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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Dear Class: Traveling Around the World with Mrs. J by Jane J. Stein is a delightful storybook that will take kids on a sightseeing trip around the world. Children are taken to England, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Israel, India, Burma, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan. Children see these places through the eyes of Mrs. J; they sleep in houseboats; learn about different cultures; and eat different types of food as they accompany Mrs. J on this trip. Apart from the important places, the book also gives a lot of extra information and websites where children can get more details about the locations. There are also activities for each country which makes the book interesting and interactive.
It is an educational and informative book that is really useful for school libraries. Mrs. J's letters to her class about her adventures in each country have been presented so beautifully that it is very easy for kids to read and understand. The illustrations definitely are an enhancement to the facts presented in the book and they give an excellent idea of the places. These types of books are perfect to teach kids as they do so in a fun way without making it sound boring. Mrs. J's letters to her class capture the essence and soul of all the places she visits. It gives a summary of the place and the important tourist spots and its culture. On the whole, a good book to keep in one's personal collection.