Friday, November 23, 2012

Christmas Giveaway Day 3

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Two books to give away today (both to the same winning post):
From Peanut to Peanut Butter
Okay, raise your hand if you have a child in the "Why?" stage? That's what I thought. Some questions we can answer, but sometimes we get questions like, "Why is that car blue?" "Why is that man tall?" It can be a real stretch of the creativity to find an answer ("I don't know" is usually met with "Yes, you do!"). It's nice to have books like these to take over for you sometimes.
This series includes natural cycles, such as From Tadpole to Frog, and From Shoot to Apple, as well as other food topics - Fom Cocoa Bean to Chocolate would, of course, be my favorite:) We have the peanut butter book to give away, courtesy of Lerner Publishing. Their binding is easily the best in the business, durable enough for library use, but still eye-catchingly attractive.
Also from Lerner:
Circles, Stars, and Squares: Looking for Shapes
Another series that also includes patterns, textures and colors. I LOVE the pictures in this one, beautiful bright photographs showing shapes in everything from candy to stained glass windows. The text is simple and the descriptions clear, including three-dimensional shapes such as cones and cylinders.
So, what would you pair with either of these as a gift? With the peanut butter book, I would attach a coupon for a day cookng together. Maybe make buckeyes (showing my Ohio roots), or try making peanut butter ourselves. With the shape book, quilting together comes to mind - not that I am any good at that, but I think the time together is more of a gift than the skill imparted! How about you? Share your ideas for a chance to win both of these!


  1. Hi Ami,
    Here are my ideas for the books.
    1. I often encourage teachers to grow peanut plants in their classrooms. It takes about 5 months to get nuts, but it's a great thing to see. I'd pair the book with directions for growing a peanut plant (see link below) and the materials to plant it.
    2. I love Jane Brockett's books! For this one I'd attach a disposable camera and encourage them to take pictures and make their own book about shapes.

    Thanks for joining nonfiction Monday!

  2. For the peanut butter one you could include peanut butter or a bag of peanuts. For the shapes one, I would include a toy about shapes, such as a sorting cube.

  3. I smiled when I saw the book cover of the peanut butter. Apparently, November is Peanut Butter Month! Will check out these titles.

  4. According to my random number selection device (the person standing nearest me), Heidi is the winner of these books! Heidi, please e-mail me at with your address, and I will get them in the mail to you:)