Miranda the Explorer: A Magical Round-the-World Adventure

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Miranda wins a balloon ride—but the rope snaps and away she goes, over seas, mountains, and deserts. She touches down at the Taj Mahal and the Pyramids, flies over the Great Wall of China, visits Japan, almost falls into a river full of crocodiles in Australia, makes some new friends at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, is buffeted by storms over the Channel, and much more. Miranda is a brave and resourceful character whose adventures are shown in delightful pictures of the places she visits. With map backgrounds and ...
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Miranda wins a balloon ride—but the rope snaps and away she goes, over seas, mountains, and deserts. She touches down at the Taj Mahal and the Pyramids, flies over the Great Wall of China, visits Japan, almost falls into a river full of crocodiles in Australia, makes some new friends at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, is buffeted by storms over the Channel, and much more. Miranda is a brave and resourceful character whose adventures are shown in delightful pictures of the places she visits. With map backgrounds and place names, this is a big story with lots of action, told with warmth and humor.
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Publishers Weekly
In Miranda the Explorer: A Magical Round-the-World Adventure by James Mayhew, Miranda, first met in Miranda the Castaway, accidentally takes flight in a hot air balloon. In her travels, she visits Mt. Everest, the Great Wall of China, the Grand Canyon, the Egyptian Pyramids and more, before she finally makes it home to London. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This sequel to Miranda the Castaway puts the adventurous girl in a hot air balloon ride that escapes into the ether and allows her to take a fanciful trip around the world. She floats over and touches down on such big-time geography as the Taj Mahal, Mount Fuji, Egypt (where she has to reload her sandbags), the Great Wall of China, Hollywood, the Grand Canyon, the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, and finally home to England. But she misses her adventures, sews a patch on the punctured balloon, and floats away again where "The whole world lay before her." Her encounters with place and people is at once stereotyped and fresh, the Japanese girl looking up from her computer to give wind current advice or the Russian girl in full-fur decked winter coat and hat, and the Indian market full of "snake charmers and fire eaters, bright colours and spicy smells. This was India." Endpapers feature a painted world map on which are hand-lettered the places Miranda encounters. Fluffy fun, this travel romp with its hand-lettered conversations, greetings in various native languages and lettering, and an indomitable heroine, gives readers a chance to get acquainted with a map as they are viewing the story and to wonder what other adventures Miranda might have on behalf of us readers as she heads off for her next trip. 2003, Orion, Ages 5 to 9.
— Susan Hepler, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-The intrepid heroine of Miranda the Castaway (Orion, 1997) is off on another adventure in this delightful title. After winning a prize of a ride in a hot-air balloon, Miranda unexpectedly finds herself launched on a journey of self-discovery when the balloon is swept away by a gust of wind. She bravely learns to operate it, managing to save herself from several near disasters with the assistance of several kind friends she meets along the way. As she ventures across the continents, the girl stops to admire many world landmarks from the Taj Mahal to the Grand Canyon. At last she floats across the English Channel, waves to the queen in London, and returns safely home to "her favorite supper" and "her own comfy bed." Offered her own television show, Miranda tells the director that she's too busy and readies her balloon for a new adventure. This delightful story is accompanied by charming, comic-strip, watercolor illustrations that greatly enhance the plot with humorous details. Each drawing is filled with a sense of motion that carries Miranda along on her voyage. Readers will cheer this endearing, but ordinary child as she joins the ranks of other memorable picture-book explorers.-Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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A sudden gust of wind sends young Miranda and the balloon she’s aboard on a quick trip around the world. Some gust: making artful use of sandbags and vents to land and take off again, she comes down for visits with young folk in Moscow, Agra, Japan, Australia, New York, Egypt, Pisa, and Barcelona, before returning to London. Framed in cartoon panels of various sizes, each stop features recognizable landmarks, plus the occasional dialogue balloon or identifying caption. Though the people she meets sometimes greet her or bid farewell in a native language, everyone along the rather Eurocentric itinerary speaks English. Younger children may get some feeling for the human world’s diversity from this tour, but along with being disappointed to see more destinations marked on the endpaper maps than Miranda actually reaches, they may find it rather perfunctory next to Barnabas Kindersley’s Children Just Like Me (1995) or even Manya Stojic’s Hello World (2002). (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781842550007
  • Publisher: Orion Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.74 (w) x 11.72 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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  • Posted October 31, 2010

    Recommended

    It's a great book to introduce children to the many different places there are in the world. It's never too early to broaden their horizons. This book doesn't provide great depth in each location but is shows them there are kids just like them all around the world. The illustrations were great.

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