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To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations, children from around the world contribute ideas and illustrations about what would make the world a better place, in a collection that includes essays by Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Nelson Mandela, and Kermit the Frog.
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PreSchool-Grade 6?Produced by Jim Henson Publishing and the United Nations, with a forword by Nelson Mandela and an introduction by Boutros Boutros-Ghali, this book presents in words and pictures the wishes children around the world hold for our collective future. Unfortunately, there are several weaknesses in the execution. Insufficient information is given concerning how the selections were chosen. The text is presented entirely in English, giving the impression that children the world over express themselves primarily in this language. Also, no credit for translating the text is given. Some of the quotes include grammatical errors. For example, South Korean twins write, "We believe if one is kind to others, wars might be disappeared in the world." Is this what the children wrote, is it the translation from the Korean, or is it an editing error? The illustrations are the true strength of this book. The images are original and well executed in crayon, tempera, watercolor, and colored pencil. Unfortunately, credits for the artwork are given on the last page via a list of names and page numbers, but the book is not paginated, so connecting the artist with the work can be quite difficult. This theme could be the center of an exercise on multicultural issues and common understanding, but the book itself is likely to have only limited use in classrooms or libraries.?Melissa Gross, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
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Ages 5^-10. An anthology of children's writing and artwork in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations. The contributors are from every inhabited continent and range in age from four to fourteen. The crisply inviting cover photograph features young children of various races with Kermit the Frog (the book is a collaboration between Jim Henson Publishing and the U.N.). Inside, two or three "wishes," set off by ample white space, face a full-page complementary illustration. The genuine vignettes, many about peace and the environment, give a sense of the various living conditions and experiences of children around the world. "I wish that parents who have children would not throw them away" ; "I want the sugar, flour to become cheap" ; "My wish is house." The introductory comments by Nelson Mandela and Boutros Boutros-Ghali are simple and accessible. Julie Corsaro
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Book Description Festival, 1995. Condition: New. Jim Henson Productions (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M068814456X