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Explore Greece: 12 Key Facts by Peggy Snow takes children on an adventure through beautiful islands and mountains. From Mount Olympus to olive trees, children will broaden their minds with this stunning book that teaches basic facts about Greece’s education, economy, climate, and science. Children will open their eyes to the discoveries that led to inventions like the alarm clock, techniques in architecture, geometry, delicious food like dolmades, and the discovery of how the earth moves around the sun.
Peggy Snow opens a whole new world up to children which allows them to explore a new place with a rich mythology, stunning beaches, and wildlife. The book references the classic myths of Greek culture and encourages children to broaden their minds with their own research about the gods of Mount Olympus and fantastical beasts such as centaurs. Children will look at the history of Greece which will take them back thousands of years, where they’ll be educated on various invasions and how Greece became an independent nation. The book includes engaging fun facts such as how Greece invented the first known democracy. Children will enjoy learning about the important role olives play in the economy with Snow explaining how Greece has 120 million olive trees, the third-largest producer of olive oil. Parents will love watching their children discover a new place and learn about other economies, education, and government.
Children will enjoy seeing what it’s like for children in Greece and discovering how different it is from where they live. Children will learn about Thales, Hippocrates, and Theophrastus, who played roles in geometry, medicine, and botany. They'll discover new dishes that make great use of olives, lamb, and fish. Children will learn about a different economy, health care system, and celebrations that introduce them to a different culture. Explore Greece: 12 Key Facts will inspire children to think about their own society and to seek out different cultures around the world with questions throughout that will encourage them to discover more.