The Spectacular World of Waldorf: Mr. Waldorf Travels to the Great State of Texas, by Barbara Terry, Beth Ann Stifflemire and Vladimir Kirichenko ISBN 9781943276356
Five out of five stars
Mr. Waldorf is a sentient canine with a penchant for traveling and reading. This book is one in a series of books about his adventures, in this case he is visiting Texas. All of the books contain a subplot where in the beginning Mr. Waldorf loses his reading spectacles and finds them at the end so that he can read a book. Those spectacles appear in several of the images during the adventure.
The level of the book is approximately that of the second grader, the images are colorful and complement the text. One feature of this book that makes it better than some of the others is that maps of Texas are included that show his journey from city to city. This reinforces the lesson regarding traveling where readers can see the shape of Texas as well as the location of some of the major cities. Many children love maps and this will increase their interest.
This book is a great way for the young person to learn about Texas. It is a bit different than the others in the series that I have read in that the focus is more on the culture rather than the geography and animals. Mr. Waldorf plays football, participates in a country line dance, eats Mexican food and rides a bull in a rodeo.
This book was made available for free for review purposes.