By Regan McMahon,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Lively celebration of learning from and about other people.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Great vocaublary builder in a fun text that's full of punchy b-words. For example, "The girl who burps/ wants to start a/ burp-bottling business."
"There's more to everyone than you think." "No matter where you go, there's one thing you will always find ... People!" Things people tell you can cause you to "think and rethink" ideas of your own.
Positive Role Models
The little girl main character is independent, curious, upbeat, and open-minded. She learns there's more to people than what she assumes about them at first glance. She has light brown skin and seems to be biracial. Her mom appears to be White and her dad has dark brown skin. The people in the diverse town she's going through represent various ethnic groups, hair styles, and head coverings, including "People with braids. People with beards. People with burkas, and big tall buns."
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hello World! is a lively picture book by Kelly Corrigan, author and host of PBS interview show Tell Me More, that celebrates how much we can learn from and about other people if we just ask them. It also suggests that getting a variety of other people's perspectives makes us "smarter and stronger." This is a rollicking read-aloud (lots of b-words, for some reason), and illustrator Stacy Ebert's perky illustrations add to the appeal and momentum as the little girl zips through town engaing people in conversation.
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What's the Story?
HELLO WORLD! begins with a little girl leaving home and venturing into a town full of busy people. She makes certain assumptions about the people she observes -- like a boy is a bully -- then learns there's more to that person that she thought, like "The bully was bullied. That's how he learned to do it." The more people she meets and asks questions of, the more she learns and expands her perspective. As the text says, you'll meet "people who will make you sigh and cry, cheer and wonder, think and rethink. People who will make you smarter and stronger, steadier and softer, better and bigger-hearted ... and even more beloved than you have always been."
Is It Any Good?
This lively, upbeat picture book carries a strong message to look beyond first impressions and discover that there's more to people that meets the eye. Amid Stacy Ebert's cute cartoon illustrations and Kelly Corrigan's propulsive text fueled by words that start with B ("The bystander bakes the best bannana bread in town") is a simple and valuable lesson: You can learn a lot from other people, and taking the time to hear their stories makes you smarter and builds empathy.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the different kids and grown-ups the girl meets in Hello World! Have you ever wondered about the people you see in your neighborhood? Who would you like to know more about? What would you ask them?
How do you like the art in this book? Which picture is your favorite?
Try asking someone the kind of questions present in the book: "What do you know? And how do you know it?" "Who do you miss? And what makes you miss them?"
- Author: Kelly Corrigan
- Illustrator: Stacy Ebert
- Genre: Picture Book
- Topics: Great Girl Role Models
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Flamingo Books
- Publication date: April 20, 2021
- Number of pages: 44
- Available on: Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: April 28, 2021
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