Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Passport to the World by Craig Froman

The full color- illustrated children's book Passport to the World: Your A to Z Guided Language Tour by Craig Froman, published by Master Books, makes a great resource for any young social studies student.  The 64 page book includes a pull out "passport" that the reader can fill with the stickers included on the back page- one for each of the world languages covered in the text.  The book introduces children to a number of labguages, countries and cultures from the continents across the world.  The tour opens with a map  of the "language journey".  Illustrations and photographs compliment the facts presented for each of the countries/ languages featured.  A brief historical, biblical explanation is offerered for the origin of the diverse language families we see present in the world today.  This explanation is taken from the Genesis 11:1-9 account of the bible.  For those secular skeptics, that do not believ the bible is a valid souce of historical documentation, this explanation may not be acceptable. But for those who hold the bible as a valuable resource of information, this bit of information presents an important  key to the missing piece of the puzzle.  Nevertheless, this does not detract from the historical accuracy of the material presented in the book, but rather offers an explanation for the world's diversity. As a blogger for New Leaf publishers I recieved a copy of this book for the purpose of writing this review.

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