What’s been around since the beginning of time? Water, of course! Thanks to the perpetual water cycle, the water that is on the Earth now is the same water that’s been on the Earth since the beginning. And since water has been around so long, it’s seen everything, right?
That’s the premise behind the new historical fiction series for kids from Geography Matters, The Adventures of Munford, by Jamie Aramini.
Munford is water molecule who loves adventure! Because he can be water, rain, sleet, or snow and can evaporate or condense anywhere, he’s seen it all and he’s ready to share his adventures with you.
Colorfully illustrated and featuring young-reader-friendly size type (which means it’s not tiny), The Adventures of Munford will make great a great read-aloud for school or some enjoyable fun-yet-educational silent reading for your kids.
In addition the font-size, which I appreciated (moms of kids with dyslexia will understand that), I liked the size of the book, 8X5. Tell me I’m not the only one who has a preferred size for books. This is just the right size for comfort in smaller hands and young readers who sometimes need all the stars aligned to enjoy reading.
We received all four of the current books in the series to review. I started reading The Klondike Gold Rush so I’d know what was going on for the review, Megan started with Munford Meets Lewis and Clark, and we’re saving The American Revolution for our read-aloud when we get to that point in our American history study.
Megan didn’t finish hers because she’s been busy trying to keep up with other reading required for school and the American Girls book club that’s she involved in this year, but she said that she has found it interesting and has enjoyed the colorful pictures. She said the reading level was comparable to the American Girls books, which were a bit challenging for her last year, but just right this year.
I found the books to move along at a pace that will keep the kids’ interest while providing great historical detail in a very readable format. You can’t ask for much more of a historical fiction book. Words or concepts that may not be understood by readers are explained in a meaningful way within the text.
Each book ends with the epilogue: A Note From Grandpa Gilbert, the wise old water molecule who, though technically not any older than Munford, serves as a mentor. In the note, Grandpa Gilbert gives additional historical facts about the people and events of the story, a feature I found very interesting.
Another fact about the series that made me, as a homeschooling mom, love them, even more, is that the author is a fellow homeschool mom and the illustrator is a homeschool graduate. The series is published by Geography Matters, publishers of such great, well-known products as Galloping the Globe, the Trail Guide to…geography series, and Uncle Josh’s Outline Maps.
Each book in The Adventures of Munford series is available from Geography Matters for $8.95 each.
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