Friday, May 7, 2021

Makanaka's World: Adventure in Morocco

This is a sponsored book post with Global Kidz House. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post uses affiliate links.

If you are like me, you are always on the lookout for diverse books to read and share with your children. Raising a global citizen, a person who is able to communicate and appreciate people from all across the world, is an empowering action. Doing so helps us enact change in our world. And part of that journey to global citizenship is deeply rooted in diverse literature. Which is why today, I'm so very pleased to share Global Kidz House with you!

This new publishing company highlights the stories of Africa and the African diaspora through their publication of children's books. Their first book has recently been released and I have had the opportunity to get my hands on a copy of it. 

Makanaka's World is a series following a young girl named Makanaka and her pet parrot, Fari. Makanaka has friends ALL over the world, of course, and loves to visit them with the help of Fari. He isn't just your average pet parrot. Her little feathered friend has the special ability to transform into an airplane that can fly anywhere in the world. 

In this first book, Adventure in Morocco (aff), the two fly to the North African country to visit Makanaka's friend, Nadia. Upon their arrival, there is trouble to be found, and Makanaka and her friends set out to help. Along the way, they explore the city of Casablanca and its rich culture.

The illustrations are lovely; they are colorful and engaging without being too busy for little readers. 

There is also a glossary and a world map in the back of the book, as well as a couple of pages with photographs that give a mini tour of Morocco. 

This book is recommended for children in K - 3rd or 5 - 8 years old, but my 3yo loves it. 

The really fun thing is that there is also a 7-page curriculum guide for the book. It comes with discussion questions, recipes, and activity ideas to go along with the story. 

This story is a good addition for lesson plans on world cultures, travel, geography, global citizens, family, friends, Africa, Morocco, Casablanca, soccer, languages, Arabic, and more.

You can click the links above to purchase this book, or find it here on Amazon:

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