Book Giveaway

AOrange-Crate Airplaneslrighty, Folks. Are you ready for another book giveaway? Me, too!

Shelley Wiscomb Blundell has written a delightful book called Orange-Crate Airplanes.

It’s based on one of her childhood experiences.

It’s about a little girl who is bored. (Don’t we detest that blasted B word?)

So, her kind father decides to build her an airplane.

He sends her to the shed to get a wooden orange crate.

Orange-Crate AirplanesHe designs. He saws. He nails.

He builds his daughter an amazing airplane. One that takes her imagination on a flight around the world.

Oh the wonderful things that she ‘sees’ on her adventure.

But wait! The little girl’s friend is bored, too.

Back to the workshop. The father builds the friend an airplane, too. Orange-Crate Airplanes(What a nice dad!)

Together, the girls have adventures in their airplanes that keep them occupied — and happy — all summer long.

This story is told in rhymes. And what a skillful weaving it is.

Many rhyming stories have a very stiff and stilted feel to the rhyme —

Ta da ta da ta da ta da
Ta da ta da ta da…

Shelley has a natural flowing rhythm. The rhyming scheme is subtle — it doesn’t jump out and conk you on the head saying, “Look at me here! I’m a rhyming word!)

Oh no! This is one of the best rhyming stories that I have read. I give it two thumbs up.

The plot is very appealing to children. They totally understand what it’s like to be bored and have nothing to do. Especially during the long, hot days of summer.

But do you know what the best part of the book is?

It provides directions on how to build your own orange-crate (or box) airplane! Wahoo!

The airplane would be very easy to make and would provide your grandchildren with hours of fun — just like the little girl in the book. It’s so easy to make that grandma wouldn’t need grandpa’s help at all to make it!

Every grandmother’s bookshelf needs this book. So does a grandchild’s bookshelf. You know, Christmas is coming up. This would make a mighty fine present for a grandchild. Just saying . . .

So. I’m going to give away a copy of this charming book (with it’s wonderful directions on how to build a plane) to one of my lucky readers.

Simply post a comment telling about an activity that you did during the summer when you were a child.

The giveaway will run until midnight on November 6.

I will post the name of the winner on Friday November 7.

For those interested in buying a copy of the book, simple send an e-mail to:

gailandshelleyblundell at

Payment can be made through PayPal or the old-fashioned way of by check.

9 thoughts on “Book Giveaway

  • Joyce

    My sisters and I made dollhouses from cardboard boxes. We covered the walls using pages from sample books. I remember a HUGE red flocked floral pattern that I hope nobody actually used on their own walls!
    I’ve always loved the magic of cardboard boxes. Grandma had made us a fabulous dollhouse, but for some reason, these home made ones were our favorites!
    Thank you for another great give away!

  • Leona Ridenour

    We would play croquet a lot. I loved that game! I would spend hours playing it with my siblings. I’ve played it with my children and I can’t wait to play it with my grandchildren!

  • Kathie Gordon

    When I was in elementary school, during the long summer days, we would finish our chores and then ride our bikes about 2 miles into the small shopping area and buy $.10 candy. We rode on the “back roads” through all types of neighborhoods. The drug store carried so many types of $.10 candy. Those were wonderful days!

  • Jean

    I love to read. So, during the summer, I would go to the library every week and check out a bunch of books. Then, I would find a quiet space in our cool basement and read to my hearts content.

  • Nicki Giovanni

    I belonged to a sewing 4-H club. I went to club meetings and then would go home and sew things like an apron, shorts, simple top, pillow case and stuff like that. I felt on top of the world when I finally conquered putting in zippers!

  • Molly Anderson

    My sister and I would always go swimming on Wednesdays. Afterwards, we’d stop and get an ice cream cone on the way home.

  • Tami

    I used the email address you listed to order Orange Crate Airplanes, it is not a good email address. Could you please post the correct one? I’m excited to purchase the book. Thank you!

    One of my favorite activities I did as a child was making a restaurant using the old clothesline, blankets for walls, boxes and crates for tables and chairs and whatever food we could confiscate from mom’s kitchen. My friends and I would spend hours playing, we would take turns being the chef, waitress and customers.


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