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Summary: Anna and her family are visiting Washington, DC. Each day, she sends a postcard to friends and family to show them what she has seen and tell them a little bit about what she learned visiting all the monuments and important places in the nation's capital. This is part of the Traveling with Anna bilingual picture book series.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 12
Interest Level: 5 to 9
Age of Child: Shared with nearly 7-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter asked us to read this book several nights in a row. After just two readings, she could remember some of the places without any reminders.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a great collection of facts and places. In addition to the usual spots (Lincoln Memorial, White House), the author includes photos for other locations you don't often see in children's books: Arlington National Cemetery, The Bureau of Engraving, and Union Station. We liked how the author created a postcard note and a list of three facts for each site.
Pros: Kids can enjoy this simply-presented photographic tour of Washington, DC. Facts and trivia are just enough to keep them reading.
Cons: Although billed as bilingual, most of the book is in English. The opening paragraph and the 3 facts on each page are in Spanish, but not the daily postcards themselves.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. If you are planning a trip to Washington, DC with young children, you will definitely want this book before you go.
Educational Themes: The author packs a lot of stuff into this picture book. You can learn and/or practice your Spanish; collect facts about various buildings/monuments and their construction and purpose; study US history; and travel the nation's capital.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, geography,Spanish
Date(s) Reviewed: July 2008
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