Maya & Filippo Talk Business in Seattle

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Embark on an exciting adventure with Maya and Filippo as they travel around the globe on board the Fun Princess, a cruise ship full of surprises. Discover their fascinating ports of call, join them in activities at sea and explore the remarkable world they create for themselves through their thoughts and feelings.

Maya and Filippo go on a tour of Seattle. They visit the Pike Place Market and go up the Space Needle. They talk to local fishmongers, to a businessman, to their bus driver and to their mother. They discover that jobs are not always linked with happiness.


Maya & Filippo Talk Business in Seattle is another amazing book for kids in the Maya & Filippo series by Alinka Rutkowska. Siblings Maya and Filippo who live on their cruise ship the Fun Princess, and travel the world with their parents and cat Otello, have discovered many interesting places and learned many new things. This time the Fun Princess takes them to Seattle and once again they are in for an incredible adventure. A tour bus takes them around to see the beauty of Seattle and, as they enjoy the splendor of the city, they get to expand their knowledge and discover some interesting facts about the relationship between money and happiness. 

Maya & Filippo Talk Business in Seattle is another brilliant book for kids. Once again Alinka Rutkowska shows us that teaching kids about important stuff does not have to be hard for you or boring for kids. Alinka has mastered the art of breaking down big topics and getting them to the level that kids will understand and love. Maya & Filippo Talk Business in Seattle is just one more example of the writer’s amazing skill. It is never too early for kids to start learning about money and its relationship to happiness, and this book is a fun way to get them started. Once again, Alinka helps kids discover what is really important in life and this time they learn that having a lot of money does not necessarily mean being happy. Maya & Filippo Talk Business in Seattle is yet another winner by Alinka. Rutkowska and kids will love it.

Rating 5.0 stars. Reviewed By Faridah Nassozi for Readers’ Favorite

Maya & Filippo Talk Business in Seattle is a children’s storybook written by Alinka Rutkowska and illustrated by Konrad Checinski. Maya and Filippo live on a cruise ship with their mother and father. They travel around the world and see many sights. This time, they’ve sailed to the port of Seattle, Washington. The two adventurous kids are taking a bus tour of Seattle. They visit Pike’s Market Place, where they speak with some of the merchants who are selling food there. The fishmongers are not very busy, so they are throwing their fish at each other. Maya and Filippo were told by the tour bus driver that the sellers made more money selling directly to the public, and they ask the fishmongers if this is true. The fishmongers tell them that business is slow, but they’re having a good time anyway. The tour then goes to the Space Needle. The kids go up to the top and see the beautiful sights and then have lunch with a rich but unhappy man, who says he has no time. When they get back to the ship, they realize that their father is very happy as the captain of their ship.

Alinka Rutkowska’s children’s book, Maya & Filippo Talk Business in Seattle, gives kids a tour of the natural wonders of the Seattle area as well as the tourist sights. It also discusses the kinds of work people do, and what makes people enjoy their work. Important jobs don’t necessarily mean the people who do them are happy. Konrad Checinski’s illustration are fun and bring the story to life. As with the other Maya & Filippo stories, the adventures they have are great opportunities for them and young readers to learn about the world and life. Adults will often find a few new facts in these books as well. They’re both fun and educational. Maya & Filippo Talk Business in Seattle is no exception and is highly recommended.

Rating 5.0 stars. Reviewed By Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite

Maya and Filippo, those two siblings and best friends that tour the world in their cruise ship with their parents and pet cat, Otello, are off on a new adventure in Maya & Filippo Talk Business in Seattle, by Alinka Rutkowska. When the children view Seattle from aboard the Fun Princess, they find skyscrapers, the Space Needle, and Mount Rainier, all rendered wonderfully by the illustrator, Konrad Checinski. Once their feet reach terra firma, the children tour the city. There they visit the market, where fruits and vegetables are traded and where they learn that vendors sell their goods there, rather than through a middleman, so as to earn more for themselves. Then the children visit the Space Needle. Along the way, they learn that the guide is frustrated with not earning enough money, though he is a busy man. Finally, they meet the owner of a building they can see from the Space Needle who is very wealthy — he just doesn’t have time to spend his money. 

Alinka Rutkowska has delivered in Maya & Filippo Talk Business in Seattle another helpful life lesson for young people. This time they learn that it is not how much wealth one has that makes a person happy, though not having enough can certainly make life more difficult. In any case, some people like their simple jobs, while others complain of their “big jobs.” Rutkowska follows the story up with a quiz to test reading comprehension and with facts about Seattle. Young readers are sure to enjoy the journey and delight in Checinski’s quirky illustrations, and parents and teachers will appreciate the helpful lesson guides provided. All aboard for a great adventure, young readers!

Rating 5.0 stars. Reviewed By Patricia Reding for Readers’ Favorite

Maya & Filippo Talk Business in Seattle by Alinka Rutkowska is a charming children’s story about two young travelers (the Maya and Filippo of the title) who live with their parents on a cruise ship which, for the duration of this story, is docked in Seattle. As the children tour Seattle and learn about its various sights and attractions, they meet and talk with people from all walks of life and learn about the jobs they do and how they feel about the various ways in which they make their living. The Space Needle, Mount Ranier, and the Pike Place Fish Market are all featured prominently as the informative backdrop for Maya and Filippo’s Seattle adventure and there is even a little quiz at the end to add a bit of learning to the fun.

Maya & Filippo Talk Business in Seattle is delightfully illustrated by Konrad Checinski, with bold and colorful strokes resembling a child’s art. The overall effect of the text and illustrations taken together is buoyant, cheerful, and inviting. There is a gentle moral message, too: as the children learn about the various jobs that people in Seattle do and their feelings about those jobs, they come to the realization that what really matters is to be happy in the job you’re in. Their father, captain of the ship on which Maya and Filippo live, turns out to be the hero at the end of the day because he loves his job and approaches his work with genuine enthusiasm. 

Maya & Filippo Talk Business in Seattle is one of a series of children’s books by Alinka Rutkowska; each one featuring a different destination as Maya and Filippo’s cruise ship docks at various ports from Skagway to New Zealand. Maya & Filippo Talk Business in Seattle is a winning blend of fun and education for young readers.

Reviewed By Rich Follett for Readers’ Favorite




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