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Summary: Cha-Cha and Zee (macaroni penguins) are heading to San Francisco, but first they want to visit cousin Frobby in San Antonio. Frobby guides their tour around many famous spots in the city, and along the way, teaches them a bit of Spanish. Follow along as two penguins explore San Antonio in this picture book travel story.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10
Age of Child: Shared with 6-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: What seemed to draw our child back to listening to this book were the stories that we shared about our visit to San Antonio. Each time, s/he would ask "have you been there?" or "what is that?" But after a half-dozen times, s/he lost interest.
Adult Reader Reaction: This was a nice return visit to San Antonio. The pictures are good and they make it easy to share the trip with your child. The "trip" covers all of the must-see venues around the city and along the historic Mission Trail.
Pros: This photographic story offers great pictures and good overview information about San Antonio, Texas.
Cons: Including a map with the book is an excellent idea. This one disappoints. Of the approximately 20 "buildings" presented, 25% of them are hotels. Some things photographed in the story (the golf course) aren't on the map, and some on the map weren't in the story (federal buildings).
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a great introduction to San Antonio for kids. The pictures help make the visual connections kids generally need in anticipation of doing something "new."
Educational Themes: Together, the book and map give you the opportunity to study San Antonio and, if your family is going to visit, create your travel plan. Take the highlights and go to the Web and study more. There are great resources for kids to learn more about San Antonio's culture and history.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, animal characters, geography