NEW CHILDREN’S SERIES: Simon and Barklee Embrace Multiculturalism, Build a Better World, Teac
Added: (Wed Sep 26 2001)
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A timely new educational series has been crafted to introduce children to their global neighbors.
“Another Country Calling: The Adventures of Simon and Barklee™” is about academic learning as well as respect for differences. It features storybooks and activities designed to enrich reading and language arts with geography, history and culture. A layer of international adventure is added just for fun. Details can be found at http://simonandbarklee.com.
Children follow two engaging animal travelers that appear throughout the series. Simon T. McTwill, an operatic canary, and Barklee a flop-eared terrier, travel the world together, following Simon’s passion to sing in capitals of the world. Host-country characters are guides and teachers. While seeing new sights, meeting new friends, and coping in unfamiliar environments, Simon and Barklee learn respect for others and an abiding appreciation for the differences around our globe. The books also contain a glossary of foreign words and pronunciation guide.
Written by David J. Scherer of Langley, WA and illustrated by Kara Richardson, Lake Oswego, OR, the series is published by ExplorerMedia, Langley, WA. The first three are Simon & Barklee in France, Simon & Barklee in England, and Simon & Barklee in Germany. Each book is accompanied by an optional activity book and features regionally accurate 4-color illustrations.
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Scherer says his intent is to spark enough curiosity in children to care about the world: “Today’s children, when they take their places in the world, have to have grown up with the world. They have to understand what life is like two continents from their home, not just two blocks. Recent events have only made it more important. It is exactly the right time for these books.”
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Contact: Simon and Barklee, Inc.
2280 E. Whidbey Shores Rd.
Langley, WA 98260 USA