Children’s Author Advocates for Multicultural Education in the Wake of Norway Massacre

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My China Travel Journal, the first book in a series of multicultural books and toys, is released exploring Chinese culture.

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Do we need a reminder that kids should embrace diverse cultures? This summer’s massacre in Norway by an avowed “anti-multiculturalist” reminds us that rejecting all but the familiar can be dangerous. Children’s author and toy developer, Laura Barta, has taken her belief that it’s difficult to hate people that you know, and written a storybook called “My China Travel Journal”. It’s the first in a series of children’s books and toys that aim to explore world cultures in a way that entertains, teaches, and peaks children’s curiosity to learn more.

My China Travel Journal tells the story of Emma and Joe, two American children, who are curious about everything on their trip to China. They meet fascinating, quirky people and visit places that illustrate both differences and similarities to home. They fly kites with Chinese friends, spot strange new vegetables in the market, and eat candied crab apples from a street vendor. This book answers questions about China, but also gives them the chance to explore more with hands-on activities like cooking or a game.

My China Travel Journal is both a storybook and an educational book. Many children’s books about other countries retell folktales or give encyclopedic facts, but this book gives a picture of people’s daily lives. It’s giving children a chance to imagine what it would be like to live there with the people and places in the book.

The book is available on Amazon, and many other book websites.

The author, Laura Barta lived on four different continents during her years living and working in product development overseas. When she returned to the U.S., she looked for books and toys to continue her families’ interest in world cultures. Since she couldn’t find what she wanted, she decided to do it herself. “I never get tired of learning about other cultures and how people live. I especially love to cook and learn about food, but there are so many interesting differences, and I hope to pass that on to kids with this book.” In addition to writing the book and developing more books and toys, she is the founder of HERS (Hershey Entrepreneurs’ Resources and Support), continues to travel, is married and is the mother of two children.

Whole Wide World Toys was founded in Hershey, Pennsylvania to develop books and toys that teach children about the world’s cultures.

For more information, please contact:
Laura Barta
Whole Wide World Toys
140 S. Hills Dr.
Hershey PA 17033

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