Reviews for How Much? : Visiting Markets Around The World

Booklist Reviews 2006 February #1
K-Gr. 2. A companion volume to Lewin's earlier Market! (1996), this large-format picture book takes readers to five local marketplaces on four continents: a floating market near Bangkok, Thailand; an evening bazaar for flowers in Madras, India; a marketplace in the valley below Machu Picchu, Peru; a camel market outside Cairo, Egypt; and a flea market in Lambertville, New Jersey. The look and dress of the people vary from site to site, but in each place, the purpose of a market is the same--commerce. The last two spreads provide brief stops at an "Ethiopian" market in Brooklyn and a pet market in Cairo. With several double-page spreads for each locale, Lewin's paintings offer brilliantly colored, beautifully lit, and richly detailed impressions of people and places around the world. A few lines of text on each spread comment on the scene. ((Reviewed February 1, 2006)) Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Fall
In lyric (though sometimes convoluted) prose, Lewin describes the sights, sounds, and smells of markets in Thailand, India, Peru, Egypt, and America. With no transitions, the italic text over full-bleed paintings will leave readers adrift (and squinting), but the art realistically and strikingly captures each scene, and Lewin has chosen unique and exotic examples of universal human commerce. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2005 December #2
Although Lewin has already introduced readers to markets in an earlier effort, he retains the ability to fascinate viewers of all ages with his complex images, authentic representations of people and places from around the globe, and his practiced traveler's eye, which allows him to select a moment in time and capture it with his brush. The busy centers of commerce in his luminous paintings include a floating market in Thailand, a flea market in New Jersey, an Egyptian camel market and a train-side market on the way to Machu Picchu, the site of an ancient Incan city in Peru, where backpackers and tourists stop for souvenirs and supplies. A few sentences poetically describe the markets, the products on sale and the people peddling their wares. Young armchair travelers will taste the foods, hear the crowds and long to buy a treasure from the boy at the flea market selling his action figures. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-9) Copyright Kirkus 2005 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2006 January #4
Ted Lewin presents another lavishly illustrated book to follow his Market! (in a starred review, PW said Lewin's tour of famous marketplaces "takes an everyday experience as an occasion to explore ethnic diversity"). This companion continues his tour of the globe to ask the question, How Much? Visiting Markets Around the World. A fried banana in Bangkok, Thailand, costs 20 bahts ("approximately fifty-three cents," explains Lewin); at the camel market in Cairo, Egypt, the author contemplates whether a camel will be sold as "a beast of burden or a pet," and, back in New Jersey, an ancient painted puppet from China goes for $25. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

School Library Journal Reviews 2006 January

K-Gr 3 -Lewin captures the excitement and unexpected beauty of marketplaces on four continents. He presents eight diverse outdoor venues, each one unique in its wares, from camels outside of Cairo and boats laden with fruit in Bangkok to a flea market in a New Jersey parking lot. Lewin accompanies each double-page watercolor scene with a poetic narrative that paints an equally rich picture. Art and text work together to bring all senses into play. In a flower market in Madras, India, for example, the author describes the scent of flower petals and freshly cut stalks, the visual delight of colorful petals heaped in baskets, voices bartering, and bodies crammed into the crowded, dimly lit bazaar. And while he accurately depicts the cultural and geographic differences of markets across the world, Lewin also shows that buying, selling, and bartering, as well as the language of trade, are universal. The author even presents the phrase "How much?" in a variety of languages, and includes a phonetic pronunciation guide. A fine choice for libraries looking for an accessible and captivating book about the world's marketplaces.-Carol L. MacKay, Camrose Public Library, Alberta, Canada

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