Welcome to another Write a Review Wednesday, a meme started by Tara Lazar as a way to show support to authors of kids literature. Last week we reviewed Zombiekins. This week we take an adventure with Dora in Simon and Schuster‘s World School Day Adventure (age 3-7), written by Shakira. I have to thank Anneliese at Simon and Schuster Canada for my review copy.
Dora the Explorer is excited about celebrating World School Day with her classmates and children around the world. As the kids are getting ready they discover students in distant schools haven’t received their supplies. To ensure all the kids can participate in the planned World School Day activities, Dora and Boots set out to help the other schools. But will they be able to help in time. Shakira, the Grammy award-winning artist, cameos in the book to help Dora and her friends get ready to celebrate .
I have to say I’m personally not a fan of books based on TV show personalities, like Dora, but my 3-year old was ecstatic when this book arrived. She is a huge Dora fan; unlike my other 2 kids my 3-year old actually talks to Dora on TV and in books. So a book that gets my daughter excited can’t be all bad. And really it wasn’t.
I don’t mean to give Dora a hard time; she does show kids they can accomplish many things on their own with the right tools and friends, being kind and sharing always ends up better in the end. World School Day Adventure follows the same pattern, with Dora taking it upon herself, somewhat unrealistically, to help the kids in need. Each mission starts with a double-page spread depicting a map showing Dora and Boots leaving their destination and heading off to a foreign country to help that school. The maps are a great way segway into discussion about the different countries and schools and way of life and they sort keep in tune with Dora and her Map she uses when on any adventure. My kids especially loved how the kids in different countries had different styles of school, not traditional bricks and mortar buildings.
In the end, as expected, all the kids get their supplies and are able to join in the World School Day celebration.
My 3-year old enjoyed this book very much and has been found ‘reading it’ on her own many times. I even found her playing World School Day with her dolls one morning.
World School Day Adventure was written by Shakira in support of the nonprofit, nongovernmental organization Barefoot Foundation, for which she is the founder. The Barefoot Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that every child can exercise his or her basic right to a quality education. In celebration of this book, Nickelodeon has made a donation to Shakira’s Barefoot Foundation.
To add a copy of Dora’s World School Day Adventure to your personal library, visit your local bookstore or Simon and Schuster Canada. For other great books for kids, read through some of the previous Write a Review Wednesday posts.