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#Sponsored Book Spotlight: Love Big: Kat Kronenberg

I received the title in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Pic/Synopsis belong solely to the author/publisher.

SYNOPSIS: “Set in the heart of the African Savanna, Love Big follows moody Baboon as he discovers another powerful secret.

The once lush, thriving, African savanna has turned dry and desolate. Hungry, miserable, and mean animals seek only their own interests. Baboon watches as, one by one, Rhinoceros destroys Termite’s castle in his race to find food, Hare chooses not to share food with her family, and Lion steals food from his pride.

But after Baboon sees Rhinoceros give Hare his snack-on-a-stick, everything changes! Baboon realizes that a transformative power exists between the animals and the star-dust that surrounds them once they share smiles and truly believe in themselves and each other. When Baboon tries out this secret by helping Lion, they share a smile, and CATCH-M, The Magical, Mystical, Miraculous Star-dust that surrounds them, whooshes into their lives to wham! ignite the courage in their chests too. Read on to see if Baboon can save the savanna with this new secret and a very stinky, unlikely hero . . . ”

MY THOUGHTS: Today is a day to celebrate love. Unfortunately, I did not love this book. In all honesty, I didn’t like much about it. Understanding that the author is highly acclaimed, I expected a home run, out-of-the-park hit. What I got was a book I didn’t want to finish.

As always, I encourage readers to experience books for themselves. Apparently, some readers did enjoy it. I found it muddled and confusing, especially being that it is geared toward younger readers. The main character, despite those mentioned in the synopsis, is a literal piece of poop. In fact, there is a lot of talk about this poop. Termite uses it for his home and it becomes a main character.

Another issue I had with it were the ‘transformative’ powers of the star-dust. While I understood this to me a ‘mythological’ story, which is fine, this felt more new age, evolutionary to me. As a Christian parent, that’s a no-go. I hoped to find happiness in the illustrations, but found them to be a huge left-down as well.

I appreciate the message of kindness and the message of a strong community. But, the author tried to jam-pack a host of public service messages into one book. It didn’t work. I give it 2 generous stars.

Learn more about Kronenberg at http://www.katkronenberg.com

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That’s How Much I Love You: Lisa, Olivia, Emma & Jack Bergren

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With Valentine’s Day coming up, love is in the air.  Children’s first experience with love is the love they receive from their parents. Reaffirm that love by reading, ‘That’s How Much I Love You’, this Valentine’s Day with your kids.

In the story, a parent & child take turns comparing who loves who more. Each example they give is larger than the one before it. For example, the mother figure says she loves her child more than the number of flowers on a hillside. Eventually, they both commit that they love each other equally as much.

The family is depicted as adorable dogs & readers view them walking hand in hand, exploring their world. The illustrations are fabulous. Though tagged for readers ages 3-8, the story & moral behind it are timeless. Even my older kids thought it was beautiful.

Perfect for bedtime or quiet time reading aloud, this is one of those stories that you can certain will be requested over & over. Children never tire of hearing how much they’re loved & they should hear it often. What better way to express that love than with a snuggle & a story?

Too adorable not to love, it’s a 5 star read. Currently, this story is available via Kite Readers, who continue to bring quality children’s eBooks to readers. Also, you can find it on Amazon.

I was provided a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.

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Eco-Love Giveaway

The giveaway goes live at 7pm Central Time this evening (2/10) and it ends at 11pm on 2/24 Central Time.

It is open to US residents ages 18+

One winner will receive an eco-friendly prize pack valued at over $120. If the giveaway form doesn’t pop up, click Entry Form & it will 🙂

Eco-Love Giveaway Hosted by Pea of Sweetness and Deals of Sweetness

Sponsored by Born Skincare, Pea of Sweetness Shop, The Ultimate Green Store, Sunsella, and YumEarth

Co-Hosted by An Ordinary Housewife

Eco-Love Giveaway

As an eco-conscious consumer Emilee from Pea of Sweetness and Deals of Sweetness loves raising awareness for the benefits of an eco-friendly lifestyle and sharing eco-friendly products. What better time to spread the love than Valentine’s Day? She thought of a great way to show that love – by putting together an eco-friendly prize pack! Included in the prize pack are the prizes listed below. Be sure to click on the reviews if you would like to know more!

Born Skincare reviewYour choice of product from Born Skincare. Born Organic Skincare offers an organic skin care line that is ToxicFree and infused with grapes. Each ingredient is hand selected. The winner will get to choose a product from The Source collection with values ranging from $34 – $60 – winner’s choice! Emilee had the chance to review four of the five products in The Source Collection. You can read her Born Organic Skincare Review on Pea of Sweetness.

 
Pea of SweetnessTwo reusable, personalized coffee cups from the Pea of Sweetness Etsy Shop. Emilee has been brainstorming ideas of new products to introduce to the Pea of Sweetness Etsy shop, and wanted to introduce more reusable, eco-friendly products. Next up are reusable coffee cups personalized with decals however you would like! The winner of this giveaway will be the first recipient of these new products, which will be added to the shop soon for $15 each.

 
The Ultimate Green Store$20 Gift Certificate to The Ultimate Green Store. The Ultimate Green Store is a one-stop shop for quality eco-friendly products. You can shop for kids, home, office, pets, bath and body, and so much more! You can spend your gift certificate however you wish! Emilee had the chance to review the Eco Tools Bamboo Brush set and Shainsware Recycled Cuff Bracelet Starter Kit. You can read The Ultimate Green Store review on Deals of Sweetness.

 
Eco-friendly baking cupsSunsella Little Gems Silicone Baking Cups. Little Gems are bright and colorful, sturdy, BPA free, Non-Stick, Dishwasher/Oven/Microwave and Freezer Safe, and, of course, reusable! No more paper liner’s sticking to your cupcakes, and no more paper waste! The food safe silicone isn’t just BPA free, it is also phthalate and lead free and have been tested to be sure they meet FDA standards. You can read the Sunsella Little Gems Silicone Baking Cups Review on Pea of Sweetness. Little Gems are valued at $15.99.

 
YumEarth OrganicsYumEarth Organics Lollipops and Fruit Snacks. YumEarth was born out of commitment to offer healthy foods free of harmful ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, artificial dyes and other artificial ingredients. YumEarth is the number one organic candy company in the US. These goodies have NO artificial colors or flavors, no high fructose corn syrup and no dairy, nuts or gluten! Head over to Pea of Sweetness to read her YumEarth Organic Fruit Snacks review and organic lollipops review. Total value $9.98.

So what do you say? Are you ready to enter? One winner will receive this awesome eco-friendly prize pack with the products above valued at more than $120! This giveaway begins on 2/10 at 7:00pm and ends on 2/24 at 11:00pm (times are Central) and is open to US residents ages 18+. Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.

 
Disclosure: Emilee from Deals of Sweetness and Pea of Sweetness received free product(s) to facilitate their review. No other compensation was received. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.