Pix the Panda Travels to London!
You are invited to come along and with Pix as he travels around London. Pix, is a fun, well-traveled, camera-loving panda. Join Pix on his travels. He loves to talk about the photos he has taken in the various cities he has visited around the world.
Pix Goes to London, is the first book in a children's travel adventure series for kids ages 5-12. Pix Goes to London has just been released and is available on Amazon.
Pix’s adventures in London include:
- a visit to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
- watching the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace
- searching for famous statues
Parents will love the specially created section at the end of the book which contains reproducible hands-on activities to continue the learning fun, and additional activities are available for free download from PixThePanda.com.
Today's post is an interview with my friend Erin, who answers questions about the experiences and inspiration behind the creation of the Pix adventure series.
Meet Erin Salazar
Erin Salazar, creator of Pix the Panda and the photographer behind Pix’s photos. She is a teacher and mother of three who currently lives in the United States. However, some of her former homes include Germany, Romania, and Mexico.
More About Pix Goes to London
Q: What were your favorite books to read when you were the age of your readers?
Erin: I loved books about girls my age who were smart and solved huge problems. One of my favorites was From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg. Other favorites include Carol Ryrie Brink’s Baby Island, Noel Streatfield’s Ballet Shoes, and the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary.
Q: How did you come up with the idea for the Pix the Panda series?
Erin: I feel it is important for kids to learn about the world and to respect other cultures. I also feel it is important to help develop a child's world view early. I have always wanted to design a children's series books. I wanted to use some of the photos from my travels to do that. To make the books easier for children to read, I created a cartoon narrator. A panda with a camera seemed to fit, and that’s how Pix came to be.
Q: What would you say to a child that wants to learn a foreign language?
Erin: I think it’s great that you want to learn a language! You can learn a new language the same way you learned English when you were a baby – by listening and adding a few new words to your vocabulary every day. Kids are also natural explorers, and I think that Pix, through his travels encourages exploration. This can help kids learn a new language.
Q: What are your kids' favorite parts of the book?
Erin: They love Big Ben. I guess they like clocks! They thought the double-decker bus was neat too. We talked a lot about how things might look different if they were riding on the top level of the bus.
Q: What new titles do you have planned for the future?
Erin: There are more Pix the Panda books on their way. I am also working on some bilingual children's books. I'd also really like to do an adult coloring book!
Q: How Can We Get Our Hands on Pix Goes to London?
Erin: Pix Goes to London will be available to purchase on Amazon on August 8, 2016.