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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Adventures of Bella & Harry: Let's Visit Paris! by Lisa Manzione book review

"Everyone had that one class in school that made them think, “When am I ever going to use this in life?”
Lisa Manzione, a mom and advocate of geographic literacy – along with the U.S. Congress – seem to think that geography is no longer one of those subjects.
In March, Senator Todd Cochran, a Republican from Mississippi, introduced a bill that would fund a four-year, $60 million program to enhance the teaching of geography in public schools around the country. Currently in committee, the bill was applauded by few people as loudly as Manzione, a mom who has a strong understanding of the value of teaching other cultures to children and author of the globally-focused children’s book series The Adventures of Bella and Harry (www.bellaandharry.com)."

As you may have figured out from reading my blog, I am a big advocate for literacy in both children and adults!  I have always felt as though reading expands the mind, the vocabulary and the expanse of knowledge that a person can obtain in their lifetime.  So, when books prove to be educational AND fun to read, it serves a great purpose!

In The Adventures of Bella & Harry: Let's Visit Paris!,  Bella, her brother Harry and their family travel to Paris to explore and learn from the culture there.  They visit famous monuments and sites and learn about their origins as well as other interesting tidbits about the country.

I really liked this book as it was super informative and the pictures were artsy and creative.  It did not hold my son's attention as well as my daughter's, but it is something he will appreciate more in a couple years.  Definitely worth adding to your collection!

MOTR Grade: A-


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