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30 Children from Around the World with Their Favorite Toys

Mar 13, 2013 By Abraham

Over the course of 18 months of travel, photographer Gabriele Galimberti’s shot his series “Toy Stories,” which features images of children worldwide posing with their most prized playthings…





South Africa
















Costa Rica







Related: 10 photographs of children from around the world and their bedrooms


    1. Pspaughtamus says:

      The Japanese, and other Asian cultures, for that matter, have a fascination for English words as graphics, but it’s not the meaning that is important, sort of how some people get a tattoo of a Chinese character without knowing what the word means, or if it has meaning. As a result, t-shirts in Japan will have rather random English words and phrases where spelling, grammar, and general coherency are optional. Check out Engrish.com for many examples, especially the adult section.

      And, too, some designs use misspellings of names or minor changes in a character’s appearance to get around copyright laws.

      1. Irena M says:

        Ah, how I love these people who look on ten pictures from around the world showing beautiful children, showing also the world-wide problems…and see only the one word misspelled.
        Did they understand what the photographer intended to show us? No, they only saw “sonopy”.

      1. Pspaughtamus says:

        Of course she’s happy, she has all the yellow sunglasses, she’ll never have to worry about someone else wearing the same sunglasses she is!

    1. Corban says:

      I hope your worry is because they’re growing up in a former Soviet Bloc country and in a nation that exercises questionable social and economic controls over its citizenry and not because they have toy guns.

        1. Corban says:

          I never said it was. Notice that I did not write “…growing up in former Soviet Bloc countrIES…”

          Remember that we’re discussing two children here: one from Ukraine (which IS a former Soviet state) and one from China.

          1. Raya says:

            You said -they’re- meaning the child from Ukraine and the child from China. Otherwise you would have written -He- (singular)… the boy from Ukraine

        2. Begbie says:

          Notice he said “a former soviet bloc country AND in a nation that exercises questionable social and economic controls” not “a former soviet bloc country that exercises …”, thus enumerating two countries, the soviet bloc and the exerciser of questionables. Still could have been worded better, as in “one is growing up in a soviet country and the other in a country that exercises…”.

      1. Troy says:

        That is funny. I would worry more about a country where they can get real guns instead of toy guns from a nearby Walmart.

  1. Winnie says:

    Mr. Australia loves his Thomas the tank engine, but is unsure about this getting his picture taken standing on the couch thing.

  2. Mark says:

    Reminds me of a quote I’ve come to love. “Every night I pray to God that people with money become philanthropic and philanthropic people get money.”

  3. B says:

    Awww I feel bad for the kids that have only one ratty stuffed animal! It makes me want to pluck a few toys from one kid’s picture into another!

    1. JB says:

      Ahhh a true socialist/leftist…take from one to give to another instead of self-sacrifice and giving of one’s own treasure.

  4. Nate says:

    Gotta love the “SONOPY” t-shirt from Thailand. He and Chalrie Bowrn must really get along. Love it! Great pics!

  5. Ana says:

    I wander why always in african countries (excepting South Africa where typically a white blond child poses) for example, the photographer chose poor people and not in the other countries like usa, Sweden, etc. Or I could say why she chose poor african while there are also middle class families living there. I find she has made some pretty stereotyped photos. Nice trip though around the world!

      1. Brent says:

        No ways man..If we are looking at the country in general, kids in africa have it bad…There are rich kids everywhere

        1. Aury says:

          I totally agree. I know there is poverty everywhere, like rich people as well, but one of the things I’ve noticed watching this pictures is the racial and social differences that you can perceive between the kids not because of their culture but the quality of the toys that they play with. Great pictures indeed.

    1. JR says:

      The first kid from the US has no headboard or footboard, no matress cover on the boxspring and only has a few wall decals and a couple of dinosaurs. That’s certainly not a stereotypical “rich American” kid. I know of plenty of middle-class American kids who have more toys in their dinosaur bin alone, never mind their racecar bin or their kitchen play bin or their stuffed animal bins. I thought the Algerian girl is doing pretty good with her bike, and the Zanzibari twins and the Egyptian cutie aren’t doing too bad in the toy department either (all African kids).

    2. Santoz says:

      I grew up in kenya and i had alot of toys, video games, bikes, and we were no even close to being rich. I know that as a tourists these are the places she visited but i know there are poor kids in the USA, Britain who dont have alot of toys, but no one is taking photos of that… Africa is better than these pictures.

    1. Ana says:

      I’m coming from Eastern European country, and have to disagree with you.
      Don’t be so prejudicial. I played with balls, real animals and I made fictional tea parties with my sister.
      Every single one of these kids is beautiful. And i don’t believe it’s stereotypical when poor & rich examples are shown the artist captured basic features of majority in social circles.

      :) greetz

  6. Begbie says:

    What possible use for all those sunglasses could the girl from Zambia have? They’re all the same model, and mostly the same color. I could understand having one or two of each color, or if they were different kinds of glasses, but 22 yellow, 10 red, and 9 blue, all the same but for color? The only reasonable explanation is that she came across a box of them and got them in bulk, as nobody in their right mind would buy that many of the same kind. Although, the girl looks a bit… Crazy. So perhaps she did buy them all one by one.

    1. Bee says:

      Calm down, Begbie. I seriously doubt the little girl bought the sunglasses herself. And how on earth does she look crazy, because she’s smiling? Honestly…

  7. Amy says:

    This is about children and their toys. This is very cool that some one took the time to show us. Yes every child has different setting and some rich and some poor. But I appreciate and like them all. Its a good story ( a picture is worth a thousand words).

  8. Clint says:

    “South Africa: We take our LEGOs very seriously. Very. Seriously.”

    The picture of the kid from Morocco is awesome. Red/black rug, toys lined up in two lines, kid directly under a window that opens up to an incredible view of the town; simply an amazing picture.

    And the girls from Zanzibar have a Mystery Machine and a Skeletor figure. Definitely good taste.

  9. priya says:

    India is the best. anyway, Why don’t you use favoritewords.com for your list? It’s a free tool, lacks some features but it’s still in beta, so… I am pretty sure you’ll love using it. Thanks for posting your words.

  10. Nicole says:

    Just goes to show that stuffed animals and toy cars are a hit anywhere in the world. Kids will be kids! :)

    Though I still remember getting mobbed in India by kids excited that I had ballpoint pens. Heehee!

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