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“Where Children Sleep” presents English-born photographer James Mollison’s large-format photographs of children’s bedrooms around the world—from the U.S.A., Mexico, Brazil, England, Italy, Israel and the West Bank, Kenya, Senegal, Lesotho, Nepal, China and India—alongside portraits of the children themselves. Each pair of photographs is accompanied by an extended caption t “Where Children Sleep” presents English-born photographer James Mollison’s large-format photographs of children’s bedrooms around the world—from the U.S.A., Mexico, Brazil, England, Italy, Israel and the West Bank, Kenya, Senegal, Lesotho, Nepal, China and India—alongside portraits of the children themselves. Each pair of photographs is accompanied by an extended caption that tells the story of each child: Kaya in Tokyo, whose proud mother spends $1,000 a month on her dresses; Bilal the Bedouin shepherd boy, who sleeps outdoors with his father’s herd of goats; the Nepali girl Indira, who has worked in a granite quarry since she was three; and Ankhohxet, the Kraho boy who sleeps on the floor of a hut deep in the Amazon jungle. Photographed over two years with the support of Save the Children (Italy), “Where Children Sleep” is both a serious photo-essay for an adult audience, and also an educational book that engages children themselves in the lives of other children around the world. Its cover features a child’s mobile printed in glow-in-the-dark ink.


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“Where Children Sleep” presents English-born photographer James Mollison’s large-format photographs of children’s bedrooms around the world—from the U.S.A., Mexico, Brazil, England, Italy, Israel and the West Bank, Kenya, Senegal, Lesotho, Nepal, China and India—alongside portraits of the children themselves. Each pair of photographs is accompanied by an extended caption t “Where Children Sleep” presents English-born photographer James Mollison’s large-format photographs of children’s bedrooms around the world—from the U.S.A., Mexico, Brazil, England, Italy, Israel and the West Bank, Kenya, Senegal, Lesotho, Nepal, China and India—alongside portraits of the children themselves. Each pair of photographs is accompanied by an extended caption that tells the story of each child: Kaya in Tokyo, whose proud mother spends $1,000 a month on her dresses; Bilal the Bedouin shepherd boy, who sleeps outdoors with his father’s herd of goats; the Nepali girl Indira, who has worked in a granite quarry since she was three; and Ankhohxet, the Kraho boy who sleeps on the floor of a hut deep in the Amazon jungle. Photographed over two years with the support of Save the Children (Italy), “Where Children Sleep” is both a serious photo-essay for an adult audience, and also an educational book that engages children themselves in the lives of other children around the world. Its cover features a child’s mobile printed in glow-in-the-dark ink.

30 review for Where Children Sleep

  1. 5 out of 5

    Meaghan

    I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. Certainly the photographs were good, showing the children and their bedrooms (or what passed for their bedrooms) and describing their lives in short but emotional vignettes. Many of the stories were sad, and I'm not just talking about the children who lived in poverty either. One child, an American only four or five, was shown wearing heavy makeup and dressed in clothes better suited for a woman in her twenties. Her biography explained that she p I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. Certainly the photographs were good, showing the children and their bedrooms (or what passed for their bedrooms) and describing their lives in short but emotional vignettes. Many of the stories were sad, and I'm not just talking about the children who lived in poverty either. One child, an American only four or five, was shown wearing heavy makeup and dressed in clothes better suited for a woman in her twenties. Her biography explained that she participated in beauty pageants and had won a lot of trophies, and almost all her spare time was spent preparing for one pageant or another. It sounds like she never has time to just be a kid. A fourteen-year-old girl from a shantytown in Brazil was pregnant (out of wedlock, for what's it worth) for the third time; her previous two babies had died. However, the diversity in the book was lacking. There were I think twelve American children featured. Mostly they were from families that were at least middle-class if not very wealthy, and all but four came from the New York City metro area. The whole of Africa had only four children, and Europe only five, three of them from Italy and two from the UK. South America had seven, six of them from Brazil. The tiny country of Nepal had eight children featured. Of Canada, Central America, the Caribbean, the South Pacific and Australia, there were no kids featured at all. I don't know if this was the author/photographer's fault or not -- perhaps there were budget or travel constraints -- but the lopsidedness was a definite drawback. Several of the children who were featured also had lives that were quite unusual for the country they represented. For instance, the youngest geisha in all of Japan got a page, as well a ten-year-old champion sumo wrestler from Tokyo. In fact there are hardly any geisha at all in Japan anymore, and using a geisha in full regalia and a beachball-shaped sumo wrestler as two of the four Japanese kids seems to be catering to stereotypes. (And speaking of fat kids, in America they also had a boy who was very overweight and living at a boarding school for obese children -- the only one of its kind in the country.) The commentary to the photographs also occasionally seemed to pass judgment on the children, or more so their families. With one quite obese six-year-old (not the boarding school student previously mentioned), the author makes a point of saying the boy visits McDonald's often and there are four televisions in his apartment and he learned how to use the PlayStation by age three. There's an Italian teenager who, it says, doesn't have to do any chores at all because his mother does everything for him, and plans to marry his girlfriend "who -- he expects -- will take over the job of looking after him." I'd still say the book was worth reading/looking at. I just wish they had covered more countries and more children.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bryce Holt

