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**This Giveaway is now CLOSED Congratulations to Jaime who won**
Growing up my Mom read to us every single night before bed. In fact, I listened to a “bed time story” up until I was 16 years old and only stopped then because I was working during the “bed time story”. Now that I have a child of my own I have carried on this cherished tradition and focus just on her every night as I read her story after story after story.
Pretty Please Press realizes the value that reading aloud to children has, and in fact they were created based on the idea that reading aloud establishes good communication between parents and children. Many experts stress that reading together during elementary school years helps parents and children bond as a family and helps kids stay on the right track. Reading to your child is one of the most rewarding things you can do as a parent!
I was thrilled when I was given the opportunity to do a review for Pretty Please Press! They sent me all four of their amazing hard back children’s books to review.
Although the books are above Amber’s level she listened to Pynx, which is one of the shortest ones, with interest and she keeps sneaking to the night stand I had the books sitting on for the review so she can take them away and look at the pictures.
I can’t say that I blame her though! Just in and of itself the artwork would be reason alone to buy these stunning books! Each of the four books has a drastically different style of writing and artwork but they’re all the same in that each is lively and engaging, on a level that a child in elementary school could understand and yet contains new words for them to learn, and my favorite aspect is that each story contains a valuable life lesson. I thoroughly enjoyed reading them as an adult!
Although they’re all great I’d like to focus on my two favorites which are Bella Basset Ballerina and Pynx. Bella is a Basset Hound who goes to a ballet and longs to become a Ballerina. Of course everyone knows that Basset hounds are not meant to be ballerina’s but Bella is determined. I enjoyed that the story showed that you can be anything you want to, but it also included the fact that Bella had to sacrifice and work hard and go through lots of rejection in order to find her dream. What a refreshingly realistic take on the “be anything you want to be” for children!
I love Pynx because of the artwork, the Suess-like names and creatures, and the under riding theme that although we may not look alike or even be able to understand each other we can still help each other and try to get along!
Right now Pretty Please Press is offering a special discount of 20% off the list price of the books if you purchase from their website and a “buy 3 books get one free” offer as well! Perfect timing for Christmas! These offers will expire 12/31 so go get your shopping done!
In addition Pretty Please offers wonderful Character Building Lesson Plans for teachers and free educational downloads that include Vocabulary Building Cards and Concept Building Cards for each book!
But wait! Before you rush off to buy them (because I know you’re dying too) Pretty Please Press is giving one of my readers the wonderful opportunity to win all 4 of their glorious Hardback Childrens Books!!!! (so enter first and then go by…even if you win these would make a great Christmas gift!)
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This Contest will end 11/14/09 at 10:00 p.m. EST
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