Tiny Travelers Mexico Treasure Quest

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Monica Encarnacion, Common Sense Media
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Colorful search-and-find journey through Mexico.

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Educational Value

Builds cultural understanding and teaches about Mexico's rich cultural heritage -- music, food, traditions, celebrations, and more! Briefly touches on geography, includes kid-friendly maps that show the country's landscape and Mexico's location on a world map.

Positive Messages

Celebrate our world's diverse cultures. Be adventurous, learn about new cultures, try new things, explore the big world out there!

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Illustrates the beauty of different cultures. Child-like characters throughout, kids will relate to the joy and wonder on their faces.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tiny Travelers Mexico Treasure Quest, by Steven Wolfe Pereira and Susie Jaramillo (Little Skeletons / Esqueletitos: Countdown to Midnight), takes readers on a fun-filled journey to discover what makes Mexico special. This colorful board book consists of a series of two page spreads, each one featuring a different place or Mexican tradition. Each illustrated spread invites kids to discover hidden "treasures" -- icons, animals, statues, instruments and more -- that make up Mexico's rich cultural heritage. In addition, many Spanish words are included and labeled with phonetic spellings, making it easy for everyone to pronounce and learn the words. This book is one of a series. Tiny Travelers China Treasure Quest was released in November 2019. Coming in February 2020 is Tiny Travelers Puerto Rico Treasure Quest, in April 2020 Tiny Travelers India Treasure Quest, and in May 2020 Tiny Travelers Japan Treasure Quest.

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What's the story?

TINY TRAVELERS MEXICO TREASURE QUEST takes readers on a journey through mariachi-filled plazas, to the Pyramids of Teotihuacan. From the Lucha Libre ring, to the flower filled boats of Xochimilco, young readers will enjoy learning about Mexican culture and traditions while making magical discoveries along the way.

Tiny Travelers is the latest initiative from Encantos, which developed the Nick Jr. animated series, Canticos. Mexico is the first country featured in this series. China, Puerto Rico, and India are a few of the other countries featured in this series of travel books for kids. These colorful and informative board books celebrate our world's diverse cultures and hopes to inspire kids to become citizens of the world -- seeking to build bridges and cultural understanding for today’s globally-minded families. These kid-friendly travel guides of sorts are designed with preschool and elementary school kids in mind to help them explore geography, language and culture. The Tiny Travelers suite of products will eventually grow to include apps, books, content, consumer products, and more. You can visit the Tiny Travelers website to learn more.

Is it any good?

Beautifully illustrated, this large board book brings Mexico to life. Vivid illustrations in Tiny Travelers Mexico Treasure Quest expose young readers to the sights, sounds and flavors of this Spanish-speaking country. Kids will learn all about Mexico, including traditional Mexican foods -- tacos, tortas, and tamales. They'll experience an Alebrijes Parade and learn about the imaginary creatures made of papier-mache or wood. Each page presents fun facts and hidden objects to find. Readers visit places of interest, including Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Michoacan -- where they see a traditional Day of the Dead celebration. Part scavenger hunt, this colorful search-and- find book takes kids on a journey to better understand the customs, traditions, and history of a far away land. The can even explore the jungles of Chiapas to discover the animals that live among the ruins of Yaxchilan, an ancient Maya City. This is a wonderful book to share with young kids -- to broaden their horizons and discover new places of interest!

The back of the book includes a brief letter reminding readers to go back and check that they've found all the hidden treasures. A Tiny Travelers Treasure Quest Mexico Checklist is included. Kids check off stamp-like images featuring illustrations of items found in the book -- alebrije, molcajete, axolotl, and jaguar, just to name a few.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what they learned about Mexico in Tiny Travelers Mexico Treasure Quest. What are some new words, foods, and places you learned about?

  • What other country or part of the world you would like to visit? Do you have friends or know someone from this part of the world?

  • What could you teach others about your own language/culture/traditions? What holidays do you celebrate? What foods do you eat?

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For kids who love Latinx stories and bilingual books

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