With summer vacation only a few weeks away, travel plans are well underway, and excitement is building in anticipation for time away with the family. Traveling with little ones can create a lot of anxiety. Not only does a parent worry about things going smoothly, but they also hope their child will be able to make the most of the vacation; feeling comfortable enough to fully enjoy and explore new places and all that comes with the experience. Fuzzwippers Make Great Travelers (ages 3-7, June) by Marilynn Halas can help.
Fuzzwippers Make Great Travelers follows Alexandra and her fuzzwipper friend, Fuzzany, as they travel to Hawaii, where together they take in new sights, try out new words like Aloha and Mahalo, enjoy local foods, and even attempt to surf! Fuzzwippers Make Great Travelers ends with their signature saying: “you are loved no matter where you go”—providing kids with the security they need to leave home and embrace the unfamiliar.
To help children along with their travels, author Marilynn Halas offers a list of traveler tips, located at the end of the book. They are:
1. Being a great traveler means being a good listener and a good helper too. Listen to your friends and family so you will learn all about the new place you are visiting and remember that when we all help each other any trip is easier and more fun.
2. Different places may have different food, games and sights to see, so take your time and discover each new place and make new friends. Remember that every place has something special to share with you if you are willing to smile, try and trust.
3. Try something new and you just might find that you have a great experience and a great story to tell when you get back home. It might be a kind of fish or maybe learning how to surf, but don’t miss out. Try and see what you learn about your new place and also see what you will learn about yourself.
4. Remember that you are a guest in someone else’s home whenever you travel. Be the kind of visitor you would want to have in your home. Smile and say Thank you every chance you get. Gratitude is always the best attitude.