    It will change you. Is there really any higher compliment than that? This will show you both how different in materialism our world's children can be and yet how similar their collective dreams are. My only regrets were that it wasn't longer (which I understand because it doesn't need to be -it makes its point pretty well in the 120 or so pages it is) and didn't cover more geography (which I can also understand because, hey, everyone's got a budget). Still, I go to the opening line of, "it will It will change you. Is there really any higher compliment than that? This will show you both how different in materialism our world's children can be and yet how similar their collective dreams are. My only regrets were that it wasn't longer (which I understand because it doesn't need to be -it makes its point pretty well in the 120 or so pages it is) and didn't cover more geography (which I can also understand because, hey, everyone's got a budget). Still, I go to the opening line of, "it will change you," and I mean that in the best way possible. Find a way to read this before you read whatever book you have lined up next, then tell everyone else what I'm telling you.

  3. 5 out of 5

    7jane

    This book is especially targeted towards children from 9 to 13, to ponder on (esp. on inequality issues). Each two pages has picture of a child, and little background information, and the place they sleep in (not necessarily a place they *always* sleep in). The pictures are from 16 different countries, and from different levels (rich kids to very very poor ones). This book was made from pictures gathered over 5-6 years, with some help from Save The Children charity. The children vary in age from This book is especially targeted towards children from 9 to 13, to ponder on (esp. on inequality issues). Each two pages has picture of a child, and little background information, and the place they sleep in (not necessarily a place they *always* sleep in). The pictures are from 16 different countries, and from different levels (rich kids to very very poor ones). This book was made from pictures gathered over 5-6 years, with some help from Save The Children charity. The children vary in age from 4 to 17. When you think about a place to sleep, you might think of a bedroom that 1-3 kids sleep in, with some toys etc. around. This is not the case for many children in this book. Some are refugees, are at boarding school, geisha training or monastery, have no permanent home, are child workers, gang members, former child soldiers, etc. Bedplaces vary: a mattress or a sofa in the open, a corner of a mat under a no-walls structure, a couple of tyres with flies constantly around, a hut corner, a wooden stool acting as a pillow in open nature... You notices some items: beauty pageant/karate trophies, rooms with themes like american football or hunting gear, a Mao poster, a martyr poster of one's older brother, wooden writing plate to be used while studying Quran passages... Not all children are named, to protect them (like the former child soldier). Some mention their favorite food, what they want to become when they grow up, how much homework they have each day. There's a lot to think about: teen pregnancy, forced gang-joining, child labor, being an orphan, unhealthy living spaces, the threat of the goverment tearing down the home, disabilities, being accused of being cursed (and thus cut off from other people), addiction, female circumcision - these appearing at least. But it's a worthy book, a good book to talk about with one's child, and even for an adult it can be an eye-opener and a motivator. A clear book that tells a lot of stories, and well worth owning for all. :)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dave Schaafsma

