by Peter Spier

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A celebration of diverse world cultures from the brilliant Peter Spier, one of the most beloved children's illustrators of the last fifty years. In this breathtaking tour around the world, young readers can pore over the many details that make each country and culture unique and special—illuminated by Spier's detailed and witty illustrations of festivals and holidays, foods, religions, homes, pets, and clothing. In print since 1980, this classic, boundary-pushing book is a must-have in today's global age—a tribute to the ways in which we as the world's citizens are at once both different and the same.

★ “The Caldecott Medalist has created his most ambitious and impressive picture book so far, with minutely detailed and exquisite paintings of human beings on all four continents.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A wonderful introduction to a global view that will answer and arouse curiosity in the young and act as an absorbing reminder for any age.”—School Library Journal
· The Christopher Award
· An American Bookseller Pick of the Lists

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385244695
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 04/01/1988
Series: Zephyr Books Series
Edition description: Reprint Large Print
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 165,527
Product dimensions: 9.82(w) x 13.00(h) x 0.19(d)
Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

On his arrival in the United States in 1952, PETER SPIER became one of this country's most popular and renowned illustrators. His books, acclaimed by critics and readers alike, have won numerous awards and honors: Noah's Ark won the Caldecott Medal and The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night was a Caldecott Honor Book. People was awarded the Christopher Medal and was also nominated for an American Book Award and received the National Mass Media Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews for "outstanding contributions to better human relations and the cause of brotherhood." Mr. Spier was born and educated in Amsterdam. Before coming to the United States he served in the Royal Dutch Navy. He illustrated over one hundred books, and his work can be found in museums and private collections across the country. In addition to illustrating and writing, Mr. Spier was an avid and celebrated builder of model ships. Peter Spier died in 2017, at the age of 89.

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People 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my 3 year old's favorite books. She loves the detailed pictures and picks out something else to ask about each time we read it. A eye-opening book for a young child; one that should teach concepts of differences and tolerance. I'm sure she will enjoy this book for years to come as she grows in understanding of the world around her.
ttocsmij More than 1 year ago
I can hardly add to what Chrijeff has said (see his Amazon review). I love this book and wholeheartedly recommend it to all age groups. Perhaps if this was translated and shown to children around the world, world peace could come in a few generations (providing we can keep those pesky grownups out of the way).
DanielGreene More than 1 year ago
Call it what you will but both my Sister and I had this book growing up. And I am convinced to this day that it is because of this book that I understand all people of the world, except for racist ones.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The illustrations in this book are so great, with the few written words, make a great opportunity for adults and children to discuss differences in people both from the USA and other places in the world. This book usually makes it to any baby shower/birth present I give, along with 4 others, for the reasons given above. My (now adult) chiildren loved this book - they found my fathers ears and nose illustrated in all their oversized glory! - as well other physical traits in their father's family. This book also allows for discussions on the child's level about prejudice, various cultural differences, and diversity in the world. This is such a great book, I recommend it to everyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
People is a book about the kaleidoscope created by differences in the people of the world. Peter Spier illustrates differences in everything from clothing to noses to customs, showing respect for all. Our three children found the illustrations fascinating when they were young. The book provided a platform for discussing diversity and teaching respect. This Christmas, I'm buying the book for my grandaughters to continue the family tradition...
jhill06 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Critique: This is a good example of an infromational book because of how it incorperates information and statistics in a way that it facinating and relavent to the individual. It talks about the many different kinds of games that people play all over the world, and the different ways people dress. It gives all this information about people from everywhere and what they live in, while making it so interesting. Genre:InformationalAge Level: Primary, intermediate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My granddaughter (age 6) had checked this out from her school library, and fell in love with it. I was sold on the values it reinforces; i.e., respecting the differences in people.
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P_B_and_J More than 1 year ago
No better children's book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I use this book in the classroom as a lesson in respecting diversity in others. Kids find some of the illustrations really interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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