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Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' Favorite
Giraffe-Neck Girl – Make Friends with Different Cultures by Jackie Chase is an excellent book for girls as it will open their eyes to girls who are just like them, but are living vastly different lives. Mucha is a ten-year-old girl who lives in a village in Thailand called Ban Nai Soi and she belongs to a unique tribe. The girls in this tribe wear brass neck rings, which is an unusual custom. In this book, the reader will learn the significance of this practice as well as what life is like for Mucha and her family. The book contains many short chapters, each one focusing on a certain aspect of life for Mucha. For example, one chapter focuses on sleeping while another chapter addresses what clothing they wear and how the laundry is done. Photographs are interspersed throughout the book, offering visuals for the reader to enjoy as well.
Jackie Chase has compiled a lot of information and pictures in her children’s book Giraffe-Neck Girl and this will provide the reader with a thorough understanding of the Padaung tribe. I found this book to be fascinating as I did not know anything about this particular tribe before reading the book and it was both eye-opening and informative to me. I believe this book would be excellent for school-aged children to help expand their world - it will give them a very clear and accurate view of how their life differs from Mucha’s world. We live in a culture that is so immersed in technology and we live such a “cushy” life that is easy to forget that not everyone lives like us; it is easy to take our comfortable life for granted. I really enjoyed this book and would love to read more by this author about other cultures as well.