Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Review - Tiny Travelers Puerto Rico

Tiny Travelers Puerto Rico (Treasure Quest)
by Steven Wolfe Pereira & Susie Jaramillo
illustrated by Susie Jaramillo, Meiyee Tan, Abigail Gross & Magali Reyes McDonald
Date: 2019
Publisher: Encantos
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book non-fiction
Pages: 24
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley

Tiny Travelers is inspired by a world of cultures. The Tiny Travelers “Treasure Quest” Series takes its readers on a fun-filled journey to discover what makes each country special. Each illustrated spread invites children to discover hidden "treasures" - icons, animals, statues, instruments and more - that make up the rich cultural heritage of each country. In Tiny Travelers Puerto Rico, readers journey from the historical city of San Juan with its famous "El Morro" fort, to the beautiful bioluminescent bay in Vieques. Tiny travelers will enjoy getting closer to Puerto Rican culture, making magical discoveries along the way.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

This book, like the others in the series, features appealing illustrations and interesting facts about the country in question. Unfamiliar words have pronunciation guides, and there are lots of things to look at in the pictures.

I'd like to see some other books in the series deal with less well-known countries. So far, we have two Spanish-speaking ones, which seems a bit repetitive (even though the cultures are different); because language features heavily in these books, there may be the potential for the Mexico book and the Puerto Rico book to be muddled together in some readers' minds.

Still, once this series gets some more titles to round it out, I think it'll be a nice one to introduce kids to the basics and inspire them to want to learn more about the countries in question. All three of the titles I've read so far are fun picture books that are interesting and engaging... both great traits in non-fiction for kids.

Thank you to NetGalley and Encantos for providing a digital ARC.

Premise: 4/5
Meter: 3/5
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 3/5

Overall: 3.43 out of 5

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