Tuesday, February 26, 2013

grandma's bookshelf - Because Amelia Smiled - I'm Giving One Away!

Smiles have power. They have the power to brighten the day of others and as Maralee McKee, the Manners Mentor said yesterday on her page, "Your smile (or lack of one) is powerful. When given sincerely, it uplifts both those you love and strangers alike. It's your non-verbal signal to the world that you're happy to share the current place and space you're in with those around you. When a smile is withheld  it sets the tone for unpleasantness, or at least, tension. Some great things about your smile is it's: unique, free, everyone loves it and it's usually reciprocated, doubling the blessing! So this week, why not smile at everyone you pass. It lights up your face and makes the world take notice of the happy person (YOU!) who understand a smile is the look (the only one interpreted the same way in every tribe and nation) which speaks volumes of acceptance, understanding, compassion and welcome!"  

The power of a smile is the story behind the story, Because Amelia Smiled.

Because Amelia Smiled 
Author/Illustrator - David Ezra Stein
Publisher - Candlewick Press
Ages - 4+

Favorite Features -
  • Sweet and powerful story of how a smile can change and touch so many lives!
  • Challenges readers to give - and pass on - smiles!
  • Colorful illustrations with so much to see and enjoy on every page.
  • Simple story which gives grandparents/parents and children so much to think and talk about!
This sweet story begins with; "Because Amelia smiled, coming down the street . . . Mrs. Higgins smiled, too." From there, the happiness and love which a simple smile communicated is passed on, touching the lives of people around the world until the story ends with; "Because Pigeon Man Jones let his birds out, Amelia saw them . . . and she smiled." 

Enjoy this story with your grandchildren and talk with them about what you can do to share a smile - and more - with people you all come in contact with each day! I'm very happy to say, not only did Candlewick Press give me one book to review, but they are making another available for me to give away (USA only)! If you'd like to be in the drawing for Because Amelia Smiled, which will be on March 12, 2013,  please comment below to let me know if you have followed on Google+, Google Friend Connect, followed by liking on facebook with the tab in the "Find us on Facebook" box ON THE BLOG (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 this book 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. I agree, if you smile at someone they can't help but smile back. Love your blog..follow on fb and eamil.

  2. Would love to be added :). Terri Conner

  3. I follow on facebook and subscribe through e-mail. Would love to gift this book to a happy little girl I know...whose name happens to be Amelia. : )

  4. This sounds like such a cute book. I am an e mail follower
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

  5. I like you on facebook as Merry Sunshine
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