A VOYA Magazine 2016 Nonfiction Honor TitleReaders will take a whirlwind romp around the globe with this eye-popping A-Z children’s book exploring 24 different places around the world through memorable rhymes, gorgeous photos, detailed maps, and interactive activities. The facts are styled in a creative and accessible way that can be brought into each child’s home through crafts, recipes, games, and recommendations for music and books. Activities such as how to carve like a Zimbabwean sculptor, how to play the Danish game of cooperative tag, how to make Turkish meatballs, and how to make a boomerang will be intriguing for all ages. The contributions from embassies, educators, and photographers around the globe bring an authentic flavor to this groundbreaking geography book, enabling readers to experience the sights, sounds, and flavors of each country. Also great for parents and teachers, this book offers an abundance of ideas for international festivals, creative festivals, and rainy days.
|Publisher:||Love the World Books|
|Product dimensions:||8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||9 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Ruth Fitts is the cofounder of the International Children's Festival and the former director of the Meridian International Classroom where she trained international diplomats and scholars to create exciting classroom introductions to their home countries. She works in the children's room of her local library where she gives story times and pours over juvenile nonfiction. She lives in Washington, DC.
Ruth Fitts' “Australia to Zimbabwe – A Rhyming Romp Around the World to 24 Countries” is a unique book. Rather than attempting to explore 1 country in-depth, or 1 particular aspect of every country (say, the geography), Ms. Fitts takes a look at one country for each letter of the alphabet (with “W” standing for “World” and “X” unfortunately not having an appropriate parallel in today's world) While the book is not designed for the adult reader, it is certainly NOT an insult to his or her intelligence, nor is it too in-depth or heavy for the younger reader. Each chapter starts with an illustrated rhyming introduction to the country in question. The poetic endeavors are illustrated with photos of the people, places, and things described in the poem, AND the poems are not carbon copies of each other – unlike some other books of poetry I've read, the rhythms and rhyme schemes of the poem for each country differ so that the reader does not feel trapped in a greeting card store by the time they're done. The photos from the leading poem are then repeated in the next X (4 to 12 pages or so), augmented with other photos, in which a prose explanation of each is provided. Finally, each chapter has a geography page, a recipe page (with some simplication offered for the American marketplace), and even a craft page. The author does not avoid sticky issues about the countries in the book; these are separated out into special separate pages included in the chapter of the affected countries. The Vietnam War(s), Zimbabwe's apartheid history, and others(but, unfortunately, not Taiwan or Tibet under the “China” chapter; these merit no more than a sentence each) have a half to full page to address the most controversial and shameful aspects of a country's past. All in all, this was an ambitious project, which not only shows off the devotion and dedication of the creator, BUT it also works for the reader. I'm passing my copy along to my 10 year old grandchild, who I hope will also find it stimulating. RATING: 4 ½ stars, rounded up to 5 stars where half stars are not permitted. DISCLOSURE: I was awarded a free copy of this book in a random draw. No requirement of a review was made, let alone any conditions on the tone / content of a review, however, it was suggested that “an honest review would be appropriate” upon winning.