Thursday, February 9, 2012

Cooper and Me and the Military Review and GIVEAWAY

Back early in December, I reviewed Cooper & Me and the Winter Adventure (here ).  Our 5 year old LOVED it. 

I was excited to have the opportunity to read the next installment for two reasons:  we truly loved the first book even though we had not previously heard of the series AND the topic is dear to our heart!

Cooper and Me and the Military

Two words:  pure love!

The Cooper series is written by Monique & Alexa Peters and illustrated by Alexa Peters &Melissa Peterson.   The authors are a mother daughter team and the illustrations are from the daughter as well (a young teen).  As mentioned in my previous review, what makes this series so different and desirable is the extra-learning activities that each one includes.  It's about more than JUST reading a GREAT book.  It takes it to the next level with engaging learning activities and real-life application.  You can even log onto the website for even more activities.  As a home educator, I LOVE this.

The main reason these books engage my son is the fact that the main character is a dog named Cooper.  In his stories, we are introduced to his animal friends and learn something VALUABLE about life. 

This particular story brings Trooper to us.  He is Cooper's best friend and was adopted by Gracie and Joe's parents who are both in the military.  The story is about how this family stays close while being separated at times.  For those of us with military family members, it strikes in even deeper cord.  Yet, you don't have to be a military family to enjoy the book.  It gives kids fantastic ways to understand a little bit about what happens when someone they love leaves and it gives a great sense of patriotism. 

The language of the story flows well and most definitely kept my child's attention (which is hard to do with an active 5 year old boy).  It is engaging and the illustrations are adorable.  A great thing about this series is the doors it opens for more conversation.  THAT is PRICELESS!

One very special part of this particular book that I just absolutely adore is in the "extra" activities.  It includes a touching, fill-in-the blank letter that even young kids can write that can be sent to active military.  A website address is listed for information about where and how to send it. 

For more information about Cooper and Me and the Military:

One reader can receive a copy of this precious book.  (Your book cover may look different, but the book itself will be the same. )  Just leave a comment on this post (or facebook post).  I will use to choose a winner on February 20th.   Just please be sure to leave your name and an email address so I can contact you (if I don't already have it!). 

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