Sweet People Are Everywhere (Children Around the World Books, Diversity Books)
The poetic stylings of Alice Walker will convince children across the world that Sweet People Are Everywhere. Quim Torres’ illustrations of individuals from Mexico to Myanmar will take readers on a dynamic journey around the world. The story shows people from all classes of life in various countries around the globe. Alice Walker is a world-renowned activist and author of award-winning books such as The Color Purple. This book was originally a poem that Walker wrote for a nineteen-year-old friend who was traveling the world.
Walker’s words from 2013 are combined with Torres’ compelling illustrations to form this children’s book. There are some mature themes present in the book that would have to be explained to younger children. However, the author maintains a genuine sentiment while promoting love and acceptance of others. This book is targeted toward children ages four to eight, but I believe it would be more effective for children ages five to twelve. Older children would be more likely to ask age-appropriate questions and offer their opinions on Walker’s progressive themes. Children of all ages will be able to enjoy the illustrations; the timeless images show how beautifully diverse the world is.
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