The Mystery of The Min Min Lights is a great little book for new readers and a simple way to introduce Australia to children of all cultures.
When I was a young girl, I loved learning about history through the American Girl books. I loved how facts and other cultures were blended in a story. Mystery of the Min Min Lights brought back that nostalgia, but instead of teaching history we’re looking at contemporary characters that are relatable and learning about their culture. If you are looking for a light and fun intermediate book, this is a great read!
I love how these books take diverse kids and have them explore a new country with a new friend in the country. There is always a mystery to solve and and adventure to be on. This one is a fun adventure in a place we would love to explore.
Mystery of the Min Min Lights is the ninth book from Pack-n-Go Girls, the chapter books that take girls around the world on incredible adventures! (I should add that my son adores these books, so they aren’t just for girls!) As always, readers will learn about a new part of the world, as facts are woven naturally into the story. I love that the main character (the non-Australian character who is having an adventure in Australia) is Chinese American. Usually the “normal” character is a white Westerner, so this is a great change and adds another layer of complexity and richness to this wonderful tale.
Mystery of the Min Min Lights is a fantastic chapter book for kids who love to travel and/or read about other countries and cultures. It broadens horizons without being didactic and fosters compassion and understanding of others without being preachy — exactly the kind of book we need more of today.
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