Monday, December 15, 2014

grandma's bookshelf - I Love You Near and Far - I'm Giving One Away!

I was recently invited to review a book which has the potential to be encouraging and helpful for children who have a parent serving in the military, or whose parents are divorced or who have grandparents who live far away. Since this sounded like a book with the potential of being one which could help children, I definitely said, "yes!"

I Love You Near and Far
Autor - Marjorie Blain Parker
Illustrator - Jed Henry
Publisher - Sterling Children's Books
Ages - 4-7

Favorite Features -
  • Sweet story from a child's perspective - children will be able to identify with the cat in this story.
  • Great illustrations - lots of fun details for children to discover.
  • Strong message about loving those who do not live near us.
Sterling Children's Books says; "'I love you long distance, across all those miles.' Sometimes parents divorce. Sometimes mom or dad is sent overseas to fight. And sometimes cherished members of the family—grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins—live too far away to see every day. This sweet rhyming story, written from the child's point of view, is a love letter to those who may not be geographically near—but remain very close at heart."

I enjoyed I Love You Near and Far and think it could be a great tool to help children who are missing a parent who is in the military or who lives somewhere else due to divorce as well as children who miss a grandparent or other family member who lives far away. I love the text; "I know that we live far away, far apart. But I can still love you with all of my heart." This is so true! Children can still love those who live far away and a book like I Love You Near and Far can help children; especially children in difficult situations, understand how they can truly be free to love parents, grandparents and others, even if they do not get to see them often.

I'm very happy to say, not only did Sterling Children's Books send me a copy of I Love You Near and Far for free in exchange for me reviewing it and writing my own opinions about it, but they are also making another available for me to give away! (USA only) If you are over the age of 18 and would like to be in the drawing for I Love You Near and Far, which will be on January 1, 2015, please comment below to let me know how you have helped a child stay in touch with people they love who live far away! My children grew up living near one of their grandparents when we lived in Michigan, but far from their grandparents in California, so I had them send hugs (traced around them with their arms out, cut out the traced arms and then had them decorate the "hugs"), sending photos, talking on the phone and things like this as visiting all the way to California was not really an option. Of course, this was before computers; I think now days staying in touch and feeling closer is easier to do with video calls, computers and being able to "chat" through facebook or email every day!

In addition, you will receive additional entries if you have followed on Google+, Google Friend Connect, followed by liking on facebook with the tab at this link (not just liking the post) and/or have followed grandma's cookie jar by email. For each of these which you have done you will receive one entry. In addition, if you "share" this post, you'll receive an additional entry (please let me know if you share). This will help me be able to draw names from among people who would like to win the I Love You Near and Far and it gives you several ways to enter the give-away!