Thursday, December 5, 2013

Kid Lit Giveaway Hop Holiday Extravaganza- Little Children's Christmas Music Book

Thanks for "hopping" over to my blog! I am so excited to be participating in the Kid Lit Giveaway Hop Holiday Extravaganza, hosted by Mother Daughter Book Reviews & Youth Literature Reviews. This is my first blog hop, ever, and I love that it has a holiday theme. Nothing like hosting a giveaway and spreading the spirit of giving during the holidays! After you read my post and enter the giveaway for the book I have chosen, you can follow the Linky down at the end of my post to visit the 51 other blog posts to enter their giveaways.

And please make sure to check out the lovely hostesses for this blog hop!
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I was having trouble trying to decide which book to include for my giveaway, so I turned to Heather Bowling, who is an independent for Usborne Books, for advice. My kids already love the other Usborne books we have in our library, and I was betting I would be able to find something that would be the perfect mix of reading and fun for the holidays. She offered several excellent suggestions, but I finally ended up deciding to purchase Usborne's Little Children's Christmas Music Book by Fiona Watt and illustrated by Elisa Squillace.

Overview From the Publisher:

Description from the publisher: The perfect introduction to different musical sounds, this sound-chip storybook follows Mole, Badger, and all their friends as they practice for a Christmas concert. Beautiful illustrations complete the package, bringing the magic and sparkle of Christmas to life. 
Publisher Recommended Age: 3 years and up
Size: 9 x 11 3/4
Pages: 24
Series: Little Children's Music Book
Author/Editor: Fiona Watt
Illustrator: Elisa Squillace
Music: Anthony Marks.

My Review:

I purchased the book to give to my youngest daughter (who is 18 months old) as a "kick-off" of the holidays. Each of my girls received Christmas pajamas and a book. Here is little Miss J opening up her holiday selection.

Even though the publisher recommends this book for ages 3 and up, I knew it would be a huge hit with my toddler because she loves anything that involves pressing buttons. Another reason I choose this book is because she absolutely adores dancing to music. Also, it is filled with adorable animal characters, and there is something to be said for how little kids completely connect with animal characters.

The Little Children's Christmas Music Book is a delightful adventure through the woods where the reader follows Mole, Rabbit, Bear, Squirrel, Mrs. Badger, and Fox as they rehearse for their Christmas concert. The illustrations in this book are jolly and inviting, with holly and Christmas decorations peppered throughout. You cannot help but be put in the Christmas spirit by the time you reach the end of the book. After you hear each of the adorable animals practice their individual parts, the story ends with all five parts being played together to create the perfect holiday song.

I could go on and on about how sweet this book would be to watch your child open up on Christmas morning; however I think Little Miss J does a much better job selling the book. Check out her "review" I recorded the other night. She really loves the glockenspiel that the Mole plays the best.


She obviously liked something in the book.

You can purchase this book through Usborne Books & More.

To enter to giveaway, here are the details:

1. The Blog Hop runs from December 6th through December 13th at 11:59 PM.
2. My giveaway includes one copy of the Usborne's Little Children's Christmas Music Book.
3. The book is graciously being donated by Heather from Usborne Books and More. She will ship the lucky winner a copy of this book.
4. To participate in the giveaway use the Rafflecopter widget below.
5. The winner will be announced on my Facebook page and on Twitter.
6. Only individuals with a US mailing address are eligible for this specific giveaway. 

Good luck! And have fun reading the other blogs!

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  1. Oh, my goodness!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE the video!!!! Yes, I think she likes it!!! So precious!!

    1. Thanks! I about died while filming it, trying not to squeal with delight.

  2. Our favorite to read before Christmas is Twas the Night Before Christmas.

  3. The video is adorable! And the music is so pleasant.

    For years I bought a new Christmas picture book every year - so now we have quite a stack that we haul out with our Christmas decorations. In it is a Jingle Bells book that I'm glad the battery has run out on. :)

    1. Oh, my *favorite* to read (as opposed to the unfavorite Jingle Bells) is a copy of The Night Before Christmas illustrated by Gyo Fujikawa. We had it growing up and I was thrilled when it went into reprints even if the printing isn't quite as vibrant.

      I learned when we got out the decorations this year that my son's favorite is the pop-up Christmas story of Christ's birth that we read every Christmas eve with the kids when we light the advent candles.

    2. It is amazing how books you loved as a child stay with you into adulthood. Your kids will have many memories to hold onto.

  4. My favorite would be to read Twas The Night Before Christmas to my kids on christmas eve. Thanks
    jodi frasier/lasher

    1. We love that book. We are lucky to have a copy of it where my mom is reading it from Hallmark.

  5. I love the book 'The Sparkle Box'

    1. Oh, I have never read the Sparkle Box. Will have to check that out.

  6. My son is a huge train lover so right now our favorite is polar express

    1. What fun! We are going on a Polar express train ride this Saturday. Cannot wait!

  7. i like Twas the Night Before Christmas

  8. It's definitely Twas The Night Before Christmas for the children and grandchildren. Your picture is adorable.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  9. Right now my son is LOVING Merry Christmas Maisy. But for me, it's Truman Capote's Christmas story :)

  10. The Night Before Christmas is a top favorite and we love reading all kinds of christmas books. Happy Holidays!

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    1. I agree! The Grinch is perfect to read during this crazy Christmas season.

  12. Just ordered one for my neice's 2 year birthday on Friday. Thanks for the idea!

  13. Winter season is quick drawing nearer. There are many occasions and exercises occur in the winter season, particularly religious occasions.story books for kids


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