{"id":1067970817,"title":"Children from Australia to Zimbabwe: A Photographic Journey around the World","handle":"children-from-australia-to-zimbabwe","description":"\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR\/ILLUSTRATOR INFO BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBy: \u003ca title=\"Author Maya Ajmera\" href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/maya-ajmera\"\u003eMaya Ajmera\u003c\/a\u003e and \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/anna-rhesa-versola\" title=\"Anna Rhesa Versola bio\"\u003eAnna Rhesa Versola\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER HEADING BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eCelebrate the many faces of children around the world.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER DESCRIPTION BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eVibrant color photographs portray positive images of children that help foster a sense of global citizenship. With an abundance of information about cultures, languages, and environment, this fascinating journey around the world will inspire both young and old alike. Readers will also discover Xanadu, an ideal imaginary land described and illustrated by elementary school children.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003eFrom the Foreword\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eI have had the good fortune to meet children of many countries on four continents-Asia, North America, Europe, and Africa. As you will see when you read \u003ci\u003eChildren from Australia to Zimbabwe: A Photographic Journey around the World\u003c\/i\u003e, some of these children lead very different lives from yours or mine. Some wear traditional clothing woven in bright colors by their mothers. Some live in houses made not from bricks or wood but from mud or grasses. Many speak languages that you and I wouldn't understand.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBut children the world over share many things in common:\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eAll children play.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eAll children need their families.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eAll children share basic needs that must be met.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eAll children need and deserve a livable earth, breathable air, and drinkable water.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eAll children need and deserve the nurturing and protection of communities and governments.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eAll children can contribute to society.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eChildren are a mighty force.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eToday we truly live in a global village, connected across continents by television, high-speed travel, and the Internet. Your choices and your actions will be felt worldwide, by today's and tomorrow's children. You can be a positive or negative force in the world.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eI also hope that you will keep in mind one additional similarity that you share with all of the earth's children. I hope it will help you embrace rather than push away those who look or speak or dress or think differently than you do: All children are gifts of God.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e- Marian Wright Edelman, President, \u003ca title=\"The Children's Defense Fund\" href=\"http:\/\/www.childrensdefense.org\/\"\u003eChildren's Defense Fund\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like this book, you’ll enjoy these:\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca title=\"Children of the U.S.A.\" href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/products\/children-of-the-u-s-a\"\u003eChildren of the U.S.A.\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca title=\"Children of Native America Today\" href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/products\/children-of-native-america-today\"\u003eChildren of Native America Today\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca title=\"Extraordinary Girls\" href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/products\/extraordinary-girls\"\u003eExtraordinary Girls\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - START OF TABS - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e [TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003eLook Inside\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg class=\"cvr-border-gray\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/children-from-australia-to-zimbabwe-spread-lores.jpg?14467970959898788163\"\u003e\u003c!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --\u003e\u003cscript type=\"text\/javascript\" async=\"\" defer data-pin-shape=\"round\" data-pin-height=\"32\" data-pin-hover=\"true\" src=\"\/\/assets.pinterest.com\/js\/pinit.js\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAuthor \u0026amp; Illustrator\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eMaya Ajmera, author\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMaya Ajmera is the creator and spokesperson for \u003cem\u003eChildren from Australia to Zimbabwe: A Photographic Journey Around the World\u003c\/em\u003e and co-author of the global education guide, \u003cem\u003eRaising Children to Become Caring Contributors to the World\u003c\/em\u003e. Maya is the founder and executive director of SHAKTI for Children. In the January 1999 issue of The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Maya was named among \"A new guard of non-profit leaders...that will shape the charity world in the next century.\"\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMaya is also the co-author of \u003cem\u003eTo Be a Kid\u003c\/em\u003e and \u003cem\u003eExtraordinary Girls\u003c\/em\u003e, both brilliantly photographed books that present a picture of global diversity, tolerance, and joy. Maya's books are published in partnership with SHAKTI for Children, and a portion of the proceeds from the sales of her books go to support community-based educational projects for children around the world. It is the mission of SHAKTI for Children to teach children to value diversity and grow into productive, caring citizens of the world.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca title=\"Author Maya Ajmera\" href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/maya-ajmera\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Maya.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eAnna Rhesa Versola, author\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAnna Rhesa Versola is originally from Manila, the Philippines. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has a master's degree from Duke University. .\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/anna-rhesa-versola\" title=\"Anna Rhesa Versola\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Anna.