Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Review: 1 2 3 Texas & Giveaway

Summary: In this board book featuring contemporary illustrations, dazzling colors and bold, clear design, kids will count from one to 10 with some of Texas's most beloved symbols—the Texas star, the Texas longhorns, armadillos, Space Center Houston, and the beloved state football, baseball, and basketball teams.

The end of the book includes a complete location list, in both English and Spanish, to help parents locate the symbols and landmarks and plan an entertaining trip to Texas.

While practicing essential number skills, 123 Texas is a book kids will enjoy to read over and over.-- duo press

A few weeks ago, I was on Twitter (big surprise there) and had the opportunity to win a copy of the children's board book 1 2 3 TEXAS: A COOL COUNTING BOOK by Puck and illustrated by Kevin Somers. All I had to do was be the first person to answer a question correctly. I was thrilled to find out that I actually won this book because my sister (who was born in Texas) just had a little boy a few months back. I thought they would both love this book!

Needless to say when I opened this book, my four year old son immediately wanted me to read it with him. He is a little too old for this counting book, but he loved it all the same. And I figure it can never hurt to practice counting, right? Each page contains the numbers one through 10 with items specific to the state of Texas. For example, the number 1 is represented by a lone star; 2 is represented by two longhorns, 4 is represented by astronauts, etc. up to the number 10 which is represented by ten cowboy hats. The last page of the book explains the meanings of these pictures in both English and Spanish.

I spent about six years of my childhood living in Texas, so I definitely appreciated this adorable little book. The publisher Duo Press also has board books available for California, USA, New York, and Chicago; and they are currently planning on having more cities and states available in the future -- I specifically asked about Pennsylvania and was thrilled to see that it is coming next year. I think these books make the perfect gift for the little one in your life!

I am so excited to announce that Duo Press is going to give three lucky readers copies of the adorable books SOUNDS FUNNY! and SOUNDS TOUGH! BIG NOISY MACHINES. I have not seen these, but they look terrific. To enter, just leave a comment with your e-mail address telling me why you would like to win these books. To double or triple your chances, you can blog and/or twitter about this giveaway with a link back to this post. I will accept entries until Wednesday, May 6th at 11:59 p.m. I will announce the winner the following day. This contest is open to those of you in the United States and Canada only. Good luck!

Summary: A car goes vroom, a dog does woof, and a bubble pops! Sounds are all over, and kids will love to imitate them in this seriously wacky board book. Using some of the most appealing elements of comic books and pop art, such as simple panels and intense primary colors, Sounds Funny! is giggling reading for kids and parents alike.

Imitating sounds is an important element of language development, and this sturdy board book presents a cause and effect scenario (Cause: An airplane takes off. Effect: The plane goes “zoom”) that will introduce young readers to the wonderful world of sounds, in a fun and appealing way. -- duo press

Summary: A train goes "chooo, chooo," a tug boat honks, and a cement mixer goes "sloooosh!"—machines make the craziest sounds, and children will love to imitate them in this seriously wacky board book. Combining a cause-and-effect scenario with some of the most appealing elements of comic books and pop art—such as simple panels and intense primary colors—this giggle-inducing read teaches an important element of language development in a fun and appealing way. -- duo press

Note: This giveaway is not for 1 2 3 TEXAS but rather SOUNDS FUNNY! and SOUNDS TOUGH! BIG NOISY MACHINES.

46 comments:

Karlie said...

I think that my son would love these books! Please enter me.

Bridget said...

No need to enter me. Just posted on Win A Book, though.

mindy said...

sounds great thanks for the giveaway

Homemaker said...

My son would absolutely love these books. He just got out of the ripping and writing in everything stage which left him with about 8 books that were still good. We had to throw out so many because they were no good. But now we have to build up his little library with more fun books that he will actually care for and not rip and write in...lol...

sallylynnsara@hotmail.com

lorf927 said...

My kids love to read and I would really enjoy sharing this with them. Please enter me. Thank you.

jason.orf(at)sbcglobal.net

paula h said...

