Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Ho...Ho...Ho...liday Give-a-Way

Most of you know about the Ho...Ho...Ho...liday traditions of my family. They have already begun in my family and today they are beginning at Grandma's Little Pearls! I am filled with holiday cheer as I sit at my computer wearing my bright red Christmas shirt with Jolly ol' Santa and the words Ho...Ho...Ho.. embroidered on the front and red sequined holly berry bling on Santa's hat.  I know what you are thinking and you are absolutely right. My shirt is as cute as it can be!

If this is your first visit to Grandma's Little Pearls please stay a while and feel free to snoop through my many, many posts! 

Today I am going to spread a little holiday cheer here at Grandma's Little Pearls with a Ho...Ho...Ho...liday book review and my very first holiday give-a-way for 2010.

Scholastic Books recently sent me two books from their new holiday collection. They are titled
It's Christmas David and Captain Sky Blue. Both of the books are delightful reads and illustrated beautifully.

It's Christmas David is a fun book for kids and a good reminder to adults on just how many times the word no and other parental commands are heard by the little ones we love through the holiday season. It is a very sweet story that every child and adult are sure to have experienced in their own lives.

About the Book
Readers of all ages will vividly remember trying to peek at hidden gift packages; writing scrolls of wish lists to Santa; and struggling to behave at formal Christmas dinner parties. Always in the background, we know Santa Claus is watching, soon to decide if David deserves a shiny new fire truck or a lump of coal under the tree. From playing with delicate ornaments to standing in an endlessly long line for Santa, here are common Christmas activities--but with David's naughty trimmings. A surefire hit that is destined to be an annual classic!

Captain Sky Blue is an adventurous tale with a heartwarming ending. Children will love learning pilot talk in the book. Bravo Zulu  (high praise for a job well done) to Richard Egielski. I am spooled up (excited) to share this book with my grands. So, if you are putting out a mayday (a cry for help) for holiday gift ideas this season. Check out the Scholastic Books website for these and other wonderfully written and illustrated books for the children you love. Roger (I hear you) that?  Roger Wilco (I will do it) and out!

About the Book
Jack's best toy pal is Captain Sky Blue, a pilot. Sky speaks in Pilot Talk ("Roger! Wilco!").
After a thunderstorm separates Sky and his buddy ("Mayday!"), Sky is abducted by a whale, then left alone to wander a frigid ocean floor until he chances upon a very special place, a place where he's been before ("Now I'm spooled up!").
Captain Sky Blue thinks he has finally found an easy way home, but first he must face a desperate situation?a challenge that puts his pilot skills to the test!

Oh wait !!!!

The Ho...Ho...Ho...liday
Scholastic books has asked me to host a Scholastic holiday giveaway. 

Give the gift of reading to your child this holiday season! Scholastic books make the perfect stocking stuffer for any child on your list.
We have a HUGE prize pack filled with the most popular children’s books in the marketplace to offer one lucky reader! Titles include CAPTAIN SKY BLUE, IT’S CHRISTMAS DAVID, OOK and GLUK as well as TONY BALONEY, ODIOUS OGRE and I SPY CHRISTMAS A CHRISTMAS TREE!

One (1) Winner will receive a HUGE gift pack, including:
  • OOK and GLUK

Prize Pack Valued at $89.75
Giveaways open to US Mailing Addresses only.

It is a great prize package 
valued at $89.75.

Thanks Scholasatic Books!

All you have to do for a chance to win is:

1. Post a comment about this great holiday book giveaway, what you like about Grandma's Little Pearls, what you would like to see at Grandma's little pearls, or anything else you have on your mind.

2. To double your chances for winning become a follower of Grandma's Little Pearls today. Current followers will get a chance and a double chance of winning only if they leave a comment on this post.

Comments for a chance to win will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, December 6th 

Remember the giveaway is only available to U.S. mailing addresses.

Good Luck and Merry Christmas!

Grandma Shelley


  1. This is an awesome giveaway! I am now an official follower :)

  2. Your blog is one of the first "Grandma blogs" I subscribed to after I started my own. You're one of those Grandmas that I envy because you have lots of Grands -- I only have one but she is the best!

