I learned about Kiwi and Pear from Kelly at One Little Room. I was looking for some sort of “travel the world” book for young children, and this one is definitely awesome. It has so many cool features – bright illustrations, simple rhymes and a fold out page for each location. Moreover, it comes with a set of stickers and a map showing the progress of Kiwi and Pear. There is an additional bonus for us, since the journey actually starts in San Francisco. We bought this book at Amazon when it was on a great sale – I think it was under $5.
Anna was delighted to have this book and especially appreciated her own map. I am wondering sometimes just how much she absorbs from our country hops, but suddenly her pretend play exploded in a new direction. She is pretending to go on a trip around the world almost every day. It involves packing a lot of food into a “carry-on bag” and a backpack with Kiwi and Pear, so she could “check her map on her way”. Then she sits in her high chair (yeah, we still have her high chair even though she eats mostly at the table with us), pretends that it’s a plane, and “plans her next stop” on the map. Here is one of the conversations that we had about her travels:
Anna: Goodness, it takes so long to pack for the trip!
Me: What is your first stop going to be?
Anna: South America!
Me: And what are you going to see there?
Anna: Umm… Dinosaurs! (So much for a week spent learning about rainforest!)
I am linking this post to Geography/History exchange at Children Explore, Children Grow, Children Learn.