Saturday, March 22, 2014

Help Your Child Travel the World From Within Your Home with Whole Wide World Toys (Review with Giveaway, Ends 04/05/14, Continental US Only)

Disclosure: We received a free copy of the book in exchange for our honest opinion about it.

We received a paperback copy of this book My China Travel Journal from Whole Wide World Toys. Brandon has been enjoying learning about other cultures throughout the last few months. He loves to read, but enjoyed that the book included some hands on activities as well.


Here's what Brandon has to say about My China Travel Journal-
Emma, a 9 year old girl, wrote a journal about her and her brother, Joe, age 7, going to China.
They are keeping the journal for their Grandma who used to travel a lot as a reporter. Grandma would take notes so she could tell her friends about her travels. Emma and Joe want to do it for her now.

In China, Emma writes about the culture of the Chinese people. You read it and have fun learning about the things that Chinese people eat (such as noodles, frogs, fish, turtles, and vegetables. Noodles and vegetables sound good to me, but I wouldn't want to have frogs, fish or turtles! I think that sounds disgusting.), how they write (with characters and symbols, not letters like how this is typed. The symbols really make sense about what word they are for!), what things they sell in the markets (such as food and embroidered pictures with great detail on the front AND the back!), and what kinds of pets they have (which includes crickets and birds which people take for walks. But I think it would be more like taking them for a hop since birds and crickets don't really walk!).

There is also information about the many good luck symbols in China including the color red and bats.

I also really liked learning about the different sorts of manners that the Chinese people have such as greeting the eldest person in the family first and pouring a refill of someone's cup of tea before your own.

There's some history about how tea and silk were first made and the book discusses how the Chinese name their buildings and many other tidbits of information. For example, did you know that Mandarin Chinese is spoken by more people than English is? 

Here's what I have to say about My China Travel Journal-

This book is fairly short at only 32 pages, but don't let that fool you. It is chock full of information! I read the book myself in about ten minutes, including interruptions (when do Moms EVER get to read without interruptions?), and even I learned a bunch of new and interesting stuff! I really like the journal layout of the book. It makes it fun, simple to follow and understand, while keeping the information interesting. I love that the book includes some activities, a recipe, and encourages its readers to actively learn more about China.

Whole Wide World Toys would like you to know that they are taking preorders on their site: and that you can use code LAUNCH for 10% off until June 15, 2014.

Just to make things clear - the book is available for sale now, and the toys are available for preorder.  The books are for sale from Amazon or any online book seller and also on their website. The toys are on preorder on their website only. 

My China Travel Journal is a storybook about life in China. It has been called "the best children's book I've seen on China." by educational toy buyers. But, in addition to its stand alone appeal, it has companion toys called World Village Playsets that will launch later in 2014. Details are on the website under "Shop".
My China Travel Journal is the story of Emma and Joe, American children who find out about the different and interesting lives of their friends who live there. They meet fascinating, and sometimes quirky people and visit places that help them understand how China is sometimes the same and sometimes different. Join them while they fly kites with Chinese friends, spot strange new vegetables at the market, and eat candied crab apples from a street vendor.
This 32-page paperback book is full of illustrations, photos and activities to supplement the story.
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