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The Travel Game

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Tad and his aunt Hattie take an imaginary trip to Hong Kong.

Armed with a globe, an illustrated almanac, and their imaginations, Tad and Aunt Hattie play the travel game. They ride elephants in India, escape deadly piranhas in the Amazon River, and hail a water taxi to visit the beautiful boat city of Hong Kong—all without leaving the apartment above the family tailor shop...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 18th 2009 by Clarion Books (first published October 15th 2006)
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Tad's family owns a tailor shop in Brooklyn. And the whole family is involved, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc. Tad has jobs, too - some he likes and some he doesn't. They live above the shop and everyday his grandma makes them lunch. After that his favorite aunt takes him to his room where they play his favorite game: "The Travel Game" involving a globe and a picture book featuring 1001 places in the world. After they determine where they will go, they lok at the pictures and adventure quickly...more
Aug 29, 2009 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a wonderful tale that describes a very close Polish family, with Aunts, Uncles and Grandparents living together with the young boy's family; they work together, eat together an help one another. His aunt helps him settle down for an afternoon nap by playing the travel game, where they go anywhere in the world using their imagination and a book with pictures from all over. This time, they go to Hong Kong and describe the things they do and see there (some of them obviously untrue and just...more
Cute story about a boy, Tad, who plays the Travel Game with his aunt. They spin the globe, point to a spot, look it up in a book to see some photos and then make up a great adventure...traveling to that destination in their imagination. What a fun way to teach geography and an appreciation for the worlds' cultures.
So it's cute. I like the idea that it is a game he plays with his aunt. And it sounds like a fun game ... spin the globe and stick your finger down and then imagine "visiting."

Could be a nice intro to a map unit.
A nice local connection. You can use many "teachable moments" when reading this book to children. For example, my son and I spun the globe and "visited" several countries. We then researched the countries online.
A fun read about a boy who escapes to far of lands with the help of a globe. I used to do this as a kid. The best part - the author is a Buffalonian and the book is set here in town.
Julie Esanu
Based on the author's childhood growing up with his family in Buffalo, NY. Orations of this book could be used to teach family traditions, as well as globe and atlas skills.
Nov 06, 2010 Connie added it
I read it but don't remember it. This is the sort of book that I would remember, so it must not have been remarkable.
A cute story to use with geography. Family is a polish immigrant family and has cultural references.
"travel, nap time, tailor shop, American immigrant family"
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