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Planet Explorers Chicago: A Travel Guide for Kids [Kindle Edition]

Laura Schaefer

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Explore the planet with this Chicago guidebook written just for kids and families. This 60 page ebook includes everything tweens need to know about Chicago and nearby attractions, including the Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, Art Institute, Lincoln Park Zoo, the Field Museum, and Six Flags Great America. Don't miss the awesome Chicago trivia and active hyperlinks throughout--Planet Explorers guidebooks turn the whole world into a fun learning experience for kids. For example, did you know that the Merch Mart is SO BIG that it has its own zip code? It's true! Did you hear that Chicago dyes its river green each year for Saint Patrick's Day?

Notable public art, famous Chicagoans, buildings, parks and stadiums are also covered in this kid-friendly guidebook. From fun facts to history, from attraction highlights to pictures, maps, and quizzes, Planet Explorers guidebooks have it all.

Don't miss the other titles in the exciting Planet Explorers series for 8-12 year-old travelers. There's Planet Explorers Walt Disney 2013, Planet Explorers Disneyland, Planet Explorers New York City, Planet Explorers Chicago, Planet Explorers Philadelphia, Planet Explorers Las Vegas, Planet Explorers Smithsonian, Planet Explorers London, Planet Explorers Disney Cruise Line, Universal Orlando Resort, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and LEGOLAND Florida. Have fun!

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1078 KB
  • Publisher: Planet Explorers Publishing; 1 edition (June 23 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057ZFIAK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  13 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Much to Explore - So Little Time! Oct. 10 2011
By Rebecca of Amazon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I spent some of my childhood living in Chicago but I was so young I hardly remember anything besides going to a museum. These days there is so much to do in Chicago you could literally spend weeks there and never be bored. This book highlights the best attractions. The book starts off with interesting facts like how the name "Chicago" comes from a Native American word meaning "wild onion." Who would have thought that? While you are in Chicago you may want to go to an IMAX theater, watch dancing fountains, play on the ice rink, observe dinosaur fossils, watch piranhas from a safe distance, go to a planetarium, observe polar bears at play or go on a roller coaster ride. There is even a gallery that has art you can touch. I was amazed by all the unique restaurants listed in this guide. Did you also know the Twinkie was invented in Chicago? Well this guide is loads of fun and made me really excited about visiting Chicago again one day. I will also recommend this to friends who are interested in visiting. This guide is for kids but it will become a favorite for adults too. After all we adults want to know where all the fun places are too so we can let our inner child out to play. And if you don't see a verified purchase tag it is because someone lent me this book. Isn't that fun! Only now I think I want my own copy.

~The Rebecca Review
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Guide to Fun in the Windy City Aug. 4 2011
By Mary Cunningham - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
From the Brookfield Zoo, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum, Planet Explorers Chicago by Laura Schaefer, brought up fond memories of my first visit to the Windy City when I was about eight years-old. I've never forgotten that trip to one of America's most impressive cities, and this book reinforced those memories.

Explore the planet with this Chicago guidebook written just for kids. This 60 page ebook includes everything your 8-12 year-old needs to know about Chicago and nearby attractions, in addition to the ones listed above, the Lincoln Park Zoo and Six Flags Great America as well as notable buildings, parks and stadiums like Wrigley Field. From fun facts to history, from attraction highlights to pictures, maps, and quizzes, Planet Explorers guidebooks have it all.

But, in case you think this is simply a guide/travel book, you'll also read facts and see pictures of some pretty notorious characters like Al Capone, John Dillinger, and even deep dish pizza! LOL!

Chicago boasts a famous resident, too. Barack Obama, our 44th President lived there, and his hero, Abraham Lincoln, was chosen as the Republican candidate for president in the country's first national political convention in Chicago.

Fun facts and pictures make Planet Explorers Chicago, a must-read if you're planning a trip. Even if you're not planning to visit, after exploring this book, you'll swear you've been there.

Mary Cunningham, author, 'Tween Series.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely done kid-centric travel guide Feb. 25 2012
By Bookphile - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
As the mother of two children who also happens to be an avid traveler, I'm trying to instill a love of traveling in my two children, ages eight and two. My eight-year-old daughter has proven to be a very good traveler indeed, and since we took a family trip in 2011 to Chicago where there is so much for children to do, I was eager to see if this guidebook matched up to my experiences, and also to find if there were some gems that we missed and will have to see the second time around. The book succeeds on both scores.

