Welcome to National Geographic Kids Week here at Mother Daughter Book Reviews.
If you’ll recall, last year, National Geographic Kids generously sponsored a series of giveaways for Mother Daughter Book Reviews’ followers. I’m thrilled to announce that we are doing it again!
Each day this week we will be sharing a different book and you will have a chance to win each of these books in five separate giveaways (open to the U.S. only, sorry). The folks over at National Geographic Kids have generously agreed to provide two copies of each book for five giveaways. That means there will be 10 WINNERS! Thank you!
Be sure to come back each day this week to enter a new giveaway for a different book. All of the giveaways will close on Sunday, September 20, 2015.
Without further ado, let us begin with Book #1: 100 Things to Make You Happy
Title: 100 Things to Make You Happy (National Geographic Kids) | Author: Lisa M. Gerry | Publication Date: August 4, 2015 | Publisher: National Geographic Children’s Books | Pages: 256 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 12 | Reviewed by: Renee and Dominic (Mother and Son)
Summary: This cheerful and inspirational book will make kids go “WOW!” and “Awwww” in equal measure. It’s packed with adorable animal facts, heartwarming nuggets from history, snippets of cool new science, amazing photography, inspirational advice from Nat Geo explorers, and fascinating weird-but-true facts. Sprinkled throughout are expert tips, jokes, quotes, and exercises to boost kids’ dose of daily joy and get them actively involved in their own well-being.
1. What is the book about?
This book is full of countless ways to be happy. If you’re ever feeling sad, this book will give you tips and tricks to stay happy. There are so many ways to be happy and this book basically says it all, so be happy!!
2. What do you think of the book cover and the images inside the book?
The cover is very eye-catching because who doesn’t want to read a book that has a cover that looks so…well…happy? The images inside of the book are pretty and state the point they want to make easily. Some of them also are just really cute.
3. What are your favorite parts of the book?
My favorite parts of the books are all the animal parts because animals are amazing and super cute and that definitely makes me happy.
4. What are some of the things you like to do that make you happy?
Here are a few things I like to do that make me happy:
- Listening to music
5. What are some of the things you learned from the book?
I learned that making your bed actually makes you happy. It actually works which I find strange because usually when your parent says “clean your room” or “make your bed” you would not want to at all, but it made me feel organized and made my room look neater and that made me happy!
6. Overall, what did you think about the book?
I thought this book was really good and helpful. Next time I get sad, I definitely need to read this book.
7. Who do you think would like this book?
I think everyone would like this book. Especially someone who is sad and needs to be cheered up.
My Thoughts: Feeling blue? This little book is chock-full of suggestions, images, inspirational quotes, and fun facts sure to leave you with a smile on your face. There has been growing attention to the importance of nurturing mental health, as research demonstrates increasing levels of anxiety and depression in children. Done in true National Geographic style, 100 Things to Make You Happy uses a combination of gorgeous, high-resolution photographs and fun scientific facts with a sprinkling of the unexpected, all presented in a whimsical, eye-catching layout.
On one level, just flipping through 100 Things to Make You Happy perusing images of cute baby animals, pink rubber duckies, beautiful bright flowers, and kids being silly will lift anyone’s spirits!
Aside from the inspiring images, there are literally one hundred pieces of advice, including some that, to adults, will seem like common sense; but, to children, are a great place to start: #29 “Eat Chocolate” (duh!); #62 “Go outside”; #67 “Think happy thoughts”. Other nuggets of wisdom are based in science (basics are provided): #25 Express your feelings; #34 “Surround yourself with colors that make you happy” #90 “Drink lots of water”. And, some of the recommendations are nice reminders for children and adults alike: #26 “Talk nicely to yourself”; #35 “Dance in the Rain”; #91 “Practice mindfulness”.
All in all, 100 Things to Make You Happy is a treasure for the whole family. Filled with beautiful photographs and nuggets of wisdom for children (and adults) to inspire them to achieve happiness, I highly recommend this lovely empowering book to families; and, challenge them to crack open the book together to a random page and begin their journey toward a life filled with light, hope, and contentment. Ages 5+.
* This book was provided to me by the publisher free-of-charge in exchange for our honest reviews. All opinions expressed are our own. *
* Giveaway: 100 Things to Make You Happy *
Prize: There will be two winners who will each receive a print copy of 100 Things to Make You Happy by Lisa M. Gerry.
Contest ends: September 20, 11:59 pm, 2015
Open: United States
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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. The winners will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If a winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by National Geographic Kids and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.