This is How I Do It


Which fruit and vegetables grow near you? Do you have kiwano (also known as horned melon) like the children of Angola? Or might you eat dulse, a dried red seaweed snack, like the children of the west coast of Ireland? This is How I Do It is an activity book unlike any other. While it is a companion piece to Bookwagon favourite This is How We Do It, this title invites readers to include their lives.

Therefore, they are asked to write down how they help. It might be  they make Sunday morning pancakes like Anon, Artemiy and Amelia in Russia. Or it could be that they hang clothes on the line like Suh Eun in South Korea. How is your food cooked? Magdalem and her parents cook their food on a ‘stove made of bricks‘ in Colombia. In Zimbabwe, Maclean, Macdecide and Maximillian ‘use wood for cooking in their outdoor stove made of bricks‘.

Alongside a comparison and response with fifty-nine real life children from around the world, readers are invited to use stickers. There are postcards, too, that might be sent to family and friends living around the world. Furthermore, there is a fold-out map showing the home countries of the children who have contributed to this activity book.

This is How I Do It is a wonderful discovery and resource for home or school, an invitation for readers to discover their own lives and routines, alongside those of so many other children.


This is How I Do It

Matt LaMothe

(Chronicle Books)

This is How I Do It is the journal accompaniment to the writer’s magnificent This is How We Do It. Readers are invited to compare their lives with fifty-nine other children around the world. While we begin with names, we continue with comparing how we might say and write a greeting such as ‘Hello’. Thereafter, we turn to families; ‘This is who I live with’. The writer invites readers to include the names and types of their pets, or ‘the pet they wish they had’ before entering their address- ‘I live in a/n- in a city called – in the country of’-.’
While there is a familiar beginning of the year, get to know you approach to this activity book, there is more. For through including the responses of real children from other countries, alongside each topic, we have something tangible with which to compare. Furthermore, it offers an opportunity to really consider, so we wonder why we wear the clothes we wear, for example, against the choice of a sulu (Fiji), or black suit, white shirt and tie (a Russian school boy).
This is How I Do It is an assured, thorough and permanent piece, a record worth keeping and continuing. Bookwagon is proud to recommend this beautiful reading resource.


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