We live in the Mid-West so trying to get Peyton to understand that not everyone in the United States has the same weather, traditions or diversity can be a challenge. A Texas Year Twelve Months in the Life of Texan Kids helps children understand the difference throughout the United States.
The first page in A Texas Year tells us about the children of Texas. We meet Mia, Christopher, Alexis, Ethan and Luis. We also learn about all their interests and what they would like to be when they grow up. Each child has big dreams that takes their interest and turns them into a career.
A Texas Year is told in chronological order, starting with January. We learn that January is the coldest month for Texas but they only have snow in the north part of Texas. In Texas, they celebrate New Year’s Day by eating black-eyed peas and wearing something new. Here in Minnesota we celebrate the new year by snuggling by a fire! It’s too cold, snowy and icy to go outside.
In February, we see some similarities to our own traditions. We both learn when Spring will arrive on Groundhog Day. But we also learn, in February it’s warm in Texas so the children get to play in trees and run around outside. Our trees are bare in February, no one is playing in them.
As we go through the book, month by month, we learn Texas has some things in common with us! But we also learn they have some unique traditions like the Texas Folklife Festival in June. And animals we don’t have like mule deers. But we do have pumpkin patches in October and bake sales in common.
The few pages of A Texas Year are full of Big Facts about Texas. Did you know there are over 14 million cattle in Texas?! That sure is a lot of cattle!
A Year in Texas is a great way to educate your little one about the similarities and differences Texas has with your home state.
A Year in Texas will be available September 2016 at your local bookstore or online. Recommended for ages 4-8 years old.