Every country has its own story to tell. There are 195 countries with their own currencies, flags and government. We live in a world of contrasting cultures, old traditions, distinctive cuisines and languages that have been taught through the generations. Our homelands have diverse climates, time zones and landscapes.
As well as remarkable flora, fauna, insects and water life, that some of us have never seen or heard of before.
That is why I created an International bird. His name is Alook and he comes from the smallest star in the universe, Koolamundo.
This cute, fun loving character travels around the globe and through the universe. He carries a magical bead and his travel journal. He is a very curious feller that can be mischievous at times.
Alook is eager to learn more about the world we live in and his enthusiasm for nature and other cultures comes through with his rhyming stories and songs.
Alook’s Dance In France is his second book in let’s explore the world series it is about a magical journey around the world, which ends in Paris, France where Alook learns how to do the Koolamundo street dance with his new international friends.
Some countries love their food spicy, others prefer fresh fruits, salads and lighter cuisines, whilst other cultures might enjoy heavy soups and stews.
Different cultures express themselves by the presentation of their special dishes. Can you guess where these two photos were taken?
Kool Facts: -
Supposedly the pizza pie originated from Italy by a Neapolitan pizzamaker named Raffaele Esposito, he created the "Pizza Margherita" in 1889.
Luna & Alooks Funny Food Book gives you a taste of some of the amazing food cultures around the world. Alook our travelling companion shows samples of his favourite foods. Whilst Luna reminds Alook that it is very important to also eat fruit and vegetables.
This book is about the culinary adventures of these two fun loving birds.
Please download the book for FREE off Amazon Kindle - 25th January to 29th January.
Kool Facts: -
The chocolate chip cookie recipe was invented by an American chef called Ruth Graves Wakefield. She owned a popular family restaurant called the Toll House Inn, in Massachusetts.
"No matter all the things we do, foods are shared with me and you!"
Come and join our lovable Alook in his funny food book as he chows done on some naughty desserts.
Luna & Alooks Funny Food Book also comes with two songs; one has a jazzy element to it and the other hip hop. You can listen to both of these songs on our Koolamundo website and also our Koolamundo YouTube channel.
Two and half years ago, Koolamundo was launched with our first children’s book, Klara The Cow Who Knows How To Bow. And what an incredible journey it has been.
Since then we have added a song, read along video, dress up app and the story of Klara is now in ten different languages.
Klara even has her own Mummy and me puppets.
Prototypes of our backpacks, puppets, and key chains are complete, and will all go to production in January 2018.
Calves stay with their mums from three to eight months, until they are done with weaning. The longer a calf can stay with her mother the better it will be. Cow refers to the females of the bovine group and males are usually called bulls or steers. Cows can see at panoramic, vision, so it is hard to creep up on them. Did you know that Bovines cannot see the colour red. Also, cows have an amazing sense of smell which helps to detect imminent danger.
Koolamundo has created an engaging teaching manual for the Klara The Cow Who Knows How To Bow book and song. Our teaching method helps stimulate word sounds, reading, creativity, acting, music, dancing and singing with the assistance of our Klara The Cow Puppets. We work with pre-school, kindergarten and reception.
Below is a sample from our new Klara The Cow Activity Book. How many differences can you find? Let us know on Facebook.
Exciting Koolamundo News:-
You will be able to download Klara The Cow Who Knows How To Bow in 7 different languages on KDP. 29th November – 2nd December. Please check her out and lets us know what you think of our famous friend Klara! She would love to hear from you all on Amazon. #itsakoolworld
Have you ever wondered about the stars in the universe? And the surrounding planets? We have at Koolamundo and one of our fun-loving characters is Alook. He comes from the tiniest star in the universe, that glows with the brilliance of endless sunsets, all year around.
Supposedly there are more stars in the galaxy than grains of sand on our beaches worldwide. Also, the stars are not casually drifting through space, they are actually gathered together into different groups called galaxies.
Alook’s cool place in outer space is the first book in the Let’s Explore The World Series. This colourful rhyming book describes Alook’s home, family, and the fun life that he leads. Included is a Koolamundo song for you all to sing along too. The animated version is coming soon.
Our curious bird is always up for a new adventure. His mission is to travel and learn about our planet earth. He collects memorabilia, interesting facts, and many cool friends along the way. His stories are about all kinds of adventures around the globe. Alook gives us a chance to see the amazing cultural world that we live in.
You are welcome to view and download this book for free on Amazon in the next five days,
27th -31st October.
If you do not have the kindle app, You can download the app for free with both Mac and PC. They will walk you through the three steps. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at Koolamundo. www.koolamundo.com
So are you ready to get your dancing shoes on? Time to sing along to the Koolamundo song. :D
Happy reading. #itsakoolworld
A couple of days ago, Klara The Cow, Chuck The Chook and I had the honour to visit the Ronald McDonald House in Hong Kong. We took along some samples of our new Klara The Cow colouring and activity book which is both in English and Chinese. It was so rewarding to see that the Chinese children were kept busy and loved doing the activities in both languages, whilst colouring and drawing the characters from our Klara The Cow Who Knows How To Bow book.
It was interesting to see how young children from other cultures can colour and work with our Koolamundo activities in multiple languages.
The cool thing about colouring is that all children are naturals. Most children colour before they start learning to write. There are a lot of learning benefits that can be realized from colouring and activity books. They help with your child’s motor skills, concentration, spatial awareness, and interpretation of different colours which highlights their creativity. Additional benefits include hand eye coordination skills, confidence building and increased self-esteem.
Each year Koolamundo will publish a new colouring and activity book featuring our Koolamundo characters. Our first Klara The Cow Who Knows How To Bow colouring and activity book will be highlighting Klara The Cow and her friends. Her fun colouring and activity book will have colouring pages, mazes, activities, dot-to-dot, drawing pages, stickers, and more.
