Thursday, November 7, 2013

"The Adventures of Bella & Harry: Let's Visit Athens.... Istanbul..... Jerusalem ..... Cairo!" by Lisa Manzione & Illustrated by Kristine Lucco (Review & Giveaway)

Stuck in city or woods with the kiddies and long to travel or at the very least ensure your kiddies learn about this great big wonderful world of ours, the civilizations,  the history, the peoples?  Well, author, Lisa Manzione and illustrator, Kristine Lucco will bring the world to your door step courtesy of Bella & Harry.

Let's go on The Adventures of Bella & Harry - Let's Visit Athens..... Cairo..... Jerusalem..... and Istanbul!   Bella & Harry are little really cute little dogs and they travel the world.  Want to travel with them? Pack your suitcase and let's go.  We're going to the very seat of history...

  • Athens - Greece
  • Cairo - Egypt
  • Jerusalem - Israelild's
  • Istanbul - Turkey
As Chat With Vera's readers already know, I love it when a young child's book is entertaining as well as educational. There is such a dearth of instruction in the schools and text books today, that children are not gaining knowledge of the world in which they live, where countries are located, what country is neighbor to another, what the cultural aspects of the population is, what the land mass is, and if it is dissected by rivers or surrounded by water. It is sad. But there are some books on the market that you can use to enlighten and bring the world home to your special child. Recently I featured some books that are a great introduction to social studies and cultures.  Then I also reviewed a very large book of maps illustrated with small drawings of the history, peoples, animals, land formations, etc. Chat With Vera wants children to learn about their world.

Now to travel with Bella & Harry to the cradle of civilation... got your passport?

Each of these books is beautifully printed in bold colors and hardbound. They have a map that positions the city you're visiting.  You learn about the famous buildings, rivers. You see what they eat, what they wear, and what their religion is. There are a few words in the back in the language of that city/country with their meaning.  And the illustrations are a real joy. Watch this video and see.....
GIVEAWAY:  Just in time for Christmas! This will make a wonderful gift for that special child in your life. Use the Rafflecopter entry form and let's see who can win a living room-travel-set for a child.  All 4 of these books to one winner!  Begins November 7 & ENDS November 26 @ 12:01 a.m. ET. Open to USA mainland addresses only.
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About the author & illustrator:  Lisa Manzione, Author - The Bella and Harry series of children's books is Lisa Manzione's first foray into children's fiction writing. As a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Lisa's entrance into the field of literature is one she has eagerly awaited and is very passionate about.

The series was developed with the hope of inspiring young readers to embrace the world and encourage its exploration. Done through the comedic and informative adventures of Bella and Harry, while traveling through various countries, Lisa hopes to stimulate children's imaginations and foster a thirst for understanding the world in which they live


Kristen Lucco, Illustrator - Born in rural Pennsylvania, Kristine's passion for art began at a young age. This interest in art continued and ultimately led Kristine to study at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.


Her talent was quickly recognized as extraordinary by local designers and today, over 20 years later, Kristine's art and designs adorn walls and a myriad of other surfaces all over south Florida.

29 comments:

  1. My mother has been to Athens and Istanbul and my mother in law has been to Cairo and Jerusalem but I have not been to any of these places. I would like to go to the Jerusalem Holocaust Museum Yad Vashem

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  2. I have not visited any of these places. I would love to visit Jerusalem

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  3. I have not been to any of these cities, but I would like to go to Athens Greece.

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  4. No, I haven't had the opportunity to visit any of these places. I would love to visit Jerusalem.

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  5. Mary, I would love to win these for my great-grand kids. Lots of little ones. I don't care to go to any of these places or elsewhere overseas. There is so many places to see in the USA if only I had of had the money to travel as some. But wasn't the case for me. Did live in WY. once so got to see lots of GOD's beautiful in the Teton Mountains, Lakes, Yellowstone Park, and parts of Colorado. But GOD has blessed me lots. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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  6. These books look sweet - I agree with you, learning about other cultures and geography is so very important! These books seem like a great place to start for younger kids.

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  7. Darlene Jones-NelsonNovember 9, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    I have never visited any of these place but if I could I would visit Athens!

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  8. NO I have never or have my granddaughter who I would love to share these books with been to any of these places, I love to read about them, but afraid to go visit them, plus that costs a lot of money, and my imagination and reading knowledge are more fun and substantial

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  9. I haven't been to any if these cities but I would love to visit Athens.

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  10. They sound lovely, thanks for bringing them to our attention on the Kid Lit Blog HOp

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  11. This series has been great fun. We read a few and really enjoyed taking the "trip" with Bella and Harry!" Thanks for sharing this on Kid Lit Blog Hop!
    -Reshama @ Stackingbooks

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  12. I have never ben to any of these places. I would love to go to Egypt. Thank you my girls would love these books.

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  13. How cute!! The books look wonderful! I visited Greece and live there for three years. It was beautiful!

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  14. I have not been to any of the places, I would love to see them all - I think Jerusalem would be very interesting.

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  15. I haven't visited any of these places! I'd love to see Athens!

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  16. I have never been to any of these places. I think Athens, Greece would be beautiful though.

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  17. I love books that have children traveling to different parts of the world. Great series! Thanks for sharing in the Kid Lit Blog Hop. Tweeting!!

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  18. I've never visited any of these cities, but I would love to visit Jerusalem and see the Biblical sites.

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  19. I've traveled a lot, but never to any of these cities. I'd love to see them all, but Jerusalem would definitely be first on my list! This series looks great, and I'm so glad you shared it on Booknificent Thursday! We'll be looking into adding these to our homeschool curriculum asap! :)
    Tina

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  20. I have never traveled outside of Mississippi, but I would LOVE to go to Athens one day.

    NStrong3604@yahoo.com

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  21. I have not visited any of the four cities featured in the book, but all of them would be fascinating to visit! I think that personally, visiting Jerusalem would would be an emotional and memorable experience because so many historical events took place there that are related to my faith!

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  22. I haven't traveled that much, but love learning about new places.

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  23. I have been to Paris and loved it. I wouldn't want to live there but the Eiffel tower and night time is beautiful

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  24. When I was a little girl my older brother visited Egypt and sent a picture of himself riding a camel... from that day on I always wanted to go to Cairo !!

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  25. I haven't been to any of these places, but I would LOVE to either go to Jerusalem or Cairo! Thank you so much for the chance <3

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  26. I have never been to any of those countries. If I had a choice, I would probably go to Greece or Turkey...though not any to either of those cities as they are overrun with tourists.

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