Book Review: Our World Neighbors

By Terri

Our World Neighbors is an educational book used to immerse your student in cultural studies around Epcot’s World Showcase! Jason Grooms, creator of The Brainy Tourist, is the author of Our World Neighbors. (To learn more about Jason’s educational materials and goals, check out our recent interview with him!)

Book Overview

The book is divided into 3 sections – Before You Go, At the Park (Epcot) and Take It Home. Before a student goes to Epcot, they are asked to research the 11 different countries represented around World Showcase. Students must research each country’s industries, its Capital, population, language(s) spoken and color each country’s flag.

While at Epcot, the student can then speak to a cast member from each Country and find out their hometown location, favorite hobbies, foods & music, and take a picture of that cast member.

Finally, when the student returns home, they can analyze their information gathered from the cast members and figure out what similarities and differences they all have. Author, Jason Grooms, describes this section best when he says:

Other cultures can seem so odd or different to kids. By getting to know them, not only do they get firsthand info about that country, kids …read more

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