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The Seven Natural Wonders Of The Earth (My First Travel Books) (Volume 2) Paperback – April 19, 2014
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Originally from Zimbabwe, Africa, Anna Othitis's has flown across the world in her travels. She loves adventure and nature. Mostly showing the children of the world how much life and love there is on our earth.
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In “The Seven Natural Wonders of the Earth” its readers once again get to pretend they’re on a plane piloted by Captain Frankie who this time will take them to view these spectacular wonders from the sky and learn something about them in the process.
Once again the book begins with showing the flags of the various places its readers will be taken to. Arriving at each of the planned destinations readers are given a poetic description of the place/site, followed by information about is being looked at. And to make sure everyone reading the book understands what they’ve been shown; Captain Frankie then asks questions about it.
I, as I’ve already said, found this book to have a twofold purpose; to turn on a child’s imagination while at the same teaching them something in an enjoyable manner so their minds will remember it. For having done this so imaginatively, I’m giving Ms. Othitis 5 STARS.
I read this book via a KINDLE Unlimited download.
The book begins with the seven flags of the countries where the natural wonders are located. It then shows up world map marking the special places.
The first natural wonder featured is the spectacular Northern lights or aurora borealis in the Arctic. The yellow airplane featured in the travel book series is superimposed on a altered photograph.
The book is written in rhyming couplet of varying syllable counts:
Look at the flaming lights shining high in the sky, 12 syllables
like beautiful colored party ribbons they stretch and curve as we fly. 16 syllables
Waving like dancing figures, jumping left to right, 12 syllables
they show off their brightness in the darkness of night. 12 syllables
Clashing together, the colors so bold. 10 syllables
Blue, green, pink and red story is told. 9 syllables
Unfortunately, when a book rhymes the reader automatically tries to read rhythmically which doesn't work if the syllabication varies. This is a book that would be better told in prose or free verse without the rhyming. Fortunately, the author breaks away momentarily while she expands upon the information about the northern lights. She then includes a list of questions on the material previously presented
which would help children solidify what they have read.
Readers also visit the Grand Canyon in the United States, Paricutin Volcano in Mexico, The harbor of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, and Mount Everest in the Himalayas. The information is very interesting. I knew nothing previously about the volcano in Mexico. It might have been worth noting that Everest is in question as the highest mountain for several reasons.
There is one photograph for each of the seven wonders. They look as though they have gone through some strange PhotoShopping. I think clearer pictures would have been advisable and perhaps two or even three for each wonder.
This is an interesting topic for children and adults alike. Using the gimmick of flying around the world with Angelic Airlines and Captain Frankie will give children a sense of inclusion. As well continuing with this format might encourage them to read more books in the series. I like the boarding pass included at the end for the next trip. I think it would've been cool to have one at the beginning, perhaps one that could be cut out and played with.
All in all, children and adults who are interested in travel and the world around them will enjoy this book.
Beautiful pictures, lyrical descriptions of each Natural Wonder, along with follow up questions at the end of each description keep the kids interacting with you as they read along. The fact that it is told as a travel story and puts you in the plane with Captain Frankie, really made it real for the kids. Both children felt like they were taking this journey with Captain Frankie and they were hooked.
My son's favorite Wonder is the Harbor at Rio de Janeiro and the statue of Christ the Redeemer. My daughter's favorites were The Great Barrier Reef and Mount Everest. This quick and easy read is perfect for younger children and those wishing to share an introduction to The Seven Natural Wonders of The Earth.
I have not read the first book in this series, but I'll be purchasing it because my kids were so excited about this one.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary book as a member of Beck Valley Book Tours. All opinions are my own.
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