The Very Hungry Caterpillar 45th Anniversary (Giveaway)

February 23, 2014 by  
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Many of our favorite bedtime books have come and gone but in our opinion one of the most classic children’s books has got to be The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I’ve read it to all of my girls when they were young and we still read it together till today.

When Kacie was an infant almost 12 years ago, we received this board book as a gift. Back then as a brand new mom I wasn’t very familiar with Eric Carle. However, after the first reading we were hooked. I loved the non-traditional illustrations and the way the pages were stacked so that you could see all the different foods that were being eaten . . . all in one glance. My girls loved being able to recognize the different food items and always laughed when the caterpillar got through some of their favorite items like the lollipop and slice of pie. But most of all, The Very Hungry Caterpillar has become sort of like a staple in our library and is always chosen over some of the newer books that we’ve acquired over the years.

About the anniversary

2014 marks the 45th anniversary of Eric Carle’s pre-school classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The anniversary will be officially celebrated on the annual “Very Hungry Caterpillar Day” which takes place every year on the first day of spring (March 20th).

Since its publication in 1969, 36 million copies of the book have sold worldwide and it has been published in 55 languages. That year the book was also named one of the best children’s books of the year by The New York Times, and it has since become a beloved, must-own classic. Today, every 30 seconds, somewhere in the world, a copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar is sold.

Eric Carle ( is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. He has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, and more than 100 million copies of his books have sold around the world. In 2002, Eric and his wife Barbara opened The Eric

Carle Museum of Picture Book Art ( in Amherst, MA, a 40,000 square foot space dedicated to inspiring a love of art among children by introducing them to picture book art by renowned artists from around the world.

Courtesy of Penguin Kids

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To celebrate this milestone, we are giving away a cool prize pack which includes a limited edition anniversary tote and a copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar board book!

To enter:

  • Just  mention in comments before midnight,  March 9th what you love about The Very Hungry Caterpillar. That’s it!
  • A random winner will be selected and notified via email shortly thereafter.
  • The winner will then have 48 hours to claim their prize.

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  • Tweet this giveaway (once daily). Enter to win The Very Hungry Caterpillar prize pack! @kailani @penguinkids #giveaway #veryhungrycaterpillar
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Peaceable Kingdom Princess Sticker Activity Book (Giveaway)

February 21, 2013 by  
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What’s better than a sticker activity book? A sticker activity book where you can un-peel the stickers and place them again. I know that may not seem like a big deal to some but when you have a child who has to have everything placed “just right” this is a pretty cool feature.

Princess, fairy and mermaid  enchantment! Comes with 75 stickers! Activities include: Dress-Up, Color MatchUp, Puzzle, Create-A-World and Mermaid Scene.

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We received this brightly colored sticker book and the kids couldn’t wait to start playing. I couldn’t blame them . . . those adorable happy faces of the various princesses on the cover just screamed, “FUN!”

This book contained 6 laminated pages and  fun stickers which were grouped by their specific corresponding page. I really liked that the sticker pages were perforated which made it easier to separate. For me, it’s just more convenient to give the kids just the stickers they need for the page they are currently working on. No confusion . . . no frustration.

The Princess Sticker Activity Book ($7.99) included fun activities like color matching, dress-up, puzzles, as well as blank scenes where my kids could really express their imagination.

I think Kaila’s favorite page was the Princess puzzle. She actually did surprisingly well in placing the pieces in the right areas. She just needed a little help in lining them up properly. This is where the peel and restick feature came in very handy.

All in all, we loved the Princess Sticker Activity Book. The only suggestion that the kids had was that it should have more pages. They didn’t want the fun to end!

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How would you like to win a Peaceable Kingdom Sticker Book of your choice? To enter:

  • Just stop by Peaceable Kingdom before midnight, March 7th and check out their other toys & games.
  • Then come back and mention in comments one other item that you like. That’s it!
  • A random winner will be selected and notified via email shortly thereafter.
  • The winner will then have 48 hours to claim their prize.

To earn extra entries, you may do one or all of the following. Each one counts as an extra ticket but you must leave a separate comment for each one.

  • Subscribe to An Island Life’s feed.
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  • Tweet this giveaway (once daily).
  • Already a fan of Peaceable Kingdom’s Facebook page.
  • Already a fan of An Island Life on Facebook.
  • Place our button in your sidebar.
  • Mention this giveaway on your blog with a link back here.

