Amanda in Arabia: The Perfume Flask by Darlene Foster

Amanda in Arabia: The Perfume Flask

By Darlene Foster

114 pages – ages 8+

Publisher: ireadiwrite Publishing (April 13, 2010)

On Amanda’s birthday as she blew out the candles on her cake she wished for an adventure…little did she know that she’d be visiting Arabia. The next week she got a plane ticket from her Aunt and Uncle to go and visit them in the United Arab Emirates. Amanda visits a souvenir shop and the shop keeper sells her a perfume flask that he says used to belong to a princess named “Shamza”. Amanda promises to take good care of the perfume flask. What Amanda didn’t know is that the perfume flask will lead Amanda on a great adventure when she meets Shamza and finds out she is in trouble!  Amanda helps Shazma by returning Shamza’s trusty camel Ali Baba while trying not to let anyone find out about it!

I really enjoyed the story because it has tons of excitement and adventure in it! I liked… wait for it… Ali Baba. Yes, Ali Baba. Who wouldn’t like a really smart camel? Ms. Foster really described the United Arab Emirates really well! I actually want to learn more about Arabia because of her descriptions I’d recommend “Amanda in Arabia” to kids 8+ and early advanced readers. It was a quick read for me but the story was good and I felt like the whole adventure was complete.

“Amanda in Arabia” earns a spot on my to be read again shelf and I give it four out of five book worms!

“Amanda in Spain: The Girl in the Painting” was also just published in May of 2011 and Ms. Foster says that she is working on a third book where Amanda goes to England!

For more information about the Amanda series and Ms. Foster’s other books, please visit Ms. Foster’s website HERE and her blog HERE.

Check out the book trailer for Amanda in Arabia -The Perfume Flask!

Categories: Age 6-9, Age 9+

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21 replies

  1. Hi Erik,
    I was interested to see what you would say in your review. I also have reviewed this great little book, but from my adult perspective. (You can read mine here if you want to: ) I think we feel much the same way about it. 🙂

    When I have a children’s book published one day, I hope you will review it, Erik. 🙂

    • I read your review! It sounds like you liked it as much as me! Did you read the Amanda in Spain one? I am getting it. I like how Ms. Foster writes and how you learn about the places the characters are in!

      • I have only read one of Darlene’s books so far. I have so many books to read, some of which I will also be reviewing, so I haven’t purchased other ones of hers yet. She does make learning fun, doesn’t she?

  2. It sounds like a great series filled with adventure! I also like how the lead character is a girl. Cute book trailer too! 🙂

  3. Thank you Erik for reviewing my book and I am so glad you enjoyed it! I hope it makes other kids want to learn more about that part of the world as well. You do such a great job of reviewing books Erik. Keep up the good work.

  4. This sounds like a wonderful series! I can’t wait to check them out. I love adventure and discovery more about a culture. Thanks Erik!

    Also, I wanted to let you know that I have award you a blog award!
    Best wishes, Loni

  5. This book sounds like it would be a fun read aloud, I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for sharing it!

  6. Thanks you everyone for your wonderful comments. You have made my day Erik!!

  7. Ooh, a mystery involving a perfume flask, a camel named Ali Baba, set in the UAE (a place I’m not familiar with) … sounds curious and fascinating!


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