U.S., India, South Africa, Fiji, Peru, Afghanistan, Malawi, Spain, Iraq, Rwanda, and Bhutan. Like Ajmera's earlier books connected with the nonprofit organization Global Fund for Children, such as To Be a Kid (1999) and Be My Neighbor (2004), this title seeks to form a broad, inclusive sense of community. Each page features a single child in a photo shown against a rich, solid background color. Appearing phrase by phrase at the bottom of the pages, the book's complete text reads, "Wherever they live, / wherever they go, / whatever they wear, / whatever they feel, / babies everywhere / are beautiful, / special, / and loved." Attuned to its audience, the book's close-ups emphasize the children's faces and create a feeling of connection between subject and viewer. In an era when board books too often recycle picture book stories intended for older children, here's one that is just right for babies and toddlers. Phelan, Carolyn

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The Global Fund for Children is a nonprofit organization committed to advancing the dignity of young people around the world. The GFC pursues this mission by making grants to innovative community-based organizations and by developing books that celebrate our global society. GFC books include WHAT WE WEAR, OUR GRANDPARENTS, and FAITH. Please learn more at www.globalfundforchildren.org.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and fun April 18 2014
Format:Board book
Last year we adopted a 5 month old baby girl from Ethiopia. We were then given this book by a friend as it had been highly recommended. We could not believe the impact it has had on our baby girl; she adores this book. We read it to her most nights as the just stares and smiles at all the different baby girls. They have a lot of different nationalities of babies in the book and that's what make it so interesting for them. A must buy for any child.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best suited for babies Feb. 21 2009
By A. Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Board book|Verified Purchase
The "babies - preschool" tag is a little misleading. This is a beautiful, vividly colored book however there are few words - as in 3 or 4 words every other page. While it's fun to look at, the lack of words/story keeps my 2 year old from enjoying it like most of her books. She spends maybe a minute on it, and is ready to move on.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful for any collection Dec 25 2007
By Christopher J. Deangelis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Board book|Verified Purchase
This book has beautiful photographs and a decent text as well. I bought it for a daycare, and now I plan on ordering one for my son as well...
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and important book! May 6 2010
By Melissa Boyd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Board book|Verified Purchase
I love this book - it's been one of my daughter's favorites since we bought it, and it still is. (She was 3 months when we got it and is 12 months now.) She loves looking at the bright pictures of babies' faces. And as a parent, I am thrilled to introduce this message to her at such a young age. It does a better job than any other children's book I've seen of displaying all the wonderful diversity in the world and reminding us that each one of us is beautiful and special.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute photos July 31 2009
By Audrey Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Board book
My son loved this book as a baby. He liked to look at photos of faces. I found that kids under 2 prefer photos to drawings, so this was a good book. The text seems kind of contrived, so sometimes we just looked at the pictures and didn't actually "read" this book.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, captivating photography introduces little ones to babies all over the world Feb. 16 2009
By The Well-Read Child - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Board book
Kids are fascinated with babies. They love to touch them, beg to hold them, and enjoy looking at them, so I think they will really love this week's baby/preschooler pick. Global Babies is a board book that features 17 beautiful photographs of babies around the world. Gorgeous babies from Thailand, Mali, the United States, Afghanistan, and more are dressed in customary clothing and show their distinct personalities. For example, the baby from Fiji sits on its knees with its hands behind its head just grinning at the camera, and a baby with large, glowing eyes from Rwanda peeks out from the multi-colored wrap that holds it close to its mother.

The text itself is one sentence that spans across the book, demonstrating what all babies have in common, regardless of where they're from.

Young children will be captivated by the photographs of all the babies in the book, and older preschoolers may be inspired to learn more about the different countries represented in the book. I can think of a number of expansion activities to teach children more about geography, different, cultures, and more.

In a simple, approachable format Global Babies helps children develop an appreciation for diversity and teaches us that despite all of our differences, we are all the same.
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