Max, Mia, and Toby’s Adventures around the World is a book by the same people who brought us the popular Little Passports subscription box. While I love a good travel-themed subscription box for kids, this book is not one. What it is, though, is a fun interactive book that gives your kids a taste of the Little Passports product to help decide if it’s something for your family.
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I like to think that I was one of the first people to learn about the Little Passports subscription service back when they first started. I was immediately obsessed.
Little Passports checks all the little boxes of things I love.
- Encouraging kids to learn more about the world.
- Fun stuff delivered monthly.
My only issue? I didn’t have a kid.
And then I had a kid.
Fast forward a few months.
I moved to Germany. Pregnant. A few months later, I had my first son.
He was too young to enjoy a Little Passports subscription as a newborn, but the moment he seemed aware enough I tried to figure out how to get the subscription to Germany.
Can I ship it directly to Germany? Nope, not really worth the extra shipping fee and customs hassle (because customs is REALLY a hassle). And I’m pretty sure they didn’t offer that option.
Can I ship it to my parents and have them bring it when they visit? Maybe… but, their valuable suitcase space is needed for all the things I need from Target, and, um, maybe their own clothes.
So I waited.
And then we moved to the U.S.
Last year we moved back to the U.S. We lived in an apartment for a while. Hello moving stress. Hello reacclimation to life stateside. And HELLO intense nostalgia for the travel life we weren’t doing because we were settling in.
I couldn’t invite Little Passports into our life just yet, I would be jealous of Sam & Sofia’s adventures.
Now? Get ready for Little Passports
Now that we’re settled and travel has reentered our routine, I’m ready for Little Passports. Yay!
But, wait. What’s this? I checked out the site I noticed they had a book.
A travel book.
In essence, a kids’ travel book.
Seeing as that’s what my website is called, I figured I should get my hands on it.
Max, Mia, and Toby visit each of the seven continents. At each stop, they “send” something to the reader in an envelope. Each envelope represented something about the place they visited, but each was different. They were interactive for kids and appropriate for the place they visited.
I don’t want to give too much away of what was in the envelopes. Discovering it with them is part of the fun.
The Little Passports website says the books are good for ages 3+. I agree. My daughter is 3 and she was immediately drawn in by the colorful drawings. My 5-year-old son loved the activities. I caught him looking through the book several times since we received it.
They liked revisiting places they’ve visited before. I loved introducing them to new places.
Obviously, a children’s book with a premise of world travel is only going to have an overview of the countries. This is not, nor is it meant to be, an in-depth analysis of any one city or country. And definitely not the whole world. It succeeds at getting little kids interested in the world. Which is the point, right?
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Subscribing to Little Passports
Another accomplishment for Max, Mia, and Toby’s book is that it makes kids want more. Now that I’ve seen how my kids interact with the Little Passports’ product, I’m definitely ready to subscribe.
Since my kids are 3 and 5 and I don’t want them fighting over contents, I’m ordering two subscriptions. My 3 year old will get the Early Explorers subscription. I think she’ll love learning about the world themes that subscription provides. My five year old will be receiving the World Edition. He already has so much interest in different countries, sites, and activities that I know he’ll love it. There’s also an option for older kids wanting to know more about the United States.
For a quick overview of the types of subscriptions, check below. Click on the subscription name for more details including sample kits and prices.
|Subscription||Age Range||Monthly topics|
|Early Explorers||Ages 3-5||a world theme like music or art|
|World Explorers||Ages 6-10||discover a new country each month|
|USA Edition||Ages 7-12||learn about a new state|
|Science Expedition||Ages 9+||solve a mystery using science|
I’m going to try these out for a few months, post updates on my Facebook feed, and review it here sometime at the end of the summer. In the meantime, let me know if you’ve tried the Little Passports subscription in the comments. (Update: you can read my review of the World Explorers box here.)
Please note: There are affiliate links in this post. I received the Max, Mia, and Toby’s Adventures around the World Souvenir book in exchange for my review. This didn’t influence how I felt about the book, the words and opinions are my own. I will be receiving a free 3-month subscription of Little Passports as part of the affiliate program, however, I am purchasing the other subscription separately. Again, my thoughts about the product are real and my review will be my own words and opinion. Thank you!
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