Monday, February 15, 2016

2016 American Girl Doll Girl of the Year - Lea . . . I'm Giving One Away!

Yes, on May 30, 2016 I'm giving away one 2016 American Girl Doll Girl of the Year! This year the doll - Lea, is traveling to Brazil with her family to explore the rain-forest and the ocean; a few weeks ago we looked at some of the more unique creatures you might find in the Brazilian rain forest, so today, I thought it would be fun to look up some information about some of the more unique creatures you might find in the ocean!
  1. I personally find the Frilled Shark to be extremely unique - and weird! On-line at the National Aquarium's site it said: "With an eel-like body and 25 rows of razor-sharp teeth, this fearsome looking shark has been roaming the ocean for about 80 million years. While rarely seen, one of these ancient animals was just recently caught in a trawler’s net off the coast of Australia!" (I found the photo on-line and it is credited as follows - Photo via OpenCage)
  2. If the "Blob Fish" isn't considered, "unique" and/or "weird", I do not know what would be! Online at the National Aquarium's site it is described as; "The blobfish might not be the most aesthetically pleasing fish, but its minimal muscles and skeletal structure allow it to survive the intense pressure found thousands of feet below the ocean’s surface where it lives." (Photo via
  3. I just shook my head when I saw a photo of the Yeti Crab . . . "weird" does not even come close to describing it! On the National Geographic's website, they say: "The yeti crab is so unusual a whole new family of animal had to be created to classify it. Kiwa hirsuta was found on the floor of the 7,540-foot-deep (2,300-meter-deep) Pacific Ocean some 900 miles (1,500
    kilometers) south of Easter Island. In many ways the newly discovered species remains a mystery. Its hairy pincer arms host colonies of bacteria, which it may cultivate for food, for protection from toxic fluids issuing from nearby volcanic vents, or as “sensors” which help the blind animal find a mate.
    " (Photo via Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History)
  4. While we all are familiar with squids, the Vampire squid is one I never heard of before. I found it online at Popular Mechanics and they describe it as; "It lives in Monterey Bay and is called the vampire squid (and it appears to deserve the name). What else do you need to know?" (Photo via Kim Reisenbichler / MBARI)
  5. And, while I could go on and on sharing truly strange-looking creatures from the deep, deep ocean, I personally love the Whale Shark! I looked on the National Geographic's site and found this info about this really unique and cool animal; "As the largest fish in the sea, reaching lengths of 40 feet (12 meters) or more, whale sharks have an enormous menu from which to choose. Fortunately for most sea-dwellers—and us!—their favorite meal is plankton. Preferring warm waters, whale sharks populate all tropical seas. They are known to migrate every spring to the continental shelf of the central west coast of Australia." (Photo credit the WWF)
Take some time to go online with your grandchildren and look up unique animals in the ocean. Be sure to talk with your grandchildren about how God created each of these animals and take time to thank Him for making our world so full of unique and surprising creatures! If you think of God as an, "old guy" who sits up in heaven and is either uninterested in people or watches to "zap" us when we get things wrong, reconsider. Just a quick look at the strange, unique and "weird" creatures in the ocean leave me seeing God as someone with a sense of humor and whimsy! I believe He created these creatures knowing one day people would have the tech needed to discover how amazing they are! Since He clearly created them to be so unique, it shows me how much care He put into creation . . . and reminds me of how much care He put into creating each of us as well!

Enjoy your "deep sea expedition" with your grandchildren and see how many really strange creatures you can find. Then spend some time thanking God for creating them . . . and you, too! Talk about some of the unique and fun things about how God created each of you as well! Enjoy!

Now for the details about winning Lea . . . 

The drawing for the American Girl Doll, Girl of the Year 2016 - Lea, Doll & Book will be on May 30, 2016. If you live in the USA, are over the age of 18 and would like to be included in this giveaway, please comment below to tell me which animal you think is most unique from the ocean - feel free to share one you discovered when you searched on-line!

In addition, if you have followed in Google Friend Connect, followed by liking on facebook with the tab in the "Find us on Facebook" box ON THE BLOG, or at this link (not just liking the post) and/or have followed grandma's cookie jar by email, you will receive one entry for each of these which you have done. Plus, if you "share" this post, you'll receive another 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 American Girl Doll, Girl of the Year 2016 - Lea, Doll & Book and it gives you several ways to enter the giveaway! Please keep in mind, you will receive just one entry for each way you enter for each post - this means, for example, if you tweet each day about a particular giveaway, while I appreciate it, you will only receive one entry for the first tweet. Thank you for reading grandma's cookie jar and for sharing it with the people you know! 


  1. I am a starfish fan. I think it is so unique because it can regrow limbs. Which yes many creatures can do, but still unique in my book

  2. I have followed on Google Friend connect
    I like you on FB
    I follow by email
    I tweeted about this giveaway!

  3. I love all the beautiful Sea Otters, I am a big fan of any Otter!!

  4. The yeti crab is so neat and I had not heard of it before!

  5. I follow on gfc, Google +, Facebook and via email

  6. Ha, that's hilarious! I shared the frilled shark on Facebook too! That is one weird-looking shark. It doesn't look like the other shark breeds. I'm glad that they live down in the deep where we don't often encounter them!

  7. I found all of these quite weird to me! I think the blob fish is the weirdest. My kids thought it was funny looking. :)