Children's Picture Books

Around the world with the Travelling Angels

By Jacek Limanowka

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This quirky picture book is a simplistic starting point for social studies.

Synopsis

A different approach to presenting Social Studies to Primary School children, through factual text and colourful, quirky illustrations.
Each illustration relates to a geographical area with facts that are relevant to it.
The illustrations are a prompt to children to help them remember the facts associated with each one, and the story book-style of the text encourages children’s interest.

This quirky picture book sets out to teach children about various countries and to showcase various facts about the interesting countries.


The Angels are a family of 5 little angels living on a farm in Australia. Hankering to explore the world, they research different countries on the internet, before flying off to explore them in person.


The pictures in this book are very vivid and charming. Bright colours jump off the page and grab the reader's attention. The angel children have a vampiric look at odds with their angelic namesakes, and come across as curious little creatures.

The author has combined interesting facts with brightly drawn images of landmarks, and children reading this book will likely be hooked into learning more about the countries mentioned.


However, I would caution any teacher or parent from using this book as a sole social studies text, without additional conversation or supplementary texts. While some countries are presented as diverse and full of current technology and past history, some countries are presented in a very stereotypical and vaguely racist way.


This is an interesting book to look at and to use as a jumping-off point for social studies, but does have some problematic elements. That said, children will be attracted by the brightly-coloured pictures and the snippets of information about each country.

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Synopsis

A different approach to presenting Social Studies to Primary School children, through factual text and colourful, quirky illustrations.
Each illustration relates to a geographical area with facts that are relevant to it.
The illustrations are a prompt to children to help them remember the facts associated with each one, and the story book-style of the text encourages children’s interest.

About the author

Jacek Limanowka is an Adelaide based artist working primarily in oil on canvas. He has been painting for nearly 30 years following a life changing accident. His practice is used as a means to heal him emotionally throughout his ongoing recovery. view profile

Published on November 25, 2019

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1000 words

Genre: Children's Picture Books

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