Beautiful Feet Around the World with Picture Books Part 1 – Grades K-3

A living books geography course for grades K-3.

160-page guide

You will need to buy books/readers to complete this course.

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This study is designed to be an introductory course to world cultures and geography for the primary grade student through delightful children’s picture books. Along with award-winning literature, this course includes nature study, folktales, fables, music, art, poetry and history.

Gentle Socratic questions are designed to prompt discussion and discovery. Geographic elements include country maps and flags for students to cut out, paint or color, encouraging journaling of all the student is learning.

Each country visited features a selection of animals indigenous to those regions. These beautiful drawings will familiarize students with some remarkable creatures, their habitat and habits, cultivating respect and wonder for the natural world.

Part One covers Asia, Africa, Australia, and Antarctica. In Asia we explore China, Japan, Thailand, and India. In Africa we visit Morocco, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, and Ghana.

Each country visited also includes a Library Connection, as well as History and Biography suggestions, so that teachers can expand the study with additional recommendations. Each chapter concludes with a fun foray into the cuisine of the country with recipes, photos, and links to create a memorable evening visiting unique culinary creations from around the world.

The study features 70 lessons and can be used in one semester or one year depending on pace. Complete 4 lessons per week for a semester study or 2 lessons per week for a year-long study.

Books used with this course:


The Story of Little Babaji

Crow Boy

The Story About Ping

Once a Mouse…

The Emperor’s Egg

Hush! A Thai Lullaby

Anno’s China

The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks

The Lotus Seed

The Day of Ahmed’s Secret

Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees


Emmanuel’s Dream

Grandfather’s Journey

Ruby’s Wish

Ming Lo Moves Mountains


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