Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Review: The Spectacular World of Waldorf by Barbara Terry and Beth Ann Stifflemire

Happy Release Day!!!

MR. WALDORF TRAVELS TO THE MYSTERIOUS CHINA
The Spectacular World of Waldorf
by Barbara Terry, Beth Ann Stifflemire 
Illustrated by Vladimir Kirichenko
Waldorf Publishing
Picture Book 
32 pages 
ages 3+

On this adventure, Mr. Waldorf discovers the mysterious China. The curious canine encounters fun new friends and places while visiting Beijing, discovering the Great Wall of China, climbing Mount Everest and traveling the Yangtze River.

Silly Mr. Waldorf has a tendency to misplace his favorite reading spectacles and can’t seem to find them while discovering The Peoples Republic of China. Mr. Waldorf will learn all about China, while seeking his missing spectacles. Will you help him find them and learn all about the ancient and beautiful country?



MY TIDBITS

Mr. Waldorf travels all over the place, and this time, he's exploring China.

The wonderful Mr. Waldorf portrays more of a favorite uncle type of roll as he invites kids to visit China with him. He's a fun character to follow as he visits the different sites and creatures which are found in this vast country. After addressing the readers/listeners directly in the first pages, he embarks on the journey, but not without losing his reading spectacles. Now, the kids are on a mission to help Mr. Waldorf locate them again.

This is a lovely series, which introduces young children to the rich variety of China. Different sites and animals are introduced, never with too much detail, but enough for kids to get a glimpse of what they can find there. All the while, Mr. Waldorf converses with the different creatures, keeping it light hearted and with a dash of humor. 

The illustrations give a general impression of the sites, enough that kids will find them intriguing. The colors are bright, the animals friendly and the pages invite to been flipped through again and again. 

As an extra bonus, Mr. Waldorf must search for his glasses, but unlike other books in this series, the spectacles are not hidden within the pages--something I was disappointed to see. 

Still, this is a nice way to let young readers learn a little more about the world and the differences between the countries.



MR. WALDORF TRAVELS TO THE HUGE RUSSIA
The Spectacular World of Waldorf
by Barbara Terry and Beth Ann Stifflemire
Illustrated by Vladimir Kirichenko
Waldorf Publishing
Picture Book
ages 3+
32 pages

On this adventure, Mr. Waldorf discovers the huge Russia. The curious canine encounters fun new friends and places while visiting Saint Petersburg, the Ural Mountains, Lake Baikai, Russian State Library & more.

Silly Mr. Waldorf has a tendency to misplace his favorite reading spectacles and can’t seem to find them while discovering the largest country in the world. Mr. Waldorf will learn all about Russia, while seeking his missing spectacles. Will you help him find them and learn all about this historical and enormous country?
 



MY TIDBITS

Mr. Waldorf is off again--this time to Russia. 

Mr. Waldorf is an more mature dog, who invites young kids to join him on a trip to Russia. There, he adorns himself in the traditional clothing (which is cute), and with an extra bounce in his step, takes off to the different sites and creatures.

Although Mr. Waldorf visits some of the more well-known places of Russia, he also pops in on several less spoken of. Each place/creature is hit upon rather quickly, keeping the site seeing tour at a perfect glimpse for young readers. It gives them an impression of the variety Russia has to offer without ever weighing down with too many facts or details. The exchanges Mr. Waldorf has with the readers and the creatures are always kept light and simple, making it perfect for kids ages 3 and up.

As an extra bonus, Mr. Waldorf asks the kids to help keep an eye open for his lost reading spectacles. 

This is a sweet, simple way to introduce young readers to Russia without bogging them down.

1 comment:

  1. This looks adorable. I just want to hug Mr. Waldorf!

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