Monday, January 30, 2012

Review & Giveaway: Cooper & Me and the Military-Book Review

When I was asked to review the book "Cooper and Me and the Military", I jumped on the opportunity! Have you heard of the Cooper and Me series? This series is written and illustrated by Alexa Peeters (age 13) with the help of her mom Monique. Cooper is a fun-loving black Labrador Retriever, whose entertaining adventures help kids navigate the emotions and challenges of everyday living. The Cooper and Me books teach important life lessons while featuring interactive materials at the back of each book to help implement each lesson into your child's life. Many of the activities help children process their own feelings about what they have learned from the book(s).

Cooper and Me and the Military is a great book that teaches kids about deployment, something many families across the country are dealing with and have been dealing with for years. Alexa was inspired to write this, having friends whose parents serve in the military. Cooper and Bella meet up with their friends Gracie and Joe, whose parents are deployed. Together they find ways to make the distance bearable, by sending care packages and letters to the children's parents. This book helps kids learn that even when loved ones aren't with us, they still think about us and love us all the same.

I loved this book because it is simple enough for a young child even to understand. The drawings are sweet (and honestly I am super impressed at this 13 year old girl that is writing and illustrating her own books already!) and the book even includes discussion topics at the end of the book, so that parents and children can continue the topic of deployment ( or long distance relationships of any kind) at the conclusion of the book. Even if you don't have someone in your immediate family that is currently serving in the military, it is a great learning opportunity to teach our children about people that serve our country, and the sacrifices they make for us on a daily basis. It also can help children relate to friends that may have parents or siblings in the military.

Buy It: You can purchase Cooper and Me and the Military or any of the other Cooper and Me books on their website here.

Win it: Want your very own FREE copy of Cooper and Me and the Military? One of my readers will win a hard cover copy of Cooper and Me by entering below!

ENTER TO WIN! There are TWO Mandatory Entries! All other entries are optional, but the more you complete, the better chance you have at winning! Leave one comment per entry.

1) Mandatory: Let me know who you know that could benefit from this book. Your child? A friend's child? A student?

2) Mandatory: Follow n.c. baby blog via GFC (or tell me if you already do)

3) Follow n.c. baby blog on facebook

4) Like Cooper and Me on Facebook! Leave them a comment if you feel like it :)

5) Follow Cooper and Me on Twitter! Please leave your twitter ID.

6) Tweet about this giveaway! You can do this once daily! Please leave link to tweet.

7) Blog about this giveaway and leave your link so I can find it! (+3 entries, leave 3 comments)

8) Enter any other of my CURRENT giveaways ( 1 entry for each giveaway entered)

9) Subscribe to n.c. baby blog via email ( on right side of blog)

10) Add my n.c. baby blog button to your blog! (+3 entries, leave 3 comments!)

GOOD LUCK!!! Giveaway will close 2/15 at 11:59 pm EST. Giveaway is open to US and Canada readers! Winner will be picked the following day by and will be emailed and announced on the blog. Winner has 48 hours to confirm their prize, otherwise a new winner will be chosen. Thank you to the folks at Cooper and Me for the review product and the giveaway prize!

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."