I would like to win because my son loves books and these look like they would be fun to read to him.

hafner611{AT}gmail{DOT}com

My {S.T.U.F.F.} :: said...

Great "Read" :-).

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P.S.:: My Granddaughter will {LUV} these books...

msmaclady said...

My grandson's would love these books!!!

kathy55439 said...

My boys would love this.... I love to find new kids books wish there were more kid book reviews online....

Belinda said...

These sound like they would be fun. Thanks for the chance to win!
1bmore @ gmail . com

Jen - devourer of books said...

I'm just about to have a little boy. While I do have lots of great children's literature from my teaching days, I do NOT have enough board books for the little one. These books sound great and would be good developmentally for my baby.

I tweeted this (http://twitter.com/DevourerofBooks/statuses/1594881027) and will come back on Saturday after I've posted about it in my weekly links.

devourers.books(at)gmail.com

Marie said...

My son would love these!

marielay@gmail.com

Tiffany819 said...

I have a 14 month old son who I would love to read these books to. Thank you for the giveaway!

Tiffanys at gmail dot com

MJ said...

I'd love these for a friend with a 8 month old baby!

mj.coward[at]gmail.com

liane66 said...

I think my kids would love these.
Thanks for giveaway!
kimspam66(at)yahoo(dot)com

Nicole D said...

My daughter would love thse books!
nic0ler917 at aol.com

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

kids would love- thanks

Brimful Curiosities said...

My son is at the perfect age to really enjoy these board books. They sound like they'd make great read-alouds with all the sounds.
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Brimful Curiosities said...

Blogged: http://www.brimfulcuriosities.com/2009/04/full-to-brim-kids-book-giveaway-list_23.html
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shelburns said...

My nephew would love these books!

shelcows AT gmail DOT com

shelburns said...

I blogged about these...

http://writeforareader.blogspot.com/2009/04/wednesday-wanderings-42209.html

Leslie S. said...

My son loves big truck so I know he would love that book.He is 21 months old and loves "to read" his books.Thanks!

Jen - Devourer of Books said...

Okay, I blogged about it here.

valerie2350 said...

these sound so cute :)

valerie2350 said...

http://sweeps4bloggers.blogspot.com/2009/04/bookingmama-noisy-machines-book.html

valerie2350 said...

http://twitter.com/valerie2350/status/1626398495

Tj and Amy said...

My daughter will finally sit and listen while I read to her. so i know she would enjoy these books. amsbolda@hotmail.com

Tj and Amy said...

I tweeted. 1amypugmire is my username. I don't know how to link yet sorry. amsbolda@hotmail.com

Kim said...

My son LOVES all books and I know he'd love these!

Kim said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/kgail11/status/1628210699

quelleheure4 said...
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quelleheure4 said...

The books would be just wonderful for the grandkids!
quelleheure4[at]gmail{dot}com

quelleheure4 said...

tweeted! http://twitter.com/quelleheure4/statuses/1629251631

Katrina said...

I would love to win this so I could read it to my daughter. THanks for the giveaway.

bermudaonion said...

I'd love to win these for our great nephew. I don't think he's read to much - maybe some new books would motivate them to read to him more. milou2ster(at)gmail.com

Rajee said...

So interesting books. we're in texas and so love to read it.
rajikarthik@hotmail.com

a real librarian said...

This would be perfect for my niece!!

areallibrarian[at]gmail[dot]com

Deanne02 said...

My two boys would love these books. thanks for an opp to win them : )

yyeres said...

would love to win these b/c i love reading to my neices and nephews and i think they would enjoy them. yyeres(at)gmail(dot)com

Betty N said...

My grandson would love these!

janetfaye said...

I would like to win these books for my grandson.

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

wigget said...

i'd like to win these books because they would be perfect for my toddler

Tracysweetangl said...

the kids would love these books.

Carolyn said...

Wow! I'd love to give this to my nephew for his 1st birthday!

LorieJean said...

My grandson would love these. He loves books, trucks, noise and he lives in Texas!!! Thanks for the opportunity.

ljs65@aol.com

kathy pease said...

id love these for my nephew :)