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Hello World: A Celebration of Languages and Curiosities Hardcover – 5 May 2016
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About the Author
Jonathan Litton has written numerous children's books in prose and verse. He loves using his science background to write about sea creatures, space and saving the planet, but is also fond of penning stories about pirates, princesses and picnics. When not writing, he can usually be found on his bike.
Founded by the two designers Alexandre Verhille & Sarah Tavernier, L'Atelier Cartographik is a creative studio which offers visual solutions in illustrated map, data-visualization and pop up engineering.
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Hello World gets 4.5 out of 5 stars in my book review. I love the concept of the book. I love that the languages are written but also wrote phonetically. I love the tabs/flaps b/c it makes the book more interactive and a fun way to learn the information. Though, the tabs are sometimes a bit cumbersome and difficult to work with.
I love the fun facts found through-out the book. I love that there were hieroglyphics as well as sign-language; as far as I know every language was equally and well represented. I love that I learned so many things, such as in Vatican City they speak Latin. I love the pictures and the maps throughout. I love that the pages are a bit sturdier. I love many things about this book, and that is the reason why Hello World scored high. It's a great book and a fun read.
The tabs are a little difficult to work with. At first it is difficult to get the tabs up, and then the tabs don't easily lie flat when trying to turn the page. I like to think the more use the book gets the easier it will be to turn pages and work the tabs, but as of now it's a tad annoying. Besides the tabs, I did find a few of the extra facts written throughout the book to be worded a little difficult/awkward.
However, these not so fun aspects of the book are minor in compared to the many things I love about the book. Hello World is a fun read, and it would make a great purchase for any elementary school library, and the shelves of a language, travel, maps loving kid.
Hello World: A Celebration of Languages and Curiosities by Jonathan Litton
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Best For: 8 - 12 year olds, 3rd though 6th grade
Worth a Check Out: Yes!
Buy It or Not: If you have a kid who loves languages around the world then yes.
Read Aloud: Not a book to read aloud, but fun to practice some of the different ways to say hello in languages around the world.
Lesson Ideas: World languages, Non-fiction