Felix Explores Planet Earth: With Six Letters From Felix and a Fold-Out World Map

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Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Felix sends letters from the places he explores.

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Parents need to know that kids will enjoy these letters and may even be inspired to write some of their own.

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What's the story?

Felix is off again, this time carried aloft by helium balloons. He lands at a planetarium, where he is accidentally launched into space in a rocket. After landing on the moon (and sending back a photo of Earth from space), he returns, landing in the Arctic.

From there he hops a ship to the Caribbean, and visits the rain forest and Australia before finally making his way home again. Includes a fold-out map of Earth.

Is it any good?

Felix's previous world tours took him to famous cities and into different time periods; now he travels to various environments, and the result is less clear and focused. Children may not understand what the moon, the rainforest, and Australia have in common. The letters, however, are as delightful as ever. In one, Felix encloses a sheet of semaphore signals, which kids can use to make secret-code messages.

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  • Families can talk about the different places Felix visits. Which of these places would you like to visit yourself? Why?

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