Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Aloha for Carol Ann Giveaway & A Starbucks

Recently I had the pleasure of reviewing a new children’s book called Aloha for Carol Ann by a writer friend, Margo Sorenson.

It’s a charming story of 8 year old Carol Ann who moves to Hawaii but doesn’t want new friends or a new school. The aloha spirit shows Carol Ann that her new school is just as special as her old.  I can relate to that.

Wanting an honest review, I read Aloha for Carol Ann to KLV to get her reaction. She sat quietly during the entire read and asked me to read it again as soon as I closed the book. When a 2 year old asks to read a book again, you know it’s good! 

So in honor of all that’s aloha we are giving away a signed copy of Aloha for Carol Ann. As a special bonus, I’m throwing in a $5.00 Starbucks gift card, in honor of KLV’s Tattie Wattaes.


To enter, follow me and leave a comment about your experience in grade school along with your email to enter. A winner will be chosen by Saturday, March 26, 2011.

ALOHA!

26 comments:

  1. Too cute! I remember the first time I met Emily (also from LYLAS) in first grade. I wasn't so sure about her (still not 27 years later! ; ) But I loved her mother who was my Kindergarten teacher so I figured she couldn't be all bad. We ended up having a lot in common...mainly scaring ourselves with ghost stories so we became quick friends. I have a lot of good memories playing at her house. (like "painting" her room with perfume then hiding from her dad in the closet when he came to search out the smell!) I'll have to check this out for my niece and nephew. Thanks to KLV for the review!!! : )

    oneil.elle@gmail.com

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  2. Cute!

    new with fab friends.... come check it out!
    http://wearnailpolish.blogspot.com

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  3. Already following.

    I remember my 2nd grade teacher Mrs. Roush. I was new to her school having moved across town in the middle of the year. I wore my brand new pair of white Easter sandals to school one day and Mrs. Roush had me stand on top of my desk to show them off to the class. I never felt like "the new girl" again after that.

    And I think she inadvertently started my deep and abiding love for shoes (especially sandals).

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  4. Love your Blog!!! KLV=Adorable!!!

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  5. Aww! What a fun giveaway! Who can say no to a new book? I moved to the US when I was 7 and knew no English and started in 2nd grade b/c supposedly there was a boy in 2nd grade who spoke Polish....that is, WHEN he actually spoke, which was rarely! I recall the struggles of trying to learn the language and have vivid memories of cerain friends trying to teach me. I worry so much about moving my daughter to a "big girl" school one day. I need to remind myself how I made it through - quite well! - after a move across the globe!

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  6. what a fun giveaway! I remember that in my second grade class my teacher had an actual replica of an old stagecoach in our classroom that she called the reading nook. It was SO fun to sit in that stagecoach (four or five of us could fit in it) and read our books. Really stretched our imaginations! luvme13@hotmail.com
    Hope you are having a wonderful week TV!

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  7. Julia is supposedly moving to Hawaii when she turns 19. All this from the 6th birthday luau!

    I have too many gradeschool memories to list, from pants pooping to the nurse's office to my 3rd grade year of C's in penmanship and conduct!

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  8. What a fun giveaway!
    I had to move and switch schools twice , once in 3rd then again in 8th grade, what a crazy and scary experience. I just remember how different the kids were at each school, one school was in a bigger city the other in Amish country haha, such a crazy experience making friends, but I helped me to be more outgoing and also to be open to every thing!
    Tablefor4blog@gmail.com

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  9. This is great TV! I think many children have to go through that change of school and friends and it can be hard. I tried to get to your blog yesterday lots of times and could not get through. I do not know why. I hope you are doing great my friend! Have a good night!

    Mama Hen

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  10. I am Texas born and bred, but lived in Maryland for a few years when I was preschool/early elementary age. When we moved back to Texas (I was in 3rd grade), it was a time of excitement and fear of the unknown and longing for old friends and apprehension about making new friends. I haven't read Aloha Carol Ann, but think I can relate to how she felt. I'm already following you :). Aloha, E

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  11. Looks like a book I woulda liked in grade school! KLV is adorable to request an encore. I went to 2 different grade schools and making friends at the new one was hard. What a fun giveaway!

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  12. If your 2-year-old liked the book, I'm sure my 3-year-old nephew will love it as well. :) As for my grade school experience... I was the only kid in my class who had glasses - *that* didn't exactly make me popular. O_o

    Thanks for doing this giveaway! :) If I win, my email is grig at gmx dot com

    *crosses fingers*

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  13. I moved from NY to a small cajun town in Louisiana in first grade. I remember the culture shock (mainly for the other kids) as they had never seen an Asian before. Over time these kids became my best friends in high school. Great giveaway! Following you from Fab Friends Thursday Blog Hop. Please stop by.
    Alfie
    http://reflectandrealize.blogspot.com/

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  14. In the 2nd grade, I had an awesome teacher who gave really hard tests. Whenever anyone got a perfect score, she would reward us with a brand new book from her box. She gave me such a love of reading, and she really challenged me. This is such a great giveaway!

    cooperL788@gmail.com

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  15. Hi. You have a great blog. I'm following back from the Fab Friends Thursday blog hop.

    Thanks, Crystal

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  16. I already follow and lovie your blog!

    I changed schools in 5th grade and remember how stressful it was to try and fit in. Luckily for me, I was already friends with a girl in the neighborhood and she took me under her wing.

    BTW - my name is in the title of this book, so if I don't win, I'm just going to have to buy it!

    csmile60 at aol dot com

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  17. I follow you! And my experience in elementary school had ups and downs! I was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease called alopecia areata - I lost all of my hair. Kids could be mean! But I have to say it made me stronger! And I still keep in contact with several friends I've known since kindergarten and still value those friends! :)
    Thanks so much!

    SandraEKelly@gmail.com

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  19. Very nice blog! Found you on the blog hop.

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  20. Thanks for the comment! And for the button suggestion/permission. I saw it yesterday, but didn't want to be rude and just invite myself on in! : ) Thanks!!!!

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  21. I remember making lots of friends, loving my third grade teacher and loving everything about school! My third grade teacher I still see a lot and she told me I was such a memorable student to her and I was finally able to tell her that she was MOST of the reason I became a teacher myself :) Ahhhh, memories!

    Great giveaway, hope I win!
    I definitely FOLLOW!
    rissarose80@yahoo.com

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  22. Love it! My most vivid memory from grade school involved my 5th grade teacher Mr. Burgess. I grew up in Massachusetts and he was teaching us about the Revoluionary War. He actually came to school dressed in Revolutionary War gear. That history lesson has stayed with me forever!

    (P.S. Found your blog through Social Moms....please come visit mine too!)

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  23. Hi TV! Thanks for stopping by! Talking about a book review...I noticed the picture on your side bar with your precious little girl with Goodnight moon...that was always a favorite with my children who are now grown. :) Enjoy them while they are young...they grow up too fast!

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  24. Thanks for following me!! I'm following you back!!! Your daughter is sooo adorable!!!
    Amy
    www.ourcrazybeautifulife.blogspot.com

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  25. I went to a new school in 4th grade. That was difficult. I didn't want to make new friends. But once I got settled in, I made lifelong friends.

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  26. Love your blog! Following you from blog hop.. I'm Opal from opalstevens.blogspot.com, hope you can check it out sometime.. :D

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