Book Review: Welcome to Our World
Welcome to Our World
Written by Moira Butterfield
Illustrated by Harriet Lynas
Published by Nosy Crow
Publication date: 7th June 2018
Summary (from Goodreads):
Children all over the world are very different, but they also have much in common. In this beautifully illustrated book, young children can learn all about what people in other countries eat, wear and play, and how they speak and celebrate. From breakfasts to birthdays, cakes to clothes, and hiccups to hellos, there are so many ways to say and do things – but everyone shares a love of family, friends, food and fun. This delightful book teaches us that despite different languages, customs andtraditions, it really is a small world, after all.
What the Critics Said
“The absorbing text by Moira Butterfield, in combination with Harriet Lynas’s captivating illustrations, make for a read that is both joyous and informative.”
– Red Riding Hub
“A joy to read and sparks a new conversation with every page!”
– This Book Is Brilliant (blog)
“It’s a fabulous book packed with lots of accessible information all about the world around us and is a perfect introduction to how my own children’s childhood might look in a different corner of the world.”
– Let Them Be Small
“Customs, traditions, culture and languages from all round the world are celebrated in this wonderful book.”
– North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award
“Our planet is a very big place, and Butterfield and Lynas have succeeded in making the world that little bit more welcoming.”
– The John O’Groat Journal
First impressions: I was attracted to this immediately by the bright cover and the title. I am always looking out for books which promote an understanding of various cultures and languages and this book succeeds in doing that in a light-hearted yet thoughtful way.
What a beautiful book!
I love the idea behind it and both the presentation and content are top-notch.
This book looks at meals, clothes, traditions and languages from around the world, introducing children to other countries in the words of children themselves. I absolutely loved this and will definitely be adding a few copies to our school library and my classroom for sharing with my pupils and starting discussions.
I learned quite a few things from this book, including various methods to cure hiccups around the world, the Catalonian Christmas tradition of caga tio (otherwise known as a ‘pooping log’ because of the presents that appear from the back end – this is sure to cause hilarity in my Year 3 classroom!) and various idiomatic expressions which really highlighted the breadth of the human experience and the fascinating subtleties of translation.
This should be an essential part of any library catering for young people and I have now added it to the list of books I buy people for their new babies. Don’t miss this!
What I liked: I liked everything about this book. I loved the style of the illustrations, the heft and presentation of the book, the quirky facts contained within. Quite simply a wonderful book and one I hope that many people read and share with their children to create a more empathetic and understanding future.
Even better if: There were more! loved this book but it was over too soon!
How you could use it in your classroom: So many ways! This book will be an endless source of amusement and discussion. It is perfect to dip into as a lesson starter, or for a 5 minute slot where you could fit in a short PSHE-related discussion, helping to raise awareness of cultural differences and similarities. I think that every primary classroom should have a copy!
(Thank you to my lovely library for having a copy on your shelves!)
While you’re here, why not check out my reviews of The Monkey King’s Daughter, Wolf Children, A Fish in Foreign Waters, Ban this Book, The Gilded Wolves, London Hat Hunting Mission, Erik the Lone Wolf or Sanctuary?
Thanks for reading!