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Friday, April 01, 2011

Tuff Books - April Fools Giveaway #2 (CLOSED)

NorthSouth Books (publisher of one of our favorite series - Rainbow Fish!) is just releasing a new series of books for little ones. Labeled "tuff books" - these hard back, glossy paged stories are designed with young children in mind. They are "tear resistant, easy to clean and completely safety tested and approved for tiny tuff readers!"

Each of the four books in this series have been published before and are being presented again in this new form. They are very nicely packaged and are obviously put together with great quality and care. My boys are both quite gentle with books but found these books attractive and colorful. Plus, we enjoyed some of the stories, three of which we had not heard before. The four books in the new "tuff" series are as follows:







When Mama Can't Sleep was originally published in Switzerland under the title Alle sind wach. (I thought that was interesting at any rate.) This book, I have to honesty say, was our least favorite. The reason I didn't care for it is because it features a ghost and we have not really delved into the idea of ghosts around these parts. I cracked the book open with the boys by my side and just didn't mention the ghost in my reading. The main idea of this story is that each member of the family is unable to sleep on one particular night. The only way that they find themselves able to sleep is to crawl into one big bed together, whereupon they drift off into slumber land. We just really didn't connect with this one very much and preferred the other three to this.

Owl Howl is more to our liking with lots of woodland animals trying to calm and sooth young owl as he is howling in the forest. Various animals take turns trying to calm the wee owl down with little success. It is not until owl is reunited with his mother that he ceases howling, at which point he can't remember exactly why it was that he was crying in the first place! This title also made its debut performance in Switzerland under the title Heule Eule. (These foreign titles fascinate me. Can you tell?)

Rainbow Fish and the Whale was the book that attracted me to finding out more about tuff books to begin with! Being that Bookworm1 has really enjoyed some Rainbow Fish tales, I thought he would really enjoy this. We actually did already own a copy of this particular story so it was not all together new to us. However, if you are interested in introducing your younger child to Rainbow Fish and friends, this tuff book is a good way to get going! In this story a gentle old whale enters into the domain of the fishy friends and through some misunderstanding, the fish are afraid that not only is the whale going to eat up all the krill in the area - but they along with them! A bridge of friendship is built by Rainbow Fish between the whale and the other fish and there is a happy ending -- for everyone but the krill, of course!

We finished up our reading with Two Little Chicks which was a hit amongst all three of us. It tells the story of two little chicks who go to the playground for the first time and find a lot of other animals having a great deal of fun. The Little Chicks are too afraid to try any of the playground equipment and decline participation on a great many things until they are prompted to just try going down the slide. In the end, of course, they discover that the slide is plenty fun entertainment and nothing can stop them from making multiple trips down! Hmm. We may have identified with this book a little too much! That is also the great appeal of it - for us anyway. Bookworm1 has to be convinced that something is safe and fun before he'll give it a try. Bookworm2 throws himself headlong into anything with a "WHEEEEE!" and off he goes! They both liked different aspects of this book and mommy didn't mind reading it so everyone was happy.

Do you think you and your youngsters might enjoy these books? If so, I'm happy to be able to offer TWO of you a set of each of these four titles. That's right! NorthSouth Books have offered up two sets of these books to two readers here at Reading to Know.

To win? Simply leave a comment below! This contest is open to U.S. and Canadian residents and will be open through Thursday, April 7th.

Extra entries:

* Blog about today's April Fool's Giveaways and earn one extra entry per contest. (Make sure to leave a second comment for that extra entry!)
* Become a "fan" on Facebook. (Because yes, I've stooped to Facebook!)




Thank you, NorthSouth Books for allowing us a chance to becoming familiar with tuff books and for your generosity to the readers here as well!

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNERS ARE:
#1 - Amy
#7 - Monica

Congrats, ladies!

61 comments:

Amy said...

My kids will love all these titles! Great giveaways so far!! Thanks Carrie! :)

kempfyre21{at}yahoo{dot}com

Amy said...

I am a fan on FB! :)

kempfyre21{at}yahoo{dot}com

Maureen said...

