Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the new titles recently released by Lonely Planet Kids (an imprint from Lonely Planet, the world’s leading travel publisher), from October 15 to 31, 2015.When the kids were young, our family used to prepare for weeks before a big trip. There would be guide books, maps, and websites to pour over. Everyone listed their top three sites to visit and we would plan our itinerary from those choices. My favorite resource to use for vacation planning were the guide books by Lonely Planet.
The people behind the books get what adventure means. The not-all-too-common locales their guides focus on encourage travelers to visit the obscure. If it weren't for those guides, we wouldn't have discovered the Cape Fear Serpentarium in Wilmington, NC, William Faulkner's home in Oxford, MS, or the 200-year-old Catfish Hotel along the banks of the Tennessee River. We owe the Lonely Planet people miles of thanks for the adventures they pointed us toward.
Of course I wasn't surprised by what I found within the pages of their new kid-centric The Travel Book (Lonely Planet Kids, 2015). The vibrant info-graphics and lively text will captivate young audiences who like to explore the world beyond their own backyard.
Each page features a different country, and a color-coded fact card in the top corner lets readers know at a glance what continent they're visiting. A country's population, landmass, and little-known trivia are featured on the cards. Likewise, a combination of photographs, illustrations and text boxes lend a scrapbook feel to the rest of each page. For instance, Venezuela boasts Angel Falls, the highest waterfall in the world; the largest rodent on Earth (capybaras), and an ice cream parlor in the small town of Merida that serves the most flavors on the planet — 860 in all! Care for macaroni and cheese ice cream cone, anyone?
With 208 countries within the covers, this book has enough entertainment value to keep backseat travelers engrossed for miles. How many 'Are we there yet?' inquiries is that worth?
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