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This is How Children Play in 7 Different Countries

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you were born in a different country? What your house would be like? What clothes you would wear, and what you would eat? In the forthcoming book This Is How We Do It, picture book creator Matt Lamothe explores the lives of seven real children from Italy, Japan, Iran, India, Peru, Uganda, and Russia for a single day. In a world that seems further and further divided, this book celebrates the similarities and differences that children around the world experience.

First, meet the kids featured in the book:

This Is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe

Clockwise, starting at the top left:

  • Italy: My name is Romeo, and I’m called “Meo.” I’m eight years old.
  • Japan: My name is Kei, and I’m called “Kei-chan.” Im nine years old.
  • Peru: My name is Ribaldo, and I’m called “Pirineo.” I’m eleven years old.
  • Iran: My name is Kian. I’m seven years old.
  • India: My name is Ananya, and I’m called “Anu.” I’m eight years old.
  • Russia: My name is Oleg, and I’m called “Olezhka.” I’m eight years old.
  • Uganda: My name is Daphine, and I’m called “Abwooli.” I’m seven years old.

The book even includes real photographs of the actual families, as seen below:

This Is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe

The author looked for families who have lived in the same country for generations, noting the following: “They follow many of the traditions unique to where they are from, but that doesn’t mean the millions of people who call those same countries home have exactly the same tastes and experiences. Not everyone in Peru likes to play soccer, and not everyone in Japan eats fish for breakfast, in the same way that you and your friends may have to do different chores, and may wear different clothes.”

While none of these kids can be representative of their country or culture, this genuine glimpse into their daily lives can reveal wonderful insights about lifestyles and traditions that may differ from our own.

To give you a peek, take a look at how these kids play in their respective countries:

1. Italy

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2. Japan

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3. Peru

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4. Uganda

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5. Russia

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6. India

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7. Iran

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Play, like eating, writing, learning, and helping out, are universal for children around the world—just with a few variations!

This Is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe

This Is How We Do It provides a window into the lives of people around the world. This window can unite and educate us about the parallel worlds across the globe. Because after all…

This Is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe

This Is How We Do It will be hitting stores on May 2nd, but you can preorder it here. The author, Matt Lamothe, lives in a wooden house in Chicago, Illinois, in the United States of America. Matt plays by experimenting with carpentry and stove restoration. He’s staring up at the same night sky as you.

Book photos by Irene Kim Shepherd

Hannah Moushabeck

Hannah is the Associate Marketing Manager for Chronicle children's books. She is an all-round book nerd, born into a family of book nerds. She can be bribed with avocados and picture books.
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