Thursday, February 19, 2009

Everett, the Incredibly Helpful Helper: Book Review and Giveaway


One of the biggest challenges in parenting is getting our kids to help out around the house. Our family is typical, and that goes for my five-year-old twins as well as for my teenagers! Timing is everything. If I ask them to do something while they’re in the middle of an activity they’re enjoying, I get ignored or an “I’ll do it later” (which they proceed to forget about). Sometimes, it takes a little bribery (“You can have a snack if you pick up these toys”) or threats (“No TV until this mess is picked up!”). Parents must constantly change their tactics to motivate their kids to help out.

My boys and I recently read a fun book about helping called Everett, the Incredibly Helpful Helper, by Sue-Anne Morrow (Abbeville Press, 2008). Everett is a great role model for kids because he loves to help out! However, his parents start to wonder if all this helping out is really what they want. After all, Everett’s attempts to help make breakfast result in spilling a bowl of eggs on the floor. His efforts to feed the dog end up with dog food spilled all over the floor! When Everett helps his dad with shopping for groceries, he knocks over a tower of apples and a stock boy holding a box of bagels! I must admit that Everett’s parents had much more patience with him than I would have in the same situations, so I guess they are good role models for me, too. My children and I really enjoyed reading this book, and it opened up an opportunity for us to talk about helping others and being part of a family. The colorful pencil drawings by C.G. Williams are very charming, too.

Would you like to win a copy of Everett, the Incredibly Helpful Helper? I have two copies to give away! To enter, go to the Abbeville Family website at http://abbeville.com/family.htm and leave a comment on this post with the title of another Abbeville book that you’d like to read.

For optional additional entries:

- Put a button for Susan Heim on Parenting on your blog. Post a comment with your blog’s URL.

- Tweet this giveaway on Twitter or post it on your blog. Leave a comment with your Twitter name or a link to the post.

- Subscribe to Susan Heim on Parenting via email, RSS or as a Follower on Blogger. Leave a comment with your subscription method.

Two winners will be randomly selected from the qualified comments on Monday, March 2, 2009, so enter before midnight on March 1st.

CONTEST CLOSED. Congratulations to Christy G. and JInxy and Me, both winners of Everett, the Incredibly Helpful Helper!

36 comments:

  1. Anonymous10:24 PM

    "Gardens Through History" looked interesting.

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  2. Journey with the dinosaurs.

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  3. Egyptian Wall Painting looks great for adults and kids- the beauty and the learning

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  4. I'd like to read The Complete Book of Bonsai. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  5. I added your button, http://iluvsurprizes.blogspot.com/

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  6. I tweeted, http://twitter.com/christygold/status/1231563921

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  7. I subscribed via reader.

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  8. I think this book would be so much fun!

    Barkitecture

    Thanks so much!



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  9. I'm subscribed via email!


    Thanks



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  10. journey with the dinosaurs.

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  11. Anonymous3:43 PM

    thank you for the great contest
    enter me please
    Journey with the Dinosaurs is my favorite
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  12. I'd love to read Family Favorites with my children.

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  13. I became a follower.

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  14. the Complete Book of Bonsai.

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  15. How Artists See America

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  16. I also like The Butterfly Dance. Thank you for a great giveaway!
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  17. Anonymous10:19 AM

    Animal Fables looks like a fun read!

    Thanks,
    Megret
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  18. I like ABC Snake.

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  19. Subscribed.

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  20. Journey with Dinosaurs

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  21. I'd liketo read with the kids ABC Snake
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  22. I subscribe via e-mail
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  23. Brave Wolf and the Thunderbird looks good

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  24. journey with the dinosaurs

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  25. Antiquespeak looks really interesting.

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  26. I'm following you in Blogger!

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  27. I tweeted your giveaway! (My username is @ThriftyJinxy)

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  28. Animal Fables would be fun to read. Thanks for the giveaway!
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  29. I'm a follower.
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  30. id love to read Creating a Garden for the Senses

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  31. following your blog as klp1965 kathy pease

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  32. My two boys would love " The Journey: Plateosaurus"- anything dinosaurs is a hit!

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  33. The ABC Snake book sounds great. THank you.

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