I can't let the Olympics come to a close, without sharing this book with you. Don't you love picture books that can be enjoyed by all ages? We found Maps, by Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielinski, at the Tate Gallery in London, last week. I knew it would make the perfect gift for our youngest son who's been extremely interested in flags and maps all year. It's also a book that I love to have on the coffee table.
The Olympics have only sped up the household desire to learn more and place "the flags of the world." I've been fielding so many questions that I just can't answer like: "What does the Maldivian Flag look like or what languages do they speak in Tonga?" This book contains the answers. Each continent is broken down and within each country there are drawings and texts with oodles of interesting facts for all ages: capital, language, population, an illustration of the flag and much, much, more.
I think books make perfect souvenirs. They give us a chance to meet and to share. Our youngest two have been determined that we should move to Hawaii over the past year but, now their Hawaiin research has been erased from our chalk wall and is being replaced new ideas.
This book, also gave me a reason to share this photo snapped of chalk flags on Trafalgar Square, just because --- which otherwise, might have just been forgotten and erased. Now: watch out Grandpa we don't have a good drive away for chalk drawings, but you do for our next visit!
Although, we've moved well into chapter books, I find that the boys absolutely love fact books and look at these endlessly. We've added a lot of historic figure and fact books to our libraries, but, I can still find a place for many of our favorite picture books and wonder if I'll ever empty the shelves of favorites. I can find reasons to reference them for many reasons -- holidays to class projects and find that a well-written picture book can inspire for a very long time. Do you feel the same?
I'd love to hear in you have a favorite map or flag book, too? Have the Olympics influenced the talk of the world around us, in your house, too?
Happy Weekend! Happy Holidays, if you are on holidays, too!
The Snowy Day by Ezra Keats