    One of my fave books of the year by British photographer James Mollison, who takes pictures of various places kids sleep, rich kids, poor kids, and the effect is profoundly sad in its depiction of worldwide inequities, of economic disparity, and how little we as a planet care about poverty and children. We don't think of all children as our children, we only think of our own. Sad. "Not our problem." Or maybe we don't even think of our own! Also included are photos of poor kids from the "greatest One of my fave books of the year by British photographer James Mollison, who takes pictures of various places kids sleep, rich kids, poor kids, and the effect is profoundly sad in its depiction of worldwide inequities, of economic disparity, and how little we as a planet care about poverty and children. We don't think of all children as our children, we only think of our own. Sad. "Not our problem." Or maybe we don't even think of our own! Also included are photos of poor kids from the "greatest" and richest country in the world. As we must all know, the disparity grows larger every year, which can only lead to further despair and rage and disease and disorder. This book was published in 2010 in London, which is one reason we may not know it so well yet here. But it is a must read for kids and adults, families. Only 16 countries are represented in this collection, but it is enough to get a sense of a pattern.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Raina

    Oh, I love me an insightful pictorial work. This one contains children. (Acknowledgement of the vaguely creepy title.) On each spread, the right side is a full-page image of the child's bedroom. The left side includes a portrait of the child against a neutral background, and a paragraph of text about the child, including information such as school, work, what they want to be when they grow up, etc. At the beginning, Mollison includes a relatively short introduction, which talks about how he starte Oh, I love me an insightful pictorial work. This one contains children. (Acknowledgement of the vaguely creepy title.) On each spread, the right side is a full-page image of the child's bedroom. The left side includes a portrait of the child against a neutral background, and a paragraph of text about the child, including information such as school, work, what they want to be when they grow up, etc. At the beginning, Mollison includes a relatively short introduction, which talks about how he started working on the project. The ending includes a world map, designed in the same aesthetic as the cover, which indexes where the children featured are from, globally. At first, I felt that the tiny size of the font in the only words on these pages was a problem - it is very small - difficult to read, in fact. However, minimizing the text feels like both a creative and methodical choice, as you are forced to treat the text almost as an afterthought, and definitely a compliment to the pictures, rather than the other way round. If you have trouble reading small fonts, I recommend that you come prepared with a magnification device - the words are definitely worth the read. I found myself exclaiming out loud as I read a high proportion of these pages. One draws certain conclusions from these images, and then, often, those conclusions are shown to be... not necessarily the actual reality of this specific child. Also, the photographer was born in Kenya, and raised in Oxford, England. The way he talks about these kids feels different than the way I usually hear people talk about children. I was particularly fascinated by the bit about the kid in England dealing with mental illness. The system of restrictions on him is significant in its difference from this phenomenon in the United States. Just a small sampling of the standouts to me: The punk from Scotland who's had a Mohawk since she was six. The "mummy's boy" from Italy. The heartbreaking beggar from Nepal. The eleven year old, bedroom all in camo, who owns two guns, but prefers to hunt with crossbow, and has a pet lizard named Lily. The 14-year-old who's been pregnant 3 times. The tearful five year old who lives in a shack and wants to be a nurse. In the cases of children with dedicated bedrooms, with the privilege of décor, I wanted to know who had chosen that décor, and how it was chosen. I noticed the high number of children who wanted to be a teacher or medical person when they grew up, and this made me think about the question of Who are the idols of our culture? Mollison more-or-less alternates children on the two ends of the class spectrum. Suffice it to say, I found this book thought-provoking. I finished it, and immediately handed it to my partner so she could read it too. Library-users: Cool pictorial books like this often hide deep in the nonfiction stacks. Put this book on hold!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Erin Epperson