Thank you Koolamundo family for all the wonderful birthday messages. The Koolamundo troop had lots of fun and the cake was delicious. Our Klara The Cow Colouring and Activities book will be published by November. All so exciting! #itsakoolworld
Puppetry has been around for many hundreds of years. Supposedly, it originally started in Indian with stick puppets. We now have the privilege of experiencing many fabulous forms of puppetry. Hand, string, shadow, rod, marionette and the list goes on.
Puppets are fun and entertaining for children and families. We use them at Koolamundo to make our stories and songs come to life. Our puppets love to sing, dance and get involved with everyone around them.
We are excited that Klara will have her own hand puppet this year. This will be a great way for your little cuties to read their “Klara The Cow Who Knows How To Bow,” book and also to sing along to the Klara The Cow song.
Working with a puppet can be a useful tool. It is a wonderful way to help support your child’s progress in reading, listening and vocabulary development. Also, a fun way to stimulate the imagination. Can you imagine a puppet hanging out at a rabbit cafe?
Our happy Koolamundo family love being creative with all the book characters. And we do this with our assortment of puppets. Wherever in the world we may be.
Come and have fun with us in the Koolamundo world. #itsakoolworld
Our third friendship book is about a chook that struggles in his own environment with his family and friends because he is so different. He is kicked out of his home and is ashamed to be around other animals.
Chuck has a very unique talent, but is not accepted as he is not like the other chooks. He is very sad and unhappy.
Then he meets Klara, she gives him the strength, and shows Chuck that we are all different and special. That it is very important to believe in ourselves. Chuck realises that he does have special abilities, which help Klara’s farming community. He does a brave deed and gets the highest award from the Mayor of the town. Finally Chuck is loved and accepted by Klara’s special friends and family. He finally found a new home.
Chuck Named Chook Has Amazing Luck is free on Amazon Kindle from July 7th to July 11th. You can go to Amazon and get it free on Kindle now!
Alook and I adventured to a cool place in China, called Chengdu. This is where we had the opportunity to hang out with our Panda bear friends.
Did you know that the Giant Panda’s scientific name is Ailuropodine melanoleuca, which means “black and white footed bear. And the Red Panda is Ailurus fulgens, which means red shining cat. Luna loved the Red Panda.
s Pandas are black and white bears, that live in thick bamboo forests in central China. Bamboo is their main source of food. They eat all the baboo except for the root. These amazing animals are huge eaters, they are known to eat for many hours. Eating up to 10 or more kilograms of bamboo per day.
Did you know that Red Panda’s are a relative of the Giant Panda and also the raccoon, that is why they have a ringed tail. Because of their uniqueness they have their own family, the Ailuridae. They also eat bamboo but prefer the young shoots. Red Panda’s also eat insects and fruit.
How do you think both Panda’s strip bamboo? They have an extended wrist bone that helps them to remove the outer woody skin of this hard grass. Wow that is so cool right?
This Red Panda decided to hang out with us on our walk around the Panda reserve.
What a magic time we had with our Panda friends. Thank you for sharing these special memories with us. Don't forget to join us on our next Koolamundo adventure. #itsakoolworld
On our Kool Facts fun trip, Alook and Klara visited a fudge kitchen in the middle of Windsor next to the famous Windsor castle, which is supposedly the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. They got to meet a very cool fudge maker that loves to wear different hats. He specially wore his Panda bear hat for us!
Did you know that fudge originates from America? At the Fudge Kitchen they use whipping cream instead of butter. Klara is very happy about this, as she is a dairy cow and loves cream. :D Once the fudge mixture is heated and blended together it is then put on a cold marble slab. Once the fudge cools down it starts to thicken.
And our cool panda friend creates an amazing long log of delicious fudge ready for us all to eat. But he has to cut it first into large slices. So yummy.
Klara loves her new friend and gave him a thank you cuddle for doing such a great job.
Alook found a pair of cool sun glasses and Klara got another cuddle this time from a pirate, wow! Our Koolamundo family had a fun time. Thank you to Matt and the charming Fudge Kitchen hospitality. If you are in the Windsor area, please go and try a slice of fudge at the Fudge Kitchen. Our Kool Facts video will be out soon. #itsakoolworld
Meet our new addition to the Koolamundo family. Alook the puppet! We are so excited to add this character to our puppet collection. Lynn did an amazing job of making him come to life with his funny eyes and goofy personality. Thank you my amazing creative friend.
Koolamundo had their first musical workshop in Henley, which featured our two puppets, Klara The Cow and Alook. We had a great time reading, singing, dancing and playing different musical instruments with our young audience. Fun was had by all.
Koolamundo is an exciting, magical, musical experience. With fun and friendly puppets engaging us throughout, my daughter and I found ourselves prancing, singing and doing the limbo amongst the fun games. Kimberley's lovely stories (fabulously read) allowed our imaginations to run as wild as they wanted whilst we settled down to listen in between the musical madness not to mention whilst it was going on sometimes! The fun seemed endless and with our goodie bag in hand we happily headed home feeling light as feathers! Thank you all at koolamundo for a magical adventure we won't forget! Looking forward to the next one. (Thank you so much Lucy for your lovely testimonial)
We are so excited to bring our Koolamundo family and adventures to you all. Keep a look out for Klara. As she will be visiting her first fudge experience soon. Have to make sure Alook behaves himself. :D #itsakoolworld
Kimberley grew-up as a third culture kid; born in the UK, and then living in Africa, America, New Zealand and several European countries. She is on a journey to educate and entertain our children and youth about the Kool world we live in through her books, audio books, sing-a-long books and videos. Please join us on this edutainment adventure!