We’ve all developed a keen interest in the world around here recently! I know that sounds a little silly, we should always have an interest in the world around us but there’s been a lot of talk of capital cities – Elodie and Finlay have been poring over maps and telling me where the families of all their friends are from (Bulgaria, Albania and Cuba to name a few….) We went away this weekend to a house who had a map of the world covering a kitchen wall – the kiddos spent ages finding different countries on the map. Equally causing as much fascination around here is a new book called ‘Elephants on Tour: A Search and Find Journey Around the World ‘by Guillaume Cornet. We’re participating in Laurence King Publishing’s Elephants on Tour blog week, to celebrate the launch – it’s a travel book with a difference – a lovely search and find feature look around the world through the eyes of elephants!
You take a journey round the world from Tokyo to Sydney, from the jungles of Madagascar to Peru. As you search for the elephants you also discover famous buildings, food, transport and activities in each destination along the way. So far, our kids have learnt about Rio de Janeiro’s name which translated means River of January and that it holds the largest Carnival party in the world. In 2004, over 400,000 foreign tourists flocked to the city for the celebrations to join the 5 million locals who already participate in the famous parades and street parties – Elodie and Finlay have added it to their bucket list!
The illustrations are intricate – there’s so much detail! Each scene is packed with hundreds of things to find and discover – spot each of the elephants, their lost possessions, and the sights and friends they see along the way. Finlay’s favourite page is Cairo, where he likes learning about the pyramids!
The spotting nature of the book makes it excellent book to take on long journeys and because it’s a large A3 book with 22 illustrations – it’s perfect for sharing and works for multiple ages. Orla (age 4) likes to spot the elephants and their belongings whereas Finlay (age 7) likes to read more to find out about what they eat in different countries to decide if he wants to visit there- so far he’s ruled out Tokyo so he doesn’t have to eat Sushi!
It’s a lovely book for imaginative play. Ours have packed bags- set up an aeroplane den and used the book as a kind of map/ atlas/ guide book to travel round the world (well our house and back garden), exploring as they go!
To celebrate the launch of the book, we’ve got some fun colouring pages for you to download here, adapted from the beautiful illustrations in the book. Click here to download! elephant_colouring_worksheet
There are more colouring pages and activities on the book to be found on the Laurence King Website. And if you’d like to read the rest of the launch reviews, you can find the schedule here……. Follow the tour on Twitter via @lkpchildrens and #ElephantsonBlogTour.