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Story Time Fun Felts Review and Giveaway

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Recently, I was given an opportunity to review  the “Can Do Activity Book” from the company Fun Felt. I was sent this book assembled though you can purchase it pre-assembled.

I enjoyed flipping through this book last night with my 13 month old.  Throughout the eight boldly colored  pages you’ll find numerous activities to take part in.  The various scenes you’ll find in this book are;  a telephone, kitchen, farm, circus theme, toy room and a neighborhood. When we got to the kitchen page my daughter kept saying Mmmm and Yum-Yum. She also really enjoyed playing peekaboo with the baby chickens on one of the pages. She literally clapped every time the chicks came out from hiding!

This book is one of my new favorite mommy and daughter activities for the day. I can teach my daughter so many things from this book alone like lessons on getting dressed, numbers, and more! I can see myself as my daughter grows older telling her stories with the many felt objects that come with this book and I can also see my daughter telling me her own stories! This book opens world of imagination for both child and parent!

I must mention the fact that I love that this isn’t a noisy toy and that it promises to last for a good long time with it’s superb quality of felt. It’ll be great to pass this on to each of my children, and possibly even my own grandchildren one day.

Story Time Felts offers the finest in felt board stories and visual aids for learning and open ended play.  I recommend them 100% and I’ll let you know that in future, I’ll be purchasing some of the other great products that they offer. They have a very wide selection from dolls, stories, job charts, educational pieces, math games, nursery rhymes, and more! These are great for Sunday school, any public or home school classroom, libraries,  home use, and more…you name it!

Check them out at: http://www.funfelt.com/

Win: One lucky winner will get the opportunity to win the their very own “Can Do Activity Book” from the company Fun Felt

To Enter: Visit Fun Felt, take a good look around, and let me know what other product you like!

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Giveaway – running till 07/10/09 and is open to the USA only. Winners will be notified shortly afterward by email. Please respond within 48 hours or you forfeit your prize to another participant.

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Silver Dolphin Books Review & Giveaway

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I indulge in the opportunity to read wonderful books. So, it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside when I learn about new places to purchase great books for me and for my children. I nearly jumped with joy when I learned about Silver Dolphin Books.

They are worth the look see, hands down. Silver Dolphin Books publishes activity, novelty, and educational nonfiction books for preschoolers to 12-year-olds.  Silver Dolphin Books is an award winning company. Several of their books have won the Parent’s Choice awards. (You can click here to see the extensive list)

Melody ( 12.5 months old) reading.

Melody ( 12.5 months old) reading.

Out of Silver Dolphin’s generosity, we were able to review the Nursery Rhymes (A Nursery Collection Book) by Susie Lacome & Beth Harwood and the book Amazing Baby Go, Baby, Go! by Beth Harwood, Emma Dodd, Jonathan Lambert.

The Amazing Baby Go, Baby, Go book comes from their popular Amazing Baby series. This series has 28 titles to date its one of the largest series by Silver Dolphin for babies. My daughter enjoyed me reading this  book to her. She smiled and giggled back at the brightly colored graphics and baby pictures in the book with each turning page. I as mommy loved that this book is an indestructible board book with makes it safe for reading time if I want to let her browse through the pages alone.  I like also that this book is not to wordy, I’ve other baby books and my daughter loses interest quickly because I’m not turning the page quick enough when trying to read through.  What makes this book fun is that at the end, there is a heart shaped photo frame where you can insert your very own picture of your Amazing Baby!

The Nursery Collection book, I can see myself pulling off the shelf for years and years to come. This book is beautifully illustrated with it’s soft pastel colored embossed pages and images. One added decorative feature I like is the ribbon tie that you can make into a bow to close the book. This book is filled with well loved nursery rhymes, fairy tales, and lullabies that we all grew up with. When reading through, I couldn’t help but remember when my mom read to me out of our own family nursery rhyme book. I’d been looking for a nursery rhyme book to add to my home library and now my search is over because this is in my mind the perfect in every way I can imagine.

Other books I’d love to add to my collection are various titles from the Wonders Inside, History in Action, and the Fine Art Studio Series!  I’d really love to own all of the books they offer, I have to remind myself that money doesn’t grow on trees though all of their books are reasonably priced! Check them out for yourself at: http://www.silverdolphinbooks.com/

How would you like to win any book of choice from Silver Dolphin Books?

Please visit their site and let me know what book you would choose if you won.

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Dr. Hippo Review and Giveaway

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About a month ago, I learned about the Dr. Hippo books by The Hippocratic Press. I was sent the whole set to review and I must say, these are a wonderful resource that any parent or care giver should own.  These books were created to raise awareness and teach children ages 2-7 years old about what is going on in their bodies. Mainly focusing on common childhood illnesses, these books are very well written, colorfully illustrated, and filled with much needed information for children and parents alike.

In the back of each book, there’s a pocket in the back that supplies a pamphlet of information called “The Parent Guide”. This guide supplies answers to the common questions about children’s health issues and offers parents advice about how to comfort children at home and when to call the doctor. I don’t know about you, but as a parent at the first sign of any little issue with my child, I am all over internet trying to determine the issue and what I should do. Now, it’s nice to know I can pick up one of these books instead and have all the information and useful advice I need at my finger tips.

I can see my daughter (although a little young for these books right now) being reassured and comforted through these books in the years to come.  I’d like to thank Dr. Cowan and the people over at the Hippocratic Press for this wonderful collection of stories that were written to entertain, educate and comfort all sick children.


Company History:

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“The Hippocratic Press was founded by Dr. Charlotte Cowan with the primary mission of publishing medical children’s stories that entertain, educate and reassure both parent and child…The idea of writing stories for sick children evolved as a natural combination of her professional experience and her childhood love of reading. As a pediatrician, Dr. Cowan developed a strong intuition that children would do better with their illnesses if they both understood what was happening to them and realized that they would get better. As a fan of children’s books, she recognized that they offered the perfect medium for her message.”

