{"id":1068691649,"title":"Come Out and Play","handle":"come-out-and-play","description":"\u003cb\u003e\u003cspan size=\"4\" style=\"font-size: large;\"\u003eCome Out and Play\u003c\/span\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\u003cspan size=\"3\" style=\"font-size: medium;\"\u003eA Global Journey\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/b\u003e \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\/john-ivanko\" title=\"John D. Ivanko\"\u003eJohn D. Ivanko\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER HEADING BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eCan you come out and play?\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER DESCRIPTION BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eRedesigned for a new generation of fun and games! Everyone loves to play, and the universal appeal of goofing around is joyfully evident in \u003cem\u003eCome Out and Play. \u003c\/em\u003eThis exuberant collection of photographs captures unplugged playtime on six different continents, celebrating the beauty of good old-fashioned fun.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA portion of proceeds support the Global Fund for Children's mission, supporting grassroots organizations that promote the wellbeing and success of children around the globe. \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=\"To Be a Kid\" href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/products\/to-be-a-kid\"\u003eTo Be a Kid\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca title=\"To Be an Artist\" href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/products\/to-be-an-artist\"\u003eTo Be an Artist\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca title=\"Music Everywhere!\" href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/products\/music-everywhere\"\u003eMusic Everywhere!\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\/come-out-and-play-spread.jpg?v=1582043554\"\u003e\u003c!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --\u003e \u003cscript src=\"\/\/assets.pinterest.com\/js\/pinit.js\" data-pin-hover=\"true\" data-pin-height=\"32\" data-pin-shape=\"round\" defer async=\"\" type=\"text\/javascript\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAuthor \u0026amp; Illustrator\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eMaya Ajmera, author\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMaya Ajmera is the founder of the Global Fund for Children and the co-author of more than fifteen books, including \u003cem\u003eTo Be a Kid, Faith,\u003c\/em\u003e and Children\u003cem\u003e from Australia to Zimbabwe. \u003c\/em\u003eShe lives in Washington, DC. \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\u003eJohn D. Ivanko, author\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eJohn D. Ivanko is an award-winning photographer and author, writer, national speaker, and conservationist who has done a fair bit of globetrotting. In 1992 John jumped off the corporate treadmill at an advertising agency to journey around the world. One year and 29 countries later, he returned to the United States with over 15,000 photographic images and stirring accounts of his journey. He never set foot in a cubicle again.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/john-ivanko\" title=\"John D. Ivanko\"\u003eRead more\u003c\/a\u003e about John.\u003c\/p\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\u003eAn international array of color photographs presents children engaging in many kinds of joyful activities. A child in Madagascar uses tin cans to create a toy car. An Ethiopian kid plucks a stringed instrument. Kids play foosball in Benin, chess in Spain, jacks in Guatemala, and table tennis in the Czech Republic. Two others play in the water with a large leaf and a basket in a photo captioned “Cooling off with a buddy in a river in Thailand.” Children in Mexico and South Africa have fun with bubbles. 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An attractive pictorial offering stressing the universality of children’s play the world over.\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\u003eEach of the photos in Come Out and Play by Maya Ajmera and John Ivanko speaks volumes about what life is like in various countries. The sentence, \"To play means swinging and jumping and running and climbing,\" covers two spreads and accompanies photos of a child gliding in what appears to be a metal bucket on a brightly colored swing set in Egypt, a child in button-down shirt and tie swinging on a rope in Nepal and children racing barefoot in Nicaragua with their village in the background. 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The South African photo gracing the cover shows a racially diverse group of children on a colorful play structure stretching out their arms to let the bubbles fly up into the sky. Each double-page spread includes a full-bleed photo and then two or three photos on the opposite page on a solid-color background, following the format of other books supporting the Global Fund for Children by this capable author pair. Short phrases in large type explain different ideas about play, and clear captions identify each activity and country. At the end, a map identifies each country’s location, and short paragraphs further explore the book’s themes. Most parts of the world are included, although there could be more from Latin America and the Middle East, and the Caribbean has been neglected. 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Picture captions identify the country and activity, affording a cultural panorama--\"Leaping through flowers on a kibbutz in Israel\"; \"Playing bao in the yard in Ethiopia\"; \"Climbing a tree in the Philippines\"; \"Playing with a truck in Senegal.\" The photographs also provide glimpses into the world's different landscapes and environments. Kermit the Frog's foreword conveys the message that play is a universal language. Two pages of endnotes serve as a summary and encourage children to reflect on the many kinds of toys and the importance of imagination and friendship. 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Come Out and Play

Come Out and Play
A Global Journey

By: Maya Ajmera and John D. Ivanko

Can you come out and play?

