Reviewed by Louise Harsley
This children’s book is just one of the author’s collection of books which focus on culture around the world. This particular book specifically educates the reader on culture in Greece and judging by the large, easy to read font used throughout, is aimed at young children. There are twenty-four pages to the focus on the book and an additional three pages explaining how to pronounce popular Greek words and names.
As well as a globe showing the location of Greece on the front cover, there is a simple map of Greece and its islands on one the first page. Although this map shows the location of the capital city of Greece, it does not give the names of any of the islands. If the islands names were included, this book would also be geographically educating for children.
The book contains interesting information on geographical location, historical facts, popular Greek names for boys and girls, local currency, Greek food, traditions and the origins of the Olympic Games. On each page there are large colourful illustrations showing happy children in a variety of backgrounds such as, famous historical landmarks, churches and scenic locations. Each illustration perfectly complements the text to draw the child reader into the book.
My seven year old daughter read this book with an understanding of most of the words with some of the content making her question further about certain aspects of culture in Greece. She really enjoyed the book and it prompted her to look on the internet to find out more about Greece.
Overall this is a very educational storybook which teaches young children about other cultures. I would definitely recommend this book to people with children aged 4 – 10 years old and I am considering purchasing some of the other books from the authors range for my children to read.
Available to buy from Amazon here.