Book Review: T is for Turkey

T is for Turkey by Nilufer Topaloglu Pyper
T is for Turkey by Nilufer Topaloglu Pyper

Finding great children's books to help set the stage for this trip to Turkey was tricky business. Most of the books I found were research books, geared towards older kids. E and D are willing to look at a few pictures but they lost interest quickly when I tried to read the words or make up my own descriptions.

Somehow in my searches, I came across T Is for Turkey (World Alphabets) and, since it won't be available in the US until August, I contacted the publisher for an advance copy to review.

Each page of T is for Turkey features a letter of the alphabet, colorful picture of some aspect of Turkish life, and a short description. D, for example, is for Dolmuls (pronounced dolmoosh) a minibus whose name means "stuffed." G is for grandparents, who are an important part of Turkish life.

The letter-by-letter approach, and the large scale pictures turned out to be a great fit for my 3 and 5 year old kids, and each of them was able to find something they were looking forward to seeing. What surprised me was how much I enjoyed learning about Turkish culture this way (instead of from a dry guide book). Still, it took a few sittings for us to get through the entire alphabet.

Several other destinations, including Africa, Brazil, China, India, Korea, Mexico and Poland are featured in the World Alphabets series, and I imagine that we'll buy more of them over time.

Related Links:
Buy on Amazon: T Is for Turkey (World Alphabets)
My Favorite Books About Turkey

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  1. Karla on July 7, 2010 at 7:31 a.m.

    We are going to Memphis tomorrow and we also found a neat book called "V is for volunteer" it's an A to Z book about Tennesse. The kids liked it and got excited about the trip. One question, it has been like two years since we all traveled in an airplane, can we take our own food and snacks for the children or do we have to buy them at the airport? with all the security..

  2. Debbie on July 7, 2010 at 3:01 p.m.


    That book sounds like a great find! You can bring your own food or snacks through security as long as they are not liquid or gel (i.e. no applesauce or yogurt) that is over 3oz. There is an exception for babyfood in reasonable amounts.

    Good luck on your trip.

  3. Karla on July 7, 2010 at 5:13 p.m.