Ben in the Land of 1,000 Mangoes

Multi-Ed Series, Book 1

Children - Educational
34 Pages
Reviewed on 10/20/2017
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Author Biography

J.R.Poulter has worked as a senior educator, librarian, lecturer in English Expression, editor and in a circus. A multi-awarded author/poet with over 50 books to her name, she also writes poetry, YA and general readership fiction under J.R.McRae.
Outstanding author - Helen Chamberlin, Hachette, Macmillan, Windy Hollow
Highly original, highly visual author - Mark McLeod, Random House, Hodder
Australia's Scheherazade - Dr. Florence Lewis, Professor of English literature, Berkley, UC
Major Awards: 
* Children's Choice, New Zealand
* in Top Ten Children's Books & YA Books, New Zealand,
* "Mending Lucille" won Crichton, CBCA Award
* Premier's Recommended Reading List, NSW, Australia
* Poetry - Premier's Open Literature Award [Warana]
* Simone Wood  Award, USA - children's book on dance 
* LiFE Award, Literature for Environment [for 3 books]
* Award-Winning Finalist, International Book Awards
* Winner, Purple Dragonfly Award - Picture Books 5 and younger
* "Getting Home" Winner, Purple Dragonfly Award - Best Illustrations
* Readers' Favorite International Book Award Winner

    Book Review

Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite

What is life like as Ben and his family travel from Australia to visit his friend, Anik, in rural India during the holiday season? In Ben in the Land of 1,000 Mangoes: Multi-Ed Series, Book 1 by J.R. Poulter, children will not only learn about India, but they will be able to experience the traditions and culture of this beautiful country as well. There is so much to this culture. In this book, children will learn about the differences of what this culture offers, from mud brick houses and speaking the Hindi language, to how animals are allowed on passenger trains and mingle with the customers. The story is written in such a simple format that it will keep young readers not only interested in the story, but engaged in what they are reading. Also, children will be astounded to learn that there are 1,000 varieties of mangoes.

This picture book is not only educational, but breathtakingly beautiful; the pictures tell a story all on their own. I am a lover of Indian culture from the foods and jewelry to their colorful clothing, and it is always great to experience and learn about life very different than my own because it opens up a whole world to me. Young readers will learn about the wonders of the Indian culture as they turn the pages of this book. Your child, too, will come away filled with the excitement and novelty of a whole new world. Treat your child by purchasing a copy of this book.