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - ENTER AWARDS \u0026 HONORS BELOW - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAwards \u0026amp; Honors\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eEarly Childhood News Director's Choice Award\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eLearning Magazine Teacher's Choice Award\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eRead, America! Collection\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eKirkus Reviews\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAt first glance, this looks like an ABC book, but the alphabet plays a distant second to a combination gazetteer and cultural geography. Each of 26 countries is covered in a spread that includes a greeting in the appropriate language, a map, and several full-color photographs of children in typical settings and situations; the result is an encounter with the local dress, transportation, and architecture, as well as a glimpse of the work and play of children. Ajmera and Versola offer a gold mine of interesting national nuggets--that Zimbabwe means \"stone houses,\" that girls and women in Yemen decorate their hands with swirls of henna, that Budapest is really two cities, Buda and Pest, split by the Danube--and include concise regional and ethnic histories, with X standing for the \"imaginary\" country of Xanadu. A short fact sheet for every country relays one particularly fascinating item: the proportion of children to the population as a whole, giving readers instant understanding of population pyramids, e.g., Russia has 34 million children out of an overall population of 147 million, while Oman has 1 million children in a population of 2 million. A pleasing and hopeful book--sugar-coated as it may be--with a feel-good global outlook.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePublishers Weekly\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eDesigned to make children aware of belonging to an international community, \u003cem\u003eChildren from Australia to Zimbabwe: A Photographic Journey Around the World\u003c\/em\u003e by Maya Ajmera and Anna Rhesa Versola combines lively photographs of children with maps of, and facts about, 26 countries. With admirable economy, the text outlines a child's daily life in each country, including its unique traditions and history.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBook Links\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAnother title published in partnership with SHAKTI for Children, this photographic journal alphabetically introduces 25 countries to readers. Beautiful photographs of children at work, play, and worship accompany chatty paragraphs offering facts and tidbits about each country. Younger readers will enjoy Ajmera and John D. Ivanko's \u003cem\u003eTo Be a Kid\u003c\/em\u003e (Charlesbridge,1999), another photo-essay celebrating the universality of childhood around the world.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - ENTER DOWNLOADABLES BELOW - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDownloadables\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/children-from-australia-to-zimbabwe-cvr.jpg?14467970959898788163\" style=\"display: block; float: none; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"btn-wrapper\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/children-from-australia-to-zimbabwe-hires.zip?14467970959898788163\" class=\"product-btn\"\u003eDownload the Cover\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"btn-wrapper\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/children-from-australia-zimbabwe-excerpt.pdf?14467970959898788163%22\" class=\"product-btn\"\u003eDownload the Excerpt\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER DETAILS BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDetails\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eHardcover\u003c\/strong\u003e \u003cbr\u003eISBN: 978-1-57091-478-2\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAges: 8-11\u003cbr\u003ePage count: 64\u003cbr\u003e8 \u003csup\u003e1\u003c\/sup\u003e⁄\u003csub\u003e2\u003c\/sub\u003e x 11\u003c\/p\u003e\n[\/TABS]","published_at":"2015-06-03T12:18:00-04:00","created_at":"2015-06-03T11:47:50-04:00","vendor":"Charlesbridge","type":"Children's Book","tags":["Browse by Age_Ages 6-10","Browse by Age_Middle Grade","Browse by Format_Picture Book","Browse by Language_English","Browse by Subject_Diversity","Browse by Subject_Geography","Browse by Subject_Social Studies\/Cultures"],"price":2195,"price_min":2195,"price_max":2195,"available":true,"price_varies":false,"compare_at_price":null,"compare_at_price_min":0,"compare_at_price_max":0,"compare_at_price_varies":false,"variants":[{"id":3307183681,"title":"Hardcover","option1":"Hardcover","option2":null,"option3":null,"sku":"14782","requires_shipping":true,"taxable":false,"featured_image":null,"available":true,"name":"Children from Australia to Zimbabwe: A Photographic Journey around the World - Hardcover","public_title":"Hardcover","options":["Hardcover"],"price":2195,"weight":607,"compare_at_price":null,"inventory_quantity":10,"inventory_management":"shopify","inventory_policy":"continue","barcode":"978-1-57091-478-2"}],"images":["\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/products\/children-from-australia-to-zimbabwe-cover.jpg?v=1570282620"],"featured_image":"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/products\/children-from-australia-to-zimbabwe-cover.jpg?v=1570282620","options":["Title"],"content":"\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR\/ILLUSTRATOR INFO BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBy: \u003ca title=\"Author Maya Ajmera\" href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/maya-ajmera\"\u003eMaya Ajmera\u003c\/a\u003e and \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/anna-rhesa-versola\" title=\"Anna Rhesa Versola bio\"\u003eAnna Rhesa Versola\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER HEADING BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eCelebrate the many faces of children around the world.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER DESCRIPTION BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eVibrant color photographs portray positive images of children that help foster a sense of global citizenship. With an abundance of information about cultures, languages, and environment, this fascinating journey around the world will inspire both young and old alike. Readers will also discover Xanadu, an ideal imaginary land described and illustrated by elementary school children.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003eFrom the Foreword\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eI have had the good fortune to meet children of many countries on four continents-Asia, North America, Europe, and Africa. As you will see when you read \u003ci\u003eChildren from Australia to Zimbabwe: A Photographic Journey around the World\u003c\/i\u003e, some of these children lead very different lives from yours or mine. Some wear traditional clothing woven in bright colors by their mothers. Some live in houses made not from bricks or wood but from mud or grasses. Many speak languages that you and I wouldn't understand.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBut children the world over share many things in common:\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eAll children play.