Over a month ago third grade teacher, Mrs. Yager, and I began our second annual venture into the international world with her students. They researched in books and databases (Britannica and Culturegrams), created detailed trifolds to display their research, "became" an 8 year old from their country while being scrutinized by me, that crazy librarian, in front of a blue or green screen (paper hanging in my back office) for a video and then tonight, dressed up again, served food to all our guests and greeted them in their national duds.
And guests we had! A grandfather even pointed out my capacity sign in the library laughing. Please don't tell anyone.
These are the countries we had represented tonight.
Quite a variety, huh?
The food was incredible. Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to sample too many of them. We had pizzelles from Italy (my daughter's favorite!), samoas and palak paneer from India, meat pockets from Djibouti, cake and cookies from all over, Irish soda bread, German potato salad, flan from Spain and so much more!
I have to put a huge plug in for Britannica. We have Britannica and Image Quest and it made life so much easier for these young researchers. As they say on their site, "millions of rights-cleared" images. No doubt there were millions. Every image on every trifold was from Britannica. Note to all librarians and administrators: For this alone, it is well worth the investment.
Check this out (note: not all of the countries are represented in my photos):
|Not even our whole crowd! The guests just kept coming and coming!|
|Kiley from Ireland|
|Rachael from China|
|Samuel from Ukraine|
|Ryan from Germany|
|Joestin from England|
|Mya from the Philippines (my son loved the pork dish she brought)|
|Abby from Spain|
|Bruce from Fiji (love the Fiji water)|
|Liam from Brazil (even his little brother was dressed up in a Brazil shirt)|
|Sarah from Sweden (I never made it back over here for any of the treats :-( )|
|Micah from Italy with his pizzelles-yum!|
|Jack from Kenya|
|Aaron from Russia (His dad made the costume which looked so authentic!)|
|John from Finland (Did you know that almost everyone has a sauna in Finland?)|
|Quite the spread from Pakistan, that again, sadly I didn't get to taste :-(|
|Enjoying a meat pocket from Djibouti|
|Aiden from Argentina|
|Out of costume, Evan, from Mexico--That's a lot of food!|
|Isiah from India|
|Grandparents from "Spain"|
|Principal Derby taking a break from all the food!|
And finally, all of our international guests!
|Can you guess where everyone is from?|