The Story of My Life by Helen Keller -- I have read several bios on Miss Keller, but her autobiographical sketch is the best I have read. Her ability to accomplish so much despite her handicap (she became proficient in several languages) , her thoughts and profound conclusions as to how one becomes truly educated will give you something to think about.
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Travel around the world and follow a child around for a day - Miwa in Japan, Rajiv in India, Celine in France, and Ana in Costa Rica. Learn about the customs, history, language, people. This is a fun way for your child to learn about different people and cultures. Open his or her eyes to the world at a young age. Easy to read, with illustrations.