Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars: Book Review & Giveaway

Are you like me?  Do you love finding great new ways to help your kids learn and explore?  We especially love helping our boys learn in nature.  A few weeks ago, on a trip to the mall, we accidentally discovered this wonderful book at one of the big bookstores.  (Really, it was an accident).

I picked it up and flipped through it while Crackers played with the train table.  I loved the illustrations, but more than that, I loved all the GREAT ideas for learning with my kids.  Okay, so it says it is Grandma's Bag of Tricks.  The truth is, I have plenty to learn from this grandma.  In fact, I would love her to come spend a week with us and play with my boys.  Or maybe I should send them to her! 

Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars is not a book for grandmas.  Well, yes it actually is - but we all need some help to come up with great new ways to spend quality time with our families.  I highly recommend exploring this book with your children.  There are so many projects that we adore, it was hard to pick out a favorite to start with.

We chose to make a solar oven with our boys - the materials are easy to get cheaply, and the project is simple enough that our 3 year old can help.  What's best is that there is an edible reward in the end!  Our 
choice of foods - mini pizzas!  Yum!

WIN IT:
One of my readers will win a copy of Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars of their own.  This contest will end Friday, June 17.  This contest is limited to residents of the US and Canada.

HOW TO ENTER:
You may enter using any or all of the following methods.  Please leave 1 comment for each entry and include your email address in each comment.
1) Visit Sharon Lovejoy's website, tell me something you learned.
2) Look around the Workman Publishing site and tell me about another interesting book.
3) Follow Crum's This N That via GFC.
4) Subscribe to Crum's This N That via email newsfeed.
5) Tell me why you want this book and who you would share it with.

59 comments:

  1. Jen- Great find! I love it! I went to her website and found a really cool insect juke box. You can click on a name of a bug, it shows its picture and plays its sound. I have got to show this to my boys!!! worksinprogressllc@yahoo.com

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  2. I found a really neat book called "Backyard Explorer Kit" by Rona Beam on Workman Publishing Site. It is an album where kids can store their leaves they find next to the picture of the real leaf. Neat! worksinprogressllc@yahoo.com

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  3. I would love this book to be a resource for homeschooling activities in my own home. It looks amazing. That and we do have grandmas that like to do these fun activities with them, so I'd share it with them for ideas of things to do with the boys as well. :) worksinprogressllc@yahoo.com

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  4. I follow this blog via GFC: Nicolette
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  5. I visited Sharon Lovejoy's web site and I could not believe the amount of award that she has won. This is a very talented and gifted women.
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  6. I would love to win this book because I value the time that is spent with family. I think that this is a great book for all members of the family to learn, have fun and explore.
    nicoletteamay at yahoo dot com

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  7. Another great book from workman publishing is Snuggle puppy. We love our puppy and this is a great puppy love story.
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  8. This is an AMAZING book! I think that, even if I didn't have kids, I'd want it. I mean, who doesn't want to know how to make a pizza box solar oven??? In fact, a solar oven is one of the projects we have planned for this summer - we're going to attempt to bake a cake!
    ohmiss14 at yahoo dot com ☮

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  9. I learned that Sharon is someone I'd love to meet! Her career is what I've always wanted - naturalist, artist, writer, and gardener... what a dream come true that would be!
    ohmiss14 at yahoo dot com ☮

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  10. Nature's Art Box sounds like another amazing book that I'd love to have from Workman Publishing.
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  11. I'm a GFC follower
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  12. I'm an email subscriber
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  13. I follow with GFC as strawberry.
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  14. This book looks like summer fun, and I would love to share that joy with my son.
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  15. PAPERTOY MONSTERS from the Workman Publishing site looks like a cute book.
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  16. I learned that Sharon Lovejoy has love and respect for nature, and bless her for that.
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  17. GFC follower
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  18. Right now, my son is only 5 months old, but here in a year or so, some of those activities will come in handy. I'd share it wiith him.
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  19. I learned that Sharon's garden has been published in a Better Homes & Gardens feature book.
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  20. Been reading her biography. I really like that her books are aimed both for kids and adults.

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  21. I like 365 MORE SIMPLE SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS WITH EVERYDAY MATERIALS

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  22. I would like to share it with my daughter but also with my hubby who is elementary teacher.

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  23. 1) Visit Sharon Lovejoy's website, tell me something you learned.

    I learned that she has won a TON of awards between 1999 and 2010! :)

    jaxw1208@gmail.com

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  24. 2) Look around the Workman Publishing site and tell me about another interesting book.

    I found a book called "Fifteen Animals!" and it would be perfect for my son. He just turned 3 and is getting fairly well at counting. :)

    jaxw1208@gmail.com

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  25. 3) Follow Crum's This N That via GFC.
    Follow as: Jackie W.
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  26. 4) Subscribe to Crum's This N That via email newsfeed.
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  27. 5) Tell me why you want this book and who you would share it with.
    I would share this book mainly with my son (3)...but also with my husband to get some ideas for quality family ideas. We have been lacking "family" time or one-on-one with both of our kids, so something like this would be perfect. :)

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  28. follow blog jelaws5
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  29. email subscriber
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  30. Mom's Family 2012 Desk Planner by Sandra Boynton-really like this
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  31. Sharon Lovejoy has a girl's club called Grimy Hands.
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  32. went to workman and the book "52 Loaves" looks like one I would like. I have recently taken up bread baking.

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  33. I would love to have this book to share with my kids. We could really use some new activity ideas.

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  34. How great that she offers lodging to friends in Maine!
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  35. The photos in Be My Baby on the book site look beautiful!
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  36. This book looks so good!

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  37. I learned she has more than 7 books out
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  38. I think "Snuggle Puppy" looks adorable. My little one is in LOVE with puppies!
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  39. I Follow Crum's This N That via GFC.
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  40. I would use this book both with my niece and nephew and in my future classroom!
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  41. I like my Grandpas briefcase book

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  42. I learned she won this award:
    2010 iParenting.com Media Award, Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars

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  43. I follow you on Google connect

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  44. I subscribe to your daily email

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  45. I would share this with my nephew who loves books

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  46. I loved the insect juke box on her page
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  47. Birthday Monsters looks like a fun book
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  48. I follow on GFC
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  49. I would love to share this book with my 4 little granddaughters
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  50. follow via gfc
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  51. subscribe to your emails!
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  52. I would love this for my kids, we would have a great time with the activities!
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  53. At her site I learned that Sharon's garden has been published in a Better Homes & Gardens' book. that is awesome!
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  54. I would share this book with my grandkids because I am always looking for new and fun things to do with them.

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  55. At the publishing site I found this book that I'd love to share with my grandkids, DISCOVER AND DRAW: DINOS!
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