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Learn to Give - A Child's Life in Barbados



While on my trip to Barbados I was able to pick up a few souvenirs before leaving the country at the airport. A few of those souvenirs just happened to be books. Being a fan of books I was really excited when mommy got not just one but two of them. One of the things you may have remembered me saying last week, if you read about my Caribbeand Adventure in Barbados, was that today I was going to highlight the books that mommy got for me. One of the books that I was got was "Learn to Give - A child's Life in Barbados" written by Pauline Arbab-Zadeh. Unfortunately for you my readers, the only way to get this book is to actually be in Barbados and buy a copy. One of the reason mommy got this book for me, was because all profits from the sale of the book will be donated to the "Because of Jenna" foundation, and will help children who cannot walk, see or hear on that beautiful island. I'm grateful that I can do all three so it's good to know that I'm helping out a good cause.


Now lets get into the book and see what it's all about. I love making my reviews short and nice so I don't bore you.

Lear to Give - A Child's Life in Barbados is exactly what the name suggests. The story is told in the first person and you can imagine yourself saying it aloud if you live on the island. It tells the story about what it's like living in Barbados and why people visit which is described "because it's always summer". It sure did feel like summer when I was there in December.


It tells about the different activities that they do such as going to the beach and having a picnic, swimming in the water and running around in the sand, dancing at the crop over festival which is their carnival and even about the different animals and fruits that can be found on the island.


Here's an excerpt from the book:
Barbados grows sugar cane and we dance at the crop over festival.
On Sunday my mum packs a picnic and we go to the beach with lots of family and friends. 

While reading the book you can tell the difference between living on the island and living here in the US where most live in apartments. Even the houses are different and the way we wake up. While I get woken up by my mom or dad or maybe even the traffic passing by, they get woken up by blackbirds singing. Now if I can have that everyday I'd be in paradise.


Learn to Give - A Child's Life in Barbados is beautifully illustrated and is available in board book format. If you are ever on the island of Barbados I suggest picking up a copy. It is available at most hotels and book shops and of course at the airport souvenir shop where I got mine for only $10US or $20BDS. It's a great way to commemorate your trip and of course you give back as well.

Annmarie John
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  1. That's a really nice book to introduce the people and culture of Barbados to kids. I remember buying books like that for my kids when we went to Bali a few years back.

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    1. These books are the best. The ones that introduce you to other cultures. I would love to visit Bali one day.

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  2. What a great way for Madison to learn about the culture in Barbados. And I LOVE that the proceeds go to a GREAT cause.

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    1. It sure is a great way and it's one of the reason why mommy got the book as well because it helps out such a great cause.

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  3. This looks like a sweet book and I love anything that gives back. My child is looking over my shoulder right now!

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    1. So do we and I'm only so sorry that it's not available for purchase online. That would have been amazing.

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  4. What a wonderful idea that all the proceeds of this book goes towards such a great cause. I wish we could order it online just think of the money they could raise. I would love to have one of these for my granddaughter and I would gladly buy this book!

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    1. I wish we could too Rena and maybe they might consider doing that one day. In the meantime you'll have to take a trip to Barbados.

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  5. What a lovely sounding book and what a fantastic cause behind it, a wonderful way to learn about other countries and help those who need it most at the same time. x

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    1. That is so true Sarah, it is a great way to learn and give back at the same time.

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  6. What a wonderful book. I think it's great to be able to introduce my kids to another culture AND help children in need. Such a wonderful cause.

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    1. Thank you Krystal and I agree with you wholeheartedly.

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  7. I think it's so important that kids read from an early age and I love that this book gives back in so many ways. It's too bad it's not available here so people can buy it and help out.

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    1. I wish it was available for online purchase that would have been awesome.

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  8. Looks like very sweet book for kids and I love that it helps the underpriviledged. I have never visited Barbados, but if I ever do, I would love to pickup a copy of this book. Thank you for sharing this.

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    1. I hope you would be able to visit Barbados one day and do pick up a copy if you ever get there.

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  9. It is great that the proceeds of this book help others who are less fortunate. I have never been there but if I do go someday I'll be sure to pick up this book.

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    1. That would be awesome Maureen and I'll keep my fingers crossed for you that you're able to visit and get a copy.

