While searching the internet, we found this review online (and we didn’t even suggest it). Thanks to the kind folks at Kit Lit Reviews for taking a look at our children’s travel book series and giving us a 5 Star rating. We’re always glad to hear that people like our books. NOTE: Review posted on May 30, 2012. Read it here>>
Cooper’s Pack was featured on the national Daily Buzz TV show on June 7, 2012
Cooper will also be on the Daytime TV show on June 12th which will be posted here when available.
1. Learn about where you are going, before you go!
• What is there to see?
• What is unique or different that you cannot find in your hometown?
• Is there something timely that only happens once a year?
• Of course everyone loves to hit the beach or swimming pool, but what else is interesting about where you are going?
• Do something different that no one else has…
• Allow the kids to choose one of the places to visit
Background: Read a travel guide, search the internet, talk to a relative or friend about their experiences there. If you have an iPad or tablet, download a Cooper’s Pack travel guide which provides an entertaining and fun exploration of a city or region.
Goal: Everyone wins when they are invested in trip. If there are multiple kids, make sure each one gets to choose something—and split up occasionally so everyone gets some time alone from their siblings and the family unit.
2. Bring a friend…
Background: It is always great to have a buddy go with you. They provide balance and usually keep kids on their best behavior. The cost to bring an additional person, especially on a road trip, is marginal.
Goal: Definitely makes for a smoother journey…
3. Take a camera!
Background: This is our favorite part: while traveling with Cooper, we’ve met so many wonderful and interesting people. They often ask what we’re doing and sometimes even pull out their own character. You’d be surprised how many people take a little buddy with them.
Goal: Instead of taking the same photo of something that everyone else in the world has, by including your character in the photos you are telling a story. This has been the easiest and most fun way to meet new people, from Thailand to South Africa, France to Chile, Tokyo to Greece. People end up sending in their photos of Cooper and their own characters for our “Cooper Was Here” section of our website. Can you believe that Cooper has been to Cartagena, Colombia, Bhutan (the whole country, and I didn’t even know it was a country), or Dubai in front of the world’s tallest building.
4. Bring a small backpack
Background: My backpack is my office…it has everything I need to do anything, anywhere…
Goal: To be prepared, yet comfortable…
5. Carry snacks…candy bar, string cheese, gummy bears, granola bars, etc.
Goal: Hunger can ruin a trip, always be prepared…
• Always visit a park if there is one nearby
• Buy a souvenir, something small yet memorable that will remind you about your trip for years.
• Take notes about what you saw and where you went
• Make sure everyone in your family/group gets to see/visit something they want
• Try the local food. For example, who knew dim sum would be my favorite food had I not tried it…
• Be safe and make new friends
Examiner.com recently reviewed Cooper’s Pack in their Travel Books section. It’s always great to see our fan base growing! See the full article here or read below:
An interesting spin on the traditional travel book has been created by the wonderful minds at Cooper’s Pack; their delightful adaptation of tourist destination spots makes a great read for children of all ages.
The books showcase a character named Cooper, a traveling pup who visits his friends around the world and learns a thing or two during his stay. A creative mix of fact and narrative educate children while keeping them entertained; something every parent will appreciate.
Each book is tailored to a specific destination and introduces a new friend and travel guide to help Cooper find his way. Cooper’s Pack-New York City for example, features Phinney the Bear, an old friend of Cooper’s who takes him on a journey to see the famous landmarks of the big apple. During Coopers’ stay he discovers places like Central Park, the American Museum of Natural History, and Times Square.
No time to wait for delivery? Don’t fret if you are already at the airport, each book is available through the app store and can be streamed within seconds to your iPad.
Innovative, educational and a front-runner for child exploration, the Cooper’s Pack series are the perfect gift for any young traveler.
–Lisa Baca, San Diego Children’s Toys Examiner