Disclosure: I received these books in order to review them and include them in my Holiday Gift Guide. I did not receive any other compensation for this post.
This holiday season we will be participating in a new tradition of wrapping up books and putting them under the tree as a count down to Christmas tradition. Each day the kids will be unwrapping a book, some will be new others will be from their own library and we will read it as a family. I am a huge fan of reading, the world of books is one of my favorite personal escapes and I want to share that world with my children. So when given the opportunity to include The Great Place and In the Forbidden City in my holiday gift guide I jumped at the chance.
This is the Greatest Place! is a children's book that is all about the Forbidden City and the world of small animals. From the inside cover on every page is filled with beautiful images and positive energy. It feels like an uplifting story told to you by a child about the age of 8 years old. I will definitely add this to the rotation for the beautiful images alone, but the story will cement it as a favorite I think with the kids. It comes across as both informational and fun.
In the Forbidden City is not what I would call a children's book at very youngest I would say it would be for an older child 10 years and up. That being said it is by an far the most informational book with images and description of the Forbidden City that I have ever come across. It contains a very visual history of the emperiors that lived throughout time and how they lived. I think it would be a great way to build a love of history through sharing time spent diving deep into this book magnifying glass in hand getting to know the Forbidden City with your child.