Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Children's book giveaway!
Earlier this month Laura with Candlewick Press offered to send me some children's books to review. She sent some extras for me to give away to my readers too! :)

First, the book reviews.  Then the giveaway details.

1) Higher! Higher! by Leslie Patricelli

Description: One child. One swing. An obliging dad. The inevitable plea to go Higher! Higher! Add Leslie Patricelli's wildly expressive illustrations, and an everyday pasttime reaches new heights of humor and whimsy.

Age Range: 2 yrs - 5 yrs

My review: At first I was worried that Snuggle Bug and Boo might find this book too simplistic.  It only uses six different words throughout the entire book.  I needn't have worried.  They both love the book and Snuggle Bug asks for it nearly every night!  The colorful illustrations do a great job of telling a rich story and I found that both Snuggle Bug and Boo liked to tell me what was going on (beyond what the words said) based on their interpretation of the pictures.  They elaborated upon the story in a very cute way! Sometimes less is more.

2) Seymour & Henry by Kim Lewis

Description: Seymour and Henry love to play and can’t wait to jump in the pond. Plop! But when it’s time to go home, pit-a-pat, they run away, scampering farther and farther from their mother. Now it’s starting to rain, and Mommy is nowhere to be seen. "QUACK!" Can they find their way back? And what will their mommy do then? With her trademark soft pastels, Kim Lewis brings to life an endearing pair of toy ducklings and an ever-patient mom. Two adventurous ducklings get a little too carried away in a tale of a mother-and-ducky reunion that toddlers are sure to appreciate.

Age Range: 2 yrs and up

My review: Snuggle Bug and Boo enjoyed this book. They're big fans of ducks and enjoyed the cute illustrations found in this book. Snuggle Bug was a bit concerned that the ducks lost their Mommy but was relieved when they found her towards the end of the story. 

3) Little Chick by Amy Hest

Description: Little Chick may be a good and patient gardener, as Old-Auntie observes, but what if you simply can’t wait for your carrot to grow tall? What if you skip like a pro but still can’t lift your kite in the air? Or if you’re a really good stretcher but can’t reach your favorite star? With affection and humor, Amy Hest offers three vignettes about a curious chick and a loving auntie who knows how to soften disappointments by keeping the spark of wonder alive. And the incomparable Anita Jeram renders Little Chick’s gestures and movements with a mastery that captures the spirit of every young child.

Age Range: 2 yrs and up

My review: Before even reading the story itself, the kids and I were drawn in by the beautiful illustrations of Anita Jeram.  She captured the sweet relationship between Little Chick and Old-Auntie marvelously with her drawings!  Snuggle Bug and Boo enjoyed the three short stories within the book and Snuggle Bug had the main messages of these stories memorized quickly.  Honestly, of the three books we received from Laura with Candlewick Press, Snuggle Bug claims that this is his favorite.  He asks for it time and time again!

Now for the giveaway!

Thanks to Laura, I have two extra copies of "Little Chick" that have been signed by the author.  Both copies are brand new, both are hard cover.  I'll be giving a book away to two lucky readers!

If you're interested in a chance to win, just leave me a comment and I'll randomly choose a winner this Saturday, 2 May.  

All I ask in return is that you post your own review of this book on your blog once you've had time to read the book a few times with your little ones.

If you don't have a blog, that's okay. You can still enter to win! Just leave me your email in my comments.

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6:43 AM

At 6:42 AM, Blogger Amy said...

I think my kids would love this!

At 7:12 AM, Blogger Lovingmyamazinglife said...

Oh,please enter me.My kiddo would love this.Take care,Jill

At 9:32 AM, Blogger ~verna said...

Count me in! My two love new books and these look so fun!

At 11:24 AM, Blogger Kathleen Marie said...

This looks adorable and I know Alexys' would love it. One of her fav pastimes is going to the pond and looking at the ducks, birds, etc.... They are all "chickies". So, count me in! Thanks!

At 11:44 AM, Blogger Lisa said...

I'm always looking for new books for our little one. Thanks for your reviews.

At 6:23 PM, Blogger LeAndMatt said...

Count me in. My little man is in need of some new bed time stories!

At 9:17 PM, Blogger Dawnelle said...

very cute! count me in!

At 7:44 AM, Blogger dr_bristow said...

Looks like a really cute book. Enter me please!

At 4:20 PM, Anonymous AllyKatt said...

This book would certainly be treasured at my home. What a darling front cover! Thanks for the chance.

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At 8:24 AM, Blogger Brimful Curiosities said...

That is quite the little duck strut. We'd love to own a copy and review it. Thanks.

At 10:11 AM, Blogger mindy said...

these sound just wonderful thanks for the giveaway

At 2:59 PM, Blogger Staci said...

This sounds like a cute book! We would love the chance to enter (and to review it as well).

At 3:34 PM, Blogger MJ said...

I teach kindergarten. Please count me in!


At 4:52 PM, Blogger liane66 said...

Cute book.
Thanks for the giveaway!

At 5:26 PM, Blogger susan said...

my 5 year old would just love them!

At 7:47 PM, Blogger cstironkat said...

Please enter me in your giveaway. Holt would love this.

At 12:38 PM, Blogger Heather said...

We love books at our house. In fact we already have a children's library. We turned a walk in closet into a reading nook and library. Our four kids would love to read these books!

At 2:14 PM, Blogger BUSY BEE said...

I hope I am not too late to enter...My kids would love to enjoy these books!


At 10:25 AM, Blogger Mary said...

My daycare kids would love these stories.

At 6:00 AM, Blogger Erin A said...

My kids would absolutely love this!


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