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  10. This is a lovely book and the fact the proceeds help less fortunate is even better. If I ever get there I will be sure to pick up this book.

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    1. You're so enthusiastic about visiting and getting a copy that you posted it twice. :)

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  11. I am a huge fan of children's book, and even more so when the proceeds go to charity. I think this book is not only great for learning about the culture, but it is full of gorgeous illustrations too!

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    1. You are right Theresa. Just like mommy, she says she prefers reading my books than her books because at least mine has photos. :)

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  12. I love books that teach kids about other cultures. It's great that this one helps to give back when you buy it. That way, your kids are learning something and you're helping someone out, too.

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    1. It's a win-win situation for both of us. I get a book and a lesson in another culture and they get support by me buying the book.

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  13. The art style of the illustrations in this book is beautiful. This seems really educational. I'm sure there are plenty of ways to donate outside of Barbados!

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    1. I'm sure there has to be a way but I haven't checked it out. Maybe you can find out and donate. They'll really appreciate that.

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  14. My kids would love this book!

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  15. What a cute book! What a great way for other kids to learn about other kids worldwide. Amber N

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    1. I totally agree although they're only learning about other kids in Barbados.

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  16. Books and reading with our children is enjoyable all by itself - then add to it the lessons of a new culture and the money from the books goes to help other little ones - it's a complete win - you've shared this in a wonderful way

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    1. Thank you Donna. Books can surely do wonders, take you to places you never knew existed etc. I just love reading and mommy loves reading with me.

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  17. This looks like a great book and your daughter is lucky to have a copy of this book. I never thought to pick up books for souvenirs for my kids. They last a long time and it is a great gift. I also love that the book proceeds went to help unfortunate children who can't walk.

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    1. Mommy normally don't get books too often but she couldn't resist this one since it was for such a great cause.

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  18. I do wish I could purchase it here in the states. I would definitely do so for a cause like that. What a wonderful way to give back to the children who are suffering in Barbados.

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    1. Maybe if they see all the comments about others wanting to purchase to help here in the US they might make it available. That would be great, but I'm sure they would love for you to still visit.

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  19. I really love the art in these books, they have such a colorful look; this would be awesome to show and read to the kids!

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  20. The art in this book is gorgeous! I'd love to learn more about Barbados :)

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    1. I think if you get a chance Annie that you should take a trip there.

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  21. The pictures are lovely, indeed! I'm sure my son will enjoy reading this, too. :)

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    1. I'm sure your son would if you're ever able to get a copy.

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  22. What a great book. The art is amazing. Not only does it teach children about the different cultures, it has a give back program. I love products that give back.

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    1. So do we Chrystal. It's also one of the reason why mommy decided to get it for me.

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  23. It's pretty cool to have a book based in Barbados. That would have let my imagination run wild about traveling as a kid.

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    1. It is nice that you can visit a country and have something to remind you of the differences.

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  24. What a fun way to learn about or have things in the culture reiterated. I like the illustrations here too!

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    1. You have no idea how fun it is Rosey and hopefully you'll be able to visit Barbados since you love traveling and pick up a copy for yourself.

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  25. I am sure you are able to connect to culture with this book. The fun part is it supports a worth cause. Good for you and your mommy Madison.

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    1. Thank you Babs and I can totally relate to the culture in the book as well since I've been to the Caribbean a few times in my life.

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  26. You are so lucky to have gotten this book. It sounds amazing for lil ones and I would love to go to Barbados to get it for my niece and nephew. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You're very welcome Rebecca and I hope you're able to go to Barbados one day. It is so beautiful there.

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  27. Lovely book! I absolutely love the artwork. My favorite page is the one of the monkeys, I love the colors and how the paint ebbs and flows around the animals. So pretty.

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    1. The illustrations are beautiful, that much I can say and the book is great as well.

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  28. My daughter is a huge book lover and I'm always looking for great books for her. While I love books that are entertain, I love books that teach you something even more. Learning about different cultures is so important and this book looks like a great way to teach that!

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    1. I agree Rachelle. While I have a LOT of book that entertain, very few actually teach so it was great of mommy to get this one for me. Not only does it teach of another culture but it also gives back too.

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