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Cozy Classics {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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My degree is in English with an emphasis in Literature, which gives me the opportunity to teach English at both the high school and college/university level, but I’m also certified in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education.  I really love to read and have favorites from a variety of genres and for all ages, but I was especially drawn to this series that combines some favorite classic novels with the board book medium!

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“Cozy Classics is a new board book series that presents well-loved stories to children aged 0+. The concept for Cozy Classics is simple: every classic in the series will be condensed to 12 child-friendly words, and each word will appear alongside a needle-felted illustration. Each word is carefully selected to relate to a child’s world, such as “friends”, “sisters”, “dance”, “muddy”, “boat”, and “leg”. The books work as word primers, even without any reference to the original stories. If you, as a parent, can fill in some of the original tale as part of the reading experience, so much the better!”

I was able to read them with both my two-year-old and my four-year-old, who both loved the stories and would each grab one or two to read with them before going to bed at night.  The needle felting illustrations are amazing and definitely create the “cozy” feeling as you read through these sturdy board books.

One of the other things that I liked while reading these stories is that I could fill in the “missing” pieces of the story to expand the storyline and plot, but my oldest also liked to come up with his own storyline based on the pictures and words on each page.  It was great to see his imagination working and was interesting to find where he would take the story each time.

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Jane Eyre — coming Fall 2013

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Les Miserables

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Moby Dick

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Oliver Twist – coming Fall 2013

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Pride and Prejudice

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War & Peace

“The series will invigorate the genre of the infant primer whose usual concept categories—colors, numbers, shapes, animals, and so on—have become overly familiar. By presenting words that not only introduce simple concepts but create a narrative, Cozy Classics offers a fresh take on the infant primer. Parents will be able to foster a rich and compelling storytelling experience that will expand, elaborate, and grow as their children grow.”

Enter below to win a copy of Les Miserables and War and Peace from Cozy Classics!

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** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the  morning of Tuesday, June 25th, and emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Cozy Classics, but all opinions are strictly my own.

 

Out of Print {Review}

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I feel as if I have taken an afternoon off, wandered the streets of some adorable city, and discovered in a quiet corner off the beaten path, a  bookstore most quaint and full of all my favorite classics.  But instead of books, I’ve really found a collection of shirts, stationary, and accessories, and instead of a bookstore, the gem of a shop called “Out of Print“.
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This has got to be the ideal place to shop for the budding novelist, the avid reader, the lover of all classic literature.  Hop from book to book and behold the oh so alluring visuals of familiar characters and titles!
They really do have everyone covered.  T-shirts for the thinkers…
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Bags and stationary for the romantics…
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And titles from our childhood favorites!  Oh how I loved Harold and the Purple Crayon!
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Now here’s something my little brother might not ever admit to.  When we were in junior high, we rented the 4-hr version of Pride & Prejudice and watched 15 minutes at at time every night for weeks!  We loved it, quoted it, and since then, Pride & Prejudice has been such a favorite of mine!  I saw this title in Out of Print’s shop, and knew I had found my book!
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Check this out: its an e-reader jacket that looks like a bound book!  Traditional bookbinding techniques around the water-resistant rubber cradling interior.  This product reeeeeally makes me want an e-reader!  But since I don’t actually have one, my next favorite was the matching Pride and Prejudice book cover fleece long sleeve shirt!  In fact, thinking about how much I love this classic inspired me to go check it out again from the library.  And yes, that yellow book stamp card is actually the clothing tag!  Love it!
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Oh, this baby is so soft!  The raw hem finish around the off-the-shoulder neckline makes this more stylish than just a standard sweatshirt.  The black heather/gray lets me accessorize with any color I like, and the kangaroo pocket is just the right size for women’s hands, and not gaping or stretched.  The beautiful softened white print has such a lovely amount of detail to be eye-catching and memorable, but not distracting.  I think I look like a refined bookworm with excellent taste in comfortable fashion 🙂
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Honestly, go look up the memorabilia in your favorite classics!  One of these items might just be the PERFECT birthday gift for a close friend.  Or for yourself.  Or for FATHER’s DAY!

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*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Out of Print, but all opinions are strictly my own

BabyLit {Review}

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If you have been following the Dandy for a while then you know that in our household we like to read.  Okay we don’t just like it.  We love it.  Like literary obsessed around here.  This image from our study proves it:

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A few months back I ordered the most adorable books for the little Miss.  Simply perfectly dandy to put in her Easter basket:

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So after getting those marvelous beauties I just had to contact Gibbs Smith (home of BabyLit) to see if they wanted to be featured on Dandy Giveaway.  And they did.  And they sent me some more lovely reads for our kiddos.  And here they are:

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Each book teaches your little one the basics of colors, counting, opposites, weather, and more!  There are so many different classics to choose from:

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New additions to the classics line (like Anna Karenina) will be released this fall, so be sure to mark your calendars!  🙂  I have a feeling that I’ll be adding more to our collection very soon.  🙂

I mean our littlest reader is already a major fan of the works of Austen:

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Thank you BabyLit!

*This posting was sponsored by Gibbs Smith, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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