It seems I have missed something that other reviewers who gave this 5 stars saw. I don't want to be mean or critical, just honest. According to my Goodreads 2 star rating, the book "was ok". I just can't go higher than that and still be honest.
If you were 8 years old, sitting
in the classroom and the teacher says, "you all need to read a
non-fiction book and write a report on it", than I have to say that this
is book is as any to do it. But seriously, if I'm being painfully
honest... it's dry as dust.
Wikipedia-type facts and trivia
about Australia are assembled into a storybook with pictures. There are
pronunciation keys on every page. I thought these were distracting and
unnecessary, especially when the story is interrupted to teach you how
to pronounce such words as Jack, William, Mummy and Daddy.
Interestingly, there is a page at the back of the book in which the
pronunciation key is reproduced and I thought that that was a more
reasonable place to put it. Why both? I'm puzzled...
So it's ok. Just know what you're getting.
I'm going to pass this onto my two nephews (age 6 and 8) who homeschool and I'm sure this will be useful for some class study.
received a free book from the author along with fun little bits and
bobs- pencils, keychains, a blow up globe and Australian flag in
exchange for my honest review. Thank you!