"Here in Morocco, we are proud to keep the traditions, customs, and our way of life alive."

In mind of young armchair travelers, Edward Moldenhauer's Spin the Globe books focus on taking readers on exciting adventures around the world. Creative stories are fashioned from a night time ritual where Moldenhauer's children spin a globe, then randomly select the destinations for his fictional character Frederick von Wigglebottom's travels. This time Frederick lands in a bustling Marrakech marketplace where he meets the young Muslim girl, Yasmine. Dressed in traditional tunic and hijab (head scarf), she is happy to introduce the sights, sounds, and flavors of Morocco to this visiting traveler. Yasmine and her friend Azerwal prove well-rounded guides, sharing informative facts about the region's culture, history, and geography. Moldenhauer charms readers with sites of the open-air souk (bazaar) displaying handmade leather goods, pottery, intricately woven carpets, and fragrant spices. While older city sections reveal ancient palaces and mosques, modern speakers call citizens to prayer throughout the day. When night falls, the day snake charmers of renowned Djemaa el Fna square are replaced by dancers, storytellers, and magicians.

Kenn Yapsangco's illustrations finely showcase the scope of Frederick's discoveries. Highlights include the colorful market environment, beautiful Moroccan art and architecture, and rare wildlife that inhabit this North African landscape. The added glossary is a handy reference for all the new words readers will encounter while exploring the Mysteries of Marrakech. Great children's books often provide an opportunity for both fun and learning. Moldenhauer has clearly mastered the art of transforming an entertaining story into a rewarding educational experience. This book is bound to spark a sense of wanderlust in both a parent and child. The enjoyment of this latest series installment will surely evoke sentiments in the reader similar to Frederick's own revelations in "I get to see the interesting, the similar, and the different, everywhere I travel."

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