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April 21, 2015

The Tiny Travler series by Misti Kenison

Published by: Sky Pony Presss

Release date: January 2015

Ages: 0-4


From the publisher:

Each book in Misti Kenison’s new Tiny Traveler board book series is sure to give your child the travel bug early by transporting little ones to exotic and fantastic places while teaching basic concepts—such as shapes. Now you and your little one can explore the world together from your living room.

Egypt: A Book of Shapes

If you’re going to learn about shapes, why not do it in the exciting land of Egypt? Egypt’s Great Sphinx, pyramids, and camels all come to life in this new board book by graphic designer Misti Kenison. Toddlers will learn basic shapes such as triangles, hexagons, and circles with bright, geometric spreads while getting a flavor for Egypt’s rich and fascinating culture.


France: A Book of Colors

The Arc de Triomphe, the Moulin Rouge, the Eiffel Tower–there is so much to do and see in the colorful city of Paris. From graphic designer Misti Kenison comes an adventurous new board book for your toddler. The culture and monuments of France are rendered into bold, graphic illustrations accompanied by vocabulary to teach toddlers basic colors. 

My thoughts:

We were fortunate enough to receive both Tiny Traveler books. To be honest, I wish we’d had these a couple of years ago, they’re such a fun little series. The text is simple, typically 3-5 words on a page, with each page following the same sentence structure. The illustrations are bright, simple, and aesthetically pleasing for even the youngest lapsitters. These are the kind of books you read to your infant from the very beginning.
But as we all know, those infants grow quickly, so what happens then?
My youngest reader turned three in December. We are smack dab in the middle of the preschool “academic” stage. That time where all of a sudden, those tiny people are learning letters, and numbers, and colors, and shapes. Which means even though we were not able to enjoy these books in his infancy, we’re getting a lot of use out of them now, as interactive texts. Whereas I once would have read them straight through, now he’s filling in the blanks for me:
The dancer’s dress is _______ (red).
The beard is a ________ (rectangle).
Each color or shape is illustrated in the most obvious way possible. We can read the word/point to the word, point to the correlating part of the illustration, and cheer his success.
(Seriously. Cheering. My kid is his own best cheerleader. “Yay! You got it!”)
And in the process, even though his world is currently pretty small, he’s getting to experience a bigger global view, and asking questions that will (hopefully) lead to further curiosity as he gets older. In fact, my kindergartener also likes these books, for their pictures of places she’s heard of but not (yet) seen.
Books both my 3yo and my 6yo want to read?
That’s a win for me.

One response to “Review: The Tiny Traveler (Board Book series)”

  1. I’m so glad that your kids enjoyed the books! Thanks for such a great review!

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