As an unschooler I am always on the hunt for a great way to talk about history and science without it feeling like a long boring lesson. Our favorite way to accomplish this is to find books that make telling these tales fun, especially when the boys are younger and the attention span may not be very long.
About a month ago I was approached by the makers of new series of books. I looked into it and decided that it was a great fit for us as it encompasses travel, language, and history all in a fun tale of 2 siblings pups. I asked them to send us the books so we could take a look and then if we enjoyed them and felt it was good for our readers I would write a review!
As you can tell we loved the books and I am thrilled to be writing a review so all you readers out there can get these books for yourselves. It is a great investment in fun and learning, and a perfect jumping off point for discussing related topics. My kids loved them so much that we are still, 3 weeks later, reading the books and researching Italy! What a great unschooling resource, right?
The Bella & Harry series was developed to inspire young readers to embrace the world and encourage its exploration. Done through the comedic and informative adventures of sibling Chihuahuas Bella and Harry, while traveling through various countries, the series aspires to stimulate children’s imaginations and foster a thirst for understanding the world in which they live. Check out this promotional video below. Anyone who loves travel will love these books!
Edinburgh and Rome are the seventh and eighth books in the series and the 2 that I have read so far. Paris, Venice, London, Cairo, Athens, Barcelona, Istanbul and Jerusalem are also available and I plan to get them as soon as I can. They also already have a few lined up for release in 2014. For information on the release of new books follow them on Facebook!
The boys all loved the story, laughed as we read, and it encouraged them to take it even further as they came up with loads of questions about these 2 locations. The books were easy to read, easy to understand and each had valuable insight into the respectable countries. The illustrations are adorable and the book itself is a sturdy hard cover.
Each tale includes tips on great spots to visit, simple phrases in the language, cultural and historical information and best of all shows a love of travel and inquisitiveness. Things I love showing my boys!
About Bella & Harry: Let’s Visit Edinburgh
Good day! Join Bella and Harry as they travel to Edinburgh with their family and see Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Botanic Garden and enjoy a trip to Loch Ness to search for Nessie! Along the way local cuisine (such as Dundee cake) and basic Scottish phrases are introduced.
About Bella & Harry: Let’s Visit Rome
Bon giorno! Join Bella & Harry as they travel to Rome with their family and see the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain and other sites. Along the way local cuisine (spaghetti and meatballs) and basic Italian words are introduced.
If you home school, unschool, or just love great children's books pick up some of these books today! But be careful; inquisitiveness, a thirst for travel, and the need to collect all the books may occur!