“The universality of love is on display in this I Love You book that may require a couple of practice reads first”
A whirlwind tour of the world and its languages, I Love You, World exposes little readers to countries from Austria to Australia, incorporating a refreshing collection of countries and languages rarely given representation in children’s books including Botswana (Setswana) and Greece (Greek). Each page features an endearing illustration of (what we can assume is) a loving parent and child native animal duo from each respective country, along with”I Love You” spelled out in each language with a pronunciation guide. While the concept that our way isn’t the only way of doing or saying things is invaluable, readers may need to brush up on their use of pronunciation guides unless they want their full focus to be on painfully deciphering pronunciations instead of enjoying the atmosphere of peace and coziness that should accompany an “I Love You” book read aloud. The final spread which details the names of both the species and languages previously included satisfies many questions curious readers may have while reading, while simultaneously begging the question why such details have been relegated to an appendix rather than included sooner to create a more comprehensive and fulfilling reading experience.
Spread the love with this adorable book that teaches little readers how to say “I love you” in thirteen different languages including French, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Setswana, Chinese, Swahili, and more!
About the Global Greetings series: These beautifully illustrated, sturdy board books teach young readers to greet the world in languages from around the globe. Featuring simple pronunciation guides, these books are designed to help little ones master each word and encourage them to broaden their language skills, all while the adorable animal illustrations keep them entertained read after read.
We live in a wonderfully diverse world, full of different languages and cultures. Use this book as an opportunity to talk about different countries and cultures. Do you know any other words in foreign languages? Share them!
Different animals live in different places! Where do some of your favorite animals live? Don’t forget to read the last page which gives you some additional information about the different animal species included. Did you learn about any new animals?
Aleksandra Szmidt grew up in a town in the south of Poland and currently resides in New Zealand. In Poland, she worked as a graphic designer. Upon moving, she decided to pursue her dream as a freelance illustrator. From her home studio, Aleksandra creates one-of-a-kind artwork for clients across the world. Her love of drawing plants and animals is attributed to her landscape architecture studies. However, she prefers to design magical things often detached from reality. She loves both traditional and digital painting, so she also likes to mix them.