Friday, January 30, 2009

My First Book Review and Give Away!


Recently, I was accepted by a publishing company to review their books on my blog. Since my time is limited, I knew I would be more likely to actually get a children's book read and reviewed so, I chose "The Moon Shines Down" written by Margaret Wise Brown, the author of the bestseller, "Goodnight Moon" and illustrated by Linda Bleck.


And... I am so glad I did! In this book, you travel around the world with a friendly Koala bear and a sweet little prayer, "I see the moon, and the moon sees me, God bless the moon, and God bless me". With wonderful illustration and a heart felt sentiment, this book has so much to offer, making it appealing to a wide variety of ages. My toddler watched wide eyed, chanting, "moon, moon" with each turn of each colorful page and pointed out each animal while making the animal's sound as we traveled along our paper adventure. It also makes for an effective language learning tool with it's sing-song and rhyming flow.

It is also not lacking in it's appeal to the older child. Reading it with my five year old, it provoked discussion of the differences found in other cultures all a while reinforcing the idea that children in every land sleep under the same moon, made by the same God. This book definitely makes our "never get rid of and save for the grandchildren list", even topping it's ever loved sister, "Goodnight Moon". It would be a great addition to any child's library of childhood memories!

And, since the publishing company sent me two copies, this also brings me to my first give away. This Give Away is open to anyone in the Continental U.S. There are a couple of ways to enter.

1. Simply leave me a comment and I will enter your name and then check back on Valentine's Day to see if you are the winner.

2. or, to increase your chances, put a link to my give away on your blog or personal page and leave me a comment with a link to your page and I will enter your name 10 times!

Just think, along with the practical mop or iron skillet that your husband gives you for Valentines Day, you could also score a children's book that your can read to your children while you lounge in your favorite cotton night gown with the hole it. Once upon a time, I did own silk... It now belongs to my child and is referred to as blankie instead of lingerie..

I will randomly choose and announce the winner on February 14th!

Blessings,
Dana

54 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love Goodnight Moon and so do my boys. I'm sure they would love this one. Here is my entry. Love ya!
Rachel Whitaker

Mandy said...

Yay! I love Margaret Wise Brown. :)

jlen13 said...

I have that saying.. I see the moon and the moon sees me, God bless the moon and God bless me written on Rider's wall in his room.!!! I didn't know that's where it came from. I'll have to look for that book now! Or maybe I'll win it!! ;-)
Jennifer

Jay said...

:) Count Sarah Jane in the drawing, and I will link your give-away...

Not to take away from the chances for me winning... but you shoul post your giveaway on www.bloggygiveaways.com --- you'll get tons of new readers for your book reviews! :)

I think that's so neat!

love you!

becky said...

http://the-tuckers.blogspot.com/2009/01/yall-are-too-funand-another-giveaway.html

me me me me me!!!!!

Lindsey said...

over from becky's blog! my kids and i LOVE goodnight moon. hope we win:).

Holly said...

How fun! Count us in!

Kate Root said...

How cool that you get to review kids books. That sounds like fun, plus you get a free book. Count us in for an entry!

Sunny said...

That sounds like an adorable book! I love singing "The Moon" song to my kids.

Hillary @ The Dunham Diaries said...

Count me in! We love those books and I've wanted to get that one!
Thanks!

The Tri Runner said...

I love to read to Sarah Jane.

Sara-Beth said...

What a great "job" to have! I am stocking shelves with books for Maggie now and would love to add this one!

Laura said...

I love Goodnight Moon. I read it to my 9 month old son. Here is the link to my page where I posted a comment about the blog.

http://llharris.blogspot.com/

Tiffany said...

How cute! I'd love it! Sign me up...

Jingle said...

Oh, this looks like a very sweet book! jinglesells at gmail dot com

Becky Workman said...

This sounds like an awesome book! I'd love to share it with my two little munchkins! Thanks for the opportunity to win! Good luck with your book reviewing!
kysmom02@hotmail.com

Jen said...

I would love to win this book for my little girl. Please enter me in for your drawing!

Jennifer
primitive.zoey@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

You know that I am always in the market for books! I have Good Night Moon. I will have to get this one too. Love you Denise

Addison 365 said...

