Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Anno's Journey

This year for the A to Z Challenge my theme is Children's Books Around the World. Each book either has a specific setting around the world or is about a world culture.

I've spent this year studying geography - countries and cultures - with the girls. One of the things I love about homeschooling is finding new books to read with my small people, especially ones that go along with what we're studying.

A is for Anno's Journey by Mitsumasa Anno



Anno's Journey is a beautifully illustrated, wordless book. Anno captures the charm of many villages as his character takes a tour through the northern part of Europe. 

Each page of Anno's Journey is filled with incredible details; in fact, I sat and pored over each one for several minutes. There are so many hidden treasures in each illustration - details from paintings by masters like Renoir; several different children's games, characters from Sesame Street, Pinocchio, The Pied Piper, and other stories; a race; a romantic tale shown over several pages; as well as many other things. 

After this book, I now have an even greater desire to visit classic villages in Europe, especially in Holland and Germany.

Other A books around the world:
Picture Books
Anatole Over Paris by Eve Titus
Annika's Secret Wish by Beverly Lewis
Another Celebrated Dancing Bear by Gladys Scheffrin-Falk
Are We There Yet? by Alison Lester

Chapter Books
Ali and the Golden Eagle by Wayne Grover
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Anni's Diary of France by Anni Axworthy

Do you have somewhere you would like to visit?
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