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Exploring Other Cultures | Where In the World is Thailand

Children's book review teaching kids about the world

Ever tried to explain different cultures to a child? It's hard. "Why?" You'll hear that a lot. When I was given the opportunity to review a book all about Thailand geared towards kids, I was thrilled.

Where in the World is Thailand? 

Margaret Davis Ledford takes kids on an adventure around the globe. The story starts in America with a little boy and his family. The dad just received news that they are all being stationed in Thailand. 

The kids play and go to school. They learn about Thai traditions and festivals. Loi Krathong is one of the celebrations Margaret describes. At the end of the rainy season,
They make little boats out of banana tree leaves and fill them with flowers and candles. They light the candles and let the little boats float down the klongs. ~Where in the World is Thailand?

Exploring new food

The fruit in Thailand is much different from where we live here in Michigan. We have apples, strawberries, blueberries, and even grapes. The book talks about the floating markets filled with delicious fruits. Boats filled with food and merchandise float through the canals buying and selling as they go. Pineapples, mangoes, coconuts, and bananas are a few fruits the little boy describes as delicious.

Children's book review teaching kids about the world

Giving the Littles a taste of Thailand

We used this as an opportunity to try a fresh coconut. Our local grocery stores are pretty good about stocking exotic fruit.

After Maverick read the story, we pounded away at the coconut. The Littles loved tasting the coconut water and flesh.

Trying a Thai Past-time

Everyone knows that the American past-time is baseball, but in Thailand the art of kite making is a big deal. 
In Thailand, kite flying is not just a casual attempt to see how high it can be made to soar into the sky. It is an ancient sport dignified by rules and regulations and a heritage involving everyone from kings to commoners. ~Dancing Frog 
Children's book review teaching kids about the world

I'm not that good at making kites, so instead of constructing one giant kite, Little Man and Little Miss each decorated their own paper bag kite. I handed each of them a paper bag, some markers, tossed in the stamps, and watched them work. (These are the instructions we used →Paper Bag Kite)

Training for a Healthy Life

There is a lot of information in this book making for quite a few teachable moments. The Littles and I talked about missionary churches in other countries, taking off your shoes as a courtesy, where rubber comes from, and different kinds of fruit. 

Every little conversation is important to your growing child. Teach them little things like where coconuts and mangoes grow, eating a healthy snack, and how rubber is harvested. You'll be surprised at how much they'll learn.

Children's book review teaching kids about the world


About Shannon Walter -

Wife, Mommy, and Writer are three of the hats Shannon wears on a daily basis. Natural and holistic wellness is her passion. Diving into medical studies, reading long-winded books, and refitting them into information that is valuable to everyday life.


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Phylicia Bernard
Shannon @ TMMW
April 25, 2018 at 9:56 PM delete

OMG truly loved this! Thailand is totally on my bucket list and I'll be bookmarking this to look through again. Thanks!


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