They say a picture is worth a thousand words but what about tens of pictures? From over 50 countries? Well, that's a book, and it's called Toy Stories: Photos of Children from Around the World and Their Favorite Things.

For about two years, Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti had been visiting boys and girls around the globe to capture their portraits with their most prized possession — toys. From Texas to India, Malawi to China, Iceland, Morocco, and Fiji, Galimberti recorded the spontaneous and natural joy that unites kids despite their diverse backgrounds. Whether the child owns a veritable fleet of miniature cars or just a single stuffed monkey, the pride that they have is moving, funny, and thought-provoking.

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Chiwa, 4, Mchinji, Malawi

Chiwa, 4, Mchinji, Malawi

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alex mitchell
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1 month ago

That dino looks AWESOME!!!

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"I started this project almost by chance!" Galimberti told Bored Panda. "The first photo that I took for this series was in Tuscany, it's the one with the girl and the cows in the background. She's the daughter of one of my best friends. He asked me to photograph her, so I went to their house and she was playing with the cows. I thought that situation was really nice and so I decided to take a photo of that moment. I asked her to pose together with her toys and with the cows in the background. Then I really loved the result and some months later, when I had the possibility to start my trip around the world, I decided to take the same kind of photo in every country that I was going to visit."

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Rivaldo Fesna, 5 , Port-Au-Prince , Haiti

Rivaldo Fesna, 5 , Port-Au-Prince , Haiti

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Andrew Gibb
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1 month ago

ingenious!

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Galimberti traveled the world in 2012-2013. At that time, he was working for one of the biggest Italian magazines, D La Repubblica. He was doing a story for the magazine about CouchSurfing and visited 58 countries using the Internet platform. Every week, he had a page on the magazine to report his trip and was publishing a portrait of the couchsurfer that was hosting him at the time.

"All the children that I have photographed are somehow connected to the couchsurfers that have hosted me. They are their children, their nephews, or simply their neighbors."

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Tangawizi, 3, Keekorok, Kenya

Tangawizi, 3, Keekorok, Kenya

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Soap
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1 month ago

Monkey! :) Monkeys are always good friends

Cassizu
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1 month ago

I had a monkey plush that I pretended was a kangaroo Joey... memories!

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Radostin Zhelyazkov
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1 month ago

I think my monkey just found her lost sister ... IMG_202010...f63a55.jpg IMG_20201029_001226-5f99ed5f63a55.jpg

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1 month ago

YOU DESERVE MOOREEEEE YOU BEAUTIFUL SAINT OF A CHILD

M O'Connell
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1 month ago

The quality of one's life is measured in love, not in goods.

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Drive Bee
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1 month ago

This is a well-loved monkey

Arctic Fox Lover
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1 month ago

That is sooooo cute!

Grace Thomason
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4 weeks ago

i want to give you stuff

Joan Rogers
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4 weeks ago

Notes say kids look comfortable and relaxed, but don't miss that not until the fourth picture is the child smiling. Certainly says volumes about their lives.

CharliAnn Olney
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1 month ago

A very well loved monkey!

Bliss Grey
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1 month ago

Tangawizi, you have a great snuggle toy there!

HempFairy
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1 month ago

What a pretty boy!!!

Cybele Spanjaard
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1 month ago

One loved toy, his best buddy.

Natasja Costeris
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1 month ago

That looks like a very sweet monkey! 🐵

Iris Wolfie (づ ◕‿◕ )づ
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1 month ago

Monkeys is good frien.

Rebekah
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1 month ago

Such a sweet face.

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The kids look comfortable and relaxed in the photos and that's probably because Galimberti took the time to earn their trust first. Mostly by playing with them. "I was really surprised to see how easy it was for children to understand my project!" He would spend anywhere from a couple of hours to a whole day getting to know the children before taking out his camera.

You can see a lot of differences in the photos but the thing that all of them have in common, according to Galimberti, is that they just love to play.

#4

Maudy, 3, Kalulushi, Zambia

Maudy, 3, Kalulushi, Zambia

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Okuhle Ndlela
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1 month ago

Toys are whatever, drip is forever.

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#5

Kafele, 5 , Mkanda, Malawi

Kafele, 5 , Mkanda, Malawi

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alex mitchell
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1 month ago

Damn, another awesome dino

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#6

Bothe, 4, Maun, Botswana

Bothe, 4, Maun, Botswana

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alex mitchell
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1 month ago

Super cute

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#7

Arafa And Aisha, 4, Bububu, Zanzibar

Arafa And Aisha, 4, Bububu, Zanzibar

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Jeff
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1 month ago

Skeletor vs Chewbacca! Who will win???

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#8

Porjai, 3 , Bangkok, Thailand

Porjai, 3 , Bangkok, Thailand

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Wolfstar
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1 month ago

Ooooh great guitar!

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#9

Virginia, 5, American Fork, Utah

Virginia, 5, American Fork, Utah

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Lilly Rose Poppy
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1 month ago

She is so so so cutie! AND WAY TO GO GIRL!

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#10

Alessia, 5, Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy

Alessia, 5, Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy

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Andrew Gibb
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1 month ago

a future farmer

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#11

Bethsaida, 6, Port-Au-Prince, Haiti

Bethsaida, 6, Port-Au-Prince, Haiti

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Lilly Rose Poppy
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1 month ago

She is so cute with those little bows!

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#12

Zi Yi, 3, Chongquing, China

Zi Yi, 3, Chongquing, China

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TheReader19
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1 month ago

She looks so proud lol

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#13

Taha, 4, Beirut, Lebanon

Taha, 4, Beirut, Lebanon

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Clara Knaub
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1 month ago

Awww

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#14

Ernesto, 3, Firenze, Italy

Ernesto, 3, Firenze, Italy

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Sue Grigg
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1 month ago

Stay away from Ernesto.

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#15

Naya, 3, Managua, Nicaragua

Naya, 3, Managua, Nicaragua

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Clara Knaub
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1 month ago

Future chef?

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#16

Lauren, 6, Muskoka, Canada

Lauren, 6, Muskoka, Canada

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Arctic Fox Lover
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1 month ago

Apparently her younger sister is her favorite toy? 🤔

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#17

Callum, 4, Fairbanks, Alaska

Callum, 4, Fairbanks, Alaska

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Andrew Gibb
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1 month ago

I hope that is a swing he is holding!

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#18

Talia, 5, Timimoun, Algeria

Talia, 5, Timimoun, Algeria

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TheReader19
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1 month ago

Yep, bikes are definitely prized possessions

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#19

Allenah, 4, El Nido, Philippines

Allenah, 4, El Nido, Philippines

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Autumn
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1 month ago

She looks so cute......

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#20

Puput, 4, Ubud, Bali

Puput, 4, Ubud, Bali

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sbj
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1 month ago

Future Footballer maybe?

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#21

Julia, 3, Tirana, Albania

Julia, 3, Tirana, Albania

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VANILLA
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1 month ago

I love it but it’s kinda sad to see that girl having many barbies and toys but the other kid only had one

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#22

Norden, 5, Sidi Benzarne, Morocco

Norden, 5, Sidi Benzarne, Morocco

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Enamelcamel
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1 month ago

Absolutely LOVE that he thinks of his bookbag and notebooks as "toys" ... they give him joy!

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