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eAll children need their families.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eAll children share basic needs that must be met.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eAll children need and deserve a livable earth, breathable air, and drinkable water.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eAll children need and deserve the nurturing and protection of communities and governments.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eAll children can contribute to society.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eChildren are a mighty force.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eToday we truly live in a global village, connected across continents by television, high-speed travel, and the Internet. Your choices and your actions will be felt worldwide, by today's and tomorrow's children. You can be a positive or negative force in the world.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eI also hope that you will keep in mind one additional similarity that you share with all of the earth's children. I hope it will help you embrace rather than push away those who look or speak or dress or think differently than you do: All children are gifts of God.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e- Marian Wright Edelman, President, \u003ca title=\"The Children's Defense Fund\" href=\"http:\/\/www.childrensdefense.org\/\"\u003eChildren's Defense Fund\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like this book, you’ll enjoy these:\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca title=\"Children of the U.S.A.\" href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/products\/children-of-the-u-s-a\"\u003eChildren of the U.S.A.\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca title=\"Children of Native America Today\" href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/products\/children-of-native-america-today\"\u003eChildren of Native America Today\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca title=\"Extraordinary Girls\" href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/products\/extraordinary-girls\"\u003eExtraordinary Girls\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - START OF TABS - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e [TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003eLook Inside\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg class=\"cvr-border-gray\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/children-from-australia-to-zimbabwe-spread-lores.jpg?14467970959898788163\"\u003e\u003c!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --\u003e\u003cscript type=\"text\/javascript\" async=\"\" defer data-pin-shape=\"round\" data-pin-height=\"32\" data-pin-hover=\"true\" src=\"\/\/assets.pinterest.com\/js\/pinit.js\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAuthor \u0026amp; Illustrator\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eMaya Ajmera, author\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMaya Ajmera is the creator and spokesperson for \u003cem\u003eChildren from Australia to Zimbabwe: A Photographic Journey Around the World\u003c\/em\u003e and co-author of the global education guide, \u003cem\u003eRaising Children to Become Caring Contributors to the World\u003c\/em\u003e. Maya is the founder and executive director of SHAKTI for Children. In the January 1999 issue of The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Maya was named among \"A new guard of non-profit leaders...that will shape the charity world in the next century.\"\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMaya is also the co-author of \u003cem\u003eTo Be a Kid\u003c\/em\u003e and \u003cem\u003eExtraordinary Girls\u003c\/em\u003e, both brilliantly photographed books that present a picture of global diversity, tolerance, and joy. Maya's books are published in partnership with SHAKTI for Children, and a portion of the proceeds from the sales of her books go to support community-based educational projects for children around the world. It is the mission of SHAKTI for Children to teach children to value diversity and grow into productive, caring citizens of the world.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca title=\"Author Maya Ajmera\" href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/maya-ajmera\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Maya.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eAnna Rhesa Versola, author\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAnna Rhesa Versola is originally from Manila, the Philippines. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has a master's degree from Duke University. .\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/anna-rhesa-versola\" title=\"Anna Rhesa Versola\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about Anna.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - ENTER AWARDS \u0026 HONORS BELOW - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAwards \u0026amp; Honors\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eEarly Childhood News Director's Choice Award\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eLearning Magazine Teacher's Choice Award\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eRead, America! Collection\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eKirkus Reviews\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAt first glance, this looks like an ABC book, but the alphabet plays a distant second to a combination gazetteer and cultural geography. Each of 26 countries is covered in a spread that includes a greeting in the appropriate language, a map, and several full-color photographs of children in typical settings and situations; the result is an encounter with the local dress, transportation, and architecture, as well as a glimpse of the work and play of children. Ajmera and Versola offer a gold mine of interesting national nuggets--that Zimbabwe means \"stone houses,\" that girls and women in Yemen decorate their hands with swirls of henna, that Budapest is really two cities, Buda and Pest, split by the Danube--and include concise regional and ethnic histories, with X standing for the \"imaginary\" country of Xanadu. A short fact sheet for every country relays one particularly fascinating item: the proportion of children to the population as a whole, giving readers instant understanding of population pyramids, e.g., Russia has 34 million children out of an overall population of 147 million, while Oman has 1 million children in a population of 2 million. A pleasing and hopeful book--sugar-coated as it may be--with a feel-good global outlook.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePublishers Weekly\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eDesigned to make children aware of belonging to an international community, \u003cem\u003eChildren from Australia to Zimbabwe: A Photographic Journey Around the World\u003c\/em\u003e by Maya Ajmera and Anna Rhesa Versola combines lively photographs of children with maps of, and facts about, 26 countries. 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Children from Australia to Zimbabwe: A Photographic Journey around the World