Redesigned for a new generation of fun and games! Everyone loves to play, and the universal appeal of goofing around is joyfully evident in Come Out and Play. This exuberant collection of photographs captures unplugged playtime on six different continents, celebrating the beauty of good old-fashioned fun.

A portion of proceeds support the Global Fund for Children's mission, supporting grassroots organizations that promote the wellbeing and success of children around the globe. 

Maximum quantity available reached.

Maya Ajmera, author

Maya Ajmera is the founder of the Global Fund for Children and the co-author of more than fifteen books, including To Be a Kid, Faith, and Children from Australia to Zimbabwe. She lives in Washington, DC. 

Read more about Maya.


John D. Ivanko, author

John D. Ivanko is an award-winning photographer and author, writer, national speaker, and conservationist who has done a fair bit of globetrotting. In 1992 John jumped off the corporate treadmill at an advertising agency to journey around the world. One year and 29 countries later, he returned to the United States with over 15,000 photographic images and stirring accounts of his journey. He never set foot in a cubicle again.

Read more about John.

Kirkus Reviews

An international array of color photographs presents children engaging in many kinds of joyful activities. A child in Madagascar uses tin cans to create a toy car. An Ethiopian kid plucks a stringed instrument. Kids play foosball in Benin, chess in Spain, jacks in Guatemala, and table tennis in the Czech Republic. Two others play in the water with a large leaf and a basket in a photo captioned “Cooling off with a buddy in a river in Thailand.” Children in Mexico and South Africa have fun with bubbles. The South African photo gracing the cover shows a racially diverse group of children on a colorful play structure stretching out their arms to let the bubbles fly up into the sky. Each double-page spread includes a full-bleed photo and then two or three photos on the opposite page on a solid-color background, following the format of other books supporting the Global Fund for Children by this capable author pair. Short phrases in large type explain different ideas about play, and clear captions identify each activity and country. At the end, a map identifies each country’s location, and short paragraphs further explore the book’s themes. Most parts of the world are included, although there could be more from Latin America and the Middle East, and the Caribbean has been neglected. An attractive pictorial offering stressing the universality of children’s play the world over.

Publishers Weekly

Each of the photos in Come Out and Play by Maya Ajmera and John Ivanko speaks volumes about what life is like in various countries. The sentence, "To play means swinging and jumping and running and climbing," covers two spreads and accompanies photos of a child gliding in what appears to be a metal bucket on a brightly colored swing set in Egypt, a child in button-down shirt and tie swinging on a rope in Nepal and children racing barefoot in Nicaragua with their village in the background. More exotic games (such as bao in Ethiopia or catch-the-wolf in Canada) are also featured.

School Library Journal

Colorful, vibrant photographs showcase children in more than 35 countries. The easy-to-read, boldfaced text tells about their leisure activities: "To play means swinging/and jumping/ and running/and climbing." The simple sentences are enhanced by the clear action photographs that effectively illustrate the many forms a particular type of recreation can take. To some children, playing in the water may mean running through a lawn sprinkler; to others, it may mean floating in a stream or paddling a canoe. Picture captions identify the country and activity, affording a cultural panorama--"Leaping through flowers on a kibbutz in Israel"; "Playing bao in the yard in Ethiopia"; "Climbing a tree in the Philippines"; "Playing with a truck in Senegal." The photographs also provide glimpses into the world's different landscapes and environments. Kermit the Frog's foreword conveys the message that play is a universal language. Two pages of endnotes serve as a summary and encourage children to reflect on the many kinds of toys and the importance of imagination and friendship. A great discussion starter.

Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-57091-385-3

Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-57091-386-0

Ages: 3-6
Page count: 32
8 x 8