Toy Stories Book Shows Kids' Favorite Items

Around the World in 80 (or More) Toys

Around the World in 80 (or More) Toys

When it comes to playtime in the United States, we know that our little ones will make do with anything from a specialty Lego set to a cardboard box. But what do children in Nicaragua play with? What's the must-have item in Thailand? Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti set out to answer these questions in the new book Toy Stories: Photos of Children From Around the World and Their Favorite Things ($30).

The idea of capturing children with their most prized possessions came to Galimberti more than four years ago. One afternoon, the professional photographer received a request from a friend to take photos of her daughter, Alessia.

"I went to their house, a big farm in the Tuscan countryside, and I found Alessia playing with the cows," Galimberti recalls. "She was feeding the animals using her little toys. I asked her to put all the toys on the floor and to pose for me there, together with the cows." The final photos were beautiful.