Hidden in the Himalayas by Debbie Doctofsky Solomon
* I received the above mentioned book for review purposes however all opinions are 100% my own*
"Hidden in the Himalayas" tells the story of a young Nema who was born in the Nepalese village. Nema is very loved by her family and not long after birth was given a knitted doll by her Grandmother. Nema names the doll "Yeti" and it becomes her most prized posession eating, working, and sleeping along side her.
One day while Nema was traveling with her mother to a nearby village she has a grand adventure only to return home and discover "Yeti" is missing. Nema's mother promises to take her to look for the doll the next day but they are unable to find it.
The next Summer Nema travels yet again to the village of Namche and meets a young "trekker" named Hannah. Nema and Hannah spend lots of time together sharing "new" words, chasing dragonflies, and having picnics. Nema finally has someone to share things with again. Readers will be surprised to find out what else comes from the young girl's new found friendship!
"Hidden in the Himalayas" is more than just a beautiful story of loss and friendship that children of all ages will be able to relate too, it is also an adventure. The story takes readers to a place that most have not seen with their physical eyes and yet will be able to experience and learn about through the details in the story and the brightly colored pictures. One of my favorite things about the book was the "map" page at the end of the story. The map highlights where the story took place and tells a few geographical and historical facts as well.
(map page in back of the book)
You can purchase your copy of "Hidden in the Himalayas" by Debbie Doctofsky Solomon on her site HERE. Don't forget to check out the free "activities" section on the site to help bring the story alive. Debbie has went above and beyond with providing many educational activites to complement the story including a recipe for Dal Bhat (a meal that Nema eats), writig and geography activities, a maze. word puzzles and coloring pages! This book and the activities would be a great resource for any homeschooling parent looking to broaden their children's horizons in a fun hands on way!
I can't wait until I get a chance to share the story and some of the activities with my 4 yo granddaughter!
This post was written as a part of "Turning Pages Week", a week long series highlighting children's books, reading ideas, giveaways, and more!