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Bumbling Through Sumatra [Perfect Paperback]

Thomas A. Schmidt

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Book Description

May 1 2010
BRONZE MEDAL winner 2010 Independent Publisher's Book Awards. Follow the humorous illustrated day-to-day antics of Bumbling Bob, a wayward American architect, on his continuing quest across the Indonesian island of Sumatra with a ragtag troupe of bumbling backpackers. Share a harrowing nautical sojourn through the pirate-infested waters of the Strait of Malacca, misadventures in ports along Malaysia's west coast and an arduous overland journey across Sumatra ending with a mystical encounter with the shamans of the indigenous tribes of the Mentawai Islands. Discover Sumatra -- a land rich in ancient treasures whose fate teeters in the environmental balance! Bumbling Through Sumatra is the second volume in the Bumbling Traveller™ Adventure Series, an award-winning book series that seeks to promote environmental and cultural awareness through entertaining mysteries and adventures. The first volume in the series, Bumbling Through Borneo, was the recipient of a silver medal in the 2009 Independent Publishers Book Awards, a bronze medal in the 2009 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, numerous positive media reviews, and is now well into its second printing.

Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Kakibubu Media Limited (May 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9881806666
  • ISBN-13: 978-9881806666
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 23 x 15.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g

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5.0 out of 5 stars A 5-Star Experience! May 4 2010
By Stardust - Published on Amazon.com
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Following Bumbling Through Borneo, the second sequel of Bumbling Bob's adventures takes its readers onto yet another meaningful journey through Sumatra (an island parallel to peninsular Malaysia to the north and adjacent to the Indonesian island of Java to the east).

As Bob, Jon, and Akira set foot on Sumatra, an international mix of people would join in to give the story a number of interesting twists and turns. Apart from encountering sea pirates in the Strait of Malacca, playing guitar with the indigenous tribes of the Mentawai islands, and joining in the buffalo fights, the "ad hoc" backpacking journey from the sea to the land offers about some of the most interesting looks at the lives of the natives from their beliefs, customs, practices, foods, to modes of communication.

As an architect himself, Schmidt illustrated his readers the unique Malay architecture in the midst of the adventure, as well as the biodiversity of the region and yet the threat to nature as a result of a series of illegal deforestation activities there. Filled with beautiful illustrations and humorous in tone, Bumbling Through Sumatra has proven to be another delightful and valuable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Spoonful of Sugar Jan. 29 2014
By James H. Spear, Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Perfect Paperback
Makes the medicine go down... You'll buy this book for your kids to learn from but read it yourself. Great illustrations!
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5.0 out of 5 stars First rate education disguised as entertainment, appealing to both young adults and more mature audiences June 10 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Perfect Paperback
"Bumbling Through Sumatra" is an educational, comic adventure tracing a mythic architect's bumbling stumbles through the Strait of Malacca, ports in Malaysia, and across Sumatra, "one of the most important and fascinating places on the planet right now," with regard to the threatened rate of destruction of rainforests, habitats, ecosystems, and cultural erosion. "Bumbling Through Sumatra" presents these challenges in the guise of the clumsy travels of a fictitious cast of a "rag-tag troupe of international backpackers" who are determined to "See the world before (they) leave it." Driven by a mysterious quest for ancient cultural knowledge in the area, the group embarks on a series of adventures and explorations that take them from Borneo to Malaysia and to Sumatra and the Mentawi Islands through pirate-infested ports and waters. Amidst the 200 plus comic illustrations and maps and charts, a great deal of hard data about the area around Sumatra is presented. A telling list of Bumbling Traveler Tips at the end of the book help communicate the underlying philosophy of the author. They include sections titled Learn About the Country, Behavior, Transportation, Support the Locals, and Minimize Your Environmental Impact. An additional list of internet resources points to more information about Sumatra and surrounding areas. "Bumbling Through Sumatra" is first rate education disguised as entertainment, appealing to both young adults and more mature audiences.

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