Addison already enjoys me reading to her and that sounds like a great book ... I would do that second thing to enter my name 10 times, but i'm not sure i know how=)

Addison 365 said...

ok i added your post to my blog, i know i didn't do it right, can i get half credit?

Stacy said...

I would love to read this book to my son.

Thanks for the giveaway!

hetz-junk(at)hotmail(dot)com

Supabloggasuprememama said...

How sweet! Love this. Enter me! Enter me!

HollySteffen said...

we love margaret wise brown! my son is read goodnight moon every night by either me or my husband. with baby #2 due in 3 weeks this book would get a lot of use.

silverhartgirl said...

This looks so cute i would love to read this to my son. I will blog about your giveaway.

DG said...

omg. I love Margaret Wise Brown. major nostalgia right about now. thanks for the entry!


dreamzz12{at}aol{dot}com

Dandelion Momma said...

I would like to try this book. Thanks for the chance!
stephlezell(at)hotmail(dot)com

Calee said...

I'd love to add this to our collection.

Mindy said...

Yippeeeeee!! Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to have this on our bookshelf.

Kiera said...

I'd love to add this book to our collection, count us in. I'm putting a link to your blog as well.
http://itsakeenlife.blogspot.com

ecky said...

new books are always a fun surprise!!

elkesten at yahoo dot com

valerie2350 said...

my nephew would love this!

valerie2350 said...

blogged
http://sweeps4bloggers.blogspot.com/2009/02/thoughtsonlife-childrens-book-giveaway.html

MJ said...

I love Goodnight Moon. I know this will be great too!

hyperactive lu said...

What a cute book! :) Add me please!

SHartl said...

Better than Goodnight Moon?!! Count me in! I love Margaret Wise Brown books!

Debbie L said...

I love the book "Goodnight Moon" and the moon prayer, I remember them from my kids childhood. My nephew would love this, he loves to read with you.

The Halton Mom said...

I love Good Night Moon, so you got me interested. Thanks so much!

lil_wifey21 at yahoo dot com

Hoping for a Miracle~~ said...

I love Goodnight Moon and this one looks cute too!!

Great giveaway!

lovetoread60@yahoo.com

http://miraclesbelieveinthem.blogspot.com/

Hoping for a Miracle~~ said...

I blogged about it at:

http://miraclesbelieveinthem.blogspot.com/

lovetoread60@yahoo.com

auntrene said...

Oh, this sounds so cute. Thank you for the giveaway.

Anonymous said...

wow...40 posts. you are big league. :)

this is a great book. love it! ;)

i love you, kristen.

Joy said...

Oh I do adore Margaret Wise Brown. Please add my name. :o)

autumnsensation@yahoo.com

Joy said...

I've added your giveaway to my Current Giveaways link on my sidebar here:

http://joytotheblog.blogspot.com/2009/01/current-giveaways.html

christin said...

this book looks great! thanks for the chance to share it with my kiddos:)
christinbanda@yahoo.com

Jessi said...

This looks like something both of my kids would enjoy!

Michael and Hannah said...

Wow, those comments really skyrocket when there's look involved! Ha! Congrats on the gig... I'm so impressed with you and your many talents!

Amy said...

I love to read to kids so this would be great, especially to beat these winter blues. Thanks, Godesseablu@msn.com

Melissa said...

I'm at the bottom of the list but here's my last minute comment. I'll also link you to my blog: www.melissa-ward.blogspot.com
I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

Dina said...

Love Margaret Wise Brown books!

Ashley said...

I would love this for my family!
thanks so much!
happy Vday!
ashlomb at yahoo dot com

Ashley said...

blogged (10 entries!)
http://jepeux.blogspot.com/2009/01/april-showers.html

HollySteffen said...

i wrote a comment a while back and totally forgot to blog!!! did it now!! (woohoo 10 entries) =]

http://steffenfamilyadventures.blogspot.com/2009/02/ends-today.html

Jesse_Jay87 said...

I am a nanny, and would love to read this book to my little one!!

Thanks for recommandation of it..hopefully I will the free copy!

and I will blog it as well. so thats 10 entries?

www.jessejay87.blogspot.com

Donna said...

Please, count me in.
donna444444@yahoo.com