Title: My School in the Rain Forest: How Children Attend School Around the World
Author and Illustrator: Margriet Ruurs
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
Concepts: child schooling, economic development
Review: Join Margriet Ruurs for a trip around the world to see the wide variation in school facilities and resources to which some children have access. The reader can learn about children attending school behind a wall in Afghanistan, Cambodian children who paddle their own small boats to a floating school, students in a remote Indian village who sit on a roof-less dirt floor for their lessons, and Nepalese children who attend a boarding school high in the Himalayas.
Not only does a country’s general level of economic development play a role in the type and quality of schooling to which children have access, but parental preferences can also determine if children are home-schooled, go away to boarding school, rely on the internet for distance learning, use public transportation to get to school, or attend school in a more unusual setting. This book provides a refreshing look at school resources and emphasizes the importance of getting an education no matter where in the world one lives.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children