Friday, November 8, 2013

The Sockkids meet Lincoln review and Giveaway!

The SockKids Meet Lincoln

Do you frequently wonder how you end up with a pile of odd socks? My mother was always convinced the washing machine ate them. After reading The Sock kids meet Lincoln I am realizing that she may have been on to something!
In the Sock Kids Series the washing machine is actually a time machine for clothing!

A colorful family of socks, the Sockers, have plenty of adventures even without the washing machine. In this title, a spin cycle take them to meet President Lincoln. Authors Michael John Sullivan and Susan Petrone do a great job at keeping the story fun and educational for younger history readers. The CGI illustrations by Sugar Snail brings each character to life -humans and socks!

I liked that the series provided the opportunity to introduce our preschooler to history in a humorous way. Even I had a giggle about the thought of Abraham Lincoln getting up to make his big speech wearing mismatched socks! We will definitely be on the look at for more books in this cute series.

More about the book...

Title: The SockKids™ Meet Lincoln
Authors: Michael John Sullivan and Susan Petrone
Illustrator: SugarSnail
Publication Date: August 14, 2013
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 40 (print)
Recommended Age: 3 to 8

Ready to get yourself a copy?

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We were thrilled to find the Sock kids Website too!
  • You can watch a video of the book.
  • Read another short Socker Family adventure
  • Get a sneek peek at the next title in the series!

The SockKids™ Meet Lincoln Blog Tour Schedule (2013)

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Prize: There will be a Grand Prize consisting of a $25 Amazon gift card (or PayPal cash) + a SockKids t-shirt. There will also be four secondary prizes consisting of a SockKids t-shirt. Contest runs: November 5 to December 2, 11:59 pm, 2013 Open: Worldwide How to enter: Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. The Grand Prize winner and secondary winners will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winners will then have 72 hours to respond. If a winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the authors Michael John Sullivan and Susan Petrone and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions - feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com. a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Pachas Pajamas Double Album Review and Giveaway!

This a Sponsored Post. I received compensation in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own

As parents we want our children to be creative and explore their talents. Technology offers opportunities that past generations couldn't have envisioned. Unfortunately it is also creating a generation of kids who more connected with electronic devices than they are with nature. A team of creative minds have developed a way to use entertainment to educate children about some of the most pressing environmental issues of our time.

Pacha's Pajamas: A Story Written By Nature, is an enchanting story told through lively musical narration tracks and 12 inspiring songs. Pacha falls asleep in her animal print PJs.  In her dreams she is transported to a place where all the plants and animals on her nightwear are alive and she is disguised as a little gorilla. The jungle creatures are sad because their world is being destroyed before their eyes. Pasha and her new friends need to use all their talents and creativity to in order to bring balance to Planet Earth.

This fun and inspiring soundtrack features 70 diverse artists from 4 generations. Some are established performers like Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Cheech Marin. If you have young children you are likely to also recognize Genevieve Goings from 'Choo Choo Soul' on Disney Jr Channel. A good number of artists are up and coming young performers with amazing stories of their own.  Album one has already won both the 2013 Peoples' Choice Fan Favorite award and the 2013 Parents Choice recommended award.

Our favorite track was ‘Horses Don’t See Colors’ (featuring Felecity).  It is a catchy country tune that sends a simple but moving message about racial harmony. You can listen to a sample here.
I have caught myself singing this song and humming the theme song on several occasions. The music and narration makes the kids feel like they are part of the show. It is not a difficult task to imagine the vibrant world that Pacha is seeing. The kids loved the Platypus and his song ‘Use What You Got’. I loved the message of embracing what makes us unique instead of trying to change to fit in.
Other themes in the album include the conservation of the Earth's Resources, healthy living, and problem solving. The songs allows kids to comprehend some important topics and gives them a way to express their own concerns about the planet . It has already inspired some great dinner conversations in our home! I would recommend this album to all families and educators.  Adults will love the values it promotes and Kids will have a blast rockin' out with nature.

Be sure to visit the Pachas Pajamas website, while you are there...
  • Sample some of the tracks
  • Download a free song
  • Print off Coloring Pages featuring the characters in the Pasha's Pajamas book
  • Play Nature detective and spot the differences in scenes from the book
  • Buy a cd or digital copy of the album
Win a copy!!

We are excited to be able to be able to offer 10 readers a chance to own a digital copy of Pacha's Pajamas: A story written by nature. These have been generously provided by Balance Entertainment.
The Giveaway is open to readers any where in the world, it will end at 12am CT Nov. 19. Please use the Rafflecopter form below to enter.

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