This Is How We Do It should be in every classroom, home, and library! So get to it!

Title: This Is How We Do It
Author and Illustrator: Matt Lamothe
Rating: 10
Source: Raincoast Books for review

Description from Amazon:

Follow the real lives of seven kids from Italy, Japan, Iran, India, Peru, Uganda, and Russia for a single day! In Japan Kei plays Freeze Tag, while in Uganda Daphine likes to jump rope. But while the way they play may differ, the shared rhythm of their days—and this one world we all share—unites them. This genuine exchange provides a window into traditions that may be different from our own as well as a mirror reflecting our common experiences. Inspired by his own travels, Matt Lamothe transports readers across the globe and back with this luminous and thoughtful picture book.

What I Thought:

This Is How We Do It is definitely my favourite book of the year.

Seven different children, from seven different families, economic situations, and backgrounds, tell their stories. Each page is separated into a section for each child, with truly fantastic illustrations accompanying each portion of the story.

The illustrations are wonderful. Lamothe manages to portray seven separate cultures and countries through the same soft colour palette. It’s teriffic.

But I’ll have to say, the best thing about this book is that it’s all based on real-life kids! At the end of the book there are photographs of the kids whose stories were told. My daughter loves true stories and this book is full of seven of them!

The book also lends itself perfectly as a read-aloud. After reading each page I would turn to Evelyn and ask, ”What do you do?” And she would say, “I do that too!” or “I do it differently!” as the case may be. It was great for her to see that even though we live far away from these children, they aren’t so different after all. (Although she couldn’t wrap her 5-year-old mind around eating fish for breakfast. That was just too much! Haha.)

One of the last pages shows the night sky, which is the same for all of the children.

Lamothe has created the perfect book for showcasing the diversity of our planet in an easily understandable, and completely beautiful, way.

Extras:

Evelyn loved it so much I decided to ask her to do her own version of the book. Here it is:

My name is Evelyn. I am five years old.
I live in Canada, in a white house.
I live with my mom, Erin, my dad, Brian, and my little sister, Lucy.
I wear whatever I want to school. My favourite is wearing a skirt with pants attached to it, and a shirt. Either my penguin shirt, or the ocelots chasing the Creeper shirt.
I have cereal for breakfast.
I go to school with my mom. We love walking.
I learn songs at school and we do lots of activities.
I have a sandwich and yogurt for lunch.
I play by spinning around and around. Also I like playing monkey in the middle with my mom.
I help by folding laundry.
We all eat together at 5 o’clock. My favourite is pancakes for supper!
In the evening I like to play games with my family.
I sleep on a bunk bed.

This book is released by Chronicle Books on May 2nd, so make sure and run, don’t walk, to your nearest book store to get your hands on it! You’ll love it!

TL;DR:

This is how we do it. How do you do it?