HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Juan Castell and Aunt Sofia’s Giant Book of Please, Thank You, Welcome
Author: Ian Sadler
Illustrator: Adrienne Brown
Publisher: Gelos Publications, 2018
Related website(s): http://www,GelosPublications.com (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 3 – 8
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Sadler, Ian. Juan Castell and Aunt Sofia’s Giant Book of Please, Thank You, Welcome (published in 2018 by Gelos Publications, 332 S. Michigan Ave. Suite 1032, Chicago, IL 60604). Juan Castell is a very nice young boy who always says “Please” and “Thank you.” One day his Aunt Sofia from Peru has an amazing secret to tell him. Distant visitors from far away planets and moons will soon come to earth, and everyone here needs to be able to greet them as politely as possible. Aunt Sofia is the Deputy Chief of Courteous Replies and works with groups in Nevada, Italy, and England to get ready. But time is running out. Now she also needs Juan’s help in preparing people to welcome their guests in every language from Greek to Chinese. Just how many languages do you think that is? What can Juan and his aunt do to save the day? And where all does Juan get to go in his efforts?
This Book 4 in Gelos Publications’ Mom’s Choice Award winning “The Rhyme, Laugh & Learn Series” is great not only to encourage children to be polite to others but also to introduce them to how people say “Thank you” in other cultures such as Spain, India, France, and China. In the back are two pages of further learning activities, one with a language dictionary of common greeting words, and the other with map questions. Other books in the series, which offers readers a truly entertaining yet educational journey of fun and laughter through memorable rhyming text by Ian Sadler and whimsical illustrations by Adrienne Brown, are Normal Nina and the Magic Box which I have previously reviewed, The Pennydale Zoo Great Talent Contest, and Jimmy and Jane and the Tale of the Yellow Moon.