    This book really opened my eyes to what conditions other kids my age are living in around the world! While some live in luxury, others live in poverty and are praying for food every day. This book taught me to be grateful of what you have, and that you have a home, and clothes to wear everyday. I definitely recommend this book!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    The concept of this book is simple, but devastatingly effective. Each two page spread has a portrait of a child, a paragraph about that child's life and a photo of the place where they sleep. And within that simple set up there are whole universes. Some children have rooms to themselves that they can decorate as they wish, some live in dormitories, some sleep with their families, one sleeps on discarded tires in a rubbish tip, and another on an outdoor mattress because his family were arrested w The concept of this book is simple, but devastatingly effective. Each two page spread has a portrait of a child, a paragraph about that child's life and a photo of the place where they sleep. And within that simple set up there are whole universes. Some children have rooms to themselves that they can decorate as they wish, some live in dormitories, some sleep with their families, one sleeps on discarded tires in a rubbish tip, and another on an outdoor mattress because his family were arrested when they tried erecting a tent. There are first worlders and third worlders, members of traditional tribes and members of pop cultural tribes (like the Scottish girl whose punk family has raised her as a punk). Some are surrounded by love and community, others have been cast out, like the Senegalese girl believed to be cursed by witches who will now no longer be allowed to live with women of child bearing age. Some of the children get to concentrate on their education and play, some get to devote time to hobbies like beauty pageants and hunting, some only get to work and others get a little study time along with their jobs. Reading about teachers like the one in Kathmandu who has made it his mission to educate child domestic workers like the one in this book (whose cage-like sleeping space is truly disturbing) made me tear up a bit. He's bringing so much joy & richness to a very hard life. And James Mollison is bringing a torch to light the darkness that separates us from each other, making it hard for us to see both the diversity in our experiences on this planet and the universal constants that hold true for us all. This book helps us see each other that little bit more clearly. The one limitation this book has is that Mollison was limited by practical constraints: he could only photograph children in countries he was visiting for other projects, so while the book covers a goodly amount of the globe the majority of the children are from a few countries: the US, Brazil, Nepal, China & the West Bank are particularly well represented. But even here Mollison as made intelligent use of his resources by choosing children from different walks of life in each country: the child of a wealthy lawyer living in a penthouse on 5th Ave in NYC has a very different experience than the Appalachian girl whose parents have McJobs and whose house is literally falling apart. Similarly the girl whose older brother died as a suicide bomber for Palestine has a very different experience of life than the son of an Israeli West Bank settler - and this book shows that even the sons of West Bank settlers have different lives, we can see one's artsy, hipsterish settlement bedroom, while another's looks impersonal & straight from IKEA. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who just gets curious about people and how they live. The text is straightforward & I think the book is suitable for all ages, anyone ten or older should be able to while away hours reading it, looking at the pictures and thinking about our world.

  8. 5 out of 5

    E

    An amazing book that nudges and then knocks the reader out of her comfort zone, whether she's fourteen or forty. After growing up on Peter Spier's "People" or any one of UNICEF's books that present the message that "We're essentially all the same at heart and want peace," pre-teens should read this for a healthy dose of honesty. No matter where they come from, few of the children photographed are smiling. Older fans should also read "Living in the Material World" by Peter Menzel and "Women in th An amazing book that nudges and then knocks the reader out of her comfort zone, whether she's fourteen or forty. After growing up on Peter Spier's "People" or any one of UNICEF's books that present the message that "We're essentially all the same at heart and want peace," pre-teens should read this for a healthy dose of honesty. No matter where they come from, few of the children photographed are smiling. Older fans should also read "Living in the Material World" by Peter Menzel and "Women in the Material World" by Faith D'Alusio. Fifteen years later, Mollison's book echoes Menzel's message, which was a reaction to the Madonna song summed up thusly: "The world needed a reality check."

