Friday, October 30, 2015

Engaging New Travel and Geography Books - plus Giveaway!

World geography and world cultures is the focus of our social studies curriculum, so I am delighted to be featured as the penultimate stop on a Blog Tour for the new titles recently released by Lonely Planet Kids (an imprint from Lonely Planet, the world’s leading travel publisher) and coordinated by Mother Daughter Book Reviews.

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About The Travel Book

The Travel Book

Title: Lonely Planet Kids - The Travel Book: A journey through every country in the world | Publication Date: September, 2015 | Publisher: Lonely Planet Kids | Pages: 212 | Recommended Ages: 8+

Description: Where can you climb a giant tower of sticky buns? What is a bokikokiko? Discover the answer to these questions and hundreds more with Lonely Planet Kids The Travel Book: A Journey through Every Country in the World the new, kid-friendly (ages 8+) version of Lonely Planet’s best-selling The Travel Book. In Lonely Planet Kids The Travel Book, every country from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe gets a dedicated page spread packed with amazing facts on animals, culture, sports, food and much more, bringing the world to life with eye-popping photography and illustrations.

My Review: This book has been a huge hit in my third grade classroom! Each country's page is packed with entertaining and engaging country facts supplemented with photographs and catchy illustrations. A set of basic facts is provided for each country in the "playing cards" section, allowing kids to easily compare countries to each other.

The book serves many purposes and audiences. Kids can dip in to any page and find interesting facts or cool illustrations. Kids interested in a specific country can use the index or table of contents to jump right to that country's page. (One nit-pick: the countries are organized by continent and then roughly geographically, northwest to southeast-ish. Alphabetically would have made navigation a lot more intuitive.)

The Travel Book even works well as a straight-forward read. Just to demonstrate its staying power - one of my students is on day three of reading through the entire book during choice reading time. He can usually only make it a country or two before he finds something so fascinating that he needs to bring the book over to share. This is a great book for curious kids and a great addition to my classroom library!

About Adventures Around the Globe

Adventures Around the Globe

Title: Adventures Around the Globe | Publication Date: September, 2015 | Publisher: Lonely Planet Kids | Pages: 60 + 12 pages of stickers | Recommended Ages: 4+

Description: Come and explore some of the world’s most amazing places with Adventures Around the Globe, a special edition sticker atlas from the ‘Adventures in…’ activity book series. Young explorers (ages 4+) will discover fun facts, interact with maps and puzzles, decorate real-life locations with over 250 reusable stickers – even create a fold-out 3D model of the globe.

My Review: This book is a lot more fluff and a lot fewer facts than The Travel Book, but it is also pitched at a younger crowd. In addition to the pages of (reusable!) stickers, there are some other interactive pages including coloring, mazes, spot the differences, etc. This one is more of an activity book and less of a resource.

My only concern about this book is that the brief nature of its approach and activities leads to a focus on overgeneralizations - spotting the difference using Japanese geishas or turning India's holiest river into a coloring book page.

Overall, though, I think younger kids would find this book appealing and engaging, at least until they have rearranging the stickers a few too many times. This could be a great book to pull out during a long car or plane trip.

Disclosure: I received print copies of both these books for my classroom in return for an honest review.

About Lonely Planet Kids

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From the world’s leading travel media company comes Lonely Planet Kids, a children’s imprint that brings the world to life for young explorers everywhere. We’re kickstarting the travel bug and showing kids just how amazing our planet can be.

Lonely Planet Kids aims to enhance learning, interaction and appreciation for the planet’s rich diversity of people, places and cultures. Immersive, engaging and educational, the new Lonely Planet Kids books continue to explore the world and inspire a whole new generation of travelers as only Lonely Planet can.

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Blog Tour Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner's choice

Giveaway ends: November 8, 11:59 pm, 2015

Open to: Internationally

How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.

Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by Lonely Planet Kids and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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Lonely Planet Kids Blog Tour Schedule

October 15
Mother Daughter Book Reviews (Launch & Giveaway)
Cherry Mischievous (Spotlight: Adventures Around the Globe)
Rockin' Book Reviews (Review: How to be an International Spy)
October 16
Domestic Chanteuse (Spotlight: The Travel Book)
Reading Authors (Review: You Rule!)
October 17
Adalinc to Life (Review: Adventures Around the Globe)
Geo Librarian (Review: The Travel Book)
October 18
2ReadBook (Review: How to be an International Spy)
Tea Time and Books (Spotlight: You Rule!)
October 19
The Blended Blog (Review: The Travel Book)
Icefairy's Treasure Chest (Review: Adventures Around the Globe)
October 20
Bookworm for Kids (Review: You Rule!)
Mami Tales (Review: How to be an International Spy)
October 21
Here's the Story (Review: The Travel Book)
Alwaysjoart (Review: You Rule!)
October 22
Tina the Bookworm (Review: How to be an International Spy)
Sunshine Girl Blog (Spotlight: Adventures Around the Globe)
October 23
Fuonlyknew (Review: Adventures Around the Globe)
Books for Books (Review: You Rule!)
October 24
Jemima Pett (Review: The Travel Book)
October 25
Published Bestsellers (Spotlight: How to be an International Spy)
October 26
K&A's Children's Book Reviews (Review: Adventures Around the Globe)
Christy's Cozy Corners (Review: The Travel Book)
October 27
My Soul Called Life (Review: How to be an International Spy)
I Read What You Write (Review: You Rule!)
October 28
Blooming Brilliant (Review: Adventures Around the Globe)
Writer With Wanderlust (Review: The Travel Book)
October 29
View From the Birdhouse (Spotlight: The Travel Book)
October 30
P is for Preschooler (Review: Adventures Around the Globe)
The Logonauts (Review: The Travel Book and Adventures Around the Globe)
October 31
Oh My Bookness (Review: How to be an International Spy)

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for hosting a stop in the "Lonely Planet Kids" Blog Tour. I'm glad you were able to compare the two books as they are somewhat similar. Parents can decide which would be a better fit for their children. Good to hear that your classroom now has an extra resource!

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