11.12.12

Show me a Story: Book Review and Give-Away

Dear Friends, today you are in for a treat because I am going to tell you about the most delightful book:  Show me a Story by Emily Neuburger.  I loved this book from the very beginning when Emily invites us in her gentle voice, full of whimsy:

Trust your imagination.  Walk openly into the unknown land of a story.

Does anyone else remember, as a child, getting lost in imagination?  Isn't it beautiful, as an adult, to watch young children at play, exploring their own imaginations and stories...  

From Show Me a Story © by Emily Neuburger, photograph © by John Polak
The ideas in Show me a Story are perfect for parents, teachers & therapists, and most of the activities can be created using craft materials found at home or easily obtained at a local store.  The projects themselves are unfussy and uncomplicated, but they invite depth and exploration within the world of story.

From Show Me a Story © by Emily Neuburger, photograph © by Buff Strickland
The day the book arrived at our house, my older son & I looked at it together; then I asked him to choose a project. He was immediately drawn to the story-dice, plus he wanted a bag designed to hold the dice (isn't there something special about having a bag to hold magical items... magic beans, magic stones... or dice?)

Emily made her dice using colored pencils to create sweet drawings on small wooden blocks, but I decided to take a slightly different tactic.  Wooden blocks in hand, I went in search of clip-art. (And, just in case you are wondering where my older son was during this story-dice making project... well... he was sitting right next to me, engrossed in this book.  I did not interrupt him.  After all, who am to get between a boy and his Middle Earth adventures.)

I used watercolors to paint my wood blocks, glued on the images and then gave the dice a coat of Mod Podge to seal everything up.

This was such a quick, easy project that I made two sets (one to keep and one to give.)  Each set has five dice: the first has people/characters, another has various animals, one has random small items (an acorn, a key, etc...), one has modes of transportation and the last one has images of weather conditions plus a few possible ideas for locations (a castle, a forest, etc...)

The first time we rolled the dice, I told my son a story about Skipper the Space Dog who soared to the moon on his magical flying schooner where he met a dragon who tried to eat him.  Skipper the Space Dog convinced the dragon to try some of the moon-cheese and together they discovered that the moon tastes like the finest Gruyere.  This caused the Dragon to reminisce about his glory days of fame and fortune in Paris 200 years ago when the king gave him a golden "key to the city."  However, the dragon had been banished to the moon for the past 200 year because he had eaten all the cheese in Paris, and was shocked to learn that, 200 years later, there was no longer a king of France.  Skipper the Space Dog convinced the Dragon that all would be forgiven if he returned to Paris, and that he might even be welcomed personally by the Prime Minister.  So, they flew back to France together in Skipper the Space Dog's magical flying schooner and feasted on some fine Camembert.  Very silly... non?

To see more beautiful and fun projects from this book, you can visit this blog here, this one here and this one here!

 
Now for the real treat: Storey Publishing would like to offer one of my readers (that's you!) an opportunity to win a copy of this book.  In order to enter this give-away, please leave a comment beneath this post and be sure I have an email (or link) where where I may contact you if you are the winner (note: Storey Publishing has asked that this give-away be open to U.S. residents only.)  This give-away will be open until Monday, December 17th (ADDENDUM: the end-date for this give-away has now been extended to Friday December 21st.)

Won't this book make a delightful holiday gift?  
Good luck to everyone for the give-away! 

NOTE: Comments are now closed for this give-away.  Congratulations to lucky number 27, Kristin, who said, "I'm inspired by the cover alone!! Looks like a wonderful book...thanks for hosting this giveaway. Solstice blessings!" 


note: this post has been linked to Creative Friday at Natural Suburbia

34 comments:

  1. I really like the idea of story blocks! The ones you made are really cute. :) I'm going to make some as well.

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  2. How have I never heard of this book?! It looks wonderful! Love all the activities you shared!

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  3. What a great book!
    Thank you so much for the giveaway!

