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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Cooper & Me Review & Giveaway

My girls like to write their own stories, so it was pretty cool that we had the opportunity to review a book that was illustrated by an 11-year-old girl and she co-wrote it with her mom. Cooper and Me talks about a girl just starting school and she is upset because she can't take her dog with her. Her mom finds a solution that will help her make it through her day.

The back of the book talks about dealing with life lessons and has some great discussion questions to share with your children. The Cooper and Me website offers a variety of freebies. There are coloring sheets and puzzles for the kids, reading guides for teachers and parents. The book is based on co-author Alexa Peters life and her dog Cooper. You can visit their blog to get to know more about them. You can purchase Cooper and Me books here.

About Cooper and Me:

Cooper and Me was illustrated by 11-year-old Alexa Peters and co-written with her mother, Monique Peters. The idea was inspired by Alexa's own experiences on her first day of school. A talented young artist and writer, Alexa wanted to give back to others in a meaningful way through her art. Starting at a very young age, Alexa created illustrated stories about her daily experiences, and from the pages of her sketchbooks came the idea for her first book, Cooper and Me.

Through rhythmic verses, Cooper and Me tells the story of a young girl who is nervous as her first day of school approaches. She is frightened about leaving home and doesn't want to go without her best friend, her dog Cooper. Fortunately her mother finds the perfect solution to help the little girl overcome her fears – a small replica of her beloved pet she can take to school with her. In Cooper and Me, the story of a child’s fears about starting school has evolved into a timeless tale about overcoming separation anxiety and trying new things – basic emotions all people experience throughout their lives – but this time, written by a child, for children.

The story behind Cooper and Me also offers an inspiring example of families working together to help others. In addition to helping young children gain emotional resilience and confidence through their books, Alexa and mom Monique wanted to go beyond that to help less fortunate kids. Their search for an organization to which they could donate a portion of the proceeds from the Cooper and Me book led to a charitable alliance with the Happy Hearts Fund, founded and run by Petra Nemcova, the supermodel who was directly affected by the tsunami in Thailand. Happy Hearts improves children’s lives through education and sustainable programs in natural disaster areas.

Cooper and Me Giveaway

I have an extra copy of Cooper and Me to giveaway to one of my readers. I will draw a winner at noon on Friday, October 21.

To enter:
  • Tell me what your favorite children's book is.
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Unknown said...

My favorite childrens book is Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, the original one! I remember reading that book with my baby brother looong ago :0)

Unknown said...

I follow you via GFC (Its not showing up right now?)

Unknown said...

Im following on NWB :0)

Unknown said...

Following you via Twitter @stairstepsacad

Lisa said...

I have so many favorite children's books, it's hard to choose one. Right now I'm reading "The BFG" to my kiddos. I remember my teacher reading it to us in the third grade.

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