Title: All the Places We Call Home
Author: Patrice Gopo
Illustrator: Jenin Mohammed
“Here I’ll sleep. And here I’ll dream of these places that matter to me,” Patrice Gopo ends in her children’s book, All the Places We Call Home.
~ What ~
This thirty-two-page oversized hardbound with a jacket cover targets children ages four to eight years old. With no scary scenes, it shares memories and stories of one’s upbringing around the world. Engaging, colorful designs grace the pages with a decent font size.
In this tale, every night when a little girl goes to bed, her mama tells her family stories from lands she and the girl have lived. With the child asking if she can visit each country, the mother mentions memories from South Africa when the girl was a baby, her great-grandmother’s home in Zimbabwe, and her mother’s house in Jamaica before she drifts off to sleep.
This is a calming book to read to a young child at bedtime who wants to know more about her past as it promotes how a girl is connected to other people and places around the world. I appreciate the added highlights in the countries such as Table Mountain in South Africa, the lush hills and msasa trees in Zimbabwe, and the tropical flowers of Jamaica.
~ Why Not ~
Those who were born in one country and lived there their entire life may have no interest in this read unless they are inquisitive about other places. This book has complicated wording so would not work for beginner readers. It may not interest older children as its informational content is limited.
~ Wish ~
While I liked the idea of a book about one family’s culture and community, it may not relate to others. I found some of the writing confusing, which may make it hard for young ones to understand.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book that briefly covers three continents and how a family lived in each, this may be something for your child.
Thanks to Hachette Book Group, WorthyKids, and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
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