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A Journey Around the World

Suitable for: 7-11 years (Key stage 2), 11-14 years (Key stage 3), Teachers

Available braille grades: Grade 1, Grade 2

In this fact book we travel round the world and learn about the culture, wildlife, pastimes, religion, architecture, music, food and history of each country. Music from the different countries accompanies our journey. This fact book is designed to be a fun leisure activity, support independent learning as well as supporting subjects across the National Curriculum. Also great for home-schooling, homework-help, project work and reading for pleasure.

The resource also includes a picture book, My Granny Went to Market: Fly away with Granny as she takes a magic carpet ride around the world, collecting a steadily increasing number of souvenirs from each exotic location! This rhyming story will take young readers on an adventure to different countries while teaching them to count along the way.

Listen to an audio clip

Hello, my name is Chemmy and I'm an Olympic Skier. I travel the world with my sport and like our Granny in the story I've been to many different countries. One of my favourite places to visit is Switzerland because I love skiing in the Swiss Alps. In the story Granny visited Switzerland and on the picture page were snow capped mountains, green hills and cows grazing and there was even a man playing a long tube-like instrument called an Alp horn. It sounds like this
*Alp horn
Now for a bit of geography - Switzerland borders many European countries and it doesn't have a coast. This is known as being land locked. The Alps mountain range runs through the middle of the country. These mountains are very high and so they're covered in snow for many months of the year. This makes the mountains a travel destination for many people who enjoy snow sports like skiing and snow boarding.

What's inside

  • A picture book with painted tactile pictures and braille.
  • A collection of raised tactile pictures.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • An A4 large print colour image pack.
  • Guidance notes for parents and teachers to help you make the most of using this book.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

Istanbul, Turkey, the Grand Bazaar
Thailand Buddhism
Mexico, the Aztecs
China, Giant Panda
Switzerland, Skier and Snowboarder
Kenya, the Serengeti
Russia, St. Basil’s Cathedral
Australia, Kangaroo, Koala and Kookaburra,
Japan, Kites
Peru, Panpipes

Inside the picture book:
Granny on her multi-coloured flying carpet
Granny’s purchases from around the world include 1 carpet, 2 temple cats,3 fierce and funny masks,in pink, blue and yellow
4 paper lanterns
5 cowbells,6 drums, 7 nesting dolls, 8 boomerangs
9 kites, 10 llamas

What our members say

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A journey around the world. Jane very much enjoys reading, and she enjoyed touching the thermoform pictures. Janine
Music Having different music from around the world made the story come to life. Library Member
Lovely Pack Used in combination with a tactile globe we travelled to the countries in the pack. Everybody in the class wanted to read it and it fitted in well with the class topic. Rose
Enjoyed discovering different cultures Our topic is 'Different Cultures'. We used the pack as our ICT lesson while other pupils were in the ICT suite. Particularly enjoyed the musical parts of the CD. Library Member
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