I had the chance to review the childrenâ€™s book Cooper and Me written by Monique & Alexa Peters and Illustrated by Alexa Peters.Â This book is one of the best and most creative books we have read as a family.Â Not only does it help children through its story but it was also co-written and illustrated by an 11 year old little girl.
Here is a little background info on Alexa:
Cooper and MeÂ wasÂ illustrated by 11-year-old Alexa PetersÂ andÂ co-written withÂ her mother, Monique Peters. Â The ideaÂ was inspired by Alexa’s own experiences on her first day of school. Â A talented young artist and writer, Alexa wanted to give back to others in a meaningful way through her art.Â Â Starting at a very young age, Alexa created illustrated stories about her daily experiences, and from the pages of her sketchbooks came the idea for her first book,Â Cooper and Me.Â
Cooper and Me is about a little girl who is faced with her very first day of school.Â Like most children she is very scared and unsure about school.Â Her family has told her she will have fun learning, playing and making new friends.Â Still she is not sure about school because she spends most of her days with her dog Cooper who is her best friend and her parents tell her dogs canâ€™t go to school.
The little girl believes that if she can take Cooper to school that everything will be ok.Â Everyone needs to feel secure when doing something new.Â Her family comes up with a plan to make her feel better.Â I donâ€™t want to give the story ending away but I will tell you it has a wonderful end.
My oldest two children are now homeschooled but my daughter can relate to the feelings of this little girl in the story.Â She went to public school for two years.Â I remember her first day and how she was nervous and a little scared.Â When she got home she was so happy that she went and made new friends.Â This book is a great for helping children learn to overcome fears.Â So if you have a little one who is about to start school or even something else new like a new sport then I would recommend getting this book and reading it with them.
We enjoyed reading this book together as a family and even included a little doggie that we were dog sitting.
This book donates some of their proceeds to Happy Hearts Fundâ€¦
In addition to helping young children gain emotional resilience and confidence through their books, Alexa and mom Monique wanted to go beyond that to help less fortunate kids. Â Their search for an organization to which they could donate a portion of the proceedsÂ from theÂ Cooper and MeÂ book led toÂ a charitableÂ alliance with the Happy Hearts Fund, founded and run by Petra Nemcova, the supermodel who was directly affected by the tsunami in Thailand.Â Happy Hearts improves childrenâ€™s lives through education and sustainable programsÂ in areas devastated by natural disasters.
Some little extras can be found on the website for your children. A song can be found on the Cooper and Me website for you little one to listen to here. Some coloring pages, word puzzles and games can be found on the Cooper and Me Website here.
*Note I did receive a copy of this book for review purposes.Â I was not paid for my review and this is my honest opinion of the book.
I am a stay at home mom to 4 kids. I homeschool my oldest 2. I love to review different products on my blog. I also enjoy meeting other moms through blogging. You can find me at Mom's Point of View.