Passport to the World: Your A to Z Guided Language Tour by Craig Froman.
To get a sneak peak for yourself, you can either visit Amazon.com by clicking on the link above, or go directly to a .pdf version here.
The book has a great layout and interesting format that will easily capture kids' attention. This will not be a book that you would need to "assign" to a child to read--I'm almost certain that the child would want to pick it up and read on their own. The layout includes a consistency of information provided from language to language that allows it to be easily adapted to lessons or any other type of use in your school or homeschool. The consistent format allows the teacher to easily develop resources for review. The layout engages readers' attention and keeps them turning pages. My favorite features were the "Do You Know" section and the "Country Fast Facts" section (because I'm a numbers person). The photography is excellent and the colors are well-chosen. I highly recommend this for your school library, personal library, and/or homeschool. The book also includes a "passport" and stickers in the back to be added to the passport as each language is completed. This feature makes the book a very nice gift book to give to a child.
The book is organized by language not by country. This could be a confusing point if you weren't prepared for it. However the title does say "Your A to Z Guided Language Tour". :) The beginning of the book includes a 2-page spread with the "History of Languages" which includes the story of the Tower of Babel from Genesis 11. Aside from this 2-page spread, I find references to religion to be historical in context and no more than you would expect in a "secular" book. At the end of the book is a page titled "Breaking the Language Barrier." I wish this page had been included in the free .pdf. It is a short description of 10 different organizations where you can help and quotes James 1:27. Some organizations listed are www.achildshopefund.org, www.unicef.org, www.thewaterproject.org, www.compassion.com, and www.worldvision.org.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from New Leaf Publishing Group. I was not required to write a favorable review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for the opportunity to share this with you!