This giveaway is open to US addresses. Good luck!

This post was written for Peaceable Kingdom who provided the information and item for review & giveaway. By entering this giveaway, you are acknowledging that you have read, understood, and agree to our disclosure policy.


Tea Time with Sophia Grace and Rosie (Giveaway)

February 11, 2013 by  
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If there are two things that my daughters love it’s princesses and tea parties. What can I say . . . they’re girls after my own heart. So when we had the opportunity to review Tea Time with Sophia Grace and Rosie I knew we were in for a treat.

TEA TIME WITH SOPHIA GRACE AND ROSIEis the perfect book for you and your daughter to share!  Sophia Grace and Rosie share all the proper tips for hosting the perfect princess tea party!   The totally sweet book is based on the adorable cousins who quickly became YouTube sensations after appearing on the ELLEN show numerous times.  Sophia Grace and Rosie have resonated with large audiences by dressing up in pink tutus and living out young girls’ princess fantasies!

Tune into The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday, February 4th when Sophia Grace and Rosie will talk about their new book Tea Time with Sophia Grace and Rosie.

The first thing we noticed about this book was the illustration on the front cover. Talk about fun and feminine. It’s all pink and sparkly and pretty!

This story is about two cousins who decide to throw a very special tea party where each of them is allowed to invite one very special secret guest. They spend the day planning and preping and dreaming while keeping their guest’s identity a secret. In the end, these cousins find out that they have more in common than they realize . . . they even think alike!

What my girls really liked about this story is all the planning that went into making the perfect tea party. From a party theme to invitations to decorations and finally the yummiest of menus . . . it seemed like the cousins had just as much fun getting ready for the big event. It gave my girls ideas on what to do for their next party and now they’re eagerly planning away.

What I really liked were the illustrations throughout the book. The expressions of the characters really brought the story to life and helped us to feel the excitement portrayed. We also liked all the pretty pink pictures that just made you happy to be a girl.

However, the best part were the Tea Tips given to help your child plan a wonderful tea part of their own.

So with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to check out Tea Time with Sophia Grace and Rosie. It’s a book your girls will treasure for a long time to come.

Check your local listings to find out when they’re on in your home city!

Purchase your copy of Tea Time With Sophia Grace and Rosie.


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Hallmark Interactive Story Buddy (Giveaway)

December 5, 2012 by  
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One of our family’s favorite time of the day is right before bed when we all cuddle up for a bedtime story. However, thanks to Hallmark we now have a new friend joining us every night. His name is Jingle.

Bring story time to life with the newest Interactive Storybooks and Story Buddies featuring the sweetest husky pups you’ll ever meet – Jingle and his new friend Bell.

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When Jingle first arrived the girls all thought he was so adorable. I mean, who can resist a fluffy husky? But Jingle is no ordinary plush . . . he responds to key words and phrases making him a very interactive part of storytime. Our set came with Jingle, a Read-Along CD, Jingle’s Magic Christmas Recordable Storybook, Jingle All the Way written by Tom Shay-Zapien, and 4 Hallmark holiday cards.

Read-Along CD: This was a great way for the girls to interact with Jingle on their very own. Even Kaila (3) who can’t read yet could sit and listen to the story being told on the CD and experience the magic of Jingle. The perfect way for the kids . . . and Mom . . . to get some quiet time.

Jingle All the Way Storybook: We used this storybook for bedtime. The storyline was entertaining and the sentence structure was easy enough for even Kiana (6) to read. The interactive sentences were highlighted in red so that we knew when Jingle was going to chime in.

Jingle’s Magic Christmas Recordable Storybook: What I liked about this book is how easy it was to set-up. I just opened up the book to the page I wanted to record, pushed the record button, and started talking. When I was done, I just pressed “stop” and it automatically played back my recording. When I was satisfied, I continued on to the next page. The cool part is that I didn’t have to listen to the whole recorded page. Once I turned to the next page, the narration stopped. The best part is that the girls can still have their bedtime story even when I’m at work. As much as I would love to be there to read to them in person, this is definitely the next best thing.

So this holiday season, bring the magic of Hallmark to your home and make reading time extra special with your family!

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