- By Ruth Withnell Fitts

Australia to Zimbabwe: A Rhyming Romp Around the World to 24 Countries

  • Title: Australia to Zimbabwe: A Rhyming Romp Around the World to 24 Countries
  • Author: Ruth Withnell Fitts
  • ISBN: 9780996249577
  • Page: 128
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Australia to Zimbabwe A Rhyming Romp Around the World to Countries Readers will take a whirlwind romp around the globe with this award winning A Z children s geography book Winner of the National Council on Geographic Education s GEM award and Foreword Reviews I

    Readers will take a whirlwind romp around the globe with this award winning A Z children s geography book Winner of the National Council on Geographic Education s 2016 GEM award and Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB juvenile nonfiction book of the year, Australia to Zimbabwe explores 24 countries around the world one for each letter of the alphabet except W and X Appealing foReaders will take a whirlwind romp around the globe with this award winning A Z children s geography book Winner of the National Council on Geographic Education s 2016 GEM award and Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB juvenile nonfiction book of the year, Australia to Zimbabwe explores 24 countries around the world one for each letter of the alphabet except W and X Appealing for all ages, the book features rhyming introductions to each nation s culture, over 1000 photos, 100 maps and hundreds of fun activities including crafts, recipes, games and recommendations for books and music Learn how to carve like a Zimbabwean sculptor, how to play the Danish game of cooperative tag, how to make Turkish meatballs, how to read Cyrillic, write in Arabic or what your name might be in Ghana Music and video recommendations for each country can be found at a companion website australiatozimbabwe Contributions from embassies, educators, and photographers from around the globe bring an authentic flavor to this unique travel book, enabling readers to experience the sights, sounds, and flavors of each country An invaluable resource for parents and teachers, Australia to Zimbabwe offers an abundance of ideas for international festivals, creative projects and rainy days Australia to Zimbabwe visits Australia, Brazil, China, Denmark, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, Haiti, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Mexico, Nigeria, Oman, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Vietnam, Yemen and Zimbabwe.

    1 thought on “Australia to Zimbabwe: A Rhyming Romp Around the World to 24 Countries

    1. Teaching tools must be updated often now to keep pace with the chances in our awareness & social development. This geography book was published in 2015, and seems to have taken into consideration most of the complaints about earlier cultural tourism. It looks like a fun book--teachers may find themselves skimming but getting caught in the interesting detail and in imagining how they would present the material in class. It is a colorful round-the-world tour of certain countries and parts of t [...]

    2. Wow, wow, wow! This is such a good book. I haven't actually read it yet - that will take ages! - but I bought it for my granddaughter and skimmed it pretty thoroughly. I was thinking that I don't have time to read it before I give it away at Christmas. So - off it goes and I'll order another copy for myself. My friend Stephen recommended it because his cousin (?) wrote it. It must have taken years! A hearty Thank You for mentioning it!

    3. This is indeed a "whirlwind romp around the globe."I took to heart the introduction's challenge that there is no right way to travel, and read by region rather than alphabetical order. Each country offers a rhyming introduction, a country profile and a mixture of culture, history, and fun facts. I really appreciate learning about countries not enough featured in similar collections such as Kazakhstan, Qatar, and Oman. I also appreciated the balanced approach of reporting the darker elements of f [...]

    4. I was excited to find that this book includes some countries that don't often get the spotlight in children's geography books such as Zimbabwe, Oman, Qatar and Kazakhstan. Lots of great photos, activities and recipes, (like Omani Swayweih, a sweet breakfast noodle dish. So tasty!) The rhyming verse is fun and almost like a puzzle for readers as they pick out the facts. I enjoyed sharing this with my younger readers, although I would say stick to the age level for this book, it might be overwhelm [...]

    5. Ruth Fitts' “Australia to Zimbabwe – A Rhyming Romp Around the World to 24 Countries” is a unique book. Rather than attempting to explore 1 country in-depth, or 1 particular aspect of every country (say, the geography), Ms. Fitts takes a look at one country for each letter of the alphabet (with “W” standing for “World” and “X” unfortunately not having an appropriate parallel in today's world) While the book is not designed for the adult reader, it is certainly NOT an insult to [...]

