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Kids’ Travel Guide – Spain Launch – Interview with the author Wendy Crawford & Giveaway

Posted on Jan 16, 2017 in Announcements, Spain
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We are very excited to announce that we are launching our new Kids’ Travel Guide Spain today! We have lots of surprises coming for you in the next couple of weeks so do keep an eye on our social media channels and here on our blog!

Read more about the creation of the new guide by reading our interview with the author of the book, Wendy Crawford, and then enter our giveaway for the chance to grab a copy of our new guide for yourself.

******************************************************************************************************************Wendy Crawford, author of Kids Travel Guide Spain

Why did you want to write a children’s travel guide about Spain?

So many reasons! I love Spain and, as a parent, was able to share it with my daughter a number of times as she grew from a 5 year old to adulthood. As a professional writer, the opportunity to write about something I love and that reflects my heart and soul is pure joy. As a ‘closet artist’, the vibrancy and fun of the books was an instant attraction.

What did you like most in your writing process? 

Being able to share the culture and country I love and helping kids to learn and love it also.

Because I normally write for adults, the team at FlyingKids Travel Guides taught me a great deal about writing for a younger audience – and, like your kids, I love to learn.

When I think about it, in all honesty, I was able to wear a cape and be Leonardo for a short time.

Which part of the book you like the most? 

That’s an impossible question! Can I say from page 1 through the end?

If I have to come up with my favourite aspect, I think it was tying in the histories and cultures of very diverse groups in order to explain the Spanish and their country that your kids will learn about and experience.

Are there any concerns / conflict during the writing process? 

I’m sure the editor was pulling her hair out at times. Making up and telling stories to a child is far different from writing a book for them. I had to master the latter.

Are there any special recommendation while using Spain’s book?  

The FlyingKids Travel Guides are a wonderful introduction not only to the country you might be visiting but to the concepts of history, culture, societal influences, language, economics, foods, and various forms of government.

I have friends who are educators, others who are homeschooling parents, and there is unanimous agreement that the series format is an unparalleled educational tool for sharing convoluted concepts in an easy to understand and fun way. Fun being the operable word from a youngster’s perspective.

When learning is an adventure, interactive and FUN – the combination is conducive to a lifelong pattern.

Here is how Wendy describes herself:

I’m Wendy Crawford, a writer and marketing person in the eyes of clients and acquaintances. The real person, the ones friends know as Wendy, was born with an insatiable wanderlust and a talent for the written word that allowed me to live in many countries over the years. I became enamored with Spain as a teenager – long enough ago to have been one of the back-packing, thumb-out for a ride generation; and after the first two dozen transatlantic flights back I quit counting.

There is something about Spain that touches and pulls at my heart and soul. Considering I’ve called Honolulu, Sydney and Boston home that’s indicative of just how deep my love affair with Spain is. I hope your children fall as deeply in love with the country on your visit as I did and do with each visit!

You can find me here http://www.wendycrawfordwrites.com

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Thank you so much for the interview, Wendy! We truly appreciate your commitment to writing our new guide and for taking the time to give us this interview.

You can now find our new guide available for sale on all Amazon stores. Please visit here in order to make a purchase – Kids’ Travel Guide – Spain.

Kids Travel Guide Spain

Now it’s the time for the giveaway! Enter the Rafflecopter Widget below if you would like to have the chance to win 1 in 5 of the new books – Kids’ Travel Guide Spain!

 

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Good luck everyone!

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28 Comments

  1. Sonia
    January 16, 2017

    My kids would love this, they are obsessed with finding out about different countries even if we have no plans to travel there.

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  2. JuggleMum, Nadine Hill
    January 16, 2017

    Guides like this are a fab way for kids to get involved with their upcoming holiday, beyond the usual stuff like swimming pools and wifi! Great way to learn about culture.

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  3. Becky Yeomans
    January 16, 2017

    I don’t think I know any words in Spanish!

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  4. Sarah Robertson
    January 16, 2017

    My Spanish is very limited – embarrassing really. Gracias and Por Favor (spelling may be off!) are about my limit – I tend to take a small pocket dictionary with me.