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gord Harris

    I read this book with my eleven year old daughter. We both really liked it. It really makes you think about your life, and for us it helped reinforce how well off we truly are, and how much more difficult our lives could be. It also reminded us of the inequality in the world. Other reviewers make a good point: the book is not comprehensive regarding geography, nor does it describe children at all levels of prosperity. But how could it? For what it does present it is very interesting. We read this I read this book with my eleven year old daughter. We both really liked it. It really makes you think about your life, and for us it helped reinforce how well off we truly are, and how much more difficult our lives could be. It also reminded us of the inequality in the world. Other reviewers make a good point: the book is not comprehensive regarding geography, nor does it describe children at all levels of prosperity. But how could it? For what it does present it is very interesting. We read this book (mostly) while riding public transit to school in the mornings. The fact that each child had just a paragraph description made it easy to pickup and read for just a few minutes at a time. The best part of the book was the discussions that took place after each child's story.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Terri

    While I liked the concept, I found the execution to be marred by A) too great a focus on a few select cities (e.g. Kathmandu, NYC) and B) the selection of children - many of whom would be considered as exceptional in their societies, rather than the norm. In teaching, I would only use this in grade 7 with students who are mature enough to handle issues such as circumcision rituals, teen pregnancy, gangs, drugs, and violence. Even then, I would be more tempted to use "Material World", which even While I liked the concept, I found the execution to be marred by A) too great a focus on a few select cities (e.g. Kathmandu, NYC) and B) the selection of children - many of whom would be considered as exceptional in their societies, rather than the norm. In teaching, I would only use this in grade 7 with students who are mature enough to handle issues such as circumcision rituals, teen pregnancy, gangs, drugs, and violence. Even then, I would be more tempted to use "Material World", which even though dated, at least provides a clear understanding of the AVERAGE family in a given country.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rekha

    The photographs are beautiful, jarring, sad, interesting. I would have loved it if there had been more geographic diversity (no Russia, Oceania, not much Northern Africa or Europe, and all of North America is represented by New York, New Jersey, North Carolina and Kentucky). Also the narratives made me wonder which facts about the kids got picked to share. I would have liked it more if there were quotes from the kids themselves. What would they like us to know about their lives?

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cristina Quattrone

    Interesting read and classroom resource when tackling children’s rights...I do wish there was more diversity (ex- several examples from USA but multiples from NY, NJ, and Kentucky??)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    I got this book because I love the photography books by Peter Menzel. Where Children Sleep was created as a project to raise awareness of children's rights. I think the project is fascinating ... pictures of children's bedrooms. As Mollison describes in his intro, his bedroom as a young person was a place to express his individuality, his interests at the time, a sanctuary. For me too .. I loved my bedroom as a child. So I was surprised when I read this book that his pictures of the featured chi I got this book because I love the photography books by Peter Menzel. Where Children Sleep was created as a project to raise awareness of children's rights. I think the project is fascinating ... pictures of children's bedrooms. As Mollison describes in his intro, his bedroom as a young person was a place to express his individuality, his interests at the time, a sanctuary. For me too .. I loved my bedroom as a child. So I was surprised when I read this book that his pictures of the featured children's bedrooms were very staged. Their cherished objects and possessions were placed, it seemed, as a kind of commentary - even though Mollison says he is not intending any. The portraits of the children were much more interesting and authentic to me. All the portraits were done on a neutral background and not in context with their bedroom. The photography is amazing and I actually got a better sense of who these children are through their portraits. Each portrait is accompanied by a description of the child's life and their room. The descriptions are written for a 12 year old reading level (there is some hope that this book will be shared by parents with their children as a joint reading project), so they are quite simple. Very interesting .. I wish there were more. Or an "adults version" of this book. I also wish (as several reviewers have said) that Mollison covered a larger geography. It was very much limited to places he went for other assignments. If your library has it, I recommend checking it out from there or borrowing a friends copy. And it would be an interesting exercise to read it with children. The book certainly offers a view that most North Americans don't get to see and for that it is commendable. But for me it did fall short of its promise.

