Thursday, March 21, 2019

Review: The Adventures of Wilhelm: A Rat's Tale by Maria Ritter with Giveaway

The Adventures of Wilhelm: 
A Rat’s Tale 
by Maria Ritter
Illustrated by Teri Rider
Middle-grade Fantasy
August 2018
210 pages

Tour dates: March 11 to 29, 2019
Content Rating: G (This is a clean children's book with no expletives, violence, sex or drugs.)

Young Wilhelm leaves home and travels the world. He not only discovers the value of different cultures and the importance of family and friendship, but he also overcomes obstacles with courage and cleverness. He returns home with deep respect for all creatures on this earth and a new sense of rat identity and purpose.

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Traveling is in this rat's blood, and the trip he takes around the world doesn't only hold adventure but interesting tidbits about cultures, languages and other countries too.

Wilhelm decides that it's time to leave him parents' nest and discover the world. His parents knew this day would come, considering Wilhelm's not the only rat in the family to have such a traveling urge. Before he can consider where to go first, he makes a friend and finds himself on a plane to China. The Chinese New Year holds only the first of many surprises and interesting facts he will learn as he continues to Europe and beyond.

The author packs the fun adventure of a young rat together with a quick exploration of several spots around the world. While Wilhelm finds himself in all sorts of situations, the story isn't so much about him and his adventures as it is about exposing readers to various cultures, ways of thought and several other morals along the way. Starting with China, Wilhelm visits several countries, gets to see a few well known sites, tries different foods, experiences a few unique traits of other cultures and learns that the world is a colorful place. The author adds footnotes at the bottom of the pages to assist readers with the definition of foreign words or other interesting tidbits they may not know. Not only do the various countries and cultures hold the main focus of this book, but there's a clear teaching of morals and thoughts too. Kids who are only seeking an adventurous, fiction read may not enjoy that aspect as much, but others will dive into every page.

The illustrations are well done and sprinkled nicely between the pages. They add a lovely break to the text and help picture the characters in the various situations. 

Especially homeschoolers and classrooms might find this book helpful as it's a fun way to learn more about the world. 

And here she is...

Maria Ritter is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in La Jolla, California. She is the author of Return to Dresden (2004), an autobiographical reflection on her childhood in Germany during and after World War II. It is a healing memoir that confronts national guilt for the Nazi past and weaves the broken pieces of loss and grief into a healing tapestry.

Connect with the author: Website

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