From Kalamazoo to Timbuktu

From Kalamazoo to Timbuktu

by Harriet Ziefert, Tanya Roitman, Tanya Roitman
     
 

Using every means of transportation possiblea bicycle build for two, a bus, a helicopter, a camel, even a whaleMillie and Mike let their imaginations run wild, livening up an otherwise dull afternoon with a trip around the world. This amazing travelogue is a tribute to the imagination as well as an entertaining geography lesson.

Harriet Ziefert's sparkling rhymed

Overview

Using every means of transportation possiblea bicycle build for two, a bus, a helicopter, a camel, even a whaleMillie and Mike let their imaginations run wild, livening up an otherwise dull afternoon with a trip around the world. This amazing travelogue is a tribute to the imagination as well as an entertaining geography lesson.

Harriet Ziefert's sparkling rhymed text and Tanya Roitman's vibrant illustrations make this book ideal for introducing young children to the world beyond our shores.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Millie and Mike decide to take an imaginary trip that begins in their canoe in their yard. This rhyming story takes us on their journey by bicycle, bus, helicopter, canoe, blue whale, sailboat, and camel until they arrive in Timbuktu. Vivid illustrations show the countryside, the ocean, an island in Hawaii, and the desert city of Timbuktu. Millie and Mike fly home on a jet, and on the last page they are back in their yard with the canoe. "It's great to travel, great to roam. But even better is coming home!" makes a warmhearted ending. This book is great for parents and teachers who are introducing kinds of transportation and some geography. A simple world map on the inside cover shows the trip from one point to the other. This lively adventure is enhanced by its poetic rhythm and delightful illustrations. 2005, Blue Apple Books, Ages 4 to 7.
—Vicki Foote
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-One day Millie and Mike don't know what to do so they imagine a voyage from their home in Kalamazoo to Timbuktu. On the way, they canoe, ride on a bicycle built for two, take a helicopter, and even perch on the tail of a whale. A creative and appealing concept, this fast-paced read-aloud takes the two children to many different places where they see many wonderful things. The brightly colored illustrations are filled with details that children will want to examine up close. The book, however, is a little problematic. The rhyming is often forced and without segues, which makes for a bumpy read-aloud, and the art often incorporates sharp details next to soft, fuzzy edges. This blend of realism and cartoon images adds to the uneven experience.-Genevieve Gallagher, Murray Elementary School, Charlottesville, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593540913
Publisher:
Blue Apple Books
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.25(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Harriet Ziefert is the author of many picture books for children. She is the grandmother of four and lives in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and Maplewood, New Jersey.

Tanya Roitman holds an M.F.A. from the Estonia Academy of Arts. Born in Eastern Europe, Tanya has lived and traveled the globe and now resides in New Jersey. She has illustrated a series of pop-up travel guides.

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