Wednesday, January 7, 2015

"Maya & Filippo Learn about Careers in Dunedin" by Alinka Rutkowska

Maya & Filippo
Learn about Careers in Dunedin
by Alinka Rutkowska

Embark on an exciting adventure with Maya and Filippo as they travel around the globe on board the Fun Princess - a cruise ship full of surprises. Discover their fascinating ports of call, join them in activities at sea and explore the remarkable world they create for themselves through their thoughts and feelings.
Maya and Filippo spend a day in Dunedin. They visit a chocolate factory and the local university. They talk to the factory workers and the university students. Finally they decide what they want to do when they grow up.

My Review

By Lynda Dickson
Maya and Filippo are a sister and brother pair who travel around the world with their parents and their cat Otello on the Fun Princess cruise ship. Today Maya and Filippo dock in Dunedin, New Zealand. Before they disembark, the youth club leader asks all the kids what they want to be when they grow up. Of course Filippo wants to work in a chocolate factory so he can eat all the chocolate, but Maya is undecided. After exploring Dunedin, Filippo changes his mind about his future career, while Maya discovers that it's all right to keep her options open.
This is another fun and informative offering from Alinka Rutkowska and illustrator Konrad Checinski. The illustrations and story are cute, but there are some problems with consistency in tense. It would have been nice if Maya and Filippo's "student friend " was given a name and if we heard a report back about what the other kids learned during their visit to Dunedin. The story is followed by a short quiz and facts about Dunedin, including information about Otago University and the Cadbury chocolate factory.

About the Author
Alinka Rutkowska is an award winning Children's Author. She writes for kids who in their books want a blend of both fun and education. She takes inspiration from her travels, cruising around the world with her husband and daughter.
Alinka loves skiing, music, Barolo, and dark chocolate, preferably all at the same time.