James Chapman has been illustrating international silliness since 2013, through his on-going series Soundimals. Continuing to find the fun in cultural differences, Worldly Words of Wisdom compiles illustrated versions of over 150 common sayings from Venezuela to South Korea.
Beautiful, full-page illustrations of wise words that never quite made it into the English language, as well as equivalents to the old classics like “too many cooks” (“too many grandmothers spoil the child” – Macedonia) and “it’s raining cats and dogs” (“it’s raining husbands” – Colombia).
Fun for all ages, this book highlights the diversity of the world, and the enjoyment that’s found when looking at things from a different view point. From beards to dancing, and from family to food, Worldly Words of Wisdom is an eye-opening, occasionally inspiring, collection of international silliness.
When talking about different cultures and places, the conversation usually focuses on the food, the music, the clothes and the landscape. But language can be just as important when describing any society. Proverbs and day-to-day expressions passed down through generations can tell us so much about life in a specific place. This book is a collection of the more exotic phrases from all over the globe, shining a light on the subtle differences found in our lives, and the lives of our ancestors. The initial cultural differences – food, wildlife, attitudes – come out in these magnificent sayings in one way or another. They’re all ways to communicate a feeling or a sentiment, using anything that’s relatable in that culture.
“The cat dreams of the finest cuts of meat.” (India) – a kind of equivalent to a “pipe dream” in English
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