Good evening dear readers!!! It’s been quite a while… hope that everyone is okay and had a safe and happy Christmas and New Year! And we hope that you’ve been reading lots too 😉
We both wanted to start off by saying that today, the 27th of February 2018, marks 2 whole years of our book-loving blog! We’ve enjoyed this experience so much, being able to share our views globally to a wide audience and we hope that you guys have enjoyed what we’ve been doing just as much, and hopefully you will enjoy what is to come!
We really wanted to thank our very faithful readers; mum, dad, Wendell, Lily, Elizabeth, family members over in France and many more distinguished friends. Without you, and your ongoing support, we wouldn’t be able to do this. Honestly… you guys are our driving force, our passion and if it weren’t for you then Critter Critics would not be having its 2 year anniversary today!
And also thank you to all the people that we don’t know personally that visit, like and comment on our blog. It’s really great to see that we get hundreds of views from countries all around the world every month and you guys also help us to keep motivated!
It’s very hard for the both of us to stay structured in our blog posting, and there comes times where we will neglect the blog for weeks or even months at a time…. Between our busy schedules, there never seems to be a time where we can meet in the middle. Alex does soccer training and soccer matches on the weekend, and has started the Australian Air-Force Cadets as a new activity this year, and that’s bound to keep him busy! Nilou is training for acrobatic gymnastics 3 days a week and is hoping to soon compete in a state competition despite a recently broken toe! She also works in the gym now, 3 times a week and has her own classes. So between juggling her programming for her classes and school work, it can be quite difficult as well.
Nevertheless, the both of us strive to make this blog the very best we can, and we thought, what better way to celebrate then to say Hello?! To say Hello to the beautiful people and world around us. So for our 2 year anniversary we shall be featuring the book review; Hello World by Jonathan Litton and illustrated by L’Atelier Cartographik.
Love Nilou and Alex ❤️
Book Review: Hello World by Jonathan Litton and illustrated by L’Atelier Cartographik
What is it about?
“Learn to greet people around the globe in this interactive atlas of hellos.”
“With over 150 languages, flaps to guide you through pronunciations, and features on hieroglyphs, sign languages, and different writing systems, a world of exploration is at your fingertips.”
Hello World is a fantastic little guide around each continent of the world with all the major languages spoken shown. You learn to say hello is all different languages ranging from French to Swahili to the lesser known Pashto and Kyrgyz!
Filled with beautiful illustrations, Hello World lets you discover many languages you never knew existed. All you have to do is lift up the cardboard flap and you’ll be shown how to say hello in that country, how to pronounce it (that’s the real challenge!) and how many people speak that language in the world.
The pages are also filled with facts and tips, as well as statistics and ancient scripts and hieroglyphs. And on the very last page, it tells you how to say goodbye as well! Make sure to refer to some of the pictures below to check out how the inside of the book looks 😉
This book has been a huge success within our family. It’s a great learning and discovering book for most ages. Even if you can’t read, having an older person teaching you this can be a pretty fun and special moment.
Hello is such an easy and dismissed word, but taking the time to see how other cultures and countries say and treat this simple greeting can really open your eyes.
We loved how colourful and inviting this book is, and the way that it can be just a casual pick up to read but also a reference book. Google Translate definitely doesn’t explain half the stuff that you can learn here!
It was really fun going through this picture book and opening up the flaps. It all gets really exciting and you want to find out more. We found ourselves grabbing at these poor flaps like they were the last egg in an Easter chocolate hunt!!!
So this book is bound to give you, your family and friends hours of multicultural and multilingual fun! And we just wanted to leave you with a quote from the book that shocked and saddened us, but we want your help to make every hello in another language count and develop:
“Keep Languages Alive
Out of the world’s 7,000 languages, it is believed that half will be lost by the end of this century. Indeed, a language is being lost every 14 days at the moment. We’d love you to learn the little languages as well as the big ones, and keep these languages alive.”
It all starts with a hello.
Title: Hello World
Author: Jonathan Litton + illustrated by L’Atelier Cartographik
Publisher: 360 Degrees
Publication Date: 2016
For ages: 10-12
Type: Picture book, geography, culture, language and an activity book
By Nilou and Alex
NOTE: THIS REVIEW REFLECTS OUR PERSONAL OPINION AND ONLY OUR PERSONAL OPINION.
World’s Languages Dying Off Rapidly – New York Times