I am so pleased to review  Baba Didi and the Godwits Fly.  This is a story of a grandmother Baba Didi and her granddaughter Isabella as they observe, and talk about the godwits. The godwits are the most resilient birds of all. Migrating, and flying through harsh weather conditions, and through the night across New Zealand, China, the U.S., Korea, Japan, and Russia until they reach their destination.
Baba Didi shares how she too had to leave Croatia to emigrate to New Zealand, and how success in only achieved by hard work, stamina and resilience. How she, her husband and the people who emigrated had to adapt to the new living conditions of her new home, and made the best of an otherwise bad living condition. As she says in the book, “Sometimes, if you stay in the same place doing the same thing, it will be the end of you”, thus the reason for emigrating to New Zealand in search for gold.
This beautiful multicultural book offers important and valuable life lessons about courage, and resilience. It is also perfect to peak your children’s curiosity about science, and geography with it’s beautiful illustrations.
This book is a favorite in our home, and my son truly enjoyed this beautifully written children’s book.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of reviewing it. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review. All opinions are my own.


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  1. Fascinating…I learned so much about both Croatia and New Zealand. Perfect for cross curriculum in the classroom.

  2. Wonderful review. Love that we learn so much about Croatia and New Zealand. Thanks for celebrating Multicultural Children's Book Day with us.

  3. What a lovely recommendation. Such a multi-layered story. Thank you for linking into the Kid Lit Blog Hop. So great to see you there Frances! 🙂

  4. Great recommendation! Thank you for sharing it on MCCBD. Have a super week ahead.
    Cool Mom
    for Stanley & Katrina

  5. I've never heard of this book – thank you for sharing it here. I love the comparison to the birds migrating. I'll have to try to find a copy.

  6. Thank you for sharing! This is a great book to add to my classroom library . . . I'm trying to beef up the global awareness section.

  7. I definitely need to read this book. What a great combination of cultures. Thanks for celebrating Multicultural Children's Book Day with us and for linking !!

  8. It would neat to extend the book with kids by asking them to write about a time when they had to display courage. Thanks for joining in Multicultural Children's Book Day!

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