Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Do Your Ears Hang Low? and a Special Giveaway on May 31, 2017!

I love basset hounds. I love everything about how they look - what's not to love with those long, beautiful ears, saggy, baggy skin, deep, mournful eyes, gentle, loving personality and the most melodic of howls!!! Yes, I love basset hounds. 

But, I must say, I do come by my love for the basset hound, "honestly" as my ancestors were friends with LaFayette and they came with him to help George Washington fight the British. One of the gifts LaFayette brought Washington was a basset hound - probably the first basset in America!

When my husband and I were first married, almost 36 years ago, we got a basset hound - Mindy. She was our "baby" until we had our fist child, at which point Mindy instantly became a "mother-hen". She watched over our children and was completely gentle with them - good thing, because once when Tiffany was two, she discovered Mindy had a tongue. Which of course meant she had to reach into Mindy's mouth to pull her tongue out to get a better look at it. I watched this from across the room and was confident Tiffany would be bit before I could get to her, but Mindy just shook her head to regain control of her tongue, harrumphed, as only a basset hound is able to do so, and walked away with a look in her face which said, "Children!!!" Yes, Mindy was completely gentle!

Then about ten years later we got our next basset hound - Giggles. Giggles was not a mother hen but by then our children were older. Giggles was the baby of the family and she knew it! She was spunky and sweet as could be.

Now our daughter has a basset hound she rescued - Rosie is absolutely sweet and the most loyal dog I've ever seen! And sometimes she howls in her sleep - one of the funniest things I've ever heard or been able to see!

At any rate, we love basset hounds in this house, so when I saw Sterling Children's Books had a new title set to the old song, "Do Your Ears Hang Low?" I had to see if it was available for review. Happily it was and is also available for me to give one away as well!

Do Your Ears Hang Low?
Illustrator - Jenny Cooper
Publisher - Sterling Children's Books
Ages - all (in my opinion!!!)

Favorite Features -
  • Everything!!!!!
  • Okay - I LOVE the illustrations!
  • I was quite delighted - as were my grandsons - to find the "mirror" in this book!
  • The eight "Funny Ear Facts" in the back are funny!
Sterling Children's Books says; "'Do your ears hang low? Do they wobble to and fro? Can you tie them in a knot? Can you tie them in a bow?' Most children and parents know and love the song 'Do Your Ears Hang Low?'—and Jenny Cooper’s utterly adorable illustrations will have everyone singing with joy! A little mouse leads the fun as it plays with a basset hound’s floppy, silky ears; a llama’s perky, fuzzy ones; the saggy, soft ears of a lop-eared rabbit; and the flappy, happy ears of a lively piglet. A mirror at the end invites children right into the book, and entertaining 'ear' facts complete the picture!"

Clearly the artist is familiar with the look of basset hounds, because she got the details right - short legs, big feet, broad chest, long ears, beautiful eyes, saggy, baggy skin - the illustrations are wonderful! And not just for the basset hound . . . the llamas and bunny and pig are wonderful too! I LOVE this book! Do Your Ears Hang Low? is an absolute "must have" for a grandma's library - and be sure to sing the text, not read it!

I am so very happy to say, not only did Sterling Children's Books send me one copy of Do Your Ears Hang Low? for review, but they are making another available for me to give away (USA only)! I have to say, while I have some wonderful giveaways for my birthday month of giveaways (American Girl doll, folkmanis puppet, Cross pen, other books and more), this is, in my opinion, the best item from this year's giveaway! Did I mention I LOVE this book?!!! 

At any rate, If you are over the age of 18 and would like to enter this drawing - which will be on May 312017, please comment below to tell me about your favorite breed of dog and why it is your favorite . . . I'm sure you can tell the basset hound is my favorite . . . and I have already said quite a bit about why!

In addition if you have followed on 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 
Do Your Ears Hang Low? and it gives you several ways to enter the give-away! Thank you for reading grandma's cookie jar and for sharing it with the people you know! 


  1. My favorite breed is the border collie. We have had one for the past 8 1/2 years. Their breed is very intelligent which sometimes mean they out-think you! She is very energetic, loves to play Frisbee and to chase her squirrel toy. She keeps us active! I follow on FB, emails and Google Connect.

  2. We have had several collie/sheherd mix and my son has labs. My other son has had Rhodesian Ridgebacks in the past. I have always thought Cocker Spaniels were adorable. I follow on Facebook and email.

  3. I'm in love with the corgi! They look like collies but with little feet. My corgi Layla was the sweetest most loving dog.

  4. My favorite breed of Dog is the Dachshund. I love the breed because of their big sometimes bossy personalities and their long noses.

  5. I follow you on GFC as Nicole Lancaster.

  6. I like your Facebook page as Nicole Lancaster.

  7. I am an email subscriber-Niclan80@yahoo.com

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  9. I shared the post on Twitter-https://twitter.com/tucsongirl80/status/854393765779263489

  10. My favorite breed is the King Charles spaniel. I love the way they walk, their ears, and that they love to lay in your lap. Currently we have a pointer mix rescue. She's a lot smaller than a regular pointer, and loves to lay on my lap. I follow by email, Facebook and have shared this post.

  11. I like golden retrievers.. they are so cute. So are basset hounds and dachshunds.

  12. I love Belgian malinios. We have one and he is so sweet

  13. I love reading an anytime story to my girl , she only here for a short time and then she off to back home ... we will miss her so