Explore Australia: 12 Key Facts

Children - Non-Fiction
32 Pages
Reviewed on 11/13/2019
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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite

Explore Australia: 12 Key Facts by Todd Kortemeier takes children on an adventure as they learn fascinating and engaging facts about the island continent. Learn all about the culture, the economy, and the environment. Children will make new discoveries that include the didgeridoo, Vegemite, and surfing. From the different environments to the vast infrastructure, children will have fun learning about Australia and exploring engaging facts. One of the most well-known facts about Australia is how much people love to be outdoors with the most common activity being surfing, and how most of the population lives in cities. These twelve fun facts will broaden children’s minds such as Australia, made up of more than 8000 islands, is the sixth-largest country in the world. Todd Kortemeier enables children to explore the different environments that Australia has, more than the commonly known outback, and lets them discover snowy peaks and rainforests. Children will learn about different species of marsupials and the deadly animals that call Australia home.

The book also delves into the society and economy of Australia which includes the indigenous peoples of Australia and the continent’s history. The book goes into the current British ancestry of most of the residents with only about 3% making up the Aboriginal population, while also delving into educational facts about the government and the role of Queen Elizabeth II. Children will be able to draw connections between Australia’s history and their own history while this book will get them to think about their own society, culture, and systems. The fun facts include how the colony was formed in 1788 to be used for British criminals, the currency, and the education system in place. Explore Australia: 12 Key Facts teaches children about Australia’s culture and history in a fun way. Perfect for home or school libraries.