Children at St. Catherine of Siena Parish School Rap Around The World with Dr. Beat and Mareya Ibrahim 

On Friday April 28, local celebrity chef and author, Mareya Ibrahim paid a special visit to Saint Catherine of Siena Parish School in Laguna Beach. Mareya captivated the students with a live reading of her first illustrated children’s book, Rap Around The World with Dr. Beat. 

Rap Around The World is a whimsical journey that takes children to eight of the world’s capital cities in countries like India, Brazil, France and Japan for a taste of food, culture and landmark sites, led by Dr. Beat, the rhyming emcee of travel. With each location, the reader gets a clue of where they’ll be off to next, along with interactive movement that gets them off their feet and into the story. The kids were jumping up and down, flapping their arms and preparing for takeoff to the next destination.

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Children enjoying reading of Rap Around The World with Dr. Beat

Third grade student and aspiring chef, Erin M. said, “The author was very interesting and fun and her story was really exciting. I love baking, reading and traveling and it was amazing how she made a story about all of those things together.”

Rap Around The World teaches about customs, food and landmarks, and has been beautifully illustrated by renowned artist Hugo Travanca. Through reading this book children learn to discover that even though the world is a big place with a lot of variety, we share some very important things in common that bridges the gap of understanding, unity and love. 

“We can feed our kids imagination and curiosity about the world through this story and its beautifully illustrated pages. This is the book that kids will love to be read to, and will love to read for years to come,” commented Ibrahim. 

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Mareya Ibrahim reads from her book

Mareya generously donated a copy of the book to the St. Catherine’s school library and thrilled the children by autographing any copy that was purchased. She was even asked by the students to autograph personal items, including a cast on a student’s arm. It was a fun and educational experience for all involved.

Mareya Ibrahim is an award-winning entrepreneur, chef, author and inventor.  She is the founder and CEO of Eat Cleaner (, and one of the signature ‘Daniel Plan’ Chefs and contributor to the NY Times bestseller The Daniel Plan, by Dr. Rick Warren, Dr. Mark Hyman and Dr. Daniel Amen. Her goal is to help families come to the table to enjoy cleaner, safer meals and more quality time together by sharing stories and seeing the world – even if it’s in an armchair.

“Rap Around The World” is available in paperback for $12.99 on Amazon Prime.

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