  14. 4 out of 5

    M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews

    This is a very sobering view on families and how people live all around the world. I knew that there were poor children around the world, and that not every child is as privileged as an American child usually is, but the variety in images in here is still very eye-opening. There are some things you might expect to see, and others... not so much. The amount of disparity in some of the images is crushing at times. The author has chosen an effective medium to convey the story of children around the This is a very sobering view on families and how people live all around the world. I knew that there were poor children around the world, and that not every child is as privileged as an American child usually is, but the variety in images in here is still very eye-opening. There are some things you might expect to see, and others... not so much. The amount of disparity in some of the images is crushing at times. The author has chosen an effective medium to convey the story of children around the world. Highly recommended.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alicen

    This is an amazing photojournalism book portraying portraits of children from around the world and next to them where they sleep. The juxtapositions of the children and their rooms (and in some cases, lack of a room) were extremely moving and to see how differently children live around the world was quite honestly depressing and disturbing. This is a book that will stay with me for a long time as a reminder of the vast inequalities that exist on our planet today.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ummu Auni

    There are times when you feel isolated, you feel you've been let down, you feel like the sky is falling down, open up this book and you'll realise you should be grateful for what God had given you. Through eyes of humanity, this book explores the rich, the middle class and the poor at the point of breaking your heart. I love the captions and the pictures. Engaging and heart wrenching. There are times when you feel isolated, you feel you've been let down, you feel like the sky is falling down, open up this book and you'll realise you should be grateful for what God had given you. Through eyes of humanity, this book explores the rich, the middle class and the poor at the point of breaking your heart. I love the captions and the pictures. Engaging and heart wrenching.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Abigail W

    This was the book that got me into photography books. I love it so much because you get to see children around the world. What I didn't like is that although it was a vast range of kids, it didn't really represent each ethnicity/country as well as it could have. But I guess this is something you can't avoid. This was the book that got me into photography books. I love it so much because you get to see children around the world. What I didn't like is that although it was a vast range of kids, it didn't really represent each ethnicity/country as well as it could have. But I guess this is something you can't avoid.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amna AlSayyah

    Eye-opening, for both myself and my 5 year old nephew who loved it. I think he saw it; the diversity of the people on this earth with us, and the fact that not everyone is as privileged as he is and he is not more privileged than everyone else

  19. 4 out of 5

    Libby

    Amazing pictures (as you'd expect, since the project was sponsored by Benetton), but the wide-eyed pseudo-naivete doesn't hide the fact that, real as these children are, they're hardly a fair sample of their various countries, and the pictures and stories of the poorer kids are weirdly exoticizing. Amazing pictures (as you'd expect, since the project was sponsored by Benetton), but the wide-eyed pseudo-naivete doesn't hide the fact that, real as these children are, they're hardly a fair sample of their various countries, and the pictures and stories of the poorer kids are weirdly exoticizing.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mir

    The world is pretty fucked up and so are the lives of most people in it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    A book of pictures of children's sleeping spaces around the world - revelatory and haunting. A book of pictures of children's sleeping spaces around the world - revelatory and haunting.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tate

    Really good, think you should read it. It tells about where different children sleep.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    I got in trouble with my son for giving this book to his seven-year-old daughter for Christmas. My intentions were good; I wanted her to get an idea about how other children in the world live, and I thought she would be interested to see where other children sleep. I hoped that the photos would help her to look at her own world with greater perspective and she would feel a deeper appreciation for what she has. So, I gave her the book, based on reviews I have read and some of the wonderful photos I got in trouble with my son for giving this book to his seven-year-old daughter for Christmas. My intentions were good; I wanted her to get an idea about how other children in the world live, and I thought she would be interested to see where other children sleep. I hoped that the photos would help her to look at her own world with greater perspective and she would feel a deeper appreciation for what she has. So, I gave her the book, based on reviews I have read and some of the wonderful photos that appeared on the internet; those photos simply showed the names, ages and location of where the children lived. I didn't know that there is also accompanying text explaining each child's life in greater detail. I didn't realize how terribly depressing some of them are. I knew some of the photos were gritty, but I wanted her to know that other children don't live the way she does. Anyway, my son was not pleased; it depressed HIM and he had to edit a lot of what he read to my granddaughter and there were some frank discussions with her that he would have rather not had - about the fourteen-year-old girl who is pregnant with her third child, or the boy whose parents both died from AIDS, for example. He wasn't angry with me, but I could see he was nonplussed and somewhat frustrated. Now I feel bad. No argument that this book is well produced, the photography is top-notch and the subject is worthy. It is important in many ways, and these children deserve to be known, but it is not a book for young children. Even some adults could have problems with it. Read this judiciously before considering it as a gift for anyone. I wish I had done that.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Karen Gedeon