    6. This book is an excellent teaching tool, as well as a thorough and interesting introduction to geography and culture. It combines all the best parts of learning about different countries, incorporating recipes and rhymes, simple phrases, crafts, and information about everyday life for children around the world. I'd recommend it to parents, teachers, and librarians because of the well-researched and expansive information it contains. This book could essentially serve as the spine for a lesson pla [...]

    7. “A rhyming romp around the world” - how much fun does that sound!? This book is chock full of interesting facts, pictures, and activities from 24 countries. It’s reminiscent of both an encyclopedia and a travel guidebook, and is sure to leave its readers with their curiosity sparked.Younger readers may be overwhelmed by the book as a whole, but with the guidance of an adult this book is a fantastic way for kids to explore the world. Each letter of the alphabet (with the exception of X and [...]

    8. A well-conceived passion project of geography and world cultures, Australia to Zimbabwe is a multi-faceted, multi-disciplinary reference tool and casual reading option aimed at 3rd graders and up. Eye-popping photography, illustrations and fonts may offer visual appeal to some or visual overload to others, but there's no denying that this book is packed with a plethora of researched facts, great activity ideas, recipe suggestions, multi-lingual vocabulary lessons and more! Recommended for educat [...]

    9. Fun, fun, fun!I love having this beautiful book in my collection and I think it will be a perfect resource for my husband, a 6th grade teacher. The content varies across countries that we hear of often as well as those we don't (i.e Qatar). Opening each chapter is a ryming verse about the country and from there it can be anything! I promise that you'll find things in the book that you have never thought of teaching your children (or students). It's the sort of book that would be more appropriate [...]

    10. This book explores different countries in such a fun way. It introduces each country with a rhyme and then goes into more details. There are also suggestions for crafts, recipes to make, and songs, movies, and other books to check out for more information. The format is really nice. My son is in kindergarten and liked me reading him the section about China, which he has been learning about for school. This book seems like a great resource for home-schooling families, too.I received this book as [...]

    11. A fun alphabetical (W is a world map and X marks all the countries included in the book) introduction to 24 countries around the world. A several page rhyme provides an introduction to the country than several more pages provides more detailed factoids (similar to Eyewitness format). (My son who visited Japan was fairly impressed with the section on Japan.) I am waiting for a co-worker's feedback on Lebanon - she was doing a reportI think it would make a great teaching tool and provide a child i [...]

    12. An excellent book that will benefit both young and old readers. Many of us have little knowledge of geography and Australia to Zimbabwe is one of those works that honestly makes reading and learning fun. I'm way past the school age but I found myself turning the pages with delight and anticipation. I could envisage a series of books in the same style--history, sciences, art. The possibilities are endless. The sort of book every home should have as a basic reference.

    13. Our granddaughters, aged 9 and 6, just love this book! They will use it for reference for years to come, whenever a question comes up about one of the countries included in the book. Very well done!

    14. I love this book. It is colorful and informative. It is clever and both practical and inspiring. Well done Ruth Withnell Fitts! Australia to Zimbabwe is part encyclopedia and part travel guide -- plus cook book, craft book, language primer -- the list goes on. Australia to Zimbabwe takes the fun approach of a "rhyming romp around the world" with a chock full chapter for 24 different countries (a mix of European to Asian to African etc.) representing the letters of the alphabet (with the exceptio [...]

    15. A fun nonfiction introduction to a selection of countries. The rhyming poems offer readers a unique entrance to country reviews. The images and activities add insight to different cultures, sometimes missing from other country-specific titles. The book would benefit from a greater use of white space and fewer fonts. The mix of content and layout leaves me wondering who the audience is for this title.

    16. I am a first grade teacher and while the book says it's for ages 8 and up I found it very useful during our unit on Brazil. The pictures are engrossing and it really inspired excitement in my students.

    17. My daughter is obsessed with this book. She has made some of the instruments from other countries and wants to try the different foods! She is still reading it and really enjoys pouring over it, savoring every detail.

    18. I won a copy of this book from .Beautiful book with endless information about planet earth's countries and cultures.

    19. What a great book, especially for the armchair traveler. I plan to pass it on to my little neighbor girl who is being homeschooled. But first I would like to try some of the special foods in the book.

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