Book review: This Is How We Do It, by Mat Lamothe

Lamothe, Matt. This Is How We Do It. Chronicle Books, 2017. $17.99. ISBN 9781452150185. Unpaged. Ages 7-11. P8 Q8.

The book follows the lives of seven families and how they live a similar life yet so different from around the world: Iran, India, Peru, Japan, Italy, Uganda, and Russia.  Using a basic simple sentence story line, the illustrations and captions surrounding the story explain the differences for each county.  Although the countries are not in the same places on each page double page spread, they are labelled and do not interfere with the comprehension.  The book provides the reader with the perspectives of the different lives in the countries.  Underlined words in the story are then explained in the glossary for more understanding of the cultures and the illustration. Actual photographs of the real families that the author communicated with to write the story are at the end of the book. Endpapers are a world map identifying the location the children and the author’s home.

Verdict: Illustrations make the contents of the book accessible to a young reader who has limited exposure to other cultures.  It provides a basic view of diversity for the various countries explored in the book.

May 2017 review by Deborah Gwynn.

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