What does it Mean to be Global? – Book Review

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Little Pickle Press is right up my alley (or maybe boulevard, here in France!). I discovered them at the SCBWI conference in LA in August. They are a small press dedicated to “helping parents and educators cultivate conscious, responsible little people by stimulating explorations of the meaningful topics of their generation through a variety of media, technologies, and techniques.” Now who among you couldn’t buy into this raison d’être?

Today’s review is one of Little Pickle Press’ What Does it Mean to Be’ series. You won’t be surprised to know I chose ‘What does it Mean to Be Global?” by Rana diOrio and illustrated by Chris Hill.

This pedagogical book begins to answer the question posed, by giving some silly answers that will immediately engage young children. Does being global mean studying planets?? Well, you get the picture! Kids can: learn ‘hi’ in many languages, visit the Pyramids, join in Chinese New Year celebrations and learn some Rasta music, to name a few of the topics covered. “Global” encourages children to explore the world’s various cultures, religions, languages, and traditions. It takes the young reader further, though, than just inciting an interest in other cultures, it suggests that by tasting the different foods, understanding the different beliefs, visiting different places, knowledge will grow into respect and exchange. Of course, the pages are overflowing with kids of all sorts of ethnic backgrounds, all with huge, endearing grins. The illustrations are colourful, whimsical and happy and match the simple text and message well. For children from 6 – 9. While I am sure this has the classroom as a target, I think it would make a great present and basis for discussion, with any child.

Watch their “Global” video.

Other titles in this series are What Does it Mean to be Green? What Does it Meant to be Present? And What Does it Mean to be Safe?

Little Pickle Press prints on recycled paper with soy inks, and ships green (sells direct). They also donate 10% of all book purchases to “non-profit partners dedicated to helping children in great need”. What Does it Mean to be Global benefits Starlight Children’s Foundation.

This # 91 in the There’s a Book Read to Me Picture Book challenge. 

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13 Responses to What does it Mean to be Global? – Book Review

  1. Patricia Tilton says:

    Love the name Little Pickle Press. Oooooooh — I’d love this book. I think it is important to talk to children about our one big global family with all of it richness and diversity. Will have to look up this one. I did look up the organization on my own. I have heard a great deal about their good work. Great review.

    • Patricia Tilton says:

      Just watched the video on YouTube — excellent and very interactive!

    • Joanna says:

      Pat, thanks so much for pointing out the links, which weren’t working – now rectified. I would love to have a look at some of the others in their “What does it Mean?” series.

      And, yes, awesome name for a press!

  2. Susanna says:

    This press and the books they offer sound wonderful! Ages 6-9 is a little different for a picture book… is it the usual 32 page format? Or is it longer? Or does it have more text?

  3. Joanna says:

    Susanna, 6-9 were my estimates, maybe it could be fine for a little younger. Yes it is the standard 32 page format.

  4. Loved the book and concept. It is along similar lines of an idea I have for a picture book. Also watched the youtube link. I didn’t see this Pickle press when I was at SCBWI, now wishing I had taken more notice.

  5. Sounds like a cool and timely book! Thanks!

  6. Heidi Grange says:

    Thanks for highlighting this book. It will go perfectly with my “Read Around the World” theme that I am using in the library this year.

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