Sunday, October 28, 2018

Lonely Planet Kids: Ancient Wonders Then and Now!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.


Lonely Planet Kids makes the best books...the kind you want to keep out, so everyone can see them, instead of putting them away on your bookshelves. We just became the proud owners of Ancient Wonders Then & Now, and I'm so crazy about it, it's sitting on the shelf under my coffee table, so everyone who sits on our couch can take a look. This is one of those books that you can look at a hundred times, and still enjoy when you pick it up that 101st time.




This book takes you through the ages, showing you on one page, or a series of pages, how someplace famous used to look, compared to how it does look today. This is wonderful for those places you have already been, and those places on your wish list where you'd like to go. It's also fantastic for just gaining a better understanding of places you have read about or wondered about before, and it does that in a very visual way. That's not something you can always do, especially if a book is written only in the present.


I appreciate the inside look, and the information that goes along with it, of places like The Colosseum in Rome, Italy, where we actually have been before.


I had to laugh when I saw this fun fact at the top of the Colosseum page about cats. We saw a 'wild' cat moseying around when we were there, and we laughed and snapped a picture. I didn't realize until now though, that it was 'a thing' and there are actually over 200 cats there. I guess it's kind of amazing that we only saw 1!


There are more places than the Colosseum featured in this book, of course, I was just showing you a few pages on the same place, so you could get a feel for the book. In the photo above, you can see on the left that there are fold out pages too....so you get a 4-page spread on some of these pictures!


My 2nd oldest son went to The Parthenon in Greece a few months back, so I know the next time he comes over to visit, he is going to take an interest in this book as well because that is in here too. It is also a place I hope to see, some time in the not-so-distant future, for myself.


Angkor Wat is a place that used to be on my bucket list. It's not really anymore, although I do still think it would be an amazing trip to take. You an see the fold-outs on the page really well in this picture. Those pages you can see (above) open up into the 4-page spread you see below.


Then there are even some more pop-up windows included for various things, as can be seen in the picture below.


I actually love books that have the pop-up windows, they add such a great sense of adventure to what you're reading. This is high quality paper too, so you don't have to worry about it tearing when you're using those 'windows.'


The Terra Cotta Army is fascinating to read about.


I'm not sure a trip to China is happening in my lifetime, but you never know for sure. I definitely think it would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience a trip there, and this area would surely be a place to see while there.

This book is in a nutshell: fascinating. I've been very impressed with the books we've gotten from Lonely Planet Kids, and the record for that still stands. If you're buying books for children any time soon, keep them in mind, won't you? The selections they have are wonderful for engaging young readers (and sometimes, like this one, adult readers too!). Learn more about this book, Ancient Wonders Then and Now by visiting the website. While there, you will also find a plethora of other wonderful selections sure to tickle your reading fancies.

I know it's a little early for holiday talk, but I can't help but think this and other Lonely Planet Kids books would be an A+ gift idea, if you have readers on your shopping list this year. Lonely Planet Kids also has Twitter and Facebook accounts. Check 'em out, if you'd like. 😊

21 comments:

Pat Hatt said...

Wow, that one sure is one to keep out indeed. Never knew there were that many cats there. That's a lot of cats haha Don't think I'd ever want to travel to China, waaaaay too many people.

Jen said...

This is really cool!

Unknown said...

These look like really great learning tools for kids. I need some ideas like this for my niece when she gets older

alissa apel said...

Mica would love this! He's big into history and social studies.

Zarish Hocane said...

This is really cool and a great learning tool for kids. Good for history students.

Lyosha Varezhkina said...

I bet kids love it! Because my kid self totally would! I think I should get something like that for my niece

Kelly Stilwell said...

I love this so much! Wish it had been available when my kids were young. They would have really enjoyed learning that way!

Ashley N Rice said...

This is so cool! I'm not a kid but even I would enjoy this!

leXHansplaCE said...

Good experience for you. I loved reading this. You should try to visit China. I have never been there but i have heard alot of good things and i wish and hope to be there one day.

Kristine Nicole Alessandra said...

This book looks like a real keepsake. I love buying books for my children. Although they are much older now, I think this would still be a good one to have at home. They can read this to their little cousins when they come over for a visit.

Surekha Busa said...

I think this is the best book to give for kids as they were able to learn some history and aside from that they are having a lot of fun.

Preet said...


this sounds like a book that could hook my kids with just the first page! thanks for the great review and recommendation

Waren Jean Go said...

Wow! I think I need this for myself too. I will buy this book for my nephews and nieces. Looks like it's best way for them to learn history.

Bindu Thomas said...

This book looks like a real keepsake. I love this. Cool idea!

Lili Mila said...

These sound like great learning tools for kids. My nephews would love this.

Danielle said...

What a cool book for kids to learn from! I will have to check it out for my son.

Twinspirational said...

These are great books, and we actually love buying books for our niece and nephew. We also buy the books they love for our friend's kids.

Alexis said...

We love Lonely Planet books, I haven't looked through this one but it looks awesome.

Sri mallya said...

I will buy this for my son. Looks awesome

Theresa Mahoney said...

I also think this would be fun for kids and adults alike. I am always fascinated by how things looked in the past compared to today, so I am sure I'd even find myself immersed in this book!

Blair Leggatt said...

Books like this are very appealing to history buffs like me. Like the the then and now comparisons and the fun facts are interesting.