    Where Children Sleep by James Mollison – In the United States children’s bedrooms are viewed as a rite of passage – the first thing that reflects them: their likes, their passions. A child’s bedroom is their safe haven; a holder of all their secrets. This is not the case in other parts of the world as author James Mollison eloquently points out. Mollison traveled around the world interviewing children and snapping photos of what they call their bedrooms. Children from privileged families who liv Where Children Sleep by James Mollison – In the United States children’s bedrooms are viewed as a rite of passage – the first thing that reflects them: their likes, their passions. A child’s bedroom is their safe haven; a holder of all their secrets. This is not the case in other parts of the world as author James Mollison eloquently points out. Mollison traveled around the world interviewing children and snapping photos of what they call their bedrooms. Children from privileged families who live in mansions, to those who are homeless, from those who share a one room shack with their large family to those who have been sent away to live in schools (military, geisha, religious). Each child is highlighted on a two page spread with their photo and one paragraph explaining their family, living and school situations. The right side of the spread is a full page color photo of their “bedroom”. Morrison does not highlight the disparity he found around the globe, nor does he mention how broad reaching certain brands have become even though they are prevalent in many photos. A world map at the end shows where the more than four dozen children live. An excellent book allowing readers to compare cultures.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Aldo

    The book was good I liked ho it showed nice clear pictures of the kids and their rooms but I felt uncomfortable seeing all the rooms of the poor kids and it really made me feel privileged about all that I have and made me treasure my things mor then I do. The author did a good job with the photographs but he or she could have shown less of the sad and depressing pictures I understand why he did it but that is just what I think he could have changed.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    This book is very well done and eye-opening. It is also wildly depressing. The children from the US are mostly very wealthy and from New York - the children from the rest of the world are mostly very poor. Almost none of the children look happy in their pictures, and the biographies sometimes read as fairly judgmental. I guess I was hoping for a larger cross-section of the world's cultures. This book is very well done and eye-opening. It is also wildly depressing. The children from the US are mostly very wealthy and from New York - the children from the rest of the world are mostly very poor. Almost none of the children look happy in their pictures, and the biographies sometimes read as fairly judgmental. I guess I was hoping for a larger cross-section of the world's cultures.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tink Magoo is bad at reviews

    I love the idea around this book, especially to highlight the differences un culturefor children, but the result didn't work quite as well as I expected. The paragraph with each child was almost awkward and a lot were from the same areas instead of spread out more. I know that must be a difficult prospect but the book would have had more impact for me and my children if that was the case. I love the idea around this book, especially to highlight the differences un culturefor children, but the result didn't work quite as well as I expected. The paragraph with each child was almost awkward and a lot were from the same areas instead of spread out more. I know that must be a difficult prospect but the book would have had more impact for me and my children if that was the case.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Portable

    This gorgeous book of photographs documents the lives and living spaces of children around the world, and while the text is aimed at ages 9-13 years, I've found it a valuable resource and discussion point for our children, who love to see how other children live. This gorgeous book of photographs documents the lives and living spaces of children around the world, and while the text is aimed at ages 9-13 years, I've found it a valuable resource and discussion point for our children, who love to see how other children live.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Ablett

    A vivid pictorial with descriptions of children around the world photographed in their bedrooms, surrounded by their “things.” This is not a novel, but rather a book-like documentary to inform of us lives around the world.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Olivia (Phoenix_Park)

    Broadening your horizon has never been easier - this book is amazing! <3

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