My School in the Rain Forest: How Children Attend School Around the World Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-12-10 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 7 user ratings

"This book, full of photographs of children from around the world, tells the stories of real kids who go to school in different countries and situations. I think it is very cool and important to learn about all the different types of education, and it can make you feel thankful for the clean desks and paper and pencils we have. But also, I think this book sort of “single-storied” some of the countries, for example when showing a bunch of children in the dirt in Kenya portrays Kenya as the stereotypical image of an African School. I think if this book was shown to kids, it would be important to acknowledge this. " said.

" Brilliant book, perfect for breaking into close reading snippets. I can't wait to use this book to launch our literacy and social studies units. Mad mad props to Margaret Ruurs. " said.

" Grades K-5. A collection of schools from around the world features how students go to school. Where students live can affect what school is like-- do people live far apart? Do students live at school? What resources are available? Who is allowed to go?Great maps and photos make this accessible to children. " said.

" This book was featured as one of the selections for the September 2010: Back-to-School reads at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books group here at Goodreads. " said.

" My School in the Rain Forest by Margriet Ruurs (Boyds Mills Press, 2009) is a wonderful addition to her other book, My Librarian is a Camel. Through beautiful photographs and interesting text, Ruurs shows how children attend classes in such varied places as an outdoor school under a tree in Kenya, onboard the MV Anastasis hospital ship, and in a floating school on a lake in Cambodia. Children from kindergarten through middle school will learn from this eye-captivating book. " said.

" Other reviews claim there are errors in the maps ... don't know if this is true but it's something to verify.I do think they they chose an interesting variety of schools. Kids will be naturally curious and enjoy learning about schools online, or over the radio, in a castle, or on floating school boats or cruise ships.Makes me want to find some schools to Skype with ... at least the ones we could work around the time delay with. " said.

" This book provides a nice introduction to the variety of different ways that students go to school. It was fascinating to read about schools on boats, over the radio, in a monastery, etc. The book focuses on the schools themselves rather than on the children. I would have liked more information about the students, but overall it provides a glimpse into the variety of ways the world has found to educate her children. " said.

" Okay this is a lovely book, but the someone made a geography mistake and no one caught it until a patron told us about it. On the world map on page 4 the country of Afghanistan is pointed out. On the next spread, the school in Afghanistan is featured, and a inset box tells more about the country. The circled country in the inset box is NOT Afghanistan. I think it's Uzbekistan. The country colors are the same as on the previous map. As a map lover, I found this to be a fatal error. " said.

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