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Raise brave + adventurous kids | The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Scandinavia

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The Scandinavian countries are filled with whimsy and wonder. They are also exceptionally appealing to this Nordic mom!

Taking kids on an adventure to the beautiful countryside of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden is not in the budget (yet) for our family, but the magical travelogue of  The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Scandinavia is a great fit for our lives right now.

Lily Huckleberry

There’s is just something extra special about this book too.

It’s one of those books that, once you hold it in your hands, you find yourself running your fingers across the embossed cover and holding it tight like its a special treasure. Beautiful inside and out, this special picture book will be something we will pass along from generation to generation like a keepsake!

About this travel series/book for Kids:

The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Scandinavia from This Little Street Press is the first book of a new whimsical travel series for kids, and I think readers of JIAB will absolutely love it not only for its content and esthetic but also for how much Lily’s adventures teach kids about the world, about being brave + curious + adventurous and embracing different cultures.

The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Scandinavia is the first book of a new travel series for kids featuring a brave, curious little girl named Lily Huckleberry. One day Lily finds herself invited in secret adventure society, and is given a magic globe that takes on whimsical adventures around the world. In each book of the series, Lily (and our readers) will discover a new part of the world.

In this first book, Lily Huckleberry uses her magic globe to travel to Scandinavia for a Midsummer party, where she finds herself ker-splat in the middle of a strawberry mystery.

As she travels around Denmark, Norway, and Sweden to save Midsummer, Lily explores the Nordic culture and meets a menagerie of friends. She swims with The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen, mingles with the King and Queen of Sweden, rides the Dala horse, and faces a group of grumpy Vikings that may or may not have something to do with the strawberry mystery…

Raise brave + adventurous kids – the first book of a new travel series for little wanderers!

This first edition is 7x10inch (perfect for little hands), has a beautiful cover with gold foil & linen binding, and also includes a fun map of Scandinavia + fun facts + a glossary so kids can deepen their knowledge!

JOIN LILY ON HER ADVENTURES AROUND THE WORLD!

The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Scandinavia is the first book of a travel series for kids that aims to:

1) show kids the beauty + diversity of this world
2) give them a brave female role model to look up to
3) foster children’s imaginations
4) create a society of little explorers who are curious about the world and always ready for adventure

Book details: This first book has 90+ pages of colorful illustrations and a beautiful cover with gold foil + lining binding on the cover for a timeless feel. We included has a map of Lily’s journey at the end with more information on Scandinavia so kids can deepen their cultural knowledge + a little game to find all sorts of things hidden in the story.

 

About The Authors

Audrey Smit is the founder of This Little Street, a design company with a colorful aesthetic with the mission to a create a whimsical, happy world where kids can dream, learn and explore. Audrey designs her own products, works on licensing collaborations with clients worldwide, and co-authors/illustrates the Lily Huckleberry series. Originally from France, Audrey lives in Berkeley, CA with her Danish husband and their four silly, adventurous little girls, who give her a good run for her money and are constant sources of inspiration for her work.

Follow her on Instagram @thislittlestreet

Jackie Knapp wrote her first story about talking animals in the 2nd grade. For the past two decades, she has mentored and taught kids worldwide, recently working with orphans in Liberia. She serves as a Children’s Ministry Director in Albany, CA, developing a creative arts program that empowers children to collaborate on original films. Jackie has degrees in counseling and psychology and believes that the stories kids read shape the adults they become. This is her first children’s series, inspired by a Thursday Adventure Club concocted for Audrey’s girls and her own gypsy spirit.

Follow her on Instagram @gypsyjac

Connect with us @lilyhuckleberry on Instagram.

Or drop us a line: lilyhuckleberry@thislittlestreet.com

I can guarantee her website will be an addiction I hope never wears off. I love, love, LOVE the colors, styling, and products of This Little Street. Visit and see for yourself HERE.

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Midsummer may be the most typically Swedish tradition of all. It occurs every year in June and during this festive time, all of Sweden is in full bloom and friends and family gather to celebrate, sing, and dance around the Maypole.

The Maypole dance consists of holding hands and circle around singing funny songs. Young and old alike to all of the actions to the songs. The Small Frog is a “must sing” song during Midsummer.

Here are the lyrics in Swedish and English:

Små grodorna, små grodorna är lustiga att se.
Små grodorna, små grodorna är lustiga att se.
Ej öron, ej öron, ej svansar hava de.
Ej öron, ej öron, ej svansar hava de.

Kou ack ack ack, kou ack ack ack,
kou ack ack ack ack kaa.
Kou ack ack ack, kou ack ack ack,
kou ack ack ack ack kaa.

English translation:

The little frogs, the little frogs are funny to watch.
The little frogs, the little frogs are funny to watch.
No ears, no ears no tails do they have.
No ears, no ears no tails do they have.

Kou ack ack ack, kou ack ack ack,
kou ack ack ack ack kaa.
Kou ack ack ack, kou ack ack ack,
kou ack ack ack ack kaa.

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A Midsummer Strawberry Cake!

Strawberry Cake recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cups of fat free sour cream
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Butter the bottom of two 9-inch round pans or one 13 x9x 2 inch pan.
  • In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar for about 5 minutes, until it is light and fluffy. Mix together the dry ingredients of flour, baking powder, and salt. Set this aside. Combine egg whites, milk, and vanilla extract. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter mixture then add the sour cream, half of the milk mixture. Alternate, beginning with and ending with the flour mixture.
  • Pour the batter into prepared pan(s) and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake cake(s) about 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Let the cake cool in the pan for about 5 to 10 minutes, and then turn the cake onto a rack. Let it cool completely before adding the whipped icing.

Whipped Cream Icing

  • 1 1/4 cups of heavy whipping cream
  • sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • 1 lb of strawberries
  • Before whipping the cream add 2 tbsp of sugar or more to taste. Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and whip the cream into peaks.

If you have used round pans you can take extra strawberries, sugar them and put them in-between the layers of the round cake. Frost cake and then place whole strawberries on top.

Enjoy!


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