Passport to the World is a unique journey around the world based on languages. Opening with an account of the tower of Babel where the world's one and only language was split into a wide variety of language families, the book then goes on to cover one language and a focus country for each letter of the alphabet.
There is a map-based table of contents in the front identifying all of the included languages and focus country names with page numbers. English is assigned to Australia, Cherokee to the United States, Welsh to the United Kingdom, Xhosa to South Africa, and so on. Clearly, the assigned country isn't the only place these languages are spoken, nor is it the only language spoken in that country, but again, the focus is on language groups and not as much on geographic divisions.
If you'd like a list (and can't guess from the flags on the front cover - don't worry, I don't know them all either!) we have:
Armenian in Armenia, Bengali in Bangladesh, Cherokee in the United States of America, Dutch in the Netherlands, English in Australia, French in France, German in Germany, Hebrew in Israel, Icelandic in Iceland, Japanese in Japan, Korean in South Korea, Lithuanian in Lithuania, Mandarin in China, Norwegian in Norway, Oriya in India, Pashto in Afghanistan, Quechua in Bolivia, Russian in Russia, Spanish in Mexico, Turkish in Turkey, Ukrainian in Ukraine, Vietnamese in Vietnam, Welsh in the United Kingdom, Xhosa in South Africa, Yoruba in Nigeria, and Zulu in Swaziland.
The inside cover of the book includes a 'real' passport book that your child places a sticker of a passport stamp in once she has made a visit to each country (stickers at the back of the book). She can date the stamp with the date she read each country's entry.
Each language is given a two-page spread featuring the demographic facts of the country it is being associated with in the book. A colourful picture a child (or children) from today who speak the language is included beside a map of the country, an image of its flag and other photographs of interest (a special favorite here is the picture of someone in traditional or historical costume). Facts on currency, special foods, interesting facts about the language, other languages in the country, geography tidbits, etc. Are also given on each spread. My children's favorite parts were always the 'Speaking' section where the same four words were given along with a pronunciation guide: hello, goodbye, thank you, and peace and the part of the page where a proverb originating from the culture was given.
The back of the book comes with "Country Facts at a Glance" section, giving demographics for population, life expectancy, literacy, square miles, internet users, and monetary unit for each country for each comparison. It also includes two quiz pages for practicing the names of the flags of all the countries and identifying them based on their shapes. A page of resources for learning about and caring for children in other countries around the world is also included at the end of the book.
We've used this book as a free exploration resource in our homeschool, just having it available for the children to enjoy (and oh, they have enjoyed it!) The pictures of other children their ages, the exotic languages and foods, the different types of money, it's all been so engaging and intriguing. The glossy, visual appeal of each country's two page section has really drawn them in.
My oldest daughter has loved this book! I think the key that has really kept my oldest coming back for more as she moved through the book is the passport and stickers. I only wish I could buy additional stickers and passports for it for her younger siblings. While she was reading through it, she would approach me on a daily basis to try out her new vocabulary words, show me pictures of the children, and tell me about what she was learning.
Passport to the Word has been a lovely, language-centred jaunt around the world that focuses not as much on a unifying theme as it does on a unifying format.
My 10 yr old daughter loves this book. She's been keeping a journal of everything she learns from each country. She especially loves the passport. I'll probably buy another copy for each of my kids just for the passports. The pages are colorful and easy to read. My daughter enjoys learning about the different currencies and languages. I highly recommend this book!
Amanda Beth - author of "You Can Have a Happy Family - Steps to Enjoying Your Marriage and Children"
If you are looking for a new book to spark adventurous learning, Passport to the World can open the door to many exciting new cross-curricular journeys.
What type of cross-curricular journeys can you create? Lessons in History, Geography, Math, Language Arts, Music, Science and even cooking can all stem from Passport to the World.
It begins at the beginning, the beginning of the dispersal of people upon the earth - at the Tower of Babel. God created multiple languages to confuse the people and they dispersed and began to cover the world, living in vastly different places and speaking different languages.
From there, the book will take you on a journey (A to Z) through 26 different destinations throughout the world and chosen by the language that is spoken. From Armenian to the Zulu language, children and students will learn how to say hello, goodbye, thank you and peace in 26 different languages!
At each stop along the way, you'll find interesting facts about each country in which a particular language is spoken. Photos of currency, traditional and current dress, food items and more fill the pages alongside many different facts about each destination. There's even a passport with visa stamps included for the journey!
As an experienced public school educator and a veteran homeschooler, I give Craig Froman's new book 5 stars!
Passport To The World takes children on a journey through 26 different languages and the countries they're associated with. The book even has its own passport inside the front cover so you can add a passport stamp as you study each language. (Stickers provided at the back of the book.) The passport has a proverb from each language group so you know right where to place the sticker, and learn another tidbit about that culture. There are additional boxes in the back of the passport, which can hold future stamps as your family studies additional countries not covered in this book.
Each letter of the alphabet covers a different language, the country it belongs to, the fast facts about that country, 4 key words in that language, photos of the country and its culture, and several trivia facts about the country or language. The fast facts about each country include its population, size, literacy rate, monetary unit, life expectancy rate, and a map of its location. With that information and the cultural photos included with each country, the children can travel the world in their imagination.
Passport To The World is a colorful book with quality photographs and maps to help our children learn about 26 different countries and languages. They may never actually travel to India and hear the Oriya language, but they can still learn about India and its culture. Each country's traditional folk dress is pictured, along with a person wearing modern clothing, so children can understand that they won't see wooden shoes on the feet of every child in Amsterdam.
My children greatly enjoyed Passport To The World. We left it laying on the coffee table, and I frequently found children flipping through its pages. "Hey, did you know ...?" punctuated the family conversations as children shared facts that they had read. Passport To The World lends itself well to a structured study, as well as a more casual learning experience. Elementary students could use it to cover one country a week, supplementing it with books about the country, its culture, and its folk tales.
Passport To The World is a valuable resource for Christian families and homeschools. Though it is written for children in the 9-12 age-group, all of my children enjoyed it. My 15 year old read it, my 7 year old read portions of it, and my 4 year old flipped through the pages, asking questions as she went. We give this book a Seal of Approval!
(This book was provided free for review purpose, and no other compensation was given. This is my honest opinion.)
We are having so much fun using this book as part of our geography lessons.
This book is a systematic introduction to 26 different counties, languages, and customs.
Each brightly colored two-page spread introduces the language spoken, the outline map of the country with surrounding countries, the flag, facts about the country, a child from the country explaining common customs, a picture of the money from the country, and translations of the words hello, goodbye, thank you, and peace. Even though the reading level of this book is suggested for older elementary aged children, I think much younger children would also be interested in this book as a read aloud.
There is a passport included with sticker "stamps" for each country that you "visit". In the back of the book, you will find unlabeled outline maps of the different countries and unlabeled flag pictures.
The way we have been using this book:
I have my daughter read about one country at a time. She looks at the map of the country and the surrounding countries. She also looks at the flag. I have my daughter put a small star sticker on the particular country on the map on the wall. We discuss any pertinent map information together. I then have my daughter read the information on the two pages. We discuss the information and the pictures. Then, we flip to the back of the book together and she locates the country she just read about. At this point, I have her identify the surrounding countries on the unlabeled map. I then have her identify the country's flag on the unlabeled flag page. Finally, I quickly quiz her on one or two prior countries and flags. This whole lesson takes about 15 minutes.