P is for Passport: A World Alphabet

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Celebrating the diversity in our world while cherishing our similarities, P is for Passport takes readers on a whirlwind tour of all the delights of the globe. From the everyday concerns of people everywhere for such things as bread and currency, to the wonders of our world such as deserts and volcanoes, Passport offers a fascinating variety of topics and ideas to explore. Author and journalist Devin Scillian was born into a traveling family. With a career Army officer for a father, Devin grew up all over the ...
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Overview

Celebrating the diversity in our world while cherishing our similarities, P is for Passport takes readers on a whirlwind tour of all the delights of the globe. From the everyday concerns of people everywhere for such things as bread and currency, to the wonders of our world such as deserts and volcanoes, Passport offers a fascinating variety of topics and ideas to explore. Author and journalist Devin Scillian was born into a traveling family. With a career Army officer for a father, Devin grew up all over the United States and all over the world. His career as a television journalist added even more stamps in his passport and he continues to cherish each and every one. Devin, his wife Corey and their four children make their home in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Devin also anchors the news for WDIV-TV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit. His books include A is for America, Fibblestax, and Cosmo's Moon. Artwork is featured from 23 Sleeping Bear Press artists, who live in live in a variety of climates, homes, and time zones.Cover artwork by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen.

A passport and rhyming text celebrate the author's adventures discovering differences as well as similarities, from "A" for the variety of animals that populate the planet to "Z" for the time zones that mark the days around the world.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
We are going to take a trip around the world; from the outback of Australia where kangaroos bound, to the top of Mount Everest; from a bakery in Brighton in England to The Great Wall of China. This book will take you on an incredible journey, each double-page spread representing a letter of the alphabet and a word. For example the letter A is for Animals. The author gives us two descriptive paragraphs of writing about animals in general, and a beautifully written paragraph of rhyming poetry about some of the world's animal species. The words are set off by an illustration showing animals from different parts of the world. The letter R is for Railway and we are shown a beautiful illustration of an old fashioned steam train. The author gives us all sorts of interesting information about railways in different parts of the world. We are told, for example, that the "world's longest train route is the Trans Siberian Railway." This is the kind of book that would appeal to a child who has a love for facts and figures, who loves to know about far away places. Many children love to collect facts, to squirrel them away so that they can pull them out and air them for friends and family. The book covers such a wide area of topics that there is sure to be something to appeal to everyone. It can teach so much without giving the impression of teaching at all. It is a truly inspired book and a lovely one to look at as well. The publishers of this book have released a series of alphabet books about a number of topics. Among them are: A is for America: An American Alphabet; M is for Maple: A Canadian Alphabet; K is for Kick: A Soccer Alphabet; B is for Buckaroo: A Cowboy Alphabet; V is for Viking: AMinnesota Alphabet. 2003, Sleeping Bear Press, Ages 6 to 9.
— Marya Jansen-Gruber
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-This picture book introduces readers to experiences shared by people around the world. The alphabet format is used to organize facts and show how global items and concepts, such as animals, bread, and currency, may vary in different countries and traditions. Each letter provides a common experience (F is for faith; M is for music) and examples are cited in several locales. For some letters, the topics are a stretch (Q is for quest; X is for xenophobia), but with the commentary and additional facts, they work. Twenty-four different artists, using a variety of mediums, have created appealing realistic illustrations. Consistency is achieved with the layout. Each spread includes art and text that explains the content. A sidebar with both a capital and lowercase letter, as well as additional facts reinforce the concepts. The language is clear, often introducing foreign words associated with topic and culture. The simple text paired with vibrant illustrations and interesting details make this a positive approach to introduce a multicultural world.-Margaret R. Tassia, Millersville University, PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585361571
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2003
  • Series: Discover the World
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 694,896
  • Age range: 4 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2009

    Good Book for Geography

    I used this book to introduce a geography unit to my fourth graders and they loved it. They always wanted me to read it to them again. They loved hearing about all the different places in the world.

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