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Toy Stories: Photos of children from around the world

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things!

If you grew up watching the Sound of Music, the lyrics to “My Favorite Things” will be nostalgic and bring a smile to your face. When I first heard that song I was enticed by the colourful words and imagery, and was drawn into a fantasy world with a wild imagination. Well imagination was probably one of my most favourite things to use as a child. I placed myself in every story I read, every movie I watched and every song I heard.

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things!

These days whenever I hear my daughter exclaim that something is her “favourite” I find myself thinking backing to my childhood and reliving fond memories of things I once cherished. Oh what a carefree world that was for many of us! Things we had cherished and even worried over like broken toys, lost items and silly fights with friends seem trivial now. I’m sure many adults would do anything to go back and relive those days.

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eye lashes
Silver white winters that melt into spring
These are a few of my favorite things!

When the dog bites, when the bee stings
When I’m feeling sad,
I simply remember my favorite things
and then I don’t feel so bad!

I recently came across these images of children with their favourite things and I love the concept behind it. The images are the work of photojournalist Gabriele Galimberti. He spent over a year visiting more than 50 countries and created colorful images of boys and girls in their homes and neighborhoods with their most prized possessions: their toys. He documented images from Texas to India, Malawi to China, Iceland, Morocco, and Fiji. In his book Toy Stories: Photos of Children from Around the World and Their Favorite Things he provides a visual record of his two-and-a-half-year-long quest to document what boys and girls in 58 countries, consider their most prized earthly possessions.

I wonder, do kids’ imaginations vary across cultures? Perhaps imagination is bound by the opportunities one receives. Or does it even know any limits? I hope you enjoy these images as much as I did. You can find out more information on Gabriele’s website and look for the book online and in libraries.

All photographs © Gabriele Galimberti

Quite an interesting insight into a child’s world and a wonderful photo essay of kids from diverse backgrounds.

To happy memories everywhere…


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