My eleven year old daughter struggles with reading. She loves doing it, but it’s also very hard for her. I love encouraging her to read with a new series though. So when I got the opportunity to review Travels with Gannon and Wyatt series with her I jumped on it. We received our books in the mail at the beginning of the month.
It’s a 3 book adventure series written for middle grade children. The first in the series is titled Botswana which was released May 2013. It obviously is about Gannon and Wyatt’s trip to Botswana Africa. The next book to be released was Great Bear Rainforest which came out October of 2013. This book is about Gannon and Wyatt’s trek into the great bear rainforest searching for a mythical bear and surviving insurmountable odds in the process. And finally, the yet to be released book of Egypt which is to come out in January of 2014.
What an amazing series. I’m going to have a very quick giveaway at the bottom of this post for the entire series which is valued at $38.85 so be sure to stick around and enter that giveaway. I promise you won’t be disappointed in this series.
The Three Book Series
Travels with Gannon and Wyatt is somewhat fact based. There really is a Gannon and Wyatt who are twin brothers that went on these adventures around the world with their flight attendant mother and their father was an international businessman. They have shared perhaps their stories or the stories they have heard of others around the campfire to help the authors, Patti Wheeler and Keith Hemstreet, put together this series of books. The whole idea behind sharing these stories is to teach children about cultures, animals, and lifestyles of other people in a fun and exciting way. Lets face it, no one likes reading a text book. But you put some real life people kids can relate to into a story and set them out on an adventure and suddenly learning about the lives of bushmen and people in another country who have a different culture than yours just becomes much more interesting. A great reminder in these books from Gannon and Wyatt is “The world is our classroom, and we’re bringing you along.” So come along for the adventures. I’m going to focus on the book Botswana for brevity purposes.
The first book in the Travels with Gannon and Wyatt series is Botswana. In this book we read the journal entries of two young twin brothers and their homeschooling adventure to Africa. They were filled with the typical excitement of two young boys about to embark on an adventure, but had no idea what kind of tests the bonds of brotherhood would be put through.
My daughter immediately related to the relationship of the brothers as they were complete opposites much like her and her sister. They tease each other much in the same way as well. While that seemed to be where their similarities ended for her she still found it interesting.
She did have trouble reading it though. She had some trouble getting into it. In the beginning it starts out interesting with some good descriptions, but then it gets a little dull after they get off the plane. It picks up though once they have their first run in with wildlife. And if they thought that their run in with a rhino was going to be bad, then they really hadn’t seen anything yet.
Their adventure takes them on a trek to find a hurt mama lion and her cubs. The lion was shot by a poacher, but got away and now it was a race to see who could get to her first. The poacher to finish off the job he started or Gannon and Wyatt and their team of a native of African and a bushman who knew those woods better than anyone.
Along the way they see many wildlife and really have to step out of their comfort zone in trying some new foods and encountering animals close up that most of us have and will only ever see in a zoo.
The story jumps back and forth between the two different viewpoints of Gannon and Wyatt as they explain each situation they experience through their journal entries. I think this might have been a little confusing for my daughter bouncing back and forth between the two viewpoints, but we discussed how interesting it is how two people can view the same exact situation. That when her sister tells us a story that is slightly different than hers even though they experienced the same thing it’s those different points of view and personalities that make the story even slightly different of the same situation.
I think this is a great series to read together with your children. They might not pick up on these little nuances. It also would be a great series to read as a class. My daughter actually brought the books in to show her Social Studies teacher and she was very interested in the series. Perhaps it’s something we’ll see on the reading list in schools before too long.
They learn about so many different cultures and animals. It was very easy to get lost in these adventures and imagine yourself in these same situations. Both my daughter and I felt that if faced with the same challenges that Gannon and Wyatt faced in Botswana that we wouldn’t have handled it nearly as well as Gannon and Wyatt did. I think we both would have been wetting our pants. I sure was happy to be in the safety and comfort of my own home while reading this.
We got to read about how the bushman just naturally jumped into situations that most people would be running from fear from. It really makes you wonder what would a bushman do if faced with our day to day challenges. To us getting on a bus everyday or jogging through traffic and driving a car are just a part of our every day. Would a native of Botswana person quiver in fear at the 9-5 drive of our day? Definitely something I would love to see how he would handle life in an American city. Once you read Botswana you are going to want to dive right in to Great Bear Rainforest and Egypt. So maybe you can win your own copy of these three books today.
Now it’s time for the giveaway. You have a chance to win all three books, Botswana, Great Bear Rainforest, and Egypt today. Just enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance of winning all three books. This giveaway will run quick. It will end Monday November 25, 2013 at midnight. The winner will be chosen and announced that day. You will have 24 hours to respond to your email before another name is chosen as I need to get the winner’s information to the publisher. Odds of winning are based on how many entries are received. The winner will receive their books straight from the publisher. So enter today.
And check out the Travels With Gannon And Wyatt Facebook page. They are giving away 3 Kindle Fires this month only. So many chances to win something.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.