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!