My husband and I both are native New Orleanians which means that we are lucky enough to have most of our family and friends nearby. While my blog work has taken me on more travels than I am used to, I spend the majority of my time in town as does my husband. However, my husband’s sister (and my oldest daughter’s Nanny) currently lives in Canada. My daughters miss her terribly, so I am thrilled to learn about the Record a Story books! About the books:
“Record a Story is a remarkable new storybook that enables you to record your voice reading the story. If you are a parent away from home frequently, or you are in the military assigned to a faraway land, or you are a grandparent who lives in a different time zone—you can still give a child the comfort of your voice reading a favorite story. Record a book in your own voice, and create a keepsake gift.”
What a great idea! The distanced family member can record his or her voice on the book and mail it to their loved one. Can you imagine how excited a child would be to hear grandma’s voice read her the story? We received “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” to try out with my daughters. First of all, the book is powered by 3 AA batteries which are included (score!). Recording the story was incredibly easy, too. Simply push a button a read the page after you hear the beep. When you are done, just press stop and turn the page. Repeat until all pages are read and then lock the book so no unintentional erasing happens!
After we completed the project, I started to think about how great this concept would be for military families during a deployment. As it turns out, Publications International, Ltd. (PIL) has donated books to the United Through Reading® Military Program for deployed service members to record for their children. In honor of Veterans Day, recordings took place at 10 USO centers (even overseas) so deployed military members could record a story for their children. What a great way for the family to be together when distance separates them!
In my opinion, this book which sells for only $19.99, is invaluable. Record a Story books are also available in the following titles: Guess How Much I Miss You, Sesame Street: Together at Heart or Dora the Explorer: Exploring Memories. The books can be purchased at Borders, Barnes and Nobles and Amazon.
Would you love to Record a Story for a loved one? I have one Record a Story book for one lucky reader!
How to enter:
1. Which Record a Story book would you like to read to your child?
1. Blog about this giveaway and link to The Not-So-Blog and Record a Story (10 extra entries).
2. Follow me (@BridgetteLA) on Twitter and Tweet this giveaway. Every time you tweet you get an additional entry! Unlimited! (You must have over 50 Twitter followers to qualify for unlimited entries!)
3. Subscribe to my blog.
4. Become a Fan of The Not-So-Blog on Facebook.
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Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on January 3rd. Prizes not claimed in 72 hours will be forfeited. Open to U.S. Residents only.