“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

“We Share One world”

Author:   Jane E Hoffelt

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.

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About Diane Tulloch

Known also as the Patientdreamer I am a writer who loves to dream, and is passionate about writing stories for the young.
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32 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

  1. Catherine Johnson says:

    That looks like a classic that every household should have and how lovely the proceeds go to the same cause.

  2. This looks like one that I need on my shelves for my counseling program. Thanks for the lead on what sounds like a beautiful book with a powerful message!

  3. Laura Renauld says:

    This looks like a perfect intro to cultural diversity and our oneness as a human race. I’ll definitely look for this in my library.

  4. Hi Diane-
    This looks like a beautiful book with a beautiful message. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Julie says:

    Love the concept of this book and the illustrations look gorgeous!

  6. Joanna says:

    Great multicultural choice, Diane!

  7. Diane, thanks for sharing what looks like a beautiful book with a wonderful message.

  8. This book sounds gorgeous, Diane! I want to read it right now! 🙂 Thanks so much for adding it to our list! 🙂

  9. My children have become very interested in geography and cultures around the world. This looks like a wonderful book to explore those themes.

  10. My kids’ elementary school used to put together an international day where the kids got passports and would visit ‘countries’ at tables where a foreign guest would have activities and stories to share. So important, this book would be a great one to read – before and after a ‘world tour’!

  11. This sounds so beautiful. Thank you for sharing. I have such a long list of books to get from the library this week!

  12. This book sounds wonderful, Diane. The lines you shared are just lovely. Thank you!

  13. I really like the opening and the cover! Great pick! 🙂

  14. clarbojahn says:

    This book reminds my of a Christmas card and some religions. lol A very important idea. 🙂 Will have to check it out. 🙂

  15. Darlene says:

    I guess you knew I would love this book. Any book that depicts a variety of cultures with lovely illustrations and a wonderful poem is high on my list.

    • Yes, I did think you would like this one. One line of the poem is on each page and the illustrations depict beautiful illustrations of cultures around the world… Glad you liked my choice Darlene.

  16. My kind of book. Love books that teach kids that they really are the same and connected. Great choice.

  17. Thankyou Pat, hope you enjoyed your break away. Lovely to see you back.

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