This Christmas my husband’s entire family went on vacation together to Disney World. It was an incredible week of fun! One of the highlights for me came on our last day. My mother-in-law purchased a copy of My Heritage Book by Deanna Bufo Novak for my kids(her grandkids). To top it off, Deanna was scheduled to be at Epcot that afternoon. We could meet her and have the book signed.
My Heritage Book looks at the traditions and customs of the countries you where your ancestors are from. You as the buyer get to decide what countries your book includes. There are currently almost 100 countries to choose from. Each section focuses on a little geography, the country flag, food, important festivals, people, stories, and an invention/music/sport that originate from the country. The last section of the book is about the United States. The book ends with pages to write your own family traditions down and a family tree to fill in. The book includes beautiful illustrations by Alicia Bresee.
The best part of the My Heritage Book is that it is completely customized to you and your history. My mother-in-law and I discussed which countries to include in the book to best represent the extremely varied ancestry my kids enjoy (aka European mutts). My girls love that their name is printed at the beginning and end of each country. They also love learning how to say hello and goodbye in the language of each country.
My Heritage Book was written for school aged children. The book hits the mark for my girls who are aged 4 and 7. It is just the right amount of information and interesting traditions to keep them engaged. The vocabulary is perfect for school children. My new reader is able to enjoy the book on her own with just a little help for the words in other languages. I was happy to see my girls understand the concept that you can have ancestors from other countries and our own country.
It was such a pleasure to meet Deanna Bufo Novak at Epcot that afternoon. She has created an incredible product for any family to enjoy. I am so happy we have added this book to our collection! I highly recommend visiting her website and ordering a book at www.myheritagebook.com.
Deanna will also be at Roots Tech next week. If you are lucky enough to be going, stop by her booth and check out her products!