My Very Own World Adventure from I See Me Books
In addition to teaching our kids about their own rich cultural heritage, I want them to learn about others. I believe that teaching kids about the way other people live is the best way to instill tolerance and acceptance of differences. How can they learn to accept other people’s beliefs and lifestyles if they never have any exposure to them, right? Like most Americans, I can’t send my kids on a world tour to let them experience culture first hand, so I reach for books.
My kids love immerse themselves in books. My daughter likes to see her name in books and loves the personalized feel. Recently, I found “My Very Own World Adventure” and she loves it. It is my daughter’s passport to different countries around the world using the letters of her name as a guide to picking the countries to visit with three kids as her magic carpet ride escort. For example, for the letter “L”, they visit Latvia. On the page about Latvia, we learn that the symbols on the woven belts that Latvians wear are actually sacred and have meaning. My daughter is the curious type, so I’m sure her next step will be to look up those belts and figure out how to make a belt with symbols special to her.
My Thoughts on the Book
“My Very Own World Adventure” is a hardbound book with sturdy pages. I chose this book from the vast choices available on the I See Me website because they recommended it based on my daughter’s age. She is 12. She commented on artistic quality of the book and said she really liked the detail of the images. In fact, I See Me‘s book designers spent over 5 years selecting 63 artists from around the world to paint a child from each of their countries!
While the writing style is easy enough for a young reader to grasp, the book’s details encourage further exploration, so the book is still appropriate for my daughter’s age as well.
Of course, a child’s name has a limited number of letters. If my daughter becomes curious about the things she would have found had her name had different letters, the last few pages of the book include an index to all the possible countries illustrated for the purpose of making this book. She can learn about those countries, too!
It also includes a personalized world map showing where the countries where the kids in her book lived. In addition to a brief cultural lesson, I See Me includes a quick geography lesson in “My Very Own World Adventure“.
Lydia also likes the artist page showing all the artists involved in making her book. She can also user her iPod to scan the QR code to learn more about all the artists involved. I also like that $1 of every My Very Own World Adventure book will be donated to Room to Read to help support global literacy. Room to Read is an award-winning non-profit organization for improving literacy and gender equality in education in the developing world.
Want to Learn More?
A lot of care was put into the making of this book. I would love to see some of their other books and am enjoying taking the virtual book tour of the My Very Own Pirate Adventure and other books. These would make a great baby shower gift and if Mom hasn’t picked out a name yet, you can even give a gift certificate for a book of her choice. Sign up their customized specials and discount promos from I See Me – just tell them the age of the children on your gift list and their relationship to you to get personalized specials emailed to you! Follow them on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook, too!
Costco is featuring vouchers for these unique books at a 30% savings. Members can choose from seven titles to find the perfect story for a young book lover. Look for this deal at your local Costco (not available in all areas) or go online to www.costco.com and search for item 756683. Hurry! Limited time offer and orders must be placed by 12/8/13 for Christmas delivery.
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