Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Planet Earth

Kiwi and Pear

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 Mar8_WorldTravel_1especially 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 Mar8_WorldTravel_2still 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.

11 comments:

Christy said...

This book sounds great! Thanks.

Ticia said...

After spending almost two weeks on Australia all my kids could tell me was there's kangaroos and koalas. With a little poking and prodding they remembered other things.......
This books looks really cute!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Most people don't remember much of what they learned at 3, anyway. But, Anna will probably remember other countries are cool, and different in fun, and intriguing ways - and that will draw her back to it when she's older.

Pathfinder Mom said...

Yay! I'm so glad that you guys enjoyed Kiwi and Pear, too. Joyce (the author/illustrator) has some cute free computer wallpapers available on her blog - http://kiwiandpear.com/wp/?page_id=84 - Tornado Boy loves to see them.

How cool is it that the book has expanded Anna's free play time.

Debbie said...

This is great that Anna is having fun and using what she is learning. I know Selena has exploded with the geography here in our home. She reminds of little facts we've learned all the time. I have to look for that book!

Julie said...

That's great that she's incorporating what she's learning into her play time. Fun! I'm going to look for this book. Thanks for the recommendation!

MaryAnne said...

What a fun post! Her high chair looks like the perfect airplane seat, and that book sounds great! And I love that she is going to South America to see dinosaurs!

Joyful Learner said...

I've got to have that book! I'm an Amazon.com addict.

Sounds like going to South America to dig up dinosaur bones might be a fun adventure! Can JC join her? She LOVES dinosaurs!

Kim said...

I'm glad she's getting into your country hops! I was just about to place my order for next years "school books". Now I have to add another book!

Elise said...

I didn't even have to write that book on my wish list, because after clicking on the link you provided I went ahead and ordered it. Sounds terrific.

It's great that Anna is incorporating world travels into her play. It's always sweet to hear your child say something in their play that you didn't necessarily think they took too much notice of.

We don't have a geoboard yet. You've really got me thinking about this now.

April said...

I love her pretend play! You know, I have wondered if its pointless to do learning themes and activities with my daughter because she is only 19 months. Jean Piaget said that "the more a child sees and hears the more he will want to see and hear" and I agree with that. I'm ok if she doesn't remember it all in a month but I know she will get something out of it.