Even though I and my children do watch plenty of TV, I am a bit of a book snob. I’ll admit it. I sometimes won’t read a particular talk show host’s hot new pick (even if it is a literary delight) because I don’t want to read it just because I got caught up in the huge bandwagon parade.
One might think that movie tie-in books would fall into this eye-rolling “I’m too good for this” category, and they sort of do, but there’s one big difference: they are fun and grab kids’ interest.
I want my children to appreciate the literary merits of books, for sure, but I also want them to see books as fun–as playthings even. I think that playing with books early on plants some sort of seed in their budding brains: I always want to be surrounded by books.
He’s been enjoying these Kung Fu Panda movie tie-in books, even though he hasn’t actually seen the movie. Keep reading to find out how to win your own set.
Kung Fu Panda Fact Book–This is just what it says, a fact book, with descriptions of each of the characters and five large fold-out poster pages.
Kung Fu Panda Create-a-Story–This is a really great book. The pictures are bright and colorful, the pages are thick cardboard on a sturdy covered spiral-ring, and it’s a perfect way for your child to observe sentence composition in action. Each page is segmented into four sections from which the reader can mix and match to create their own story sentence. The first section is a descriptive prepositional phrase, such as “On a hillside.” The second has the character noun and a verb, “Po wishes for.” The third section contains an object “tasty dumplings,” and the fourth closes it out with some varied structures–either a descriptive prepositional phrase, a compound verb phrase, or an adverbial phrase “as fireworks fill the air.”
The Kung Fu Panda Magnetic Storybook—This really is just a plaything, but I love these magnetic storybooks. They are perfect for quiet play in the car or as a take-along anywhere where there might be some waiting time.
If you’d like to win a set of these books (U.S. shipping addresses only), please leave a comment here telling me the role that “fun” books play in your family. The winner will be announced on July 30. The giveaway is closed.
Managing Editor Jennifer Donovan is a contributing editor at 5 Minutes for Mom. She has been blogging at Snapshot for over two years. You’ll almost always find her holding either a book, a fork, a child’s hand, her laptop, or some combination therein.