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Midwest Book Review recommends Global Cultural Trivia
Fun and educational Interactive ibook for middle grade readers
Ms. Dovovan says,
“Educators, parents, and kids in grades 7-12 will find something different in the ibook-only presentation Global Cultural Trivia: it’s an ebook publishing format which stands out from the crowd not just because it’s ONLY available in ibook format, but because it’s highly interactive. Translate this to mean highly entertaining and accessible, especially for normally-reluctant readers who are captivated by screens!
The first thing to note about Global Cultural Trivia is that it focuses on daily cultural encounters most Americans don’t fully understand or appreciate, and it encourages acceptance and celebration of these cultural differences by linking history with popular interactive images.
The opening chapter ‘The Hamburger’, for example, holds a map of Mongolia and China that can be blown up to full-size color with just a tap of the finger while accompanying history explains the hamburger’s unexpected connection to Mongolia as well as its better-known German connection.
Various popular American food groups are all pursued, from tacos and pasta to French fries, with colorful maps pairing such diverse connections as international trade routes from 1400-1800 with appealing, colorful food images.
There are chapter ‘fact checks’ and easy reviews, a bibliography of references which are all hyperlinked to websites for further information, and many cultural insights from around the world.
The second chapter, for example, covers Oral Hygiene - quite a leap from food - and considers the history of tooth cleaning around the world. Students can research different roots, barks and dental aids common in different cultures and will learn about the cultural differences in current oral hygiene. From the earliest recorded toothbrush in China to a fun interactive section on boar bristles featuring wild boar facts and the opportunity for close-up examination of said bristles, this delightful format keeps on surprising.
Perhaps that’s the greatest strength of Global Cultural Trivia: by choosing an interactive format, it mimics the Internet’s ability to take advantage of the brain’s capability of ‘jumping' from topic to topic without the usual linear progression of more limited book/paper formats.
This, in turn, encourages excitement and involvement on quite a different level, taking full advantage of all the tools of the Internet and expanding the subjects and references to a truly global platform.
Wedding Traditions, Birthday Celebrations, even Name Origins and the Origins of Mathematics:
The result: an interactive teaching tool that is vibrant, rich in content, backed fully by and integrated into the power of the Internet, and highly recommended for any educator pursuing global cultural studies at this level!”
Global Cultural Trivia is to be released September 1, 2014 through iTunes for the price of $8.00. To learn more about the author and her list of books visit: