Series: Spin the Globe #2
Format Read: Ebook
Source: From the author for an honest review
Release Date: April 24, 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 city of Trondheim on the coast of Norway. Frederick meets Nikolina, a girl of Viking heritage, and Erik, a Sami boy who teaches him about this area of Scandinavia in the Land of the Midnight Sun.
Initially when I was asked to review this book and the first 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.
In this story, Frederick travels to Norway. My Great Grandmother was born in Norway, so this one had my immediate attention. Frederick first meets Nikolina. She tells him of Fjords, Vikings and the northern lights.
They head over to meet Erik. Erik shows Frederick around the library and teaches him more about Vikings, some myths and about the Sami people. This also means that Frederick learns about reindeer.
I was surprised to learn a few new things, myself. When I was in school, I did quite a few school reports on Norway but there were a few things in this book that I never learned about. I didn’t realize that only the Sami people were allowed to own reindeer herds.
I am going to buy the physical version so that when I explain his heritage to my son, he can learn a little about where his Great-Great Grandmother was born. These books are a lot of fun. They teach kids about the world in a cute way. I love them. They are a definite must for any child’s bookshelf.