29 Dec 2012

Free New Years Blinkies and a Book Review!

Hi there!  A little while ago I received an amazing new book written by a new blog friend of mine, Vivian Kirkfield.  I just wrote a review for her on Amazon, which I've included here.

Please consider buying her book ... it really is worthwhile. I'm going to be using it both in my classroom and with my grandson when he's a little older.



You can buy her book from Amazon or find it here, as well.

My review:

If you're a parent, grandparent or teacher of young kids (think preschool to Grade 2) you will have a blast with this book. Show Me How! is one of the best kid resources I've seen in a long while. The focus of Vivian's book is to boost your child's esteem through stories, cooking and crafts. Sounds like fun? It is!! Most children love to muck about with crafts and food, and to combine these two activities with storybooks is brilliant. Vivian has done an outstanding job teaming 100 picture books with simple, cheap crafts (e.g., star charts, popsicle stick puppets and paper bag pigs) and healthy snacks (e.g., Smokeball Mashed Potatoes and Soft-Baked Owl-Eyes Pretzels). She features lovely old classics like Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and The Carrot Seed  as well as newer texts like David Gets in Trouble and Hurty Feelings). There are six long chapters, each arranged around a particular theme, from "I Can Do It Myself!" to "I'm Afraid" and "I Like Myself". Each story includes publishing information, a brief summary, a positive parenting tip, room for making notes, and of course the accompanying craft and recipe. In addition to a detailed table of contents, there's also a separate index for stories, recipes and crafts, which makes it super easy to find what you're looking for. I'm so glad I have a copy of this book. I'll be using it in my Grade 1 classroom and with my new grandson. Thank you, Vivian!


Completely changing subjects ... if you liked my Christmas blinkies, then you might like to grab one for New Years. I've completed two of them and might have a third or fourth ready tomorrow.  If you click on either image it will take you to my design blog where you can grab the code for the button of your choice.








7 comments:

  1. Congratulations to your friend Vivian. Writing a book is quite an accomplishment!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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  2. I love your blinkies!!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!!! :)

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  3. Fabulous blinkies! Thanks for sharing:)

    Tammy
    The Resourceful Apple

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  4. I was coming over to see if you had any blinkies for the New Year...Thank you!! The book looks great. With a recipe for "Soft-Baked Owl Eyes Pretzels" how can I resist this book...I'm going to put it on my wishlist right now!!
    Jenny

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  5. I love the blinkies. I think we need to have one for every month, lol. Definetly going to check the book out

    Terri
    thefirstgraadeprincess.blogspt.com

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  6. What an accomplishment for your friend! Thank you for the cute blinkies!
    Lori
    Conversations in Literacy

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