A World Together

National Geographic. Sept. 2020. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781426337383.
PreS-Gr 2–Vivid photographs and prose explore how children around the world are wondrous in their differences and similarities. No matter where kids live, what they eat, or how they dance, play, create, or speak, the emotions they experience are universal. Manzano, who played Maria on Sesame Street, emphasizes that sharing stories allows children to form fruitful connections with their peers. The text and photos work well together; they depict the world’s delightful nuances. Back matter consists of all the photos in the book in thumbnail form, their sources, and worldwide locations. Manzano reflects on her own family, including family photographs, and how she learned to appreciate the preciousness of life.
VERDICT A refreshing and joyous picture book that showcases the universality of the human experience.

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