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5.0 out of 5 stars Happiness, 9 Mar. 2014
prisrob "pris," (New England USA) - See all my reviews
Maya and Filippo are very lucky young children. They live on a cruise ship, the agin Princess, with their parents. They get to see the entire world. How often have we all wanted to see the world, and to be able to go by ship and dock at every port, and see the world.

The author, Alinka Rutkowska, has written another book about the travels of Maya and Filippo, who live with their parents on a cruise ship. This kind of book is so much fun for children to read and to listen to. Most children live in their own little world, and it is wonderful to show them the world. Alinka Rutkowska writes with a fun and entertaining manner, bringing in lessons to be learned. In this story, the ship has stopped at the port of Tauranga, New Zealand. Maya and Filippo have had a disagreement, and they go on their separate ways to visit the island. The lessons to be learned are about happiness. Is it our responsibility to make someone happy? What do we do if we are not happy? Parents/teachers/ children will have fun talking about happiness and being good to each other. The illustrator, Konrad Checinski , has provided bright, vivid illustrations that depict Maya and Filippo in their activities and on their cruise ship.

It is important for children to learn lessons through reading books. Reading is fun and brings us to a different world. This series of books provides a chance to look at the world through another child's eyes. Kudos! Note: this book was given to me to read and review.

Recommended. prisrob 03-09-14
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book Club Pick, 29 April 2014
This review is from: Maya & Filippo Look for Happiness in Tauranga (Kindle Edition)
This is the second Maya & Filippo book I am reading from this delightful series by Alinka Rutkowska. The theme of the book is finding your own happiness and realising that you are in charge of your own feelings. No one owes it to you to make you happy and no one can make you unhappy without some participation from you.

Essentially, this is an important lesson for any child to learn and the author covers this very well using chocolates as a tool. However, she mentions so little about Tauranga. Te old cat man thinks if a child can discover emotions, they should be able to discover more of the island other than who lives on it.

For an illustrated ebook, it is neatly presented and the text is visible at all times unlike some children's ebooks where the text is lost in the cluttered images. From the two books I have read, Maya and Filippo are clearly a good series for children to discover new places and to learn about manners, attitude and treating other people. Highly recommended.

Disclosure - As a Quality Reads UK Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my book review. This book review is based on my thoughts, opinion and understanding of the book. This book review does not reflect the opinion of other book club members.
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