Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Issy Review and a Giveaway {Because I Can}

Have you heard of Issy books?  Up until a few weeks back I hadn't either... but I had a chance to review these books and my firsties LOVED them!  There were 11 books in the set that I reviewed (10 books with animals stories and 1 book about Issy).  The books are written and illustrated by a grandma/granddaughter team...  SO cute!

From their site:
Five-year-old Isybilla Gee (“Issy”) started creating artwork as soon as she could hold a paintbrush. Like the children who read the Issy Books, Issy herself is just learning to read, and her ever-present optimism and charm shine through her illustrations in the books. Issy’s grandmother, Pat Calfee—whom she affectionately refers to as “Gigi”—writes the stories that Issy illustrates. Pat Calfee is an educational consultant with 25 years experience as a teacher, curriculum coordinator, and staff developer. Issy and Pat both live in Washington, North Carolina.

So... what did I like about the books?  I liked that there were key vocabulary books for the kids to look out for.  I like that there was repetition.  This helped my strugglers for sure!   The kiddos LOVED knowing that another little person had drawn all of the illustrations!  My students are super interested in animals... so once they saw the covers... they were hooked!
Want to find out more about the Issy books?  Check out their website HERE! 

Bring on the fun...
I haven't had a giveaway in a while... and I'm nearing 500 followers so I'm in a celebrating mood.  I brainstormed some of my favorite things and decided that I would send a package to one lucky winner.  Isn't getting "real" mail such a treat?!!?  No one sends "real" mail anymore {sigh}.  The giveaway is going to run through Friday... and then I'll mail the winner's package out by Monday!  The package will have a $10 Starbucks card, a pack of Flair pens, a roll of Washi tape, and a Scentos marker!  Woohoo!!! 

How do you enter you say?!? Easy I tell ya...  check out the rafflecopter below... and good luck!!!
a Rafflecopter giveaway I hope you all had a great Tuesday... talk to y'all soon!


  1. I'd love to win so I can try out these Flair pens I read about so much on Blogger! :)

    Recess and Beyond

  2. What a great give away! Your favorite things are my favorite too! Crossing my fingers I win! :)
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  3. I love this idea for a giveaway! I can't live without my Flair pens :)

    The Littlest Scholars

  4. I agree, what a creative giveaway! I love the idea!

    Creating & Teaching

  5. What an awesome giveaway! Love it! :)

    Jennifer Smith-Sloane

  6. I love those markers! Such a great giveaway!
    Crayons and Curls

  7. Already following both!! Such a cute giveaway idea!! :)


  8. What a clever idea for a giveaway! You're right up there with Oprah!

    Sally from Elementary Matters

  9. Sippin my Starbucks as I send you some cheers!!
    Georgia Grown Kinders

  10. I love your giveaway. Is it open to Canada as well? Just checking! Thanks for linking your post in the Kid Lit Blog Hop. Tweeting...

    1. Renee, Canada is perfectly fine! :) Good luck!

  11. Ty for the chance. Would love to win.

  12. This really is an awesome giveaway...I've been wanting to try the Washi tape. Thanks for the chance to win, now I have to cross my fingers, toes and nose!!!!!!

  13. So glad I found this giveaway before it ends! Those are all my favorites!!

    Pencils, Books, and Dirty Looks

  14. Love your favorites because they are mine too! The Issy books look great! Thanks for sharing!
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