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Reviewed by Bruce Arrington for Readers' Favorite
Where in the World is Thailand? by Margaret Davis Ledford is a children’s picture book story narrated by a boy named David, who moves with his father and other family members when his father transfers to an army base in Thailand. It details the new culture, animals and people they encounter during their time there. He and his family learn to enjoy the rich traditions of the land and take part in the local celebrations. I found the book to be inspiring and a great potential source of help for children who have to move to a strange and new place. I like how it answers the simple basic questions that children would have when they are faced with a new and perhaps scary situation in moving around the world, leaving behind the security of family and friends.
Where in the World is Thailand? by Margaret Davis Ledford does tend to emphasize only the positive things, however, and that’s where the book probably falls short. With so many differences between his old life and new, there must be something or perhaps even several things that David doesn’t like (missing friends, relatives, bugs), so it does tend to paint a one-sided view. I would like to see how the character deals with negative things, but in a positive way. However, perhaps this is the author’s way of teaching one to appreciate the positive aspects in life, while minimizing the negative. The artwork is superb, rich in detail and bright, attractive colors, greatly enhancing the young reader’s pleasure. A recommended story.