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Look Where We Live!

A First Book of Community Building

illustrated by Scot Ritchie

tagged: other, city & town life
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Description

In this engaging nonfiction picture book, five young friends --- Nick, Yulee, Pedro, Sally and Martin --- spend the day traveling around their neighborhood and participating in activities designed to raise money for their local library. Along the way, they learn about the people and places that make up their community and what it means to be a part of one. A map opens the story, with each of the places the children will be visiting labeled, including the gas station, retirement home, school, police station, soccer field, community garden and, of course, the library! Then each of the following spreads features a different location, detailed in a bright, busy illustration. Illustration captions expand the locations' connections to the concept of community. For example, when they stop at a yard sale, the caption reads, “Donating means you give something to help a good cause. You can donate money, things or your time.” In some cases, readers are asked to find things or people within the illustrations, which adds an interactive experience.

Author and illustrator Scot Ritchie has created a rich resource for social studies lessons on places, roles and jobs within a community, and what it takes to be a responsible citizen. But there is also the potential here for even broader classroom discussions, including about the economy of a community, geography and mapping, and how the character education concepts of cooperation, responsibility and teamwork apply. The author has also included step-by-step instructions for a puzzle-making project.

About the Author

Scot Ritchie has illustrated over sixty books and written/illustrated another fifteen, including the Exploring Our Community series (Kids Can Press) and Let’s Go! The Story of Getting from There to Here (Maple Tree Press/OwlKids, 2009), which was the TD Grade One Book Giveaway winner. He is an ongoing contributor to Bark! and Write magazines, and has drawn numerous covers and editorial illustrations for everything from the Wall St. Journal to Maclean’s. He lives in Vancouver, BC—and still visits Camosun Bog.

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Contributor Notes

Scot Ritchie is an award winning illustrator who lives in Vancouver British Columbia. He has illustrated over 40 children's books, (some of which he also wrote) including Let's Go! The Story of Getting from There to Here, Up, Up and Away and the Basics for Beginners series, Hockey, Baseball and Soccer.

Scot Ritchie is an award winning illustrator who lives in Vancouver British Columbia. He has illustrated over 40 children's books, (some of which he also wrote) including Let's Go! The Story of Getting from There to Here, Up, Up and Away and the Basics for Beginners series, Hockey, Baseball and Soccer.

Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
4 to 7
Grade:
p to 2
Editorial Reviews

It's a fine addition to the series.—CM Magazine


This engaging picture book packs a tremendous amount of accessible information into an appealingpackage.—Booklist


An excellent addition for the community shelf, this minimizes didacticism while encompassing many aspects of the topic that are missing from other entries.—Kirkus Reviews


A strong selection for preschool collections in any community.—School Library Journal


... a wonderful springboard to learning about community building and participating in community events.—Resource Links