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Big People and Little People of Other Lands   By: (1855-1903)

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Big People and Little People of Other Lands by Edward R. Shaw is an enchanting and educational journey into the diverse cultures and fascinating lives of different peoples around the world. Through vivid storytelling and informative descriptions, Shaw takes readers on a global exploration, highlighting the distinct traditions, customs, and ways of life that make each community unique.

The book is divided into several chapters, each focusing on a different country or group of people. Shaw's writing effortlessly transports readers to far-flung destinations, immersing them in the sights, sounds, and flavors of each culture. From the bustling streets of Japan to the majestic landscapes of Africa, every page is filled with rich imagery that brings these places to life.

One of the strengths of this book lies in its ability to present complex information in a way that is accessible and engaging for readers of all ages. Shaw masterfully intertwines historical facts, social structures, and everyday practices with captivating anecdotes and personal stories. This approach not only educates readers about different cultures but also fosters a sense of empathy and understanding towards people from diverse backgrounds.

Moreover, the book also underscores the idea of interconnectedness between people across the globe. Shaw emphasizes the similarities that unite us all, despite our differences in language, customs, and geography. By emphasizing the shared human experiences, Shaw encourages readers to appreciate and celebrate diversity as a source of enrichment rather than division.

The writing style is simple and concise, making it ideal for young readers with a budding curiosity about the world. However, the book's content is not limited to children alone. Even adults will find themselves captivated by the fascinating stories and broad range of topics covered.

Additionally, the inclusion of vibrant illustrations throughout the narrative adds an extra layer of visual appeal to the book. These beautifully crafted drawings breathe life into the descriptions, making it easier for readers to visualize the distinctiveness of each culture.

While Big People and Little People of Other Lands is an excellent resource for anyone seeking to expand their knowledge of the world, it falls slightly short in terms of depth. Due to the breadth of topics covered, there is only so much room for in-depth exploration of each culture. As a result, some readers may crave more detailed information about certain countries or ethnic groups.

Overall, Edward R. Shaw's Big People and Little People of Other Lands is a remarkable book that opens doors to a world of cultures. It is a captivating and enlightening read that encourages readers to appreciate the beauty of diversity and embrace their shared humanity. Whether read independently or enjoyed together as a family, this book serves as a valuable tool for fostering global awareness and understanding.

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Dean of the School of Pedagogy New York University

New York Cincinnati Chicago American Book Company



This little book is designed to meet the child's natural desire to learn or hear of other people than those living in the part of the world about him.

It has been thoroughly proved in our newer pedagogical practice that the child in the first school year is much interested in descriptions of the Indian and the Eskimo. Whenever descriptions of the Indian and the Eskimo have been given him, they have not only fulfilled their purpose in furnishing material for reading and the interrelation of several activities of expression, but they have revealed to him the fact that there are other people in the world, who differ very much from those he has seen.

His interest in different peoples at this time is in their physical appearance, their dress, their ways of living, their customs, their manners, and it arises chiefly from the contrast which descriptions of these afford to familiar customs, conditions, and physical characteristics.

The child is not interested, at that stage of his intellectual development which falls in the first or the second school year, in the situation of countries. It does not matter to him exactly where, geographically, the people about whom he reads live... Continue reading book >>

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