Torina's World: A Child's Life in Madagascar Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-05-11 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 5 user ratings

" Wonderful compare/contrast resource for developing children's world awareness. " said.

"We LOVE this book for introducing other cultures to our kids. Although our particular interest has been Madagascar, this book would be helpful for anyone who want their children to learn about other cultures. Beautiful pictures and simple questions that ask the child about how their life is similar to the Malagasy children in the book. (For those who may be reading this review and know me personally, I'll note that this is not a specifically Christian book, though parents can ask more application questions directed in that way.)" said.

"This story of Torina is inspiring. It did exactly what the author intended which was to make me think about my own life. This is a story about a young girl living in Madagascar. Her name is Torina. The story is told through her eyes and each page is a different black and white photograph of her and the civilians in her village. The best part of the story is that it isn't a lie, it shows the truth about how humans live in Madagascar. The story begins by introducing the audience to Torina, who she is and where she lives. Then Torina leads us to see all the different things the people in her land do on a daily basis. Next, Torina shows us how they grow and what their home life is like. Immediately, I was drawn to thinking about how simple this book lends itself to making connections. After all, the author asks questions to the audience. For example, when Torina tells about how they play, the next part is a question asking what the reader does for play? As a first grade teacher, I think about how nice it would be to compare and contrast this story with our own lives. The last section is amazing. Torina shows us that her people have feelings, like us. But in this section of the story, the author chooses not to use words because despite the language barrier, feelings can be interpreted by the images. I think the author doesn’t ask any questions because all humans have similar emotions. The faces of the individuals and Torina are just like ours. They smile, laugh, cry, and are afraid. The author mentions in her foreward how many of the civilians had never seen a foreigner and some were delighted and some were shy. This was the first book of real photos that I have chosen this semester and I am thrilled about it! I thought this story was incredibly helpful to see into the lives of another world as well as to reflect on our own. This story would be a great read aloud for children up to 5th grade but could be used for older students studying geography or sociology." said.

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