Reviews for What We Wear : Dressing Up Around the World

Booklist Reviews 2012 February #2
Celebrating global clothing and costumes, this book offers a collection of crisp, color photographs showing children dressed in widely varied ways for school, sports, play, and celebrations. The country of origin appears in a corner of each picture. A large-print text runs throughout the book, threading together the loosely organized pictures into a narrative with phrases such as, We wear all the colors of the rainbow . . . / and paint our faces, and wear masks. Illustrating that one sentence are photos on double-page spreads, showing children in Ukraine, Ecuador, Iran, Brazil, Martinique, Canada, and the Philippines. The composition and clarity of the photos make these fine pictures, while the children's faces make them riveting. An appended section, titled Discover Different Cultures, encourages readers to visit folk festivals, explore museums exhibiting clothing, and learn about family origins, as well as how masks and costumes are made. An excellent addition to preschool and primary-grade multicultural units. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall
Children from every continent are the stars of this picture book. Well-reproduced, engaging color photographs depict kids involved in various activities wearing sports or school uniforms, cultural dress, dress-up costumes, and everyday clothes. Unfortunately, the minimal text doesn't add much information: "We wear all the colors of the rainbow."

Kirkus Reviews 2011 December #2
By focusing this visually stunning book on "dressing up" rather than on the broader topic of clothing, the authors enjoy the freedom of selecting striking photographs of children dressed in traditional clothing, theatrical costumes and masks and school and sports uniforms. Engaging, sharp photos, including a Chinese boy dressed as an emperor on the cover, young Nepalese Buddhist monks, a Japanese girl dressed in a beautiful kimono and Israeli Hasidic boys inexplicably wearing red fezzes, appear on boldly colored backgrounds. The lack of contextualizing material begs questions: Are the Israeli boys dressed up for Purim, a Jewish holiday when everyone wears costumes? The Japanese girl is probably dressed for Shichi-go-san, a holiday when 3- and 7-year-old Japanese girls and 5-year-old Japanese boys dress in traditional clothing, but the text (limited to very general short sentences such as: "Around the world, we dress up to have fun! We dance and play…" and "Dressing up means celebrating who we are…") doesn't reveal any supporting information. Country names appear on the photos, and there is a world map. The backmatter suggests going to folk festivals and museums, questioning adults about clothing and culture and making simple costumes and masks. Creative teachers, librarians and parents will be able to use this book to start a number of different conversations, but descriptions of the clothing and their special meanings (if only for adult users) would greatly increase this book's value. (Informational photo essay. 4-7) Copyright Kirkus 2011 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 January #3

Bright, uplifting photographs show children from different countries dressed in traditional clothing from each culture. Captions suggest context for the images; "Dressing up means celebrating who we are... and what we believe," reads one. A smiling child from Papua New Guinea wears a feathered crown and necklace, while two children from Ethiopia are adorned with decorative beads and shells. Another spread shows children from Japan, the United Kingdom, the U.S., and Malawi dressed in sports uniforms. Although the book doesn't include any specific information or details about the apparel featured, end pages suggest ways for readers to discover more about clothing worn around the world, both in the past and in the present. Ages 4-7. (Feb.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2012 February

PreS-Gr 2--The simple text of this resplendent homage to our common humanity emphasizes global similarities, with one broad, feel-good statement per page, such as "Dressing up means celebrating who we are...." The narrative is accompanied by vibrant color photos of beaming children engaging in a variety of activities, from the mundane to the unique, dressed proudly in their traditional attire. Each photo is labeled with the country of origin, and a world map at the end highlights all of the nations featured. End materials include age-appropriate suggestions for further cultural exploration, feasible for both classroom and home use. This joyous follow-up to Our Grandparents (Charlesbridge, 2010) should be included in all preschool and elementary collections.--Rebecca Dash Donsky, New York Public Library

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