Penelope’s 2nd Birthday iPad Mini Giveaway

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  We are very excited to be celebrating Penelope's 2nd birthday by offering another iPad Mini Giveaway! Our last iPad Mini Giveaway had thousands of entries and many left wonderful comments about how they would use the iPad Mini in their daily life.  I love that the iPad mini offers small hands a better grasp as well as the fact that it can be used for educational and play time for the kids.  There are so many wonderful apps to choose from these days!  Good luck to me best mates - we appreciate you and all your support over the past two years!  And make sure to check out our interview with the illustrator of Penelope, Paul Johnson, and read more about Penelope's next purple adventure!  The developers below have generously supported this iPad Mini Giveaway so please stop by their Facebook pages to say hello!  The information about each company was taken from their respective … [Read more...]

Penelope’s iPad Mini Holiday Giveaway Winner

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AHOY!  We had over 13,000 entries for the iPad Mini Holiday Giveaway with loads and loads of shares on Facebook and Twitter.  Thank you for sharing your stories and telling us how you would use the iPad Mini with your family.  Many entries talked about how this device could help their special needs child or grandchild and it touched us deeply!  Please make sure to enter our next giveaway going on now until the end of December.  Winner announced January 1st. A BIG THANK YOU to the developers listed above for without their support we couldn't have been able to provide this giveaway! Plus they are providing codes for the winners of both iPads and domeo products is donating an iPad Mini case! Happy Holidays! And the WINNER of the Penelope iPad Mini Holiday Giveaway is... CONGRATULATIONS to Rebecca Beesley!  … [Read more...]

Book of the Week: Boomerang Bear

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Stuart Trotter is turning out to be one of my new favorite author/illustrators! His book Boomerang Bear is part of the Eddy and Teddy Book series. Boomerang Bear is a really sweet story about a little boy who thinks he has become "too big for Teddy," so he throws him out his window. Yikes! Poor Teddy! But guess what? The Boomerang Bear comes back, and back and back. No matter where Eddy tries to get rid of him - he even tries flushing him down the toilet - the appropriately name Boomerang Bear always manages to reappear! The story is quite clever and we even Little Red Riding Hood brings Teddy back after Eddy left him in the dark woods, and when he tied him to a rocket ship - an alien in a spaceship brings him back.  Our personal favorite was when Eddy left him on the ghost train... and a friendly ghost brought him back that night!  This is an entertaining story for children … [Read more...]

Book of the Week: Neandersmall and the egg

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Bish Bash Books has put out another adorable eBook with Neandersmall and the egg written and illustrated by Sam Walshaw. The story is about a young Neandersmall who lives in a cave with him mommy and daddy, who are called Neandertall.  One day he announces that he is going to go explore the jungle and try to bring back dinner for the family.  He soon comes upon the biggest egg he has ever seen in his entire life!  He wants to bring it home to show the family and the story takes us for a fun ride watching him try to push, roll, or pull it home.  I really like the animations as they are quite colorful and sweet.  The little neandersmall boy is adorable and it is fun watching him try to figure out how to bring back the biggest egg ever!  We watch him ride on top of it flowing down a river, snatched up by a dinosaur and even plops on top of a volcano.  Sam Walshaw has packed a lot of … [Read more...]

Penelope’s Mini iPad Holiday Giveaway

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Last year I was able to be part of a family who were the recipients of an iPad for their special needs child through a program that donated 50 iPads in 50 States in 50 Days.  It was an eye-opening experience as I was able to see firsthand how much these devices can help children, especially children on the spectrum.  We have gathered some developers to help put one of these devices into the hands of a family - just in time for the holidays!  There are 8 developers who have sponsored the iPad Mini and Domeo Products has donated cases for all of the giveaway winners (we have four giveaways total going on til the end of December!).  Plus Disney and PBS Kids will donate some codes to their popular apps and all the developers participating have also generously donated codes.  I love to see when good folk come together to help others. We couldn't have done this without the help of the … [Read more...]

Book of the Week: Scaredy Cat

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  Bish Bash Books has created a sweet tale with Scaredy Cat by Stuart Trotter.  This adorable eBook starts off with a young scaredy cat who tells us all the things that he is afraid of such as monsters under his bed and creepy-crawlies that fill him with dread.  The illustrations are really sweet and Stuart Trotter has done a wonderful job at capturing all the things that little kids might be afraid of.   My daughter and I laughed at the part of the story where the kitty tells us that "I'm scared of flies, and wasps, and bees," and "I'm scared they'll make me eat my peas!"  Most of us know the challenges of getting our kids to eat their vegetables!  Each page is filled with the young cat telling us all the things in the world he is afraid of including wondering if there are sharks in the pool (I remember thinking this after seeing the movie Jaws) and that he is afraid … [Read more...]