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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Adventures of Rusty & Ginger Fox (Children's Book Giveaway!)



I am happy to say this review is for a children's book.  The book is about two adorably, curious little foxes who venture out of their log to see the world around them and meet new animals along the way.

What makes this book so wonderful is the photography.   The author, Tim Ostermeyer, is also a Master Photographer.  He spent the last 25 years taking award winning photographs of wildlife around the world.  And, now he is using his photos to share the outdoors with children though children's books.

The other wonderful thing about this book is that each page shares interesting facts about each animals the foxes meet along the way.

For example, on the page where Rusty and Ginger meet a wolf, the opposing page shares facts such as, A wolf's howl can be heard 10 miles away, they eat 20 pounds of meat in one meal, they are born blind and deaf and can run 40 miles per hour!  [There are more facts on that page as well.]

Tim is on a mission to encourage children to get outdoors and to get to know more about the outdoors.  Children are so distracted with iPods, Nintendos, X-Boxes, texting and television that they forget all about the beauty of what the outdoors shares.

So, he is bringing the outdoors to children through his magnificent photographs of nature and wildlife combined with the interesting and educational facts included within the story.

Tim shares a few tips to help parents get their children interested in the outdoors:

Incorporate nature into what children are already interested in:  if children love playing hide and seek, suggest they play it outside.  Encourage them to read books that incorporate nature and wildlife.

Add a creative element:  a disposable camera or drawing pad ensures kids are actively engaged by taking photos or drawing pictures of animals and surrounding scenery.

Schedule time for outside play until it becomes a habit:  it is easier to ensure children's safety by keeping them indoors.  However, with proper supervision and instruction, they can be just a s safe playing outdoors.

Plan an outdoor family vacation:  while crowded theme parks and tourist cities are popular family destinations, national parks and camping trips can allow more quality time and a better appreciation of nature.

I am SO happy to have received this opportunity and a copy of this book.  My children have really enjoyed it.  And, I'm also happy to say that I have been authorized to offer a copy as a GIVEAWAY!!

All you have to do to win is comment here who you would want to win this book for and why.  Be sure to include your email address or other way to contact you in the event you win.  [REQUIRED TO ENTER]

For an additional entries:

Tweet and provide link = 2 entries
Post on your Facebook page and let me know = 2 entries

That's it!  Thank you to phenix & phenix literary publicists for this opportunity and GOOD LUCK!

[This giveaway will end on Friday, January 21st, 2011 at midnight.  The winner will be selected by random drawing.  The winner will be announced on my blog and contacted via email.  If the winner has not claimed the book within 48 hours I will select a new winner.]



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3 comments:

Melissa said...

Oh, wonderful book!! I would love this for my own kids, of course, but I might be inclined to donate it to Bridget's classroom, too.

Lauren said...

Looks like a great book! I especially love the author's mission to get kids off of electronics and to encourage outdoor exploration. I would either keep it for my three kids (6-year-old twins and a 3-year-old) or I'd donate it to our school's library!

Farmer*swife a/k/a Glass_Half_Full said...

Lis, since only the two of y'all entered this giveaway (I can't believe others didn't realize how adorable this book is; and the photography is awesome), I flipped a half dollar.

Lis = Heads Lauren = Tails

Heads it is! I'll send your mailing info to the publicist to have your copy shipped out! Congrats!

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