Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Book Giveaway - Pamela Walks the Dog

Pamela Walks the Dog by Christine Marlin, illustrated by Hilda Van Stockum
2001, Bethlehem Books, 24 pages, sewn hardcover

This latest title in the Bethlehem Books Lamb Time series is a short but sweet (and very funny) story about a busy little girl going through the very important and imaginative process of getting ready to walk the dog. Any parent with small children will appreciate the humorous truth about how children are that the author so clearly understands, even in such a simple story.

This shouldn't surprise fans of the author's grandmother and the book's illustrator, Hilda Van Stockum, whose own books portray a beautiful understanding of small children.

My two reading-age children (ages 6 and 8) so enjoyed the punch line that they fought over who would be the first one to read the story to Daddy. As evidenced from the sticky fingerprints on every page, my younger children (ages 2 and 4) have been poring over the book as well. The story could be easily read by a younger reader who knows most of the phonograms (the story includes a few "challenging" words, such as "thought" and "would").

Donated by Bethlehem Books

Reviewed by Alicia Van Hecke (whose "two reading-age children" are now 12 and 14!)

Thanks to the generosity of Bethlehem Books, we have two copies of this book to give away! If you'd like to be entered in this drawing, please leave a comment before tomorrow (January 30th) at 10 a.m. (Pacific time) and check back soon afterwards to see if you've won! We'll be starting another drawing - with some wonderful books from Ye Hedge School - tomorrow afternoon.

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