As a mother of a child with dyslexia I find it very difficult to get my son interested in reading. I’ve spoken with his resource teacher and classroom teacher about finding ways to engage him and I was given a list of books to try out. We’ve been having some success, as I have Jacob read the books aloud to me and I’ll assist him with a word when he points to it. When I saw I had the opportunity to involve Jake in a book series I had to take the chance. I asked him before I accepted this review, as I didn’t want to have to force him into yet another book and we looked at the series website so we could get a feel for what we would be diving into. When Jake saw that it was a book about adventure and travel he showed genuine excitement and it was with pleasure that I invited this series into my home.
Travels with Gannon and Wyatt is a middle-grade adventure series written by Patti Wheeler and Keith Hemstreet. Gannon and Wyatt are twin brothers who are homeschooled by their flight attendant mother and therefore are given the opportunity to learn as they travel the world to see different cultures and climates and as part of their education their mother has them keep journals that they are to write into at the end of every day. At the beginning of each book you will find the language of the culture they will be immersing themselves in and can see some translations that you can refer back to as you read the book, giving your child the opportunity to feel a connection to the regions Gannon and Wyatt are exploring.
What Jake immediately took to was the fact that their mother worked for an airline. I myself spent eight years as a gate agent for a major airline and with the flight benefits saw most of the world just as Gannon and Wyatt have, only with slightly less adventure. I’m now a stay at home mother but we try to travel with our boys when we can and want them to experience what this world has to offer. Jacob always says he wants to follow my lead and work for an airline because he desires to travel the world himself, especially after diving into this series.
Just seeing my child with a book warms my heart, the reader in me wants so badly for my son to share my passion for books. When we first started the series, Travels With Gannon and Wyatt Botswana I myself was hooked. Here’s a little bit about the book -
When twins Gannon and Wyatt and their parents arrive in Botswana for an African safari, they find themselves tangled up in much more than a family vacation. Their mother views this as an extension of their schooling and gives each boy a journal to chronicle his experiences. Gannon wants to be a filmmaker while his brother Wyatt has a scientific perspective. Both revel in the chance to see new cultures, witness animals in the wild, and understand more about our fragile world. After receiving word that a poacher has shot and wounded a lioness, they set off into the wild with their expedition leader and an accomplished guide to try to save the mother and her cubs before the poacher finishes the job.
I have to admit, I bookmarked where Jake and I left off the first day after we started reading and I went to bed with the book to read it myself. I wanted to read the book in one sitting because Africa is one of the few places I really want to visit and also I wanted to know the book better so that Jake and I could pause between chapters to talk about what we read. Each day after school Jake would read a few chapters to his little brother, pausing to show his enthusiasm for parts of their adventure, reaffirming that this is what he wants to do with his life, travel. I sent Jake into school with the book once we finished it to give to his teacher with a note letting her know it would be a great addition to her class studies.
To kick off their campaign for literacy, Travels with Gannon & Wyatt is teaming up with the Youth Exploration Society to donate one book for every book sold. Buy one book, they give one away. It’s that simple. Their goal is to donate 10,000 books to children around the country. So, please make a purchase today and give kids a book to enjoy this summer and an adventure that lasts a lifetime—the gift of reading!
- The Travels with Gannon and Wyatt series include:
- Botswana (released May 2013)
- Great Bear Rainforest (released October 2013)
- Egypt (to be released January 2014)
- Three Kindle Fires are being given away on the Travels with Gannon and Wyatt Facebook page in November.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.