Saturday, December 3, 2011

2011 Holiday Gift Guide 'Along Came You' Children's Book Review & Giveaway

     Books are a must when it comes to gift giving.  Every year Jayden gets a few new books under the tree.  Recently I was contacted to review the book, 'Along Came You' Written by Karona Drummond.  I of course said yes!  And even better she autographed it for us. 

     Before you, my home was decorated in style.  After you, my home is decorated in love.

     So begins this tender recital of love from parent to child that tells the story of the changes that take place after a little one joins the family.  What happens when the pleasures of a tidy, carefully decorated home are traded for the excitement of dressing up and messy art projects?  When quiet evenings and precisely planned schedules are exchanged for busy days and crasy nights?  What happens when the desire to experience joy yourself is replaced with the desire that another might experience joy?

About the Author:  When Karona Drummond isn't dancing in the rain or rolling down hills, she likes to make up lighthearted songs and poems.  Karona, her two kids, and the family dog and (usually not) her husband often run through the house, belting out and barking out the songs and poems.

About the Illustrator:  When Estelle Corke was eight, her teacher suggested that she write less and draw more!  By twelve, Estelle won the $1 first prize at the local art fair (the fact that she had already spent much more by enthusiastically entering a number of artworks was a minor detail!).  Estelle now considers her career illustrating children's books a privilege of a lifetime. 

     This book shares the joy of a child coming to the life of a mom.  It is so sweet.  The mom tells the child what she did before she came along and what they do now.  Jayden and I read the book together a few times.  Jayden always says read it again.  Although the child in the book is a girl, we still related and love it. 


     In addition to sending me the book for Jayden, Karona was so kind as to send me one for our Head Start classrooms.  Since I go to many different rooms I had a hard time picking which room would be the most deserving.  I decided to share it with our mental health department.  We have mental health consultants that visit all our classrooms and help the children and families.  I felt like this book would help to promote bonding and attachment between parents and children.  Our mental health consultants were very excited to share this book with parents and children. 

Buy it: Along Came You Children's Book $6.99

Win it:  One (1) Arizona Mama Reader will win an autographed hardback copy of Along Came You Children's Book. 

Enter in the Rafflecopter form below!  This giveaway will be open until 12/18 at 12:01AM (EST).  After entering below be sure to check out all the other Holiday Gift Guide reviews & giveaways.



Thank you to Karona Drummond for sponsoring this review and giveaway. 
I was provided the above mentioned book for review purposes.  I was not compensated in any way.  All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced.  disclosure

28 comments:

  1. What a great book! I love that she did a youtube video too :) Honestly my favorite is the cover picture. I love it when my little girl puts her head against mine like that!

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  2. I like the part where she says there is joyful noise...and there is joyful noise 24/7 at my house!!

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  3. I love the joyful noise. I just wish it didn't give me joyful headaches!

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  4. I would give this to my 3 kids ages 6,4,2

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  5. I like how it talks about before and after you.
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  6. I would give this to my children.
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  7. I love how the normally things in life changed so dramatically.

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  8. I think it's cute when th emom says she reads the favorite book a thousand times...sometimes it seems like that! :-)

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  9. I'd give this to my kiddos if I were to win :-)

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  10. I love the illustrations and so would my daughter!

    Shannon F.

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  11. I like the part where she says there is joyful noise...

    Sarah Walker
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  12. I will give this to my son, Chase.

    Sarah Walker
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  13. I love the ending of the book which sums it all up. What a great little story book. dwelchert@yahoo.com

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  14. This would go to my little granddaughter. dwelchert@yahoo.com

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  15. i love how it talks about before and after you.
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  16. i would give this to my niece.
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  17. I love the message it gives and would love this for my daughter!

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  18. loved the part where she said there was joyful noise...i like that!

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  19. i would give this to my new nephew

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  20. I love the comparison between before and after.
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  21. for our baby we are adopting.
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  22. I like the part about before her she would read a book w/ 1000pages but after she read her book 1000 times. I can so relate to that!
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  23. I would give this to my dd.
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  24. I love the before you and after you scenarios like eating meals alone before the baby comes
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  25. I would love to give this to my niece!
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  26. My favorite part was the "Before and after you" part. Lovely!

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  27. i love that it tells the child just how much different and BETTER life is with them! i would love to give this to my sweet lo!

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  28. "after you, I wake to watch you sleep" and "life became amazing after you". this book is wonderful. it reminds me to tell my children how much they have changed my life for the good.
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