Wednesday 27 August 2014

#BookReview - Is the Seawater Always Blue? by @ShabanaMuhajir #ReviewShare #KidLit

Is the Seawater Always Blue?Is the Seawater Always Blue? by Shabana Dastageer Muhajir
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a good summer read. It does not matter that it is based in Asia, sea water can be found anywhere in the world and summer brings with it many questions, experiments and lessons for life for any child irrelevant of location. The sections in which “Mum” explains seawater to “Aayan and Rayan” are the best parts of the book.

The introduction and conclusion are disjointed. More information on their current location and on their holiday destination would have helped the reader to connect more, especially when the reader is a child. For example, my 4 year old is currently hooked on books by Ed Shankman. She started with My Grandma Lives in Florida and then asked for other books by the same author. The main reason she liked these books were because, “the characters talked to her.”

This is a non-fiction read for which the author does include references. For the older child, if parents are looking for reading material related to nature and outdoors, this is definitely a recommended read.

Would I recommend this read? Yes for its educational points but it does require some improvement.

Overall assessment:
Content: 4.5/5
Editing: 3.5/5
Formatting: 3/5
Pacing: 3.5/5

Offensive content?: Based on language and settings, I would recommend this book for anyone aged 3 and above.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author. I did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was I obliged to write a positive one.

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