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Friday Flips #115: Marky Polo in Tokyo (Plus Giveaway!)

‘Marky Polo in Tokyo’ tells the story of Marky Polo, a young pangolin, travelling overseas for the very first time. When he lands in Narita Airport, his luggage bag is accidentally taken by a Japanese red-crowned crane. Marky Polo and his cousin, Munchie Polo, chase the crane all around Tokyo to retrieve Marky’s bag, and manage to see some of Tokyo’s famous attractions along the way.

The kids were all very excited when we received ‘Marky Polo in Tokyo’, especially when they heard that the book included Augmented Reality (AR) features. (Their first experience with AR was with the ‘World of Science’ books, also published by World Scientific Education, and reviewed by N HERE.)

Using the AR features is really simple: all you need to do is to download the app, scan the book’s barcode to download and activate it, then scan the pages with the Marky Polo icons! The kids had so much fun scanning the pages, and “seeing” Tokyo through images on Google maps, YouTube videos, and the websites of the places of interest.

As with Emily Lim-Leh’s previous books, we were introduced to a new animal: a pangolin, and the AR features brought the pangolin right into our home! We also learnt about some of the animals native to Japan, like the Japanese red-crowned crane, and the Akita-Inu.

This book was a breath of fresh air for us, as we learnt so much about Tokyo through Marky Polo’s luggage-chasing adventure. The different attractions were introduced in a fun and interesting manner, as Marky follows the crane around Tokyo, and we all laughed when Marky ended up being part of the samurai performance at the Samurai Museum.

Now that we can’t travel overseas, we have to look for other ways to learn about various countries, and reading is definitely a fantastic way to introduce new places to kids. Can’t wait to see where Marky Polo will travel to next, and what other adventures he will have there!

PS. To read more of Emily’s writing, visit her blog HERE. Buy the Book ‘Marky Polo in Tokyo’ is available at local bookstores. It is also available online at the following websites: Marky Polo in Tokyo on Lazada Marky Polo in Tokyo on GoGuru Marky Polo in Tokyo on Kinokuniya Online

INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY! We have a copy of ‘Marky Polo in Tokyo’ to be given to a reader of Growing with the Tans! To participate, please visit our Instagram account HERE. Terms and conditions apply.

Terms and Conditions: This giveaway will end on Friday, 11th June 2021, at 2359h, and is open to readers with a Singapore mailing address only. The winner will be contacted via the particulars provided when entering this giveaway, and will have 24 hours to respond, failing which a new winner will be selected. All incomplete entries will be disqualified, and all entries will be verified before the winner is announced. To be fair to our sponsor, please note that all fake Instagram accounts (accounts set up purely to take part in contests, with no or very few real posts), will be disqualified.

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