Away We Go!
Pull up a chair and get ready for a trip! With this book, a child can be introduced to armchair travel, and go to Hungary. The author, Ms. Roman, has an extensive series of books she has written about many different countries, all geared towards children. This book will explore Hungary from a child’s point-of-view and interests.
For example, mommy and daddy are referred to as Anya and Apa, respectively in Hungary. Grandmas are called Nagy’s. Popular names for little girls living there are: Erzse’bet, Suzanna or Judit. Favorite boy’s names are: Attila, Laszlo and Peter.
While reading the book, children can imagine what it would be like to eat popular Hungarian foods, such as a thick vegetable and meat stew called goulash. They can decide what they would think of having the traditional red paprika sprinkled in it. Hungarian children consider it a treat to be served menygyleves, a cherry soup, or the dessert dobos torta, a sponge cake with caramel.
Many interesting geography facts are a part of this book. After reading it, a child will have learned that Hungary is a landlocked country, and that its largest city Budapest, is actually divided by the Danube River. Because of that, Buda and Obuda are on one side, and Pest is on the opposite river bank. Children will learn that popular Hungarian vacations take place at the Caves of Aggtelek–and there are more than seven hundred caves–or The Balaton, a lake that despite its name meaning mud or swamp, is actually quite lovely. Many more interesting Hungarian facts will be found between the pages of this volume. Information runs the gamut from Hungary’s most popular sport to what kind of money is used there. This book contains twenty-eight pages, with colored illustrations on at least every other page, and is geared towards three to eight-year-olds. It is also interesting and fun to try saying words from the Hungarian language using the pronunciation guide in the back of the book.
Awaken the love of learning about other countries, geography and cultures with this work. Life is often all about one or two choices we make. Who knows, the child in your life might become a world explorer because choosing this volume opened the door to that interest for them. But at the very least, they will understand a bit about life for a child in another country, and so will you! I recommend this 5-star book to anyone wanting to learn about Hungary–through the eyes of a child.
I want to thank the author for providing a complimentary copy of this book to bookreadingtic for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.
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