As a Mom who loves traveling, I like to teach my preschooler about other cultures. At his age though, it’s not so easy to jump on a plane and take him to an exotic location. Reading to my child has given us the opportunity to learn about other countries and cultures. Since having my second son, I’ve made it a priority to read to my oldest every night. It’s become our bonding time. Our most recent read is the NEW Beato Goes to Indonesia.
Written by an Atlanta author, Sucheta Rawal, Beato Goes to Indonesia is the fictional story of a cat that travels to Bali, Indonesia. In Indonesia Beato is guided by a young boy named Putu. Throughout the book, Beato learns about the Indonesian culture: the festival of Kuningan, Indonesian food, the game of gamelan, the Gili and Java Islands and the jungles near the Kinabatangan river. The book showcases what Indonesian culture is like and what kids in Indonesia do for fun.
My son loved the bright illustration that accompanied the story.
Even though the book is fictional, Sucheta Rawal was inspired by her cat at home – Beato. They live in Atlanta together and he has become the star of her books. Sucheta received her degree at Georgia State University and was named “One of the Five Most Influential Cultural Bloggers in the World” in 2012. I had the opportunity to meet Sucheta and was immediately impressed with her endeavors through the Beato series of books.
Ten percent of the profits from Beato Goes to Indonesia will be donated to Bali Children’s Project, a nonprofit organization that helps the children on the Indonesian island of Bali escape poverty through education.
Beato Goes to Indonesia the third book in the series. There is also Beato Goes to Greenland and Beato Goes to Israel. You can click on any of those affiliate links to purchase the books, through Amazon.
If you are local to Atlanta check out the book tour with Sucheta:
Aug 19 – Book signing at Posman Books, Atlanta
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Also check out my list of educational toys for the Summer!