Backpacks and Baguettes..Coloring the World through Young Eyes
This book, written by 13 year old half American and half British Sam Morrison takes the reader on a journey as he travels with his father. Sam and his father, Angus wrote this book together to help journal their adventures and experiences together. The short introduction by Angus describes his views on travel and the importance of experiencing different cultures. He describes how Sam will tell his stories through words and his drawings.
This middle grade book is separated into different chapters, each section describing a different country he visited. Each chapter begins with three facts and then Sam’s experience in that particular place. The chapters are short and fun to read which makes it a wonderful book for a read aloud or an independent middle grade read. Each chapter ends with artwork by illustrator Marco Primo, which gives a very personal touch to the book.
After reading this book, you and your child will not only learn facts about different places, you will also feel like you know Sam and have traveled with him! During a pandemic when traveling is unsafe and we are staying at home, it feels good to take a travel with Sam and Angus through his book.
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Interview with Sam and Angus Morrison
After reading this book, I wanted to ask Sam and Angus some questions. Some answers are given by Sam and others by his father.
To learn more about this father-son pair, follow Sam Morrison on Instagram here.