1.03.2011

Diverse City: Say Hello!

Say Hello!Mom says:
Of course one of the greatest things about living in the big city is the cultural and ethnic diversity. From the time they are small children here interact with people from many different backgrounds. It is truly one of the things I like best. Rachel Isadora celebrates this diversity in a simple but special book, Say Hello!

Carmelita, traveling down the block to visit Abuela Rosa says hello in 9 different languages. 11, if you count dogs and slang. Isadora's cut-paper collage (I really am a sucker for collage.) illustrations are cheerful and colorful, depicting an appealing neighborhood full of restaurants, shops, parks and, most importantly, lots of friends.

This is a terrific introduction to different languages for pre-school children. Encourage your children to say all the different hellos as you read the book. It's a fun way to say "hello" to the New Year.

Big Kid says: I know that "Hola" is Spanish.
Little Kid says: Jambo! [This was his favorite.]

5 comments:

MaryAnne said...

Diversity is something you really lose in suburbia, although our town is better than many. This sounds like a good book to look up at our library.

Jenny said...

Just put a hold on this at the library- and I was just looking for books about diversity. Great timing!

Raising a Happy Child said...

No Russian - heh? At least Hebrew made it...

beth said...

We like Jambo too. Yia Sas!

Jackie H. said...

I love Rachel Isadora. She is so talented and her books introduce my boys to so many different cultures. Here's my review of her 12 days of Christmas in case you hadn't read it yet.
http://readysetread2me.blogspot.com/2011/01/top-10-of-2010-twelve-days-of-christmas.html

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