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A book of 24 different portraits of eight year-olds in Wales. It shows the different backgrounds and cultures that exist in families in the modern Wales. The book's format is similar to the best-selling Children Just Like Me, and Children of Britain Just Like Me. Suitable for readers aged 8 years and older.

We children of Wales - Ann Saer

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Title
We children of Wales - snapshots of our lives
Author
Ann Saer
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Pont Books
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20061031

A book of 24 different portraits of eight year-olds in Wales. It shows the different backgrounds and cultures that exist in families in the modern Wales. The book's format is similar to the best-selling Children Just Like Me, and Children of Britain Just Like Me. Suitable for readers aged 8 years and older.

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A surprising number of Welsh children, when asked about life in Wales, will respond with clichs about mountains, sheep, daffodils and national costume, even though these images are kept alive only in the tourist gift shops. The overwhelming majority of pupils even in the agricultural heartlands are not country children except in the sense that they live in rural surroundings; if they ever see sheep, very few have any understanding of the annual cycle of care and maintenance which dominated the lives of their ancestors.
The reality of their everyday lives is very far removed from the olde worlde images, but they tend to feel that this makes them somehow non-Welsh.

This
book, edited by Ann Saer, is an attempt to give Welsh children a voice in discussion of their identity and to help them to see their varied lifestyles as part of the normal fabric of 21st Century life in Wales.
It features a range of children between the ages of eight and eleven, who describe their homes, hobbies and families in words and pictures.
The selection includes people who live very different lives in a wide variety of locations across Wales.
Each featured child has a double-page spread with the text broken up into small chunks or boxes using a range of print styles and colour, as well as action photographs of the subject.
The overall effect is extremely successful in conveying the diversity of modern Welsh children's lives, although interesting similarities emerge, not least their zest for life, enthusiasm and the impressive opportunities which they exploit in their environment.
It is an optimistic book, designed to appeal to primary age children who are invited to use the same format, which is provided in a template, to add an account of their own lives.
I would expect this to appeal to teachers, for whom the text would be an excellent basis for discussion and a stimulus to pupils' own work.
The book concludes with a map of Wales which indicates where the children live and a world map which names the places across the globe to which they are in some way connected.
It is refreshing to find a book of this sort which allows children to speak for themselves.
W.M. Crockett @ www.gwales.com

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Children - Wales - Juvenile literature.|Wales - Social life and customs - 20th century - Juvenile literature.|Wales - Social life and customs - 21st century - Juvenile literature.
Country of Publication
Wales
Number of Pages
64

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