By: Maya Ajmera and Anna Rhesa Versola

Celebrate the many faces of children around the world.

Vibrant color photographs portray positive images of children that help foster a sense of global citizenship. With an abundance of information about cultures, languages, and environment, this fascinating journey around the world will inspire both young and old alike. Readers will also discover Xanadu, an ideal imaginary land described and illustrated by elementary school children.

From the Foreword

I have had the good fortune to meet children of many countries on four continents-Asia, North America, Europe, and Africa. As you will see when you read Children from Australia to Zimbabwe: A Photographic Journey around the World, some of these children lead very different lives from yours or mine. Some wear traditional clothing woven in bright colors by their mothers. Some live in houses made not from bricks or wood but from mud or grasses. Many speak languages that you and I wouldn't understand.

But children the world over share many things in common:

  • All children play.
  • All children need their families.
  • All children share basic needs that must be met.
  • All children need and deserve a livable earth, breathable air, and drinkable water.
  • All children need and deserve the nurturing and protection of communities and governments.
  • All children can contribute to society.
  • Children are a mighty force.

Today we truly live in a global village, connected across continents by television, high-speed travel, and the Internet. Your choices and your actions will be felt worldwide, by today's and tomorrow's children. You can be a positive or negative force in the world.

I also hope that you will keep in mind one additional similarity that you share with all of the earth's children. I hope it will help you embrace rather than push away those who look or speak or dress or think differently than you do: All children are gifts of God.

- Marian Wright Edelman, President, Children's Defense Fund

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Maya Ajmera, author

Maya Ajmera is the creator and spokesperson for Children from Australia to Zimbabwe: A Photographic Journey Around the World and co-author of the global education guide, Raising Children to Become Caring Contributors to the World. Maya is the founder and executive director of SHAKTI for Children. In the January 1999 issue of The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Maya was named among "A new guard of non-profit leaders...that will shape the charity world in the next century."

Maya is also the co-author of To Be a Kid and Extraordinary Girls, both brilliantly photographed books that present a picture of global diversity, tolerance, and joy. Maya's books are published in partnership with SHAKTI for Children, and a portion of the proceeds from the sales of her books go to support community-based educational projects for children around the world. It is the mission of SHAKTI for Children to teach children to value diversity and grow into productive, caring citizens of the world.

Read more about Maya.


Anna Rhesa Versola, author

Anna Rhesa Versola is originally from Manila, the Philippines. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has a master's degree from Duke University. .

Read more about Anna.

  • Early Childhood News Director's Choice Award
  • Learning Magazine Teacher's Choice Award
  • Read, America! Collection

Kirkus Reviews

At first glance, this looks like an ABC book, but the alphabet plays a distant second to a combination gazetteer and cultural geography. Each of 26 countries is covered in a spread that includes a greeting in the appropriate language, a map, and several full-color photographs of children in typical settings and situations; the result is an encounter with the local dress, transportation, and architecture, as well as a glimpse of the work and play of children. Ajmera and Versola offer a gold mine of interesting national nuggets--that Zimbabwe means "stone houses," that girls and women in Yemen decorate their hands with swirls of henna, that Budapest is really two cities, Buda and Pest, split by the Danube--and include concise regional and ethnic histories, with X standing for the "imaginary" country of Xanadu. A short fact sheet for every country relays one particularly fascinating item: the proportion of children to the population as a whole, giving readers instant understanding of population pyramids, e.g., Russia has 34 million children out of an overall population of 147 million, while Oman has 1 million children in a population of 2 million. A pleasing and hopeful book--sugar-coated as it may be--with a feel-good global outlook.

Publishers Weekly

Designed to make children aware of belonging to an international community, Children from Australia to Zimbabwe: A Photographic Journey Around the World by Maya Ajmera and Anna Rhesa Versola combines lively photographs of children with maps of, and facts about, 26 countries. With admirable economy, the text outlines a child's daily life in each country, including its unique traditions and history.

Book Links

Another title published in partnership with SHAKTI for Children, this photographic journal alphabetically introduces 25 countries to readers. Beautiful photographs of children at work, play, and worship accompany chatty paragraphs offering facts and tidbits about each country. Younger readers will enjoy Ajmera and John D. Ivanko's To Be a Kid (Charlesbridge,1999), another photo-essay celebrating the universality of childhood around the world.

Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-57091-478-2

Ages: 8-11
Page count: 64
8 12 x 11