Our next stop in reading around the world was California. Anna is still struggling in the whole state vs country concept, especially if state is so big as our California. The book talks about several distinct regions of California, and I am thinking that it would be cool to visit all of them eventually. Our California is gorgeously illustrated by Rafael Lopez, and I really hoped to do a painting in this style, but daughter wasn’t terribly interested so far. Instead she wanted to do more coloring – we both enjoy coloring sessions when both of us color together for our mini-book and talk. That’s when I usually tell her more about the place we are studying. This time we started talking about famous man-made landmarks, and Anna wanted to know what top 10 are. Two in US made my list – Statue of Liberty and Golden Gate Bridge. When I got to Rio de Janeiro and its Christ the Redeemer statue, Anna wanted to know how did people know how Christ looked like which took us away from geography and on to religion, genetics and other topics.
We also watched this DVD from US Geography for Children series. I thought that it managed to cover quite a lot of ground in 23 minutes – touching upon history, geography, economy and culture of California. Still, Anna struggled a lot answering What is special about California? question. After some prompting she offered Golden Gate Bridge, redwoods, Pacific Ocean and… Statue of Liberty And then she picked up another “difficult country” for our next visit – Romania.