Sunday, April 5, 2015

"Maya & Filippo Visit San Francisco" by Alinka Rutkowska

Maya & Filippo
Visit San Francisco
by Alinka Rutkowska

Maya & Filippo dock in San Francisco but they only have one day to visit and both kids want to see different things. Learn about Alcatraz, go on a cable-car ride, take a stroll through the Yerba Buena Gardens, and marvel at the skyscrapers of Union Square. Then they go for a quick walk on Fisherman’s Wharf and admire the sea lions. But soon it’s time to sail away and the kids still haven’t seen the Golden Gate Bridge. What can they do?

Praise for the Book
"The author's way of introducing readers to information about the place is simple and endearing. The illustrations are very bright and colorful and they give pace and movement to the story and scenes, and breathe life into the characters. All the books in this travel series are worth having in one's personal collection. This story makes a perfect bedtime read for kids and it can also be used for read aloud sessions in classrooms and libraries." ~ 5.0 Stars from Readers' Favorite
"The pictures have a nice bright stylized appeal, and if Mom sometimes sounds like she’s swallowed the guidebook, it’s really not a problem. Sentences are short and sweet. Information is nicely given. And the adventure ends with a pleasing quiz, plus the conclusion that there are no right or wrong ways to visit a new place. Maya and Filippo Visit San Francisco would be a good addition to a Maya and Filippo collection, and a fun book to share before visiting the city with kids." ~ Sheila Deeth
"The author, Alinka Rutkowska, has written another book in her series of visiting different cities in all parts of the world. Her stories are full of fun and information. [...] The illustrations by Konrad Checinski, are bright and colorful, depicting all of the sites and scenery and the activities Maya and Filippo were able to see. [...] This series of books by Alinka Rutkowska are a joy to read. My 5 year old granddaughter looks forward to each new book. She can tell her friends about the new city she visited via these books." ~ prisrob
"It's a pretty lovely book. Once again, Alinka Rutkowska has captured the beauty of the location and included all sorts of little details that I'm sure kids will enjoy. The illustrations are just as great; they show lovely scenes of Maya & Filippo having a great time in the city. Despite the things that go wrong for the children, it all turns out fine in the end. It's quite happy, upbeat and any child is sure to enjoy it!" ~ Catherine
"My two year old really enjoyed this book. It's a really cute story." ~ Dea

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 San Francisco. With so much to see and do, how are they going to fit it all in? After a busy day sight-seeing, Maya and Filippo learn that there is "no right or wrong way to visit a city."
This is another bright and cheerful offering from Alinka Rutkowska and illustrator Konrad Checinski. Your children will learn about the sights and landmarks of San Francisco. The story is followed by additional information on San Francisco and a short quiz to check your child's understanding of the story.
Fun and educational.

About the Author
Alinka Rutkowska is an award-winning and best-selling Children's Author of over twenty books. She is the winner of the prestigious International Readers' Favorite Book Award Contest and her book series received the acclaimed Mom's Choice Book Award.
Alinka has been featured on Fox Business Network, Examiner, She Knows, She Writes, Blog Talk Radio, The Writer's Life, and many more.