Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Deadline Extended!!!! A Delightful Giveaway! Getting Young Children Ready for School? “Bailey” Makes It Fun and Adventurous!
You must be a resident of the US or Canada to enter. It’s a good getting ready for school – or preschool – activity to read a book about going to school. I recommend Bailey by Harry Bliss as the perfect choice. It is a delightful, funny book. In an interview, Harry Bliss had this to say, “It’s really a dance, trying to pair up the text with the art, not simply illustrating the words, but to move the story forward visually.”
That philosophy comes forth in this book. Whether Bailey is showing off his math skills with drawing bones on the blackboard, creating a work of art with his tail, giving a presentation about a famous dog, Fala, or dealing with missing the bus this book will make you smile. It is both a visual treat and a funny story about everyday life – going to school.
Harry Bliss is a well known cartoonist and children’s book author/illustrator. His adult work has appeared on the cover of the New Yorker and in the New York Times. He brings the same fundamental gift of humor to his children’s works.
I received a copy of Bailey to review and Zach, my two year old grandson, and I have been enjoying it. He isn’t going to school yet, but he did get to do some back to school shopping which included items like crayons.
Bailey is a newly published, delightful hardcover picture book recommended for children ages 4-8. Based on my experience, younger children will enjoy having this book read to them also. The publisher is Scholastic and they always feature excellent children’s books. The book is available in book stores now and at Amazon.com – see below to order.
This video gives a good preview of Bailey.
I am a big supporter for having books with themes about real life experiences. Years ago, before my children were going to take their first airplane trip I bought an excellent picture book about taking your first airplane ride. We read it for weeks before the trip, during the flight and when we got home. The kids were captivated as they could identify with the experiences in the book. In the Spring, my daughter had a book entitled Seashore Baby that we read to my grandson, Zach in preparation for our summer vacation at the shore – and he enjoyed reading it during and after vacation. I bought a book, Swimming is Fun, about a little girl, Anna, taking swimming lessons at an indoor pool and the experiences were almost exactly like ours at the Y with Zach when he had his first lessons this Spring – including peeking under at the changing room next to us. He enjoys that one too. I tease him about not peeking under the changing room.
Reading books with young children is certainly one of life’s pleasures. I love reading books with Zach and doing children’s book reviews on this blog. I am so happy to be able to also offer this giveaway on my blog.
I like to make my giveaways simple. There is only one thing to do to enter and an opportunity for an extra entry.
1. Leave a comment by Thursday, September 1st, 2011 before midnight.
Tweet about this giveaway and let me know that you did with a comment here – will count as a second entry. Or,
Like The Grandma Chronicles on Facebook
That’s it. I’ll use random.org to pick the winner and I’ll post it here on September 2nd. If you enter, be sure to check back on September 2nd. If you win, you will need to email me your mailing information.
You must be a resident of the US or Canada.
I hope you enjoyed this review and please do enter to win. This is an amusing book that any young child will enjoy.