Emma and Lily learn about Italy
One of the things I love most about blogging is the ability to connect with people who live miles and miles away. I love to read the conversations Sadia (rhymes with Nadia) has with her inquisitive and incredibly intelligent twin daughters, and I was super excited to get a surprise package from her! Sadia discovered Tripper’s Travels: An International Scrapbook, and knew that I would appreciate it as a fellow Third Culture Kid. My kids sometimes find my childhood confusing, much as I find the question “But where are you from?”) difficult to answer. After not-quite-seven quiet years on a corn farm in Utah, I spent my remaining 11 years “at home” in Washington, D.C., Guatemala, France, Bolivia, and Austria. And when I left home for college, my parents moved, too – to Nicaragua, Ukraine, and even back to the United States for a one-year stint. “Grandma and Grandpa in Austria” used to be “Grandma and Grandpa in Sweden”, and come summer they will be “Grandma and Grandpa in somewhere-yet-to-be-determined”.
Tripper the dog’s scrapbook provides fun pictures and fascinating facts about Mexico, the United States, France, Italy, Russia, Egypt, Kenya, India, Japan, and Australia. My kids were especially interested in the Italy pages since Mike traveled there for work recently, but we have strong family connections to France (I lived there for three years), Russia (one brother-in-law is Russian – making one cousin half-Russian, two of my brothers lived there for two years, and Russian is the one foreign language everyone in my family has studied – to widely varying degrees!), Japan (my sister lived there for a year and a half, some of my cousins were born there, and my best friend from college is Japanese), Mexico (several family friends), and Italy (family friends). We’re working on our connections to Egypt, Kenya, India, and Australia. Australia has a definite advantage over the others, thanks to a few blogs I read! =)
I think this book helps my kids understand the concept of different countries and cultures, and I’m thinking of using it as the basis of a geography hop. Anybody want to come along for the ride?
Thank you, Sadia, for introducing us to such a neat book! If you haven’t checked out Double the Fun, you should! Sadia does a fantastic job of sharing everyday life, and she’s a thoughtful, insightful, and inspiring blogger.