- File Size: 2405 KB
- Print Length: 38 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: April 2, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00VMQVS16
- Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Maya & Filippo Visit San Francisco: San Francisco Children’s Book (Maya & Filippo Adventure and Education for Kids 2) Kindle Edition
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In sports, even the most illustrious athletes can have an off game or a scoring slump. The mark of a true champion is not in the avoidance of those things – although certainly their frequency can separate “great” from “very good” - but rather, in how the athlete works through their issue and rebounds back to success.
Alinka Rutkowska, with her loyal artist Konrad Checinski, have produced many children's books in the “Maya and Filippo” series. I have enjoyed most of the ones I've read and reviewed to date, and thought that they were suitably aimed at the target audience. They provided a little information for the reader (or more likely, for the listener, as an adult may be reading it to them) in a light and entertaining manner.
I was a little disappointed in their previous effort – not bad, per se, but not quite up to the series' prior standards. I am happy to say that, like the pitcher who is rocked in one start but returns to throw a 1-hitter in the next, Ms. Rutkowska is definitely back in form.
“Maya and Filippo Visit San Francisco” is basically just that – the story of two children whose mother takess them on a short tour of San Francisco. Some of the famed sights of the city are included in this book – not all, not by far, or the book would be MUCH too long for the children it is targeting – and Mr. Checinski's illustrations capture their magic and charm in a light, bright, and even cheerful excitement. One can ignore the cartoon humans and the text and still get a feel for the book simply by looking at the scenery in each drawing!
I recommended the last book with reservation. This time, all reservations are removed and I encourage parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and whoever else to consider buying and reading this book to their young relatives.
RATING: 5 stars.
DISCLOSURE: This book was provided free of charge by the author under the condition that it be read promptly, and an unbiased review posted in an equally prompt manner.
My kids have become big fans of Maya and Filippo's adventures on the Fun Princess (the cruise ship on which the two main character children travel the world). In this story, of course, they visit San Francisco, hitting many of the big tourist destinations of the city. Maya and Filippo have goals of riding a cable car and visiting Alcatraz -- with some squabbling between them on what they do during their day in the city. My kids thought it was pretty funny that Maya and Filippo got to the Alcatraz ticket booth and found it to be sold out for the day -- that happened to us also! (We live in a San Francisco suburb). Instead, the kids have a good time riding the hills on a cable car. Moving on in the story, I liked the Maya and Filippo's discussion with their mom on how valuable water is; California is facing a huge drought. After the kids escape the rain and a washed out picnic, they visit both Union Square and visit Pier 39 (and the Pier 39 sea lions). All of these are really fun San Francisco activities.
At the end of the story, there is a really good reading comprehension quiz --- the kids enjoy the questions at the end of the story and compete with each other to get the most questions right. The questions are fun and educational. They also enjoy the factoids, or "about the city" section at the end of each of the stories, which often find their way into more extended discussion with me.
The kids had two questions at the end of the story --- one was, in the pictures, where did the second deck of the Pier 39 carousel go (given this is our closest hometown city, they know that this particular carousel is a double decker) ... and second is, where are Maya and Filippo's daddy, He never gets off the boat in the locations they visit?
Enjoyed the story and recommend all of Alinka Rutkowska's books to kids 4-8.
The pictures have a nice bright stylized appeal, and if Mom sometimes sounds like she’s swallowed the guidebook, it’s really not a problem. Sentences are short and sweet. Information is nicely given. And the adventure ends with a pleasing quiz, plus the conclusion that there are no right or wrong ways to visit a new place.
Maya and Filippo Visit San Francisco would be a good addition to a Maya and Filippo collection, and a fun book to share before visiting the city with kids.
Disclosure: I was lucky enough to read an ecopy before the release.
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