Recently I was really pleased to be contacted about the idea of getting a book to review on my beloved blog, and also being able to run a give-away for one of my lovely readers to be able to win a copy of the same book. Soo I’m going to talk about the book first, and let you know what we thought of it and then I’ll explain the details of the give-away at the end of the post.
The book we received is ‘Bing: Get Dressed’ by Ted Dewan and we’ve enjoyed reading it a few times already. As you can tell from the title, the main theme of the story is how to get dressed and, as such, it’s aimed at pre-schoolers so it was absolutely perfect for Ethan. Especially as we’ve been, recently, practicing how to get his clothes on himself.
This book was originally released in 2003 but is being released soon, on the 1st August. You can pre-order your own copy on Amazon.co.uk for £5.94 unless you’re lucky enough to win the copy we’re giving away on here, of course!
The first thing that struck me, and Ethan too, was the animation. Ethan immediately picked up the book and sat looking at the really cute, well illustrated and very captivating pictures long before he actually let me read the story to him! The two characters, Bing bunny, and his friend Flop are just so nicely illustrated and the images have a beautiful textured look to them that really make them stand out in comparison to a lot of the other children’s books you can see on the market at the moment.
I’m thankful, every day, that Ethan loves books – It’s something which matters so much to me and, luckily, he can’t get enough of sitting and reading stories to himself or being read to by someone else.
Ethan really enjoyed this story. It had the instructional quality of ‘putting on your pants’, ‘putting on your socks’ etc. and we discussed each stage and related it to Ethan’s life and the things he was wearing that day. But then when we reach the page where, Oh No, Bing has forgotten to put his dungarees on before his shoes, Ethan got really excited and giggled quite a good deal. Admittedly, some of that is to do with the emphasis and enthusiasm I try to put into a story when I read to him, but just look at the pages above, it’s such a good story to get excited about, even if it is just getting dressed!
Once Bing has, finally, got himself dressed, it’s time for a little twist in the tale. Poor Bing has an accident.
At first I wasn’t sure what to make of this, as a part of the story, as it came from nowhere and I wasn’t sure if it was the right way to approach this sort of thing with little ones. But, when I really thought about it, and read the book through, again, I decided that it actually Was the perfect way to approach it as, of course, these things do come out of nowhere, the illustrations clearly show that Bing is sad, so it’s not condoning it exactly, but then it also reassures him ‘Don’t worry Bing. It’s no big thing’ I think that this could work really well to aim to allow our little one’s to let go of some of the pressure and stress which can be built up from the tension of potty training. Let’s, definitely, remind them that it really is ‘No big thing’ – If it’s ok for Bing bunny then it’s ok for them too!
Ethan and I really chatted about this bit as he’s very reluctant to even start potty training so this book came at the perfect time for us. We said ‘aww’ when poor Bing had his accident but perked up when everything was sorted out again. And since we’ve read the book, whenever we talk about going to the potty and nappies and things Ethan will say ‘Yes, like in the bunny book’ so I know it’s definitely stuck with him, and in a positive way too.
We’ve really enjoyed reading this story, the illustrations, the fun and the educational all in one. And I defy you to not love Bing bunny! (How could you not?!)
A long post. I know, but I want to make sure that this book gets the praise that it deserves! So, on to the give-away part.
It’s a simple give-away, using rafflecopter, the only mandatory thing is that you follow my blog via GFC (If you’re not sure how then click HERE) and all other entries are optional.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
It’s running for two weeks and once a winner has been drawn I’ll get in touch to find out your address which I will then send off to the lovely people who sent me the book in order for them to send it on to you (So, yes, I will have to share your details with this company, but only for the reason of getting the prize sent off to you)
You’ll have 48 hours to get back to me from when I e-mail you/tweet you and if you don’t respond then I’ll draw another winner.
The giveaway is UK only, so please please only enter if you’re in the UK, if I draw you and you aren’t then you won’t be able to get the prize.