Recently, I’ve had the chance to review several kid’s books and thought they would make great Christmas gifts for the kids.
Charlie and Trike in the Grand Canyon Adventure is a book in the Green Notebook Series. It’s a great story that follows a monkey and rhinoceros through the Grand Canyon. They discover all kinds of scientific and historical facts about how the canyon was created, the layers of rock and fossils trapped in those layers.
My boys LOVED this book. It’s interactive and they wanted to read it over and over. I would totally recommend this book for families with small children and I can’t wait to see what other books are included in the Green Notebook Series.
The Night Before Christmas in Africa takes the original ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas poem and adds in traditional South African elements. The “sleigh” is a donkey cart pulled by kudu – a native African animal similar to an antelope. This book is a great way to introduce your child to other Christmas customs around the world. If you think the South African phrases are too hard to pronounce, they also sell a CD that reads the book for you.
We obviously have a special place in our hearts for all things South Africa, but I have loved sharing the book and the CD with my boys. They ask great questions and are fascinated by the differences between our lives and our culture and what they can see in the book and hear in the accent and words.
Freddi the Dog is a great children’s book about an older dog – 11 years old or 77 in dog years – who seems to get in trouble all the time. In the end, though Freddi truly has the heart of a best friend. This is a great book for any dog lover! It’s entertaining and engaging for children.