"Cooper And Me" Kids Book Review / Giveaway

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

About Cooper and Me:  It was illustrated by 11-year-old Alexa Peters and co-written with her mother, Monique Peters.  The idea was inspired by Alexa's own experiences on her first day of school.  A talented young artist and writer, Alexa wanted to give back to others in a meaningful way through her art.  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, Cooper and Me.

Through rhythmic verses, Cooper and Me tells the story of a young girl who is nervous as her first day of school approaches.  She is frightened about leaving home and doesn't want to go without her best friend, her dog Cooper. Fortunately her mother finds the perfect solution to help the little girl overcome her fears – a small replica of her beloved pet she can take to school with her.  In Cooper and Me, the story of a child’s fears about starting school has evolved into a timeless tale about overcoming separation anxiety and trying new things – basic emotions all people experience throughout their lives – but this time, written by a child, for children.

The story behind Cooper and Me also offers an inspiring example of families working together to help others.  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.  Their search for an organization to which they could donate a portion of the proceeds from the Cooper and Me book led to a charitable alliance with the Happy Hearts Fund, founded and run by Petra Nemcova, the supermodel who was directly affected by the tsunami in Thailand. Happy Hearts improves children’s lives through education and sustainable programs in natural disaster areas.

There are also a few fun things offered from the website. There are printable coloring sheets, mazes, connect the dots, number game and also word search. I have printed off several of these for my kids and they have had fun with these just as much as reading the book.

My family and I have been recently given the opportunity to review a kids book. Cooper and Me is a great book that offers a fun story. I love that Alexa whom is 11 years old is the illustrator of the book. My kids both really enjoyed the story and the illustrations.  The story offered a little bit of everything from sadness, funny and happy all in one. The story really keeps little ones interested in the book. With little ones they tend to get a little nervous when it comes to the first day of school. This book I personally think really helps little ones with this issue, in a kids way. Plus, this book will help with any new situation like first day of school, a new Sunday school class, extra curricular activities, and so much more.

Where to purchase: You can order from the website for $12.99.

1 comment:

  1. I Like that the animal is a lab.. my son LOVES labs, my moma has one, and it looks like the dog in the pic!


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