Reviewed by Sarah Hills
If you were me and lived in… Norway was sent to me to review with my two small boys aged 3 and 4½. I have to admit on first impressions the book is not visually striking and indeed is a little flimsy to touch. However, once we got into the book I found the content to outweigh my negative first impression. There is a good amount of detail about many aspects of Norwegian life ranging from the geography of the country, to currency, to food and festivals. Each page of writing is accompanied by an illustration depicting a boy and girl character. The book at 26 pages long was a good length and included a helpful pronunciation page at the back.
It was the first time that I had properly read a non-fiction book to my boys and the reaction was mixed. Although they both listened intently the eldest said he didn’t like the book due to it having no story, can’t win there! However we did have conversation during reading about how he would like to live in Norway and go to the ice hotel and eat waffles. I was surprised that it held the youngest’s attention so well too.
I’m not sure that my boys would choose to read this book again but I think it is a fantastic resource to broaden their minds to different cultures and would work very well for a school project if ever needed. I would certainly recommend this series to others with children under 10 if they wanted to introduce their children to different cultures but I’m not sure that I would want to pay the £6.99 rrp. It unfortunately seems a lot for a relatively small book when the information can be gleaned easily from other sources. However, if you want to keep your child’s reliance on the internet minimal then this would be a great way to source material and learn in a fun way. The author has produced other books in the series and a collection would be a great school resource or helpful before moving to or visiting a different country.
Available to buy from Amazon here.