The beauty of reading books to your children is that it takes them to many different places. My daughter loves learning about different cultures. (I blame both Drew and myself for this. Drew studied Spanish and French in college, plus he's in a comparative politics program for his PhD. I grew up going to visit my grandparents in Northern Ireland, plus I spent a summer in Uganda.)
At least once a month, my daughter borrows various Bella & Harry books out on her card. It was no different in March. She decided to go to Maui with Bella and Harry and checked out Bella and Harry: Let's Visit Maui! You may be wondering: Who are Bella and Harry? They are two chihuahuas, a brother and sister, who travel with their family to different countries and states. Harry is often found getting into mischief, and Bella being the older sibling is often correcting her younger brother. At least once during each book, Harry often shows some knowledge of the culture they are in.
In Bella and Harry: Let's Visit Maui!, some of the places we traveled to were: Wailua Falls, Haleakala National Park, Honokalani Black Sand Beach, and the East Maui Volcano. I butchered all the Hawaiian pronunciations and told my daughter, "Mommy's probably not saying this correctly." Afterwards, found the location of Maui on a map and colored in a page of the Hawaiian islands. This is the page we used for Maui.
Have you read any Bella and Harry books? What did you think of them?