I’m a fan of the Asian-interest books from the publisher Tuttle. I recently had a chance to review two of their children’s titles: All About the Philippines: Stories, Songs, Crafts and Games for Kids and The Cambodian Dancer: Sophany’s Gift of Hope. Below, you’ll find my review of the two titles and a chance to win them, too.All About the Philippines: Stories, Songs, Crafts and Games for Kids is a book by Gidget Roceles Jimenez that tells you all about the island nation. The story is mostly told through the eyes of three cousins. You learn about their families, where they live, and their traditions, all while learning about the diverse geography and population of the country. As the subtitle says, you learn through stories, songs, crafts and games, all of which help to keep the target audience of 3rd to 6th graders engaged. For instance, you can make a simple parol (straw star) and learn why they were used. You can travel to the different islands that make up the country and learn how the people and culture of each are different. And, you can learn about the history of the island and how it became an independent country. All told with great cartoon-like illustrations in a way to both inform and entertain the reader.
Overall a great book for the 8-12 year old to learn more about the country’s history and the daily life of the local residents. I think we may just have to try one of the recipes in the book. Some of the recipes are more child friendly than others, but after watching some of the kids cooking shows on TV, if you’re child is comfortable in the kitchen, can probably do them all.
And, now for the giveaway. We're giving away both books just reviewed All About the Philippines: Stories, Songs, Crafts and Games for Kids and The Cambodian Dancer: Sophany’s Gift of Hope. The giveaway is open to US residents who are 18+ and ends on 12/19/15 at 11:59pm EST. Good luck and be sure to enter daily.
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