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.