What a wonderfully diverse country Thailand is! Did you know that children in Thailand play a version of our Western Duck, Duck, Goose? Have you ever noticed that Thailand is shaped like an Elephant’s head? We didn’t know this; but now the children can pick out Thailand on a map from its shape. It’s time for us to share another Tuttle Publishing book with you! They’ve sent us a copy of All About Thailand: Stories, Songs, Crafts and Games for Kids. After reading through it, all I can say is, what a wonderfully diverse country Thailand is!
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We’ve previously shared All About the Philippines with you and we were impressed with how much information can be condensed into a single book, and All About Thailand is just as full of fun and interesting facts about daily life for different children.
The children and I took our time to travel through Thailand; starting before Christmas and finishing out tour in mid-January. Why rush through an adventure; let’s enjoy it! There’s so much contained within the 64 pages of this hard-cover book it would be crazy to attempt to digest it all at once!
The Story of Ta-in and Ta-na: A Fishy Tale of Two Friends is a short story that shows how greed can leave you without friendship or fish! It’s a lovely reminder for children to not be selfish or they’ll end up without.
Another of the stories, The Ramakien Story, is from India originally, but there is a condensed Thai version in this book. My children recognised it from another Tuttle book: Indian Children’s Favorite Stories. Isn’t it lovely when cultures and learning come together like this; because of course, no culture is without the influence of others.
The traditional musical instruments of Thailand catch the eye with their unique shapes. From the Khaen which is a mouth organ made from bamboo pipes to a Ranat, a xylophone that looks like a boat, the pictures will have the kids talking about what they might sound like.
And of course, we just had to try out one of the recipes from this book. We were drawn toward the Chicken Satay as the ingredients were easy to get and it was very easy to make. Would you believe I’ve never had it before?
This recipe is a keeper as it was full of flavour, easy to put together, and everyone really enjoyed it! We were in a crunch for time the day we made it so it didn’t marinate quite as long as suggested, so I can only imagine that it would be even better with an extra hour to load up on flavour.
Coincidentally, we also had a couple of other Thai-inspired meals while reading through this book. They were ones we have made from our Freezeasy subscription, and I do believe we now have a family who enjoys Thai food!
I’ll be honest and say that I’ve never had a longing to visit Thailand, but after reading All About Thailand and tasting some of the food; I wouldn’t mind putting Thailand on my places I’d like to explore before I’m too old list.
If you have children who would like to learn about Thailand, I would recommend this book as a great place to wet your feet in the culture and history of the country. It’s a great taster session before deciding upon which area you’d like to go further into.
If you’re interested in purchasing this book or other Tuttle items mentioned earlier, here are some Amazon links for you: