Hazel West reviews 'Sophie Stork's Amsterdam Adventure Book', a travel book for children.
As a mama of four little book lovers, I was excited to be offered the chance to review Sophie Stork's Amsterdam Adventures by Jacobine de Zwaan and illustrated by Tatiana van der Linden. This self-published children’s book is part travel guide and part children's story, it is a cute and compact book and it is clear that a lot of love has gone into the illustrations, which are full of colour and beautifully done throughout. I particularly liked the fact that the book opens to a charming map of Amsterdam on which the places that Sophie visits are plotted - a great way of introducing little readers to the layout of the city.
We find Sophie at her home in the Vondelpark, from where she takes a tour of some of Amsterdam’s most famous tourist destinations. Here the illustrations really come into their own, my personal favourite being the picture of the much loved Museumplein with the Rijksmuseum in the background and Sophie peeking out from behind the famous ‘I Amsterdam’ sign. The pictures were also a hit with my children who enjoyed looking for the things they recognised, such as the famous architecture of the canal district as well as the Maritime Museum with Nemo in the background.
The storyline itself is simple, opting for fun little snippets about Sophie’s adventures. As such it is best suited for young children. The accompanying website provides travel tips and additional tourist information about Amsterdam for parents.
All in all, this is a fun and unusual little book that could make an interesting gift for friends and family members planning to visit Amsterdam with their children for the first time.
Amsterdam Mamas received a free copy of this book in exchange for our honest review
Hazel is a creative writer, yoga teacher, and proud mother of four who has been living in the Netherlands with her Irish partner since 2004. Having recently lost her job in finance, due to company closure, she is about to take the leap from a corporate career to setting up her own business as a freelance writer and yoga therapist.