Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Book Review and GIVEAWAY!

Pretty Please Press is a book company that publishes books with educational values while exploring important values of everyday life. They are for “Parents who love reading aloud and who are dedicated to raising great kids, educators who believe that a strong curriculum should help to build strong character, and kids who love to laugh and look at pictures while they learn new words and concepts.” These books are designed to be read aloud and discussed between parents/educators and children. Each book has online resources for parents and educators, including vocabulary building cards, concept building cards, and character lesson plans.

I received 4 books from Pretty Press to review: The Pynx, Bella the Basset Ballerina, Kick Block Punch and The Scritchy Little Twitchell Sisters.  These books are designed for elementary age children, but my children, ages 3 and 5, enjoyed having these books read to them and were able to follow the story lines.


Sometimes we just don’t understand people’s differences. Many times we see the bad in others without seeing the value they may offer us. The Pynx examines the issue of differences and encourages readers to look for the value in others and to reach out and try to understand them and accept their differences. It teaches the very valuable lesson of tolerance. These made up characters are fun and unusual looking and would be appealing to both girls and boys. My children loved the story, and asked questions throughout the story.

Bella the Basset Ballerina is a charming story about a dog who wants to be something that Bassets just can’t be—or so she is told. Bella holds steadfast to her dreams and accomplishes what everyone said she couldn’t. This is a wonderful story about listening to your heart and perseverance. A wonderful book for young people who often hear can’t too many times. My girls naturally loved this story—dogs that dance! How fun! Although geared for 1-3rd graders, my 3 and 5 year old were able to easily follow the story line.



Kick Block Punch is sure to engage not only young boys, but girls as well. Sam wants his black belt and learns that he cannot rush getting it, instilling the value of setting goals. Both my girls really were actively engaged in this story, even though it was solely about a boy.


Most parents with more than one child can relate to The Scritchy Little Twitchell Sisters. The story features two little girls who are in constant conflict with each other. One says black, the other screams white. The girls are 3 and 5 at the start of the story, the same ages as my daughters, so they immediately related. The storyline was funny and cleaver, however, I didn’t like that the girls used name-calling. My daughters do not do that, nor do I want them to learn it from a story. The message of the story was about learning to get along with others.

The stories provide excellent character building messages for children. I especially love the online supplemental educational materials. It is an excellent resource for homeschooling parents or any parent who wants to instill additional learning. My 5 year old is a gifted reader and she loves having all the new word flashcards from the stories. It reinforces her understanding of the words in context and out of context.

For my readers, Pretty Please Press will give you a discount of 20% off the list price for books as well as a buy 3 books, get 1 free offer. This offer expires 12/31/09. Simply l

Now, for the best part: Pretty Please Press has given me an additional set of ALL FOUR titles to give away to one of my readers.

To enter, please let me know what is one character trait you are trying to instill in your children in the comment form below. Make sure I know how to get in touch with you!!!

For additional entries:

1-Follow me on Blogger
2-Subscribe to my blog
3-Fave me on Technorati.
4-Follow me on twitter AnnCrabs0 and tweet about this giveaway leaving your tweet link in your comment. (You may tweet once daily)
5-Blog about this giveaway and leave a blog link in your comments.
6-Have a friend enter and let me know you referred them.

Contest ends November 18, 2009 at 11:59pm.  Winners will be chosen using random.org. 

I did not receive any monetary compensation for this review.  I received 4 books to review and 4 to giveaway.

24 comments:

Stuff Smart said...

I am trying to instill perseverance in my dd.

Stuff Smart said...

I follow you on Blogger

Stuff Smart said...

I faved you on Technorati.

Stuff Smart said...

I follow you on twitter and tweeted.
http://twitter.com/StuffSmart/status/5606609993

Together We Save said...

I am a follower!!

Anonymous said...

i am trying to instill empathy in my son. ms.discoverytoys@yahoo.com

jenegsmom said...

i am trying to instill compassion in both of my children. awsome giveaway!!
(jenegsmom@bellsouth.net)

jenegsmom said...

i am a follower. :)

jenegsmom said...

i just subscribed. :)

Anonymous said...

It's Kim, and I'm going to post this on my blog under my "Freebies" section. :)

Anonymous said...

PATIENCE! :) It's Kim again...and you know where to find me, Ann!

jules said...

I am trying to teach my children to be honest and trustworthy.

jules0910 at gmail dot com

SharonW said...

I want my kids to be thankful!

Amanda said...

I'm trying to teach my children to have empathy for others.

corley@wildblue.net

Amanda said...

I am a Google Reader subscriber.

corley@wildblue.net

Amanda said...

I am a follower on Google friend connect.

corley@wildblue.net

Amanda said...

I follow on twitter and tweeted.
http://twitter.com/frugalmomto4/status/5771874432

corley@wildblue.net

MKB said...

In the spirit of the Holiday we are teaching our children about giving to others. Kbroderi@msn.com

Anonymous said...

I think kids need to learn kindess and respect. T. M. You know how to get ahold of me.

Anonymous said...

I want my kids to learn patience. bw-vol at juno

Anonymous said...

I am a follower!!
hugs- DNbuster from gather

SharonW said...

I am a follower on google reader.

Anonymous said...

Followed from gather. manners & patience are very important that are taught daily. :)

debra.pp said...

honesty

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