Greetings from Kiwi and Pear

Greetings from Kiwi and Pear

by Joyce Wan
     
 

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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Complete with a fold-out map to track their progress and stickers that resemble stamps, this compact book follows two cute, affectionate monkeys (rendered in a vaguely manga style with chunky outlines) named Kiwi and Pear as they jet around the world. Postcards with rhyming text explain how the pair have spent their time, followed by fold-out illustrations of their activities: “We paddle down the Amazon,/ then hike the Andes with backpacks on” (the fold-out shows Kiwi and Pear leading a friendly llama). In Paris, sporting red berets, they “bike for an hour,” then “climb the Eiffel Tower.” Their final voyage blasts them into outer space on a rocket before they return home. A sweet and rather cuddly introduction to some noteworthy global locations. Ages 4–8. (July)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The two monkeys are on an adventure around the world. The book comes with a world map and stickers. The spreads are tri-folds with the left panel containing text describing a characteristic of the place Kiwi and Pear are visiting and then showing them in that setting. Opening the full-page flaps presents additional information (a picture) relating to the locations. For example, in London it is Big Ben, double-decker buses and a telephone booth (containing the two monkeys) that is shown on the two pages. Opening the flap reveals the bus, the London Eye, and a big taxi. Other major sites include the South Pole, New York City, and Nile River in Egypt, Great Wall in China and even a trip into outer space. The monkeys do not have much personality and are often shown in the same pose—arms interlocked and facing the reader. Hats and other items offer clues as to where they are. It is a padded book with sturdy pages, but the concept of location, map reading and figuring out where Kiwi and Pear are in the world is something that would require a higher level of ability than just reading or having the book read to a young child. A small format, but plenty of pages—a mixed bag at the very least. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934706596
Publisher:
Blue Apple Books
Publication date:
01/28/2009
Pages:
36
Sales rank:
790,343
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.80(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet 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.

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