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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#1

Chiwa, 4, Mchinji, Malawi

Chiwa, 4, Mchinji, Malawi

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alex mitchell
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2 months 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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2 months 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."

#3

Tangawizi, 3, Keekorok, Kenya

Tangawizi, 3, Keekorok, Kenya

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Soap
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2 months ago

Monkey! :) Monkeys are always good friends

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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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2 months 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
Community Member
2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months 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
Community Member
2 months 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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2 months ago

Awww

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#14

Ernesto, 3, Firenze, Italy

Ernesto, 3, Firenze, Italy

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Sue Grigg
Community Member
2 months ago

Stay away from Ernesto.

Amarédesse Gemtree, SLYTHERIN
Community Member
2 months ago

GOT IT!

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Tyler Sandersfeld
Community Member
2 months ago

Ernesto the Menace-to

Bender Bending Rodríguez
Community Member
2 months ago

Just gonna say I get that reference.

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ML
Community Member
2 months ago

Well we now know who is responsible for all those broken windows in that neighbourhood.

La La Lynch
Community Member
2 months ago

Not another broken window Ernesto!

sbj
Community Member
2 months ago

Aha! A sharp shooter

Ruth Peacock
Community Member
2 months ago

I wonder why the map on the wall is in German. It says "children's world map"

Bianca Roxas
Community Member
2 months ago

Kid might be biracial???

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Ken Lauwers
Community Member
2 months ago

An Italian kid with a German world map on his wall.. no wonder he starts shooting cans

Silvia John
Community Member
2 months ago

I hope he is not using it against animals or humans.

im normal
Community Member
2 months ago

lol kinda like bart simpson

Dee TW
Community Member
2 months ago

Bart Simpson come to life??? hehehe

Jean Shultz
Community Member
2 months ago

Future archeologist!

Becky Gilbert
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Ernesto will be ready when Goliath appears! What an asset a brave boy is to this weary world!

CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
2 months ago

Sharpshooter!

Danny G
Community Member
2 months ago

My favourite so far,a proper boy!

Doris Culverhouse
Community Member
2 months ago

He has got skills! good eye!

Mandy Delaforce (PC Girl)
Community Member
2 months ago

Pretty crack shot, by the looks of things!

Bliss Grey
Community Member
2 months ago

That looks like FUN Ernesto! From the dents in those cans, it looks like you are pretty good shot!

Susan Price
Community Member
2 months ago

Future hunter?

Steve Cruz
Community Member
2 months ago

Ernesto is gonna break every pretty thing his mama owns and half of the windows in the house.

Gavin Bothwell
Community Member
2 months ago

when somebody is this good at aiming, you know they are probably gonna become hunters when they are older

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
2 months ago

He hits those tins well.

avery31415
Community Member
2 months ago

It's amazing how children can having varying complex interests at such a young age.

Delaney Behr
Community Member
2 months ago

LOL!! Such a boy!

Lydia Coy
Community Member
2 months ago

🤣

sbj
Community Member
2 months ago

Also, what an awesome map for a little one's room

Emma Dingle
Community Member
2 months ago

"It's me! It's me! It's Earnest T!!"

Claire Mannschreck
Community Member
2 months ago

he is holding the devil's wishbone. a slingshot

pansexualandproud
Community Member
2 months ago

dude thats awesome

Peter Weir
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2 months ago

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serial killer in the making

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#15

Naya, 3, Managua, Nicaragua

Naya, 3, Managua, Nicaragua

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Clara Knaub
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2 months ago

Future chef?

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#16

Lauren, 6, Muskoka, Canada

Lauren, 6, Muskoka, Canada

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Arctic Fox Lover
Community Member
2 months 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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2 months 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
Community Member
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months ago

She looks so cute......

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#20

Puput, 4, Ubud, Bali

Puput, 4, Ubud, Bali

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sbj
Community Member
2 months ago

Future Footballer maybe?

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#21

Julia, 3, Tirana, Albania

Julia, 3, Tirana, Albania

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VANILLA
Community Member
2 months 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
Community Member
2 months ago

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

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