Wednesday, December 21, 2011

{Review} Cooper and Me and the Winter Adventure by Monique & Alexa Peters

I can still remember the day when my hubby and I were shopping at L.L.Bean with his family. Yes, that L.L. Bean on a fall Saturday no less. And yes, it's open 24 hours a day 365 days a year and if you show up on a Saturday, it will be busy. Our oldest was about five or six at the time as our second son was still in a stroller. Hubby had B with him while I was wandering around with N and my MIL. I bumped in to hubby and asked where B was and the vague reply I received had me a bit nervous so off I went as fast as I could with a stroller, lots of people, and elevators to negotiate to find my FIL and see if B was with him as hubby thought. This was in the day before widespread cell phone use.

I soon found B at the trout pond watching a demo. He was with my SIL who promptly told me she had just found him - alone.

The scary part - he didn't realize this was okay. I quickly disabused him of that notion in quiet yet firm tones. In other words, I didn't scream like I wanted to - I was just so happy I had found him safe. But there comes a day when almost every family looses a child, however briefly, while in a busy place. It's easy to do. So are you and your child prepared?

The Cooper and Me series of books tackles hard situations like this and does so in a manner that is straight forward but not scary at all.

This series was created by a mom and her daughter, Monique and Alexa Peters. Alexa is a talented artist and works on the illustrations as well as helps write the book. Each story (there are four so far) feature a black lab named, Cooper - the Peters actual dog - who is used as the model for the stories.

I was able to check out Cooper and Me and the Winter Adventure! In this story, Cooper decides to go sledding with this friend, Bella, and they get lost in a snowstorm.

I really enjoyed the story and all the extras that came with it. I read the book to the two little ones I occasionally babysit (ages 4 & 2) as well as my youngest son (age 7). The book not only explores a hard topic, but it does so in a straight forward manner. The is also a section in the back of the book which includes many learning prompts including questions to begin discussions about how to stay safe and other things such as what season it is, weather, colors and it even gives some questions to help discuss the story itself (great narration ideas!).

The book sells for $12.99 on the Cooper & Me website. Be sure to head to their website for all kinds of additional resources such as coloring and puzzle pages for each book.

In addition for each Winter Adventure book that sells, a $1 will be donated to the Lustgarten Foundation, an organization dedicated to finding a cure for pancreatic cancer. Sadly the Peters family lost their grandfather to this disease and are donating the funds in his memory.

This is an adorable book and one that almost any child would enjoy reading again and again and again and...well, if you have young children I'm sure you understand what I'm saying. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the above product mentioned for free fromPropeller Marketing in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." 

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