Thursday, May 26, 2011

Book Review

Butterfly and I received two new books for a book review.  We get excited for new books and started reading them the day we got them!

Book Summary:  Not far from here lives The Rose Princess in a kingdom ruled by her father the King. One morning she awakes to find a splendid package at the end of her bed full of gifts and a card from her father encouraging her to use the gifts wisely. Unaware of what lies ahead, the princess sets out on a journey of learning and adventure where she meets several people who are in need. Suddenly she realizes that the gifts she has received can help the others, and that she has to make a choice…keep the gifts to herself, or help others by giving the gifts away.

When I read this book, I saw the symbolism of the King being our God the Father, giving us our gifts that are unique to each of us; and the princess, as myself, His child.  I like that this book is a character building book, building qualities such as generosity and sharing and giving away what you have in order to help people in need.  They learn that with a positive attitude and a giving heart, you can really impact someone else's life in a great Godly way; so I like the lessons in this book.

My daughter loved the pictures in this book, the bright look, and she loves all things princesses!  The book went through emotions- happiness, empathy, sadness... and it seemed like my daughter was feeling each emotion as it went along according to her facial features during the read and her comments along the way.  I can conclude that it definitely captivated my 3.5 year old's attention!

Book Summary:  Temba is a boy who has many dreams. Owning a bicycle, and living in a safe neighborhood are two of his dreams. Temba’s favorite dream is to visit the ocean. He longs to hear the sound of the crashing waves and to taste the salty water. One day he enters a contest. The prize is a trip to the seaside by train! Temba believes in the Dream Giver; but as with any dream, he learns that obstacles may arise that threaten to steal a dream away.

When I read this book, I assumed the Dream Giver was God.  Temba lives in a poor neighbourhood with not much and uses his dreams to carry him away to a better place.  He dreams of visiting the seaside and asks the "Dream Giver" to have his dreams come true.  It teaches that sometimes dreams can come true, and it seems to be a book to encourage children to keep dreaming because big things can happen when you dream.  A good character building lesson in this book I would say is "holding hope".  Even when Temba thought he failed, he was upset, but he still held hope, still dreamed and woke up happy.  It reminds me of when we go through rough times in our lives, we still hold onto hope, to our Faith, which in turn keeps us positive.  And sometimes, when it's according to His plan, dreams do come true! Which is a good lesson to teach after the book is read.

My daughter liked this book because she is a true beach baby and loves the beach!  This book had the beach in it! :)  I'm not sure she grasped the full message in this book at 3.5 years old, but I am for sure going to be referring to this book also, later on when we will be working on more extensive Character Studies together in the future.

Do you want to win one of these books?!  
A randomly picked winner gets to choose one and Bring It On! Communications will mail it to you!

TWO Mandatory Entries for Giveaway:
  • Become a follower of Rockabye Butterfly's Blog (through GFC).  If you already are, just comment saying so!
  • Tell me which book you want to win: 
The Rose Princess and the Special Gift or  Temba and the Dream Giver

Additional Optional Entries: 
(After completing the below activities, make sure to come back here and leave a comment for each, letting me know you did so, this way you can get your extra entries!)

Giveaway Information:
  • The Giveaway will be open until midnight UTC Thursday, June 2nd, 2011. Winner will be announced shortly after.
  • Make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry (more chances to win if you complete each additional optional entries), because winner will be chosen at random! 
  • If you already follow/ subscribe, you can still enter!
  • Please leave a way for me to contact you in your entry otherwise another winner will be chosen.
  • In order to enter this giveaway you must leave your entry comments on THIS post.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Temba and the Dream Giver and The Rose Princess and the Special Gift  from Bring it On Communications for this review.  The opinions I have given are mine and were not influenced by the company or the free product provided.


  1. I will have to check out those books.

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  2. The Rose Princess sounds like a book both my girls would just eat up and that mom would love to read to them!

  3. Love the how you related the King to the Lord in the book, The Rose Princes.

  4. I followed you on facebook!! ;-)

  5. I would like to win "The Rose Princess and the Special Gift"!

  6. Following you with gfc. we would love to read 'Temba and the Dream Giver.

  7. Following Rockabye Butterfly on fb too.

  8. I love your blog, thank you for sharing your fantastic ideas. Greetings from my creative activities blog.


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