The book itself is clever, with fun illustrations that my kids are constantly discovering new things in, but what I really love about this book is what a great springboard it is for children to make THEIR own countries. The morning after we read this, both of my kids (5 and 7) were up early naming their countries and creating flags, decorations, national anthems, money, and government systems for them. It's been an evolving, increasingly complex project that shows no sign of waning. They keep referring back to the book for inspiration, but then go with ideas that are entirely their own. It's a fun, delightful story and book just on its own, but for creative kids, it may spark all kinds of activity.
This book with its detailed and amazing illustrations by Wes. Hargis, brought such a smile to my face. After reading it, I thought what a perfect book to introduce to my oldest granddaughter .Such a fun project for her to take the ideas in the book and follow through with her amazing creativity, to produce her own country. I see this story as a springboard for discussion and family fun.
Hey turn off the TV and other devices and have some creative family fun.
As a member of the 2014 NYSRA (New York State Reading Association) Charlotte Award Committee - our committee placed it on the 2014 Charlotte Award Ballot. We feel strongly that children, students, teachers and parents would enjoy this book. Students will have until April of 2014 to read books on the ballot and vote for their favorite in each category.
This story follows a girl who decides she wants to live on her own in her room. As the story progresses you see her realizing that having others around is not so bad. I gave this book 5/5 stars. I would recommend the story to any child as they will all relate to it somehow!
This book is full of clever illustrations and precise wording that can serve as a fun, easy story or be used to springboard into lots of different topics at varying depths of understanding. This humorous book follows a young girl who creates her own country in her room.
As a teacher, I love that this is a fun and easy introduction to government that allows students to understand big concepts such as (but not limited to): laws, elections, government officials, natural disasters, government responsibilities, citizenship, and even foreign nations. All of these concepts are presented in a funny and subtle way, allowing the reader and teacher to take as much from it as they are able depending on their previous knowledge or time allowed.
As a parent, I love that the book's words are simple enough to keep the attention of my 2 year old and intrigue my 4 year old into learning more about the government. The illustrations have a lot of little details that even amuse me, and may take several readings to catch all the little illustrated jokes. As a parent, I could even skip most of the government explanations if I wanted and focus on the concepts of siblings, sibling rivalry, responsibility for your actions, forgiveness, and love.
Just a great book with simple words and complex, yet fun illustrations that could be tailored to a large range of readers and subjects.