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****The Milestones Project

Celebrating Childhood Around the World

photography by Dr. Richard Steckel and Michele Steckel

featuring original writings by children's authors, illustrators, and advocates

Reviewed March 29, 2005.
Tricycle Press, Berkeley, 2004.  64 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (J 305.23 MIL).
Sonderbooks Stand-out 2005 (#5, Children's Nonfiction)

This book is a delightful look at children from all over the world and the milestones which they all alike go through.

Photographers Dr. Richard Steckel and Michele Steckel took pictures of children all over the world.  They asked them about the important things in their lives.  They mixed the children’s writings in with writings by children’s authors about important things in their lives.  We hear from J. K. Rowling about getting glasses, from Megan McDonald about her playhouse, from Katharine Holabird about her sisters, and from Mark Teague about trying to hide a bad haircut.

It’s a delight to simply browse through this book and look at the delightful pictures of the children.  My favorite page is the first page of haircuts.  There are three pictures of little boys, all making that little-boy-getting-a-haircut face which I remember on the faces of my own sons.  There are more wonderful pictures of kids with pets, kids doing chores, kids with lost teeth, and kids playing.

The children are from all over the world and are equally adorable.  The creators of this book reached their goal of celebrating the many, many ways we are all alike.

You can learn more about The Milestones Project at its website,

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