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Friday, February 10, 2012

Cooper and Me and the Military Book Review and Giveaway

Cooper is a fun loving black lab, and Cooper and Me is a series of books about the adventures of Cooper and his little girl.  They teach kids how to handle the emotions and challenges of everyday living.  The Cooper and Me books are created by a mother-daughter team (Monique and Alexa Peters) and the daughter is only 13-in fact, Alexa was 11 when she wrote the first Cooper and Me book! 

Here's the "official information" on Cooper and Me and the Military:

Meet Trooper, Cooper’s best friend, and learn how he was adopted by Gracie and Joe and their parents, who both serve in the military. Find out how this family stays close despite being separated.

A must-read during patriotic holidays and for anyone with friends and family in the military, this book helps children know, that even when loved ones aren’t with us, they still love us and think about us. This book, along with all the other books in the Cooper and Me series, includes these interactive features:

• A Special Memory Creation

• Life Lesson

• Connections

• Learning Together

In addition to a fun adventure, each Cooper and Me story teaches an important Life Lesson and features interactive materials at the back of the book to drive the message home. Included are activities that help children name and process their own feelings about what they’ve read.

One Blessed Mamma's thoughts:  Cooper and Me and the Military is a delightful picture book.  The story is written in rhyme and confronts the real emotions of children whose parents serve in the military, without overdoing it and being "heavy".  The illustrations are done by Alexa Peters and Melissa Peterson, and they are very child engaging.  I like that there are questions in the back of the book to guide parent/child discussion about the emotional aspects of the story, as well as reading comprehension questions, and a "life lesson" section about the importance of staying connected.  There is also a template for your child to use to write a letter to a member of the military.  Oh, and a portion of the proceeds from the book sales goes to charity, which is impressively altruistic for such a young author.
For information about Cooper and Me and the Military, or about the other Cooper and Me books, go HERE.  If you Facebook, here's the Cooper and Me link.  Tweet?  Here you go! 
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