As-salamu Alaykum friends! That is how they say "hello" in the country of Egypt, where lots of people speak Arabic. Many of you may have heard of Egypt and where it is located, but if you haven't, I'll tell you. Egypt is located on the northeast corner of the continent of Africa. It is the twelfth largest country in Africa and is about 386,662 square miles. That's about three times the size of Germany! If you would like to learn more about Egypt, you can check out National Geographic Kids. Photo of Egypt tp to left courtesy of Travels of Gannon and Wyatt Egypt novel.
If you have had a chance to check out my Multicultural Book Reviews page, you will see that I love reading and sharing diverse books about the world and different cultures. I am so excited to be doing this review for the Multicultural Kid Blogs Read Around the World Summer Series! Every summer, they hold this global book review series to share multicultural books with families.
Earlier this year, I was so lucky to receive a few special adventure books from Multicultural Children's Book Day called Travels with Gannon and Wyatt. These chapter books for kids are full of adventure and in this review, I will be sharing Gannon and Wyatt's adventure to Egypt.
I have always wanted to travel to Egypt and see The Great Pyramid of Giza in person! Well, when I found out that these adventure books were based off of the real-life globetrotting adventures of twins Gannon and Wyatt, I knew I was in for special treat!
Photo of Pyramids of Giza by Michał Huniewicz (M1key.me) [CC BY-SA 2.0], from flickr
One of the authors of the book is Gannon and Wyatt's mother, who been traveling with them around the world since they were very young. She wanted to raise global citizens who would respect others, be aware of the world and other cultures, and practice compassion. Now, they have an amazing website and book series, and have helped many organizations around the world. Wow, I hope I can make a difference just like them!
They even have a Youth Exploration Society where their motto is "the world is our classroom." They offer wonderful global resources to educators and parents so kids can learn about the world just like Gannon and Wyatt. I love what they stand for and that they are giving back to the world! Here is Y.E.S.'s mission:
To promote a better understanding of world geography, cultures and wildlife
To inform members of ways to help people, environments, and species at risk
To inspire youth to do their part to make the world a better place.
Now, ready to explore to Egypt? The book cover captured my attention because Gannon and Wyatt look ready for adventure in their explorer's clothing. They are surrounded by different things you would see in Egypt, like pyramids, a sphinx and snake. This looks like it is going to be fun! I opened the book and noticed that it begins with a translation of phrases from English to Arabic, the language that they speak in Egypt. I think this is a great way to introduce readers to the language and learn something new.
The book is written like journal, so you get to experience the story from both Gannon and Wyatt's points of view. In this fun fiction story based off of what they learned in real-life, Gannon and Wyatt are asked to visit Egypt by a famous archeologist who joins them on an adventure to discover a long-lost tomb of the Pharaoh of Cleopatra. The tomb is said to contain extraordinary treasures and secret scrolls that may unlock some of Egypt's greatest mysteries! But Gannon and Wyatt have to be careful as they have some tomb robbers who are following them to get to the tomb first. Uh oh! I don't want to give the entire story away, but Gannon and Wyatt have to find the courage within to face several dangers, like deadly traps, scary creatures and ancient curses, in order to find this special discovery.
The book definitely kept me on the edge of my seat (or in my case, the edge of my nest)! All the interesting pictures that Gannon and Wyatt took on their actual adventure really made the story come to life. The book teaches kids about the history and culture of Egypt through fun and relatable characters. I love how the brothers play tricks on each other as I like to do with my big sister, Ayu. Haha!
The back of the book also includes a world map of Gannon and Wyatt's adventures (they have six books in the series so far) and an area for your journal notes. This came in handy when I wanted to remember some of the interesting facts I was learning about Egypt in the story. I also wanted to share Gannon and Wyatt's video about their trip to Egypt so you can see what they experienced:
This will give you feel of how it would be to visit Egypt, so I hope you enjoy and learn a lot from these two globetrotting explorers!
I highly recommend the book series and website for all you explorers out there! Well, it's time for me to go find some adventures of my own, friends. Hope you enjoyed my review and check out the rest of my website to explore the world!
Ma 'a as-salaamah (goodbye) everyone!
-Joy Sun Bear