The Books:

The Little Elephant with the Big Earache: “…tells the story of Eddie, who awakens with a terrible earache after a busy afternoon making mud pies with his cousins. His mother takes care of him during the night and Dr. Hippo reassures them both during the day. Will Eddie recover in time for his birthday?” Little Music Man had an earache recently, so he could definitely relate to this story. He had a lot of fun identifying all the animals at Eddie’s birthday party.

Peeper Has a Fever: “The day of the Diving Contest has arrived! Peeper hops out of bed with excitement and joins his mother for breakfast. When he doesn’t touch his pancakes, she wonders whether he might be getting sick and soon discovers his fever of 104°. Worried, she calls their pediatrician, Dr. Hippocrates, who gives her excellent advice and asks her to keep in touch by phone. His parents then take wonderful care of Peeper, but what about the Diving Contest? Is he well enough to go? Will he win this year?” Little Music Man loved saying “Peeper, Peeper” (or sometimes it would come out as “eeper, eeper.”)

Katie Caught a Cold: “Katie is happily skating with her friends when she begins to sneeze. She soon develops a bad cold. Will she be better in time for the Ice Show? Her mother takes excellent care of Katie at home, checking in with their pediatrician, Dr. Hippo, when Katie starts blowing “green stuff” into her tissue. Won’t she need antibiotics? Katie needs to get better—and fast!” This was Little Music Man’s favorite book because he thinks it’s the funniest thing when he hears people sneeze. Every time Katie sneezed, he’d sneeze too!

Sadie’s Sore Throat: “One day while she is beading necklaces for the School Art Fair, Sadie begins to feel sick. Her mother worries about Sadie’s sore throat and takes excellent care of her at home before they go off to their pediatrician, a friendly hippopotamus named Dr. Hippocrates. Is Sadie too sick to go to the Fair? Will her necklaces win a prize?” Little Music Man had fun pretending that Dr. Hippo was listening to his heart and checking his ears and throat.

The Moose with Loose Poops: “Four-year-old Miles develops a tummy ache while on a family picnic in Maine. His planned camping trip with Papa (complete with canoeing and fishing) is postponed when throwing up (oops!) and diarrhea (loose poops) develop. Mama, Papa and Lucy Moose take excellent care of Miles at home. Of course, they are helped by their kindly pediatrician, Dr. Hippo, who advises that fluid is the best medicine for Miles. Will Miles recover in time to go camping with Papa under a special, star-filled sky?” Little Music Man loved saying “poop” and we thought this was the funniest book of all. I really loved the hand-washing song, which Little Music Man and I sing whenever we wash our hands.

Buy it: These books retail for 17.95 each and are available for purchase at: http://drhippo.com/index.shtml through Amazon.com

Win: One lucky winner will get the opportunity to win all 5 books in the Dr. Hippo series, they will be autographed by author Charlotte Cowan, M.D herself!

To Enter: Visit Dr. Hippo, take a good look around, and let me know who these would be for if you win.

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Giveaway – running till 06/25/09 and is open to the USA only. Winners will be notified shortly afterward by email. Please respond within 48 hours or you forfeit your prize to another participant.

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Nana Star and Moon Man Review and Giveaway!

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I recently was given the opportunity to review many of the products associated with Nana Star an award winning series of children books.  These books were written by two sisters, Elizabeth and Elena Sills  and the books were illustrated by their mother Linda Saker. I love when families works together in bringing together something that promotes positive virtues and character-building points and traits that are important for children.

The first book book, “Nana Star” tells the story of Nana Star whom is a little girl venturing out to bring a lost baby star back home.  I find the stories simple enough for young children to understand on their own but challenging enough as well to bring questions to the table.

The second book ” Nana Star and the Moon man” is the next in the series.  It picks up where the last book left off.  Nana is trying to get the little star back home but finds herself lost in the dark and this where the moon man comes in.  He encourages her to know he is there to guide and watch her along the way even if she can’t see him.
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Each of the books comes with a companion CD witch features sing along songs along with the full story so your kids can listen anytime they want. The  stories that they’ve brought to life are quite simple keeping them geared toward 3-7 year olds.

I wanted to also mention that each book, includes a mistake in the text for young readers to find. When children send Nana Star a note correcting the mistake, they become special members of her Little Twinkles Club. Each member receives an autographed photo of the real Nana Star with a personalized message, as well as a certificate of membership.

I love the plush toys that came along with my books as they are incredibly lovable and hugable.  My daughter loves dragging the Moon man toy around the house with her throughout the day and she dances when I push the star on his stomach and music begins to play. It’s too cute.  The Nana Star rag doll is a wonderful companion for young girls. She’s pose able and soft so she can even become a sleeping companion for your child or even the next guest at her tea parties.

I’m all for companies that give back to the community and Nana Star does just that by giving  a portion of all book and merchandise sales directly to the Nana Star Foundation, which is dedicated to raising funds for terminally ill children and raising awareness of the crippling problems facing children that attend under-resourced, inner-city schools. The Nana Star books are distributed to hospitals and inner-city schools throughout the United States.

Nana Star products can be purchased from NanaStar.com and the books can also be found on Amazon.
Win it!

One of  my  readers will be able to win a Nana Star Book and the Nana Star Doll!

1. Leave a comment below and let me know who this woulds be for if you won! (if this is not followed, no entry will count)

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Giveaway – running till 05/22/09 and is open to the USA only. Winners will be notified shortly afterward by email. Please respond within 48 hours or you forfeit your prize to another participant

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