Friday, May 15, 2015

Children’s Book Review and Giveaway: JANINE, by Maryann Cocca-Leffler (2 Winners)

About the book:
Meet Janine. She is one of a kind! Janine dresses a little different, remembers random facts, reads the dictionary for fun, and has her own style of cheering. Nobody does things the way Janine does things! One girl in Janine's class is throwing a party and all the COOL kids are invited. But Janine is not cool. Some kids think she is strange and want her to change. Will Janine try to be different or just be her spectacular self?

Book trailer (in which you will meet the real Janine!):


My thoughts:
JANINE is a crucial resource for teaching empathy to children. When reading along, ask your children or students, “How would you feel if kids didn’t want you to come to their party?” Encourage them to recognize that every person is different and therefore perfect just the way they were made. Janine may not act like everyone else, but she’s so entertaining and smart! With the help of JANINE, adults can guide children in finding an opportunity to help someone like Janine feel special and accepted. This book offers life-changing lessons for kids -- plus it's a really fun book to read!



About the author:
Author Maryann Cocca-Leffler drew her inspiration for this delightfully spunky character from her own (now grown) daughter who has a developmental disability. April was Autism Awareness Month, but anytime is the perfect opportunity to share JANINE with your child, encouraging him or her to focus on one's abilities and promoting respect, tolerance and kindness.

Maryann Leffler is a beloved author/illustrator who has written over 50 children's books. With JANINE, Maryann gets personal and states, “Through my book, JANINE, I hope to encourage kids to celebrate their differences and stand up for themselves, as well as inspire all children to stand up for those who are left out or bullied.” Her latest release has been met with the highest praise, including:

"Gently dealing with a bully while remaining true to herself, Janine is an admirable character who doesn't need to put someone else down in order to feel good about herself. VERDICT: A refreshing tale of being true to oneself." - School Library Journal

"Inspired by the author's daughter, this gentle portrayal of difference is powerful, particularly since nothing can dampen spectacular Janine's upbeat attitude. Little ones needing some extra encouragement to feel comfortable just the way they are should take a lesson from Janine." - Booklist

"Cocca-Leffler's portrayals of her heroine illuminate her thoughtfulness, resilience, and self-assuredness, and while the story's message is far from subtle, it may encourage children who don't fit in (and wouldn't have it any other way)." - Publishers Weekly

"It's nice to examine how a group can choose kindness and thus take away a bully's power. Charming illustrations highlight Janine's independent style and unfailing optimism." - Kirkus Reviews

Connect:
Visit www.JaninesParty.com, where everyone is invited! The website features links where you can find out more about the book, read some great poetry, learn more about the real Janine, and find other suggested books and movies that feature a positive main character who happens to have a disability.

* Follow Maryann Cocca-Leffler on Facebook
* Follow Janine's Party on Facebook
* Maryann Cocca-Lefler's website
* Maryann's blog
* Free JANINE coloring sheet

GIVEAWAY

JANINE's publisher, Albert Whitman & Co, is generously offering this giveaway for two copies of JANINE (US only please)! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, May 29, 2015.



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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate my candid review. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.

33 comments:

  1. A Vacation for Pooch sounds really cute!

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  2. Sherry Raines7:28 PM

    I would like my daughter to read "A Vacation For Pooch" :)

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  3. I have to go with the vacation for pooch as well. Gotta love a book with a dog.
    I'll mention Let it rain as well just for something different.

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  4. my little niece would love vacation for pooch. thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

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  5. Jennifer Rogers9:12 AM

    We would also like to Read A Vacation for Pooch! The kids love books with animals!
    j1man1r66@etex.net
    Jennifer Rogers

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  6. Rain Brings Frogs

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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  7. I would like to read Theo's Mood.

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  8. I'd like to read Bravery Soup!

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  9. Laurie P6:48 PM

    Rain Brings Frogs looks like a fun book to read! There's a lot of fun books there :)

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  10. I think my nieces would love "Princess Kim".

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  11. I would like my nephew to read the Rain Brings Frogs book to me. I know he would enjoy Nate's outlook on life.

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  12. A Vacation for Pooch

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  13. I would love to read "Dog Wash Day" with my grandson. He thinks it's so funny when the dog gets a bath. :)

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  14. We'd like to read Wednesday is Spaghetti Day. Thanks.
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  15. I would love to read "Do You Love Me?".

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  16. I want let it shine for my granddaughter to read at the beach

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  17. Anonymous4:30 PM

    Theo's Mood would be my choice
    jan

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  18. I'd like the book Rain Brings Frogs

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  19. I think my little boy would like The Jungle Halloween

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  20. Daniel M9:32 PM

    Rain Brings Frogs looks fun too - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  21. I'd love to read Bravery Soup.

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  22. I like let it rain for my son. But all of the books look like good ones!

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  23. Anonymous4:44 PM

    Let It Shine would be my book of choice.

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  24. Princess Kim the Musical!

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  25. A Vacation for Pooch

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  26. I would like to have A Vacation for Pooch for my grandson.
    marcia.goss@gmail.com

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  27. Cute books! I like the Four Seasons books. Let it Fall, Let it Snow, Let it Rain and Let it Shine.

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  28. I'd like the book Rain Brings Frogs.

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  29. A vacation for pooch sounds like a good one.

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  30. I'd love to read and have Theo's Mood!!

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  31. Wednesday is Spaghetti Day looks very interesting!

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