I was given the opportunity to review this book and readily accepted the opportunity. In return, I was furnished a copy of the Kindle ebook; however, all opinions are my own.
Abigail and the Jungle Adventure is the first book in the Explore the World series. Abigail is the star in the series. In the Jungle Adventure she is staying with her grandparents for Christmas while her parents are on a business trip. While her grandparents are napping, she heads off to the attic to explore. There are boxes full of all kinds of things, but what catches her eye is a shiny object hiding under a blanket. To her surprise, a red bicycle is hiding underneath. The bicycle has a basket with a book. She dusts off the book and opens it. There are pictures of the jungle, the North Pole, the Himalayas, the Sahara desert and more. On the last page was a letter telling the reader to think of the place they want to visit and repeat, “Take me there, let me see, show me where I want to be!”. She was to repeat this 3 times.
She did, and to her surprise she was on the bicycle and riding over the Amazon Jungle. During her adventure she meets an Indian boy named Nuka. They become friends and she visits his village. She meets his granddad and his friends, but even in story books all things come to end. Abigail must return home. She repeats the magical words and returns to her grandparents just in time for dinner.
She tells her grandmother about her adventure, but her grandmother just shakes her head. Her granddad winks and smiles and Abigail winks back. She was already planning her next adventure.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The book is appropriate for children ages 2 – 8. My granddaughter is 4, so she loves for me to read to her. My grandson is 8, he is able to read to her as well. It makes a great anytime book. I love that the authors are involving characters of different cultures into the stories. I believe that children should see children who look like them, but they should also see those who look different from them. It allows them to ask questions and understand diversity at an early age.
The book is easy enough for both preschoolers and older children to understand. It keeps them interested through the adventure. The illustrations are bright and fun as well. I received the ebook; however, it is available in paperback.
I highly recommend this book, and I’m looking forward reading the other 2 books in the collection, Abigail and the Sahara Adventure and Abigail and the North Pole Adventure. Head over to Amazon and download your purchase of Abigail and the Jungle Adventure.