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There are lots of children today who have little idea of where the things they buy come from - My 8 year old son said to me when I asked him what are beefburgers are made of, he knew it was beef, but doesnt know what beef is. He also thinks Cashpoints give endless amounts of money, but thats another story!
'The World Came to My Place Today' is a lovely story based around a little boy called George, His Grandpa and his sister Flora. Flora isnt very well and has spots all over, so George cant go out. So instead, Grandpa brings the world to him, in the form of a globe. He then shows George all the places that the things around him come from, from his breakfast cereal, to his bike wheels and his wooden toys.
The story is written out on while page, while the opposite page goes into more detail anout the products and places, giving more detail than the story and useful facts.
The Story itself is written in a 'handwriting' type font, while the information and facts is written in a bold type, so its easy to tell which is the story and which is not. The pictures are lovely and bold, with real photographs added to the drawings. The inside covers also have a simpler map of the world, showing where abouts the products come from.
It is a lovely book, I have actually learnt things that I didnt know, like Sunflower Oil is made from Sunflower seeds that come from Russia, and my Son has picked things up rom it, like the fact that the Banana's he has in his school pack-up come from Jamaica, which leads on to other questions, so it has made him more inquisitive about the world around him, which I think is the main aim of the book, and has taught him that things dont just appear at the dinner table. It has taught him how much we rely on other countries, and how plants are not just things that grow in our Garden.
I would recommend this to anyone that wants thier child to learn about the world around them, without it being shoved down ther throat, it is a great introduction to Geography without being too heavy handed about it.
The books RRP is £5.99, but you can get it new on Amazon for £4.48. Itsis written on behalf of the Eden Project
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