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  5. Kirsty Bowerbank-Steel
    January 16, 2017

    Such a cool idea, love it!

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  6. victoria tomlinson
    January 16, 2017

    por favour

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  7. Susanna
    January 16, 2017

    That’s so exciting – can’t wait to see it!

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  8. Lisa Wilkinson
    January 17, 2017

    I did some Spanish lessons a few years ago. I can remember Mi cumpleanos is Cinqo de Mayo.

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  9. Margaret
    January 17, 2017

    I did Spanish at school many moons ago remember it quite well especially when i see phrases or written
    For Wendy -as you’ve lived in so many places what cultural way would the british most benefit from (your own opinion of course )
    Find ot fascinating to learn about different cultural beliefs

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    • Wendy
      January 18, 2017

      Margaret, the British (or at least all the ones I’ve known) are fantastic travelers. Curious; eager to explore and learn, willing to try speaking to locals – even if their language skills are on the same par as mine … which is not so good.

      Kids learn from example. If you are willing to venture out on the less than well-trodden path; they will be too. Get off the main street and around the corners; visit the small towns; if you’re driving and see what looks like a ruin but might be a castle on a far off hill – detour and explore.

      It’s all an adventure. That’s what makes traveling so rewarding.

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  10. Cass Bailey
    January 18, 2017

    I love books like this that are designed to make children understand more about places – travel should be so much more than sitting on a beach or round a pool x x

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    • Otilia Stocks
      January 26, 2017

      And they are great for homeschooling too don’t you think?

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  11. Rich Tyler
    January 18, 2017

    Hola

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  12. Rosie Corriette
    January 19, 2017

    Our travels may take us all over the world but I’ve been spending summers in Spain since I was 5 and now it’s great that I get to do the same for Boo, sounds like a great guide!

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  13. Karen Langridge
    January 19, 2017

    My spanish is very rusty! It seems so long ago since college classes now… these travel guides look great x

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  14. Jen Walshaw
    January 20, 2017

    Wat a great way to get kids involved. I am afraid my Spanish is pretty non-existant!

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  15. Kara
    January 20, 2017

    What a lovely idea for a book, my kids would love this book

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  16. Anthony Harrington
    January 20, 2017

    yes, we know quite a bit of Spanish, food, drinks, directions, basic everyday words.

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  17. Solange
    January 21, 2017

    Te amo

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  18. Jack Anson
    January 22, 2017

    Carry a phrase book and note book for food and drinks.
    Don’t want to make mistakes with an order, and I find the supermarkets enjoy you trying as well.
    A good start with the kids

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  19. Jack Anson
    January 22, 2017

    Hi Wendy
    What are basic Spanish words we should start with : greetings, food, numbers ???????????? anything else??????????

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  20. Wendy
    January 23, 2017

    The book has a listing of many useful words; kids love to teach you so consider letting them order, ask directions, and such.

    As Jack Anson suggested, carry a small Spanish/English dictionary. If you do as the locals do and eat in the cafes / bars it is fine to point to a food item on display. The waiter, bartender, or a fellow patron, will be more than happy to tell you the word. And probably have you practice saying it.

    Your efforts to speak Spanish is what matters and is always appreciated. Those of you who studied French, Spanish or Italian in school – however many years ago – will be able to read and understand more than you think.

    The Spanish do speak rapidly and it is perfectly okay to ask them to speak slower. “Por favor habla más despacio.”

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  21. Mickie Bull
    January 25, 2017

    Hola, como estas!

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  22. Elizabeth Hinds
    January 25, 2017

    I know a few, mainly because my sister is bilingual and lives in Spain! Probably not as many as I should though 🙂

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    • Otilia Stocks
      January 26, 2017

      Can you share the ones you know with us?

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    • Wendy
      January 26, 2017

      Elizabeth, where in Spain is your sister living? Sisters are meant to be visited … and you have an excellent reason to take a trip!

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  23. Derek
    January 26, 2017

    I know very little in Spanish but I would like to take the kids there, among other places.

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  24. Cathryn Crawshaw
    January 28, 2017

    I know very little spanish, it comes easier when we are visiting

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