Series: Spin the Globe #1
Format Read: Ebook
Source: From the author for an honest review
Release Date: March 25, 2014
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Blurb from goodreads:
Spin the Globe: The Incredible Adventures of Frederick von Wigglebottom is a fact-based and educational book series based on bedtime stories I told my daughter and son. Each night they would ask Daddy to tell them a story. After exhausting every variation of bunny, frog, knight, and princess stories I could come up with, one evening, I took notice of the globe that sat atop their dresser. I asked them to help me with a story topic and had them spin the globe ! They would use their finger to stop the globe, and wherever their finger landed, I had to tell them an impromptu story about that particular country or area. This particular story of the series takes place in the heart of Australia, near Alice Springs and Uluru. Frederick encounters George, an Aborigine boy, and Madeline, a girl of European heritage, who teach him about this area of the Outback in the Land Down Under.
Initially when I was asked to review this book and another in the series, I thought they would be great for my little guy. However, my guy is 4 and they are a little out of his age range but I enjoyed them immensely.
This story is centered in Australia and it is a lot of fun. Frederick meets up with two Australians, a boy named George and a girl named Madeline. George is Aborigine and he explains to Frederick about food, ceremonies, instruments and much more. He introduces Frederick to Australian slang. I had heard some of it before from movies but much of it was new and funny. For example, I would be a bluey because I have red hair.
Madeline lives near the airport, where her dad is a doctor. He flies into the outback and takes care of sick people. Madeline wants to be an artist and is studying with George’s cousin to learn the ancient techniques. While this book was a little old for my son right now, I am going to buy the physical version so that when he is another couple of years older he can enjoy them. Adults and children will learn a few new things about Australia in this book. It’s cute, fun and educational.