The format of the book is very simple. It starts by giving some background information about Chicago, covering the local flavor and providing a nice summary of the contributing factors to Chicago's culture. There are hyperlinks throughout, so a simple click on the Kindle will take you to relevant websites, if your wireless is on. I like this multi-media aspect of the book. It gives a nice, nutshell version of various topics and then provides sites for further exploration, if your young reader is interested.

The book then moves into a listing of places to go, such as Shedd Aquarium, along with their addresses. Each point of interest includes several bullet points about why it's a cool place to visit, along with some fun facts. We visited a lot of the places listed, and I think the guide does a great job of highlighting why they're fun places to go. I also realized that we missed a few gems in the Field Museum and the Art Institute, so though the guide gives a pretty succinct overview, it has a great deal of depth. I very much agreed with the choice of points of interest, though I would also have added the Legoland Discovery Center in Schaumburg. All in all, I think the author has a good feel for what appeals to kids as my daughter enjoyed visiting Shedd Aquarium, the Art Institute, the Field Museum, and the Museum of Science and Industry. I try to hit major museums whenever I travel and I honestly think those in Chicago are some of the finest in the world, particularly when it comes to the amount of thought they've given to their younger visitors.

Next up is a listing of some fun restaurants with addresses and brief descriptions. The list encompasses such favorites as pizza and Ed Debevics (a place my daughter very much enjoyed). My only critique here would be that the list is perhaps a little slim and could use a little more variety. My husband and I were amazed at Chicago's culinary depths, so there are plenty of other places that will appeal to adventurous young palates.

The guide also includes a listing of addresses of some shops of interest to children. I was dismayed that we missed the bookstores and some of the other spots highlighted. Next time, we'll have to pay them a visit. A brief description of what's available at the shops would have enhanced the list, and I think it's lacking in some of the mind-boggling popcorn shops, but it's a well done list nonetheless.

The last part of the guide challenges children to find several pieces of public art spread out throughout Chicago's parks, has a short quiz based on information given in earlier portions of the guide, and has a handy list of links to visit before heading out for a trip. I liked this touch because planning the trip is a big part of the enjoyment of travel. We did this with our daughter, but we didn't find all of the links listed in the guide, so I thought it was a nice, fairly comprehensive list.

It's worth noting that I'm a devoted fan of guidebooks. Before taking our trip to Chicago, I checked a name brand guide out at the library, and we used that quite extensively while planning. A really good guidebook will help you find those little gems that are often overlooked by the tourist who's only intent on hitting the well-known hot spots. I think the Planet Explorers fit this bill nicely. I think guidebooks for children are a great idea, one that major publishers have overlooked for too long. I look forward to future books in this series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever and pitched at the right level Oct. 25 2011
By Lesley West - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a clever little guide for kids, and the fact that it can be loaded onto a Kindle is all the better (my chief gripe about travel guides is that often they are heavy!). I am an Australian who has visited Chicago for work, and so have an idea of the city and what it has to offer, so it is interesting to view this book in this light.

There is a great deal of readily accessible information which will be appealing to all ages, with information about its history, architecture, sights and other areas of interest, and other quirky facts. None of it too dry, none of it too challenging.

If you are travelling with young people who may from time to time roll their eyes at you, this is a great idea. It gives some input into your itinerary, AND may keep them quiet for a short while as they ponder the next move :)
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not just for pizza Oct. 15 2011
By Amanda Richards - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
We've never been to Chicago, but have it very firmly on our must-see list. This is an extremely interesting guide for families from a kid's eye view, but don't rule it out for adults either.

Chicago is a city of many firsts - the first ferris wheel (1893), first skyscraper (1885), and the first controlled nuclear reaction (1942) et al. Filled with fascinating historical facts about Chi-Town, the guide mentions Scarface, John Dillinger, the Great Chicago Fire, the Haymarket Riot, the World's Columbian Exposition, the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, Frank Lloyd Wright and more. There's also a wealth of information on attractions such as dying the river green for St. Patrick's Day, free fireworks at Navy Pier, the Chicago Children's Museum, Sue the Tyrannosaurus Rex, the John G. Shedd Aquarium (with Grandad, a rare Australian lungfish) as well as the Lincoln Park Zoo, Six Flags Great America (14 roller coasters!!) and Wrigley Field with its curse.

It completes the tour with information on the famous architecture, parks, galleries and libraries, and of course recommendations for great eating and shopping spots. There are also bits of trivia with lists of movies that feature Chicago, slang words, people born in Chicago (Walt Disney, Ernest Hemingway and Harrison Ford) and of course travel tips, maps and the quiz at the end. Missing is information on family-friendly hotels.

Highly recommended if you're planning a trip to the Windy City with the family.

Amanda Richards, October 15, 2011

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