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Summary: Tino Turtle, a desert tortoise, dreams of traveling. In this story he goes to London and enjoys the sites and learns about England. This is a picture book series about famous places around the world. It comes with a CD for reading along (and music, too).
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, interactive reading
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 9 to 11
Interest Level: 4 to 10
Reading Level: 4.4
Age of Child: Read with a 5-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: My daughter liked this book. She laughed a couple of times and asked questions about the places Tino was visiting. I don't think she realized she was learning something new. She asked me to look up books about London and England so she could see the places and read about them again.
Adult Reader Reaction: I enjoyed that this book is both educational and fun to read. It helped pique my daughter's interest in another city/country.
Pros: Nice illustrations and a fun story combine to introduce kids to new places.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a nice book to read to learn about new places. It will get kids interested in reading more about a place, so be sure to ask your librarian for other titles.
Educational Themes: This book is an excellent introduction to London - particularly if you're going to be traveling. It offers information about travel itself and things to see. It also helps kids understand the idea of being open to and trying new things.