Travel Books for Kids
I love how global travel is always a learning adventure one way or another. In fact, I think global travel can be life changing for so many different reasons. If this world were mine (a girl can dream), I would slip into a dreamy gold dress and wave my powerful magic wand and enforce global citizenry worldwide. Bippity Boppity Boo! (Whispering: And an extra Bippity for America where only 30% of the entire US popluation have passports.) I might even have to don a top hat for good measure. #sillyme
I would make sure that every birth certificate issued had a passport to go along with it (like April). I would decree that traveling outside of the US on at least one school trip as early as middle school and then again in high school become mandatory. I would insist that one year of travel take place between high school and year one of the student’s next level of education or work. I would make a proclamation that language classes begin in kindergarten and end in college and that learning at least one other language fluently is mandatory. At a minimum, this is what I would do. But as you can tell by the gold dress and all, I’m just dreaming over here.
But I think dreaming has its place. And so do Aisha Greene and Christine Mills of Hartlyn Kids, independent children’s book publishers dedicated to exposing children and their parents to the diversity of cultures around the world. Is that not what dreams are made of…books? The whole Hartlyn Kids vibe is absolutely perfect. And I am so in.
I was asked to review The Bamboo Dance, a delightfully global children’s book written by Philipina native Cress Sia and illustrated by American artist Lisa Butler. I was asked to review The Bamboo Dance because I’m bonkers about global learning and exposing kids to culture, diversity, humanity and travel, the tenets of OneBrownGirl.com®…and particularly at an early age. And that’s what Hartlyn Kids does. Even at my girls travel camp, I always have some type of culture-sharing activity going on so you can see why this Brown Girl and Hartlyn Kids are definitelty on the same page. #punintended
The Bamboo Dance is the story of little Diego and his BFF Paco who live in the Philippines. It is the story of how BFFs team up to ultimately learn that age old lesson: Practice makes perfect. Check this out:
And yes, there’s more. Learning new words like tinikling, sari-sari, sampaguita and fiesta are introduced as Learning Tools within the back pages of The Bamboo Dance and a passport comes along when you order your first book. A passport! Isn’t that great?!?!? Of course it’s not a real passport, but it’s a fun little replica. Each country-specific children’s book comes with its very own passport stamp meant to be placed inside the cool new passport. If that’s not up my alley, then I don’t know what is. Crazy cute. I absolutely love it! Hartlyn Kids not only teaches children about culture (and maybe even the indirect lessons in tolerance that bedside travel might bring about), but allows children to use their imaginations to transport themselves to the Philippines…to India…and hey, maybe even to France one day…and in some cases even before they’ve been on their very first real-life global adventure. I know I’m an adult and all, but the truth is…I can’t wait to see where Hartlyn Kids will take us next.
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