Faces’ subtitle, “People, Places, and Cultures,” nicely sums up how the content and approach of this engaging, humanity-embracing magazine opens minds and perceptions of the world and its inhabitants for young readers.
Each 48-page, thematic issue focuses on a nation and its people and culture with upbeat, informative, well-written stories and fine photography and graphics designed to intellectually and emotionally connect readers with young people in those distant places. Every issue is an immersive exploration other cultures’ language, lifestyle, cuisine, celebrations, and people.
The magazine recently focused on Nepal, featuring on its cover a Nepalese boy with a red-painted “tika” (a blessing) on his forehead, and included stories that introduce readers to Nepal such as a tour of the city where Buddha was born and “The Search for the Yeti.” A fascinating profile of a yak-herding girl and a guide to what to wear in Kathmandu help personalize Nepal. And departments, such as the Art Connection and Critter Corner are quick studies in the Nepalese culture and nature.
Make no mistake, this ad-free magazine goes elsewhere worldwide. Other recent issues have traveled to the far corners of Canada with features that included “Eat Like a Canadian” and the Ojibwe legend of the Moccasin Flower; and to island nations from Galapagos to the Maldives to New Zealand. One entire issue is dedicated to everything that’s gigantic around the world, from animals to mushrooms, celebrations to roadside attractions, and, yes, the Grand Canyon! Faces goes the extra mile to show how, despite our many differences, people around the world are also alike.
Don Oldenburg ©2020 Parents’ Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of “The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion” (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.