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  4. You were right! My boat is floating! What a great book! Hope to win!

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  5. Thank you for the chance!
    patchworkposies@comcast.net

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  6. It's probably no surprise, but this book sounds like our kind of magic! The bag is perfect for such an adventure, and the stamps look awesome! So many possibilities! Lovely stuff!

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  7. Love the dice! What a great game to play. They would make great gifts :) Thanks for sharing.

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  8. This comment is left on behalf of Joanne K. who said:

    Our family homeschools and we love to write stories with lists of silly words. These blocks will make that writing even more fun. Yours are beautiful! The book's cover shows rock paintings which with our reading wonderful literature for a native american block would be nice to work with. Thank you!!

    If anyone else is having problems leaving comments, please send me an email -- it seems the comment function on my blog has been a bit unreliable as of late...

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  9. great book! Love all the activities you shared!I have 3 kids thank you so much

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  10. This looks fantastic! I would LOVE to win a copy of the book! I love the story block idea and am sure we would put the ideas to good use!

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  11. Oh my goodness I would love to give this book to my sister in law! She is homeschooling her four girls and I would love to introduce her and the wee ones to the magic of story telling!
    you can contact me on my facebook page Kymmie Phipps
    https://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/kymmie.phipps

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  12. I am always looking for homemade, handmade gifts for grandchildren. This books sounds like the answer. Would love to win. For Christmas, we made wooden house blocks and painted with chalkboard paint - they can have new "curtains" everyday, and remodel at their fingertips. The story-dice might be next.

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  13. How did I miss this post? I blame the plague that has struck our house.

    *mwuah* I hope you are well!

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  14. This looks super lovely thank you, Angela
    Imisswaylon@hotmail.com

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  15. This book seems packed with great ideas! I would love a copy :o)

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  16. I saw this marvelous book on another blog; if I can not win it, I may have to splurge and buy it! :)

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  17. oh what a gorgeous book!! i'd be delighted to win this and share with my family. happy last night of hanukkah!

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  18. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Andrea
    lelloavengers(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  19. Clare said 1050km will be eaten awayDecember 16, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Just the thing for a long car trip to Granma's for the Festive Season - where are my paints and the block blanks? Then again maybe picyures just stuck onto the bottom of clear 'jems' and a quick bag for storying (sic). (Same place as always).

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  20. I've had my eye on this book for awhile--thanks for the giveaway! And for a dose of inspiration whenever you post :)

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  21. Thanks for the giveaway, and for the inspiration every time I visit!

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  22. Please, ma'am - include me in the giveaway - I'm intrigued. And quite willing to be so inspired, I'll end up the most WONDERFUL GRANDMOTHER EVER!!!

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  23. I would love a chance to win such a fantastic prize! Thank you for showing this wonderful resource for children. I must include this in my grandson's Christmas!

    Carlin Davis

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  24. Oh, this would be such a treat! Thanks for a chance!

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  25. I love this book! I am an art teacher at 2 different schools in NYC and art making and story telling go hand-in-hand! It's delightful and I would like to be considered! Your blog is so adorable, Ms. Bloom, and I love reading all that you and your children do and explore and all the wonderful art! Thank you.

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  26. What a wonderful book!
    I care for several of my grandchild during the week, and finding interesting things to keep them delighted is at the top of my daily 'to-do' list.

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  27. This is fabulous! Interestingly enough, Jessie came to me today with a story game of her own... she filled a bag with random objects then we each picked 5 and told a story about them. The game morphed into telling a story about both piles of things and then ALL the things in the bag.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  28. That sounds lovely I really would like to have a chance at this giveaway
    Blessings
    Gae

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  29. I'm inspired by the cover alone!! Looks like a wonderful book...thanks for hosting this giveaway. Solstice blessings! x,kristin

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  30. I love the story stones on the cover. Thanks for alerting me to the giveaway!

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  31. Really great idea for a book! Teachers everywhere should have one in their toolkit.

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