    This is a great giveaway. I hope my little author gets a chance at some more books!

  3. My daughter directed me to your blog when I was looking for some activity for my grandchildren's sleepover in front of the Christmas tree. I'm following and look forward to snooping around.

    I just love David, even on his bad days. We all have them don't we? Hopefully our children hear more yesses than nos.

  4. I will be following now! Thanks for the opportunity to win books!

  5. I would love to win. Wish me luck.
    -Jessica Johnson

  6. Quinci, my kindergartner, is so excited about reading right now! She is in the beginning stages of learning to read and I love the look of excitement and amazement in her eyes when She figures a word out! These books would be loved and cherished by a little girl (and her mommy :0) who thinks that reading is the greatest! Thanks for the marvelous giveaway!!

  7. Story time is our favorite time at the Jensen house! What a great giveaway! Grandma's Little Pearls is a true gem!

  8. I love your blog. It is alwasy so positive and I always find something to make me laugh. Thanks for sharing and I love Scholastic too!

  9. I am a first time looker at the blog, but it looks like there are some great ideas on here! Thanks so much for letting me know!

  10. HI Shelley, This is Awesome! I would love to win this Scholastic Give away for my Daycare kids. We love the NO David books! I am a sucker for childrens' books anyway. I love reading your blog, Seeing how you stay connected to your grandkids and family. Hope I can do what you do for my own grands someday! Thanks Shelley ... cAn't wait to hear about all your Christmas Fun!

  11. Thanks for all of the comments. I wish you all the best of luck. I have a fellow grandma blogger offering the same prize package if you would like another chance to win.

  12. Okay, So I commented earlier, but, I think I did it wrong. I think it came up anonymous. Oh well.

    I am also a follower now, which I don't know anything about either. See your blog has brought me farther into this world of technology. Thank you! I think! :)

    So, as I said before I love your blog. It has variety and is fun. It's not just a wallet full of pictures. Thank you for sharing! :)

  13. Love, love, love kids books. I am so happy my kids love to read as much as I do but I have to go get library cards because I think I am making the Barnes and Noble stock go up all by myself with the amount of money I spend there! Haha I love your blog, Shelley, you have inspired me a bunch! Thank you for the give a way, very fun.

  14. THIS IS AWESOME! I am so impressed with your blog and all of your ideas! Ok so WE REALLY want so new books at our house. With three little kids, books are always welcome!

  15. I am always looking for things to do with my grandkids and books are always a winner.

  16. My friend over at Grandma Ideas is having the same give away until Dec. 3 at midnight. She has some great ideas for anyone who has little people in their lives! Check out her blog and get another chance to win this awesome prize!

  17. Books are such a great way to spend time with kids. It develops imagination, reading skills (a true life skill that not all are blessed to achieve) and during the holidays it's just wonderful to snuggle up with a little warm body and enjoy a good book like what is in this giveaway!

  18. Too funny! I've got the same contest in my Holiday Guide. Scholastic must have sought out all us grandmas because we know the value of great children's books.

    If your folks want to try their luck at mine, it's part of the "Gift Ideas/Giveaways" section of the Grandma's Briefs Holiday Guide,

    Good luck!

  19. I just became a follower so I can read all about your amazing holiday traditions. And because we care for our two grandtoddlers 40+ hours a week, we always love new books (which we reread avidly so they quickly become old friends). Happy Ho-Ho-Holidays.

  20. I just found your site. I am now a reader! This giveaway sounds awesome. Count me in!

  21. My kids were always so excited when they had a chance to order Scholastic books at school. And I was thrilled that they were excited about reading!

  22. I love to read about all your great grandmothering ideas. It inspires me to come up with our own "grandma time" traditions. Reading is one of our favorite times together, and I could always use more books to add to my small children's collection.

  23. I hope I can win this for my 26 grandchildren. One of my favorite things to do with them is gather them around and read together.
    You are an inspiration Shelley!

  24. I would love to win this for my my mom and her grandkids (Dalene :) ) Im entering for her because she doesnt have an account but she really loves your site. I will be checking back in for sure!