“We Share One world”
Illustrated by: Marty Husted
Published by: Illumination Arts Publishing Company Inc, Washington, USA
Ages: 3 and up
Theme: togetherness, multicultural, oneness, unity
Opening Line: “You and I, we share one world, One golden sun, One silver moon. Day and night we breathe the air. We touch the wind And play our songs.”
Synopsis: Children are never too young to begin exploring the many different cultures that make up our beautiful world. From the fields of Tanzania to the hills of Switzerland, the jungles of Costa Rica to Russia, We Share One World conveys the message that we can all dream one dream as we share this world. A dream that all peoples will live in peace. Through a young boys eyes we see the similarities rather than the differences in cultures from Australia to Canada and everywhere else, as well as depicting wild animals existing harmoniously. We Share One World is a timely message showing that world peace is possible, and this begins in the heart, one person at a time.
Why I like it: This is a delightful picture book featuring a heartfelt poem by Jane Hoffelt, and gentle detailed water colour illustrations by Mary Husted. This book was chosen as a finalist for the 2005 Benjamin Franklin Award: Children’s Picture Book Category! What I also love and Readers won’t be surprised to discover is that a portion of the profits from the book go to The Children’s Global Foundation, an organization dedicated to world peace and to helping homeless children worldwide, promoting advancements in education and environmental issues.
Sisters Jane with her dedication to global peace and Marty with her love of nature and interest in far-away places are reflected in this shared vision. Both live in Columbus, Ohio.
Resources/Findings: This is such an educational book. A great introduction for very young children about different countries, the people, plants and animals everywhere.
This great website called Teaching Tolerance has a section of Classroom activities and a Teachers Kit…etc…. http://www.tolerance.org/
For more books with resources please head on over and visit the lovely author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books. Her blog is full of resources links and activities associated with the books reviewed by many authors.