- Adriana Puckett
In A Life Like Mine: How Children Live Around the World, we are introduced to 18 children from different continents, such as Mahasin and her family, nomadic cattle herders in Sudan. Mahasin is nine years old and attends a traveling school for children. When she’s not learning lessons, she likes to weave baskets and help her mother and sisters cook their staple meal, asida, a dish of vegetables and grains mixed with spices. We also meet Isa, age 10, who lives in Sierra Leone and was taken by fighters in the country’s civil war for two years. Now he is back with his family, attending school, planting a few crops, and playing checkers with his friends. The stories and photographs of these children’s lives are fascinating and will appeal to any child who wonders how the world’s children are alike and different.
The book is divided into four sections - Survival, Development, Protection and Participation – that are then subdivided into such categories as water, food, shelter, health, education, play, family structure, war, disability, and various cultural differences. The photographs are the trademark lovely and large artwork that characterize a DK book. Each page is colorful, appealing, and informative. Not all of these children’s lives are easy or pleasant, but the book presents their stories with dignity and respect.
If you enjoy this book, take a look at A School Like Mine: A Unique Celebration of Schools Around the World, also by DK in conjunction with Unicef.