FACES Magazine

Ages: 9 - 14Publisher: Cricket Media Subscription Price: $ 33.95 for 9 Issues per year


At time when empathy and understanding for other peoples and cultures seem to be in short supply, introducing those values to children may never be more important.

FACES magazine helps parents accomplish that exceptionally well with beautiful photos and engaging, positive stories of distant locations, communities and children around the world. The ad-free magazine is designed to instill an appreciation for elsewhere and the people who live there, giving readers a larger world perspective through stories, folk tales, languages, celebrations, recipes, and authentic voices of other cultures.

How can anyone look at the simple cover photo of a smiling boy, his face smeared with white silica mud, soaking in frigid-looking, Icelandic waters, without wanting to learn more? Inside, readers will find fascinating facts and stories about life in Iceland, from an upfront topographical map to a Five Facts page; from a feature about small but super-intelligent Icelandic horses to Iceland’s active volcanos; from the local cuisine to troll-laden folklore. Departments include letters between a New Hampshire girl and her Icelandic pen pal; an Iceland Crossword Puzzle; a “Closer Look” at Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik; plus a trivia game, Icelandic folk story, and Icelandic art.

Other 2018 issues further illustrate the global scope of this excellent magazine, with cover stories and content including the world of elephants; “Our Colorful World” (from brightly colored frogs and rainbow-colored trees to the origins of the colors of crayons and holiday colors worldwide); and the world’s most “Majestic Mountains.”

Subscriptions are auto-renewed, though the publisher guarantees they can be cancelled at any time.

Don Oldenburg ©2019 Parents’ Choice


A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of “The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion” (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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