(NOTE: I was given a subscription package from Elephant Books for review but my opinions are my own.)
You need to know a teeny bit about me.
First, my favorite animal is the elephant. (We’re soul sisters — large, gray, and wrinkly!)
Second, I love, love, love to read.
Third, I love, love, love to read to my children and grandchildren.
So, when the company Elephant Books contacted me to see if I would be interested in reviewing a subscription package, my answer was a resounding YES!
And let me repeat myself. Oh my!!!
My heart has been snatched up and whisked away into awesome-land by Elephant Books! Awesome indeed!
This company is a subscription based service that delivers books monthly to your doorstep. Books that they have diligently researched and vetted as new books of exceptional quality.
You can select to receive board books for ages 0-2 years old or hardback picture books for ages 2-6. I selected to review picture books.
They came wrapped in brown paper and tied with an orange ribbon. (I also need to tell you that orange is one of my favorite colors This company is really batting a thousand with me! Yay!)
Tucked under the ribbon was a little cloth bag. And what did it contain? Library cards and self-adhesive envelopes!
This takes me back to the Mesozoic Era when I was in school and library books had actual cards that were stamped with the due date and who had checked out the book. I love these cards that came with the books! This is another thing that Elephant Books did that captured my heart!
You can put these in your books and then kids can write down their name when they read the book. They can even write down what they liked about the book or why it was special to them.
One of the books was Catching Kisses by Amy Gibson.
I absolutely LOVED this book. It begins with “At any given moment, someone, somewhere, is blowing a kiss.”
Some kisses whisper like butterflies . . .
. . . and some can be hidden in your pocket . . .
Yay for kisses!
The kisses take the reader on a journey all across America and it’s fun to try and figure out which cities the illustrations portray. (The answers are given in the back of the book . . .)
One of my grandsons loves me to gently kiss him on his neck. He is going to be the first grandchild that I read this book to! (And I’ll be kissing him all the time!)
The second book is Tom the Tamer by Tjibbe Veldkamp.
The storyline in this book has a delightful twist. Usually, kids are the ones who are afraid of things.
In this story, the scaredy cat is Tom’s father. He’s afraid to go outside because the animals out there scare him.
Tom got a terrific idea. He went to the local pet store and got animals. He tamed and trained them . . . and then took them home. Inside. Where his father was.
Can you see the polar bear that Tom trained?
That worked out so well that Tom went back to the pet store for a whole slew of other animals — peacocks, a tiger, an octopus, and some hippos to name a few.
When all of the animals were trained and all in place as furniture in the house, Tom’s father came in the room. He was amazed. He touched, tried, and tested every single new furnishing.
When he found out what all of those furnishings were —
— he ran out of the house in fear.
I’m not going to tell you how the book ends. You’ll have to read it for yourself!
I highly recommend that you check out Elephant Books. Their monthly book club for kids is a super easy way for grandparents to give books to their grandchildren. The books are recently published, hardcover children’s books and are delivered straight to your grandchild’s door.
The subscription packages are designed to create special reading moments for families and deliver life-long memories that generations can enjoy.
They also provide a set of fun activities that are designed to make family reading more engaging and meaningful. Families get a new way to build long-lasting reading memories.
You know, the holidays will soon be here. This is a wonderful time to think about giving a grandchild a subscription from Elephant Books! This can be an ideal gift for grandkids. The gift of reading never gets old, never breaks, or out-grown.. It’s planted firmly in the hearts of children and will last through their lifetime.