review: greetings from kiwi and pear
Greetings from Kiwi and Pear by Joyce Wan. What a delightful book! Two little monkey friends travel the world and they see all kinds of wonderful landmarks along the way — like the Great Wall of China, St. Basil’s, Mt. Fuji, and many more!
The book is so colorful and interactive; it has a large map of the world included in a little pocket in the front of the book. It also has stickers you can put on the map when Kiwi and Pear have visited that country. In addition, the pages expand, folding out for each country they go to so you see a two-page spread of them enjoying the sites in each place they visit. My kids loved the book, reading it over and over, and would come and ask me, “Where’s the monkey book?” And I loved that they were learning about geography, with fun, simple rhymes. They enjoyed guessing what country Kiwi and Pear were in and loved to find it on the map and put a sticker on it.
The characters in the story are adorable, and it was fun to look at how Ms. Wan drew all of them. My daughter said, “She even makes aliens look cute!” If you have any young children in your life, this would be a great book to buy them, with it’s fun rhymes, bright and colorful illustrations, and extras (map and stickers!). Plus, they’ll be learning about some of the most famous places in the world (in the cutest way possible!).
More about “Kiwi and Pear”:
“Kiwi and Pear are a pair of monkeys who do everything together, and now they’re off on a trip around the world. They travel to every continent, visiting penguins in Antarctica and llamas in Peru, snapping photos of the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the pyramids at Giza, snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and touring the Taj Mahal in India. The rhyming text and sweet illustrations are presented on gatefold pages, and at the back of the book is a map where readers can follow Kiwi and Pear’s adventures by putting a sticker on each country they visit.”
About the Author:
Joyce Wan designed her first greeting card in elementary school, when she won a card design contest in Boston. She studied architecture at Barnard College and is now the founder of Wanart, a stationery, greeting card, and gift company. Her work is inspired by modern architecture, childhood memories, and Japanese pop culture. It all started with a child’s love of art. Joyce Wan designed her first greeting card when she was in grade school for a city-wide greeting card design contest. The design won first place and was subsequently sold through a major department store chain. Twenty years later, Joyce turned that early success into inspiration to launch her design studio Wanart (www.wanart.com) in 2003. Noted for her use of bold, clean lines and a contemporary, bright color palette combined with playful imagery, Joyce creates designs with strong commercial appeal. The popularity of her designs led to the recent publication of her first children’s picture book “Greetings from Kiwi and Pear” which is based on characters from one of her best-selling greeting card lines as well as licensing for other stationery, novelty and educational products. Today, her designs are featured on products sold in thousands of stores worldwide.