Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Voting with a Porpoise - Children's Book Review

Book Overview:

A pod of dolphins (and their porpoise friend, Petey) is in trouble. Their reef no longer provides the food they need to survive. The pod can't figure out what to do until Petey suggests they hold an election to decide. 

2018 Parent and Teacher Choice Award winner, Voting With a Porpoise is a fun, timeless, and beautifully illustrated story that teaches children how elections and voting have the power to solve hard problems.

The authors created this book to help change the culture around elections and voting. To that end, 100 percent of the profits for Voting With a Porpoise  will be donated to 501(c)(3) non-partisan voting-related causes focused on getting more people of all backgrounds to the polls, such as Rock the Vote,, TurboVote, and others.

My Review:

Although I don't completely agree with how politics are played out, I do think it's very important for a person to vote.  If people want to make a difference or have their voice heard, they should exercise their right to vote.  Unfortunately, too many people aren't voting for one reason or another. 

Although a person can't legally vote until they hit the age of 18, there's no reason why a child shouldn't know about the importance of voting and the concept of a democracy.  Voting with a Porpoise is a fantastic book to introduce young readers to the notion of voting.  It does not choose sides or go into politics; It simply tells a story about voting.

Voting with a Porpoise is a book for young readers that's written in rhythmic form.  It tells of a pod of dolphins and their porpoise friend.  When fish leave the reef due to climate change, one of the dolphins declares what the whole pod should do.  Not happy with just one getting the ultimate decision, they decide to take a vote.  Petey the porpoise is told he can't vote because he's not "one of them".  After an incident where Petey saves the say, the dolphins come to the conclusion that Petey could vote.  His final decision ends up being the right choice.  It's a cute, simple story but sends a powerful message about voting and being kind to others who aren't just like you.

There's a section at the back of the book that explains the differences between dolphins and porpoises.  There's also "Conversation Starters and Lesson Ideas."  For instance, there's a prompt to talk to children about what happens if they are on the losing side of a vote.

I received book for review from Smith Publicity, Inc.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

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Win a Walmart gift card!

Community Coffee is giving away ten $50 Walmart gift cards in support of the Valpak Community Coffee coupon, redeemable at Walmart.

Giveaway ends on Friday, October 19th at 11:59 PM ET.  Enter the giveaway by heading to the Walmart page on and submitting your email address on the form at the top of the page.

The winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Monday (10/21) via the email address they used to enter.  See complete Official Rules for entry instructions, full prize descriptions, restrictions and other important details.

I received compensation in exchange for this post.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

Wordful Wednesday - Jr. Year Homecoming

Emma, our last one in high school, went to her school's Homecoming dance a couple weeks ago.  She attended with her fairly new boyfriend.

Emma ate at a Mexican restaurant with a group of friends before the big event.

Big Trucks: Getting the Job Done Together - Children's Book Review and Giveaway

Book Overview:

*Ages 0-4

*There’s a great big job to do, and the trucks know how to get it done. They’ll work together! You and your little one will love Big Trucks: Getting the Job Done Together, a rhyming story about trucks helping each other throughout the workday. You’ll especially love the touch-and-feel elements on every spread.  

*Little ones will love to explore these tactile pages—from rubbery tires to gritty dirt—and learn from the trucks how much fun it can be to work together. With touch-and-feel elements to increase sensory development and simple rhymes to boost vocabulary, Big Trucks will help your child discover something new with every read!!

My Review:

Young children, especially boys, seem to have a fascination with big trucks.  There's plenty of them in this board book.  Big Trucks: Getting the Job Done Together is a story about a crane, dozer, and other trucks who work together to get a job done.  They each have a specific duty but know they work best when they unite as a team.  When the day is done they are happy with the result.

This touch-and-feel book has a few sensory elements.  For instance, they can touch a rubbery tire on one of the trucks and touch the gritty dirt of a road.  Told in rhythmic form, this is a cute short story with delightful illustrations.

Win It!

One person will win a Big Trucks: Getting the Job Done Together children's book.

*This is a Rafflecopter giveaway open to residents of the USA.*

I received book for review from Tommy Nelson.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.
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Zales: Additional 20% off Clearance

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From now until November 4th, receive an additional 20% off clearance at Zales when you use code ZCLR20AFF at checkout.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Hocus Pocus Giveaway Hop - Realtree Blaze Coffee Giveaway

Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year.  I'm excited for the candy, trick-or-treaters, costumes, and haunted houses.  A Hocus Pocus Giveaway Hop is perfect for Halloween too.  MamatheFox is in charge of this blog hop, and several bloggers are taking part.  After entering my giveaway, be sure to check out all the others in the linky for a chance to win what they're offering.

For my giveaway, I am offering up Realtree Blaze Coffee, 40 Count Kcups.  Packed with spicy cinnamon flavor, this medium-bodied brew is a coffee that stands out as much as its namesake camo.

Win It!

One person will win Realtree Blaze Coffee, 40 count Kcups.

*This is a Rafflecopter giveaway open to residents of the USA.*

MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not held responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligations.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Help & Hope by Text: Where Families Find Answers on Substance Abuse

Photo by Kat J on Unsplash

About 15 years ago, I had two very close family members who struggled with drug issues.  It impacted our family tremendously.  Thankfully, they got the help needed and have been clean many years.  My half-brother, Rick, also hung himself in a jail cell after being strung out on LSD.  This was 1977, and I never got the chance to know him. 

As you know, today’s opioid epidemic is a public health emergency beyond anything we could have ever imagined. Unfortunately, the needs of parents are often neglected by mainstream care. Every day more families turn to the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids desperate for help and support.

That’s why they created Help & Hope by Text, a customizable, omni-channel mobile messaging initiative that provides personalized, ongoing mobile messaging support to parents who have a child struggling with heroin and other opioids. The platform is personalized to the needs of individual families and adapts as their circumstances change through a just-in-time adaptive intervention algorithm.

In addition to tailored messaging, parents can seamlessly connect with one of the Parent Helpline Specialists through the program at any time, if and when they’re ready.

Help & Hope by Text meets parents and families where they are and, in a place where they gather and digest information – on their mobile phones. It provides personalized hand-holding when parents need help the most. To sign up and learn how the program works, just visit this page and enter your mobile phone number – or, simply text JOIN to 55753.

Don't fight this battle alone!
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