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AMY'S TRAVELS

Author: Kathryn Starke

Illustrator: Jennifer Carter, Charity Wells, and Laura Starke

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Publisher: Creative Minds Publications,

Material: paperback

Summary: Amy's father travels for his job and she has lived in lots of places. In this story, she introduces the continents and the countries she's lived in, describes their culture, and offers some basic words in other languages (mom, hello) This illustrated story is sized to be an easy reader.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 10 to 12

Interest Level: 5 to 9

Reading Level: 5.4

Age of Child: Read with an 8-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter was eager to chime in with this story because she has been studying continents this year (second grade).

Adult Reader Reaction: This is an easy way to introduce kids to different countries. Because Amy focuses only on the places she's lived (or wants to visit) kids aren't trying to memorize huge amounts of information. The curriculum suggestions in the back are excellent and will help parents. I would have liked to have seen higher-quality illustrations and more of a "my brother and me" perspective to engage boys, too.

Pros: Large illustration and type combine to make this an engaging book for elementary readers.

Cons: The reading level is well above the intended audience. This would be a book parents read with their child.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a nice book, but once kids master the content, they'll be ready to move on to something else.

If You Liked This Book, Try: BARRINGTON BEAR VISITS THE EMPEROR -The Emperor Penguin That Is (Travels with Barrington Bear Series)   POSTCARDS FROM WASHINGTON, DC / Postales desde Washington DC   ADVENTURES OF RILEY: AMAZON RIVER RESCUE (Riley's World Series®)

Educational Themes: This is an excellent complement to elementary geography. There are opportunities for map reading, learning the continents, and countries, too. Curriculum ideas in the back expand the learning.

Notes: The author donated a copy of this book to the Reading Tub, Inc. This is an unsolicited donation.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, geography, cultures and tradition, easy reader

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2010

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