This Is the Way We Go to School: A Book About Children Around the World



Mildly charming but unspectacular book.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that we found no objectionable content in this book. Little ones will marvel at the idea of skiing or sailing to school as they follow the simple but rhythmic text. Friendly illustrations encourage children to imagine how other kids live.

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What's the story?

How kids get to the schoolhouse door often depends on where on the planet they happen to live. This mildly charming but unspectacular book takes readers around the world, showing them a slice of children's lives from various locations in the United States and abroad.


Is it any good?


This book has a winning concept: Let's take a look at all the ways children around the world travel to and from school! But the presentation leaves much to be desired. A poorly designed world map requires readers to flip from the map to a list of names to a page featuring a particular child. Also, nearly half the locations are in the United States, an excessive sampling for a book with "Children Around the World" in the subtitle.

The book has not been updated, so errors such as a reference to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics persist. The Spanish-English bilingual edition, Asi Vamos a La Escuela, published in 1999, which may be more up-to-date. The illustrations set a cheerful mood but don't provide useful information: When Akinyi sprints for the train that'll carry her across a mountain chain, the area that springs to mind is Japan -- that she's Kenyan comes as a surprise.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the different ways kids go to school around the world. What seems most unusual to you? Do you think the way you go to school would seem strange to those kids?

Book details

Author:Edith Baer
Illustrator:Steve Bjorkman
Book type:Non-Fiction
Publisher:Scholastic Inc.
Publication date:January 1, 1992
Number of pages:40
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 7

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Educator and Parent Written byTHitesman November 6, 2012

Super Cultural Book!

This is a excellent book for the beginning of the year and for social studies. It is a splendid book because it shows how students around the world go to school just like them, but in different ways. Also, it's a fantastic book to show students the different characteristics of different cultures.
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