Monday, May 20, 2019

Welcome in Summer with a Good Book -- "The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Scandinavia -- A Whimsical New Book That Will Inspire Kids to be Adventurous Young Travelers (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

With summer fast upon us, many families are already thinking of summer travel plans.  Do you have any?  We are hoping to make it up to NH a few times during the summer to hike and enjoy the mountains, while visiting with family.  In addition to packing all the summer essentials, clothing, toys, swim stuff, etc., we also make a point to bring a few books for the girls to read, and to enjoy enjoy together around a cozy fire, or snuggled upon the couch as we watch the rain fall outside.  One book that we recently read and fell in love with instantly, and will definitely be bringing on all our summer adventures is "The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Scandinavia.  This is a whimsical new picture book that will inspire kids to be adventurous young travels -- perfect for summer travel!

"Hello beautiful world, I'm ready for you," is announced by Lily in the beginning of the book, and this phrase is weaved throughout the story as she embarks on magical summer adventures in Scandinavia.  Kids will not only enjoy a cute and entertaining story, but will also learn about Nordic culture through language, traditions and stories, which Lily shares. You really feel like you are getting snapshots of her travels with the colorful and detailed illustrations. We found ourselves lingering on each page to take in all the details.  And, halfway through the book, both of my girls agreed that they would love to visit Scandinavia one day, as Lily made is sound so much fun, and illustrations had us wishing we were there already. :-)

My girls really enjoyed learning about the Midsummer celebration, a Scandinavian tradition, where people wear flower crowns and dance around a maypole.  in addition to Scandinavian traditions, they also learned about historical landmarks like the Little Mermaid of Denmark, as well as Nordic characters like vikings and elves.  Because this book was a learning experience, I incorporated it into our homeschooling as part of our world travel studies.  We spent a whole week learning about Scandinavia, after kicking off the learning journey with this book.  I continued to share the book throughout the week, to show things we had learned about in schooling like, the Swedish horse, Dala, which appeared on Lily's journey.  And, in the back of the book there is a section that includes Scandinavian facts, as well as a glossary of familiar terms.  

We really loved learning about Scandinavia, and following Lily on her adventures.  Seeing her have so much fun on vacation, had my girls wishing it was summer already, so that they would explore and travel like Lily.  And, learning about Scandinavia was made more fun with this book, complete with a cute story of a little girl's adventure, as well as breathtaking illustrations, that were so lifelike.  If you are looking for a new book to pick up and share with your kids, as part of your/their summer reading, then I highly recommend "The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Scandinavia," available now.

More about this book:

"The first book of a travel series for little wanderers - full of bravery, whimsy, laughter, and cultural discovery! Over 1,000 copies sold during our Kickstarter campaign! See the reviews on Amazon.

In this very first book of the series, our brave, curious Lily Huckleberry uses her magic globe to travel to Scandinavia for a Midsummer party, where she finds herself ker-splat in the middle of a strawberry mystery. 
As she travels around Denmark, Norway, and Sweden to save Midsummer, Lily explores Nordic culture and meets a menagerie of friends. 
She swims with The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen, mingles with the King and Queen of Sweden, rides the Dala horse, and faces a group of grumpy Vikings that may or may not have something to do with the strawberry mystery... 

That's all we will tell you for now, we don't want to ruin the surprise ;) 
  • 7x10" - perfect for little hands
  • Illustrated story with 96 pages of colorful illustrations
  • Includes a map of Scandinavia + fun facts + a glossary so kids can depend their knowledge of the region.
  • Keepsake book - gold foil on the cover + linen binding
  • High quality, thick paper.
  • Printed responsibly in Canada using FSC certified, chlorine-free paper made with 30% post-consumer waster + vegetable/soy-based inks.  "

In this book, kids will learn about Scandinavian traditions such as the Midsummer celebration, with its flower crowns and maypole dancing, to historic landmarks, like the Little Mermaid of Denmark and the stunning fjords of Norway. 

Nordic characters like elves, vikings and the Swedish horse, Dala, appear throughout the journey, and common Scandinavian words, like "Mormor" or "Fika," are introduced with helpful speech bubbles for proper pronunciation.


About the Authors
Audrey Smit is the founder of This Little Street, a design company with a colorful and happy aesthetic. Audrey grew up in a small village in France and has lived all over the world. Her design inspirations are fused from these beautiful places and their people. She now lives in Berkeley with her Danish husband and their four adventurous little girls.

Jackie Knapp, who works as the Director of the Children’s Ministry in Albany, has mentored and taught kids worldwide. This is her first children’s series, inspired by a Thursday Adventure Club created for Audrey’s girls, and from her own gypsy spirit.

About This Little Street
Founded in 2017 in sunny Northern California, This Little Street is an original brand by designer Audrey Smit - a whimsical world filled with happy, colorful products and fanciful stories for children. This Little Street is also the home of Lily Huckleberry, the hero of a new book series that empowers kids to be brave, imaginative, and curious about the world. This Little Street is on a mission to make people smile more and help parents raise good little humans. For more about This Little Street, visit

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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