Wow! Thanks for this great chance! The boys would enjoy either of these!


alekee02[at]yahoo[dot]com

Maureen said...

I've posted your April Fools giveaway on my Blog http://musingsbymaureen.blogspot.com/


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Maureen said...

I follow on FB!

Crystal said...

My boys would love these, please enter me.

crystalfulcher(at)ec.rr.com

Monica . . . said...

My kids would enjoy these!

~Monica

Monica . . . said...

I also follow on FB, now!

~Monica

Alicia said...

My daughter would love these!

Alicia said...

Blogged the giveaway!

Alicia said...

FB fan!

Butterfly Wishes and Wonderland Dreams said...

I'm a fan on facebook

Butterfly Wishes and Wonderland Dreams said...

my youngest would love these they are all her faves :)

Butterfly Wishes and Wonderland Dreams said...

blogged about your april fools day giveaway

Butterfly Wishes and Wonderland Dreams said...

entry 2 for the blogging post

Carol in Oregon said...

Oh, Carrie. I'm developing a mini library for my grandkids. I'd love to put these books on the shelf they can reach.

Thank you!

bakkerfamily1[at]frontier[dot]com

Annette W. said...

They look like fun!

Annette W. said...

I blogged.

angie said...

These would great gifts for my neices.

angie said...

I am a FB follower

Janice said...

We would love these!
feltyfun at gmail

Janice said...

I like you on fb!

Sky said...

SIGH I love simply leaving a comment! It's about as easy as my day gets!

Bluerose said...

I usually try to stay away from entering contests when I've recently won something at a blog, but I can't resist entering this one!! :)
So cute!
bluerosesheart at yahoo dot com

Bluerose said...

I liked your page on Facebook.

Bluerose said...

I blogged.

Krista said...

Um, yes, we would like these! :)

Krista said...

I am a fan on FB! :)

Anonymous said...

My kids would love these-
thanks for the giveaways

artandjen at juno dot com

Jen N

Katie said...
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Katie said...

These books look like so much fun!

Deana K said...

oooooooh PLEAAAAASE pick me! LOVE this giveaway!

Deana K said...

I'm a fan on facebook :)

Page Turner said...

These look great! I think I would donate them to our church nursery after we enjoyed them at home for a month or two.

Page Turner said...

I'm a facebook fan, too!

Heather said...

I would Absolutely LOVE to win this set for my daughter and to have for our future kids too! Thanks for the opportunity! :)

heatherhaddox at yahoo dot com

Heather said...

I am a fan on Facebook!

Heather Haddox
heatherhaddox at yahoo dot com

debbie said...

What cute books, they would be great to read.
twoofakind12@yahoo.com

Jen @ Happy Little Homemaker said...

These would be great for my godchildren, too. Thanks!!

apple blossom said...

thanks for the giveaway.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

apple blossom said...

giveaway posted on my blog

http://myheartbelongs2books.blogspot.com/2011/04/giveaways-popping-up-all-day-today.html

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Taia said...

Interested!

Taia said...

Interested

Linda Kish said...

How cute!

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Anne@LittleSproutBooks said...

What a great set!

Anne@LittleSproutBooks said...

Announced on Friday's post

Anne@LittleSproutBooks said...

Fan on FB

rubynreba said...

All of the books look like great books. Thanks for the chance to win them.
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

rubynreba said...

Like you on facebook
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

My guys are not always gentle with books so these might be good for us. The playground book looks especially fun!

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

Already on FB with ya. :)

Wehaf said...

These look excellent!

urchiken at gmail dot com

Olive's mum said...

Out of all your giveaways, this is the one i'd like to win the most!

Pat said...

My grandson would enjoy these.
pkildow at gmail dot com

Alison said...

I want these! :)

Alison said...

facebook follower

Casa Castillo said...

THANK YOU for all these giveaways! I'm a SAHM of 2 active boys that love books! ;)

Ginny said...

What cute looking books, all new to us!

Ginny said...

facebook fan

Nancye said...

My daughter would fall in love with these books!

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Nancye said...

FB Fan

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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