Monday, August 26, 2013

The Philippine Cinderella & A Fairy Tale Giveaway

The theme for this months's Poppins book nook is "Fairy tales". We have been looking forward to this theme because Fairy tales, Princesses and Fairies are pretty popular in our household!
This month we are sharing Abadeha: The Philippine Cinderella by Myrna J de la Paz and illustrated by Youshan Tang.

The legend:

Abadeha is a beautiful young Filipina (woman) who is treated harshly by her Stepmother while her father works as a fisherman. One day she is crying by the river when the Spirit of the Forest takes pity on her and gives her a Sarimanok (a mythical rainbow chicken). Abadeha is full of hope when she returns home. Unfortunately her Stepmother has other plans for the plump chicken. Fortunately the magical chicken and the Spirit of the forest have more in store for the young girls. Over time, with a series of surprises, they send Abadeha her 'Prince charming' and make sure she gets to live 'happily ever after'.

The theme is true to the Cinderella story. What really added to the book were the cultural references and the amazing paintings which showed how the characters may have lived on a small island in the Philippines.
The Sarimanok is mythical bird from the Folklore of the Maranao People (who originate from the island of Mindanao in the Philippines). It is believed to be a chicken with long flowing multicolored feathers. It often brings good luck in the legends in which it appears. The Piwi kids loved the idea of a rainbow chicken (and I had Rainbow Brite flashbacks) so we decided to make our own!

For all the fun and instruction to make your own Sarimanok please visit the full post here or download the template.

As always please feel free to link up your Fairy tale themed books and activities in the link up at the end of the post.  

But wait there's more!

This month we are excited to be co-hosting the first Poppins Book Nook giveaway. This month one lucky reader will win a copy of  A First Book of Fairy Tales

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Volcanoes of the World Book & Activity kit Giveaway

This year we are joining the Best of Summer 2013 Kid Lit Giveaway Hop Hosted by Mother Daughter Book Reviews and Youth Literature Reviews. More than 60 bloggers are offering the chance to win some great kids books and gift cards. After you enter our giveaway don't forgot to visit the other blogs listed under the Rafflecopter!.

One lucky Learning and Growing the Piwi Way reader will win copy of the Volcanoes of the world book and Activity Set by Sonia Goldie (Lark Books).

From the back cover: What makes a Volcano erupt? Where does Lava come from? Unearth the answers to these questions and more as you explore the World's great Molten Mountains.
Along with the book you get:
  • A sheet of Volcano Stickers
  • A flipbook you put together that shows a Volcano erupting
  • A large fold out map to mark the Locations of major Volcanoes.
Our kids really enjoyed reading the book and doing all the activities in this book. You can take a look at the fun we had with our book during Volcano week and our Pre K version V is for Volcano

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