Friday, September 10, 2010

Free Spirit Books and Pretty Little Studio Flash Cards Giveaway


Recently I had the opportunity to review two books from Free Spirit Books. The two books I was sent are Going Blue: A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands and Too Old for This, Too Young for That! Your Survival Guide for The Middle School Years. Free Spirit sent me an additional set to offer for the Blog Fest giveaway!



Going Blue: A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands is an engaging and colorful guide  to encourage teens to be apart of taking care of our oceans and waterways. I have always been a fan Jacques Cousteau so I was excited to see one of the co authors was Philippe Cousteau Sr., his grandson. This book definitely exceeded my expectations. I was impressed by the amount of facts and real life how to for teens. This book is informative and easy to read. It is divided into 5 sections to inform teens and give them ways to act and make a difference. The book is also full of online sources for more information on how to save the oceans with the small steps teens can make such as a website that helps teens learn to make sustainable seafood choices. I know that teens are the future protectors of our oceans and this book encourages teens to evaluate and take action to save the waterways. Pictures can say more to a kid than just a bunch of words so the vividly colorful pictures are perfect for this book to capture the interest of teens. The great thing about this book is it can be read all at once or a little at a time and you still learn so much. This would be great to read first then have your teen read so you can have a book to talk about and make ways to together make a difference. This book would be great to also buy to donate to a local library, a school library and for teachers. You can purchase this book for $14.99 at their website.


Too Old for This, Too Young for That! Your Survival Guide for The Middle School Years is a book written for middle school aged children to have a resource in dealing with all the ups and downs of the middle ground between between being a kid and being a teenager. This book was a reminder of how tough it can be to be a adolescent. I know for me I wanted to be able to do teen stuff like shop at the mall and have cool stuff but at the same time I still loved to play barbies with my sister. So it can definitely be an awkward time to be a middle schooler, kids find themselves wanting to be " grown up" but still having attachments to kid stuff. This book guides kids to know they are not alone and their feelings are validated. The book offers practical advice for kids to deal with peer pressure, bullies, body changes and even study and homework tips. The book gives solutions for kids to learn to deal with feelings of frustration, anger, confusion, and learn to be confident with who they are. This book is written for kids but any adult would benefit from reading it first to be able to discuss the topics in the book. It could be a great way to open up dialog with your middle schooler. This book has quotes about situations other kids have been in sharing how they felt in a moment that I think other kids can relate to. An overall good guide for any young kid about to enter middle school. You can purchase this book for $15.99 at their website.


Pretty Little Studio is a really cute site that sells all sorts of paper products including  flash cards, calendars, paper dolls, vintage cutouts, tags and labels, buntings, jar labels, note cards and more! They are just now offering Christmas items on their site. They have awesome customer service and they take paypal. I purchased a set of Vintage Baby Flashcards that I love, I blogged about it here.
For Blog Fest Pretty Little Studio has offered one of my readers a set of Animal ABC's Vintage Flash Cards. These beautiful cards are printed on archival safe card stock with archival safe ink. Water proof, Smudge proof, and Fade resistant. Printed in the U.S.A. You can purchase this set of flash cards for $5.79 here.

Now for your chance to win this prize pack of two books from Free Spirit Books and one set of Vintage Flash Cards from Pretty Little Studio.
If the extra entry says 1 extra entry leave 1 comment and 2 extra entries leave me 2 comments and so on.

Mandatory entry:
Leave me a comment about a great book you have recently read or read to your child. This counts as your first entry.

Extra Entries:
Follow me on Google Friend Connect leave a comment saying your a new or current follower. -3 entries

Follow me on Twitter leave me a comment if you are a current or new follower -2 entries

"Like" my facebook fan page leave me a comment if you are a current or new follower -2 entries

Follow Free Spirit Books on twitter -1 entry
Follow Pretty Little Studio on twitter -1 entry
Like Free Spirit on facebook -1 entry
Like Pretty Little Studio on facebook -1 entry

Enter my other giveaways and leave a comment stating which one. -2 entries per giveaway entered

Good Luck and have a great time blog hopping Blog Fest.
You can check out another great Blog Fest Blog at Girls In The Stacks.
A big thank you to A Journey of Books for putting together Blog Fest.

*Limited to US residents; 18 years old and above. Giveaway starts September 10, 2010 and ends September 12, 2010 at midnight PST.  Winner will be emailed and has 48 hours to respond before another winner is selected. I was not paid for this giveaway or post. I was provided a free copy of both the books to review.
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