Sunday, November 27, 2016

Get the Kindle Version of Very Christmas by Simone Mets FREE Right Now (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Winner of the 2016 Gold eLit Award for Best Holiday Story!

Very Christmas by [Mets, Simone]

I was excited to learn you could download Very Christmas FREE to your Kindle, as I recently read this book, which I was sent in paperback form, to the girls, and we loved it.  I was telling and family and friends about this book at Thanksgiving dinner and telling them they had to pick up and add to their holiday book collections, as it was that good.  Now, I can tell them to download to their Kindle for FREE, and enjoy instead -- on the go, or snuggling up on the couch. :-)

If you want to purchase a hard copy of this book to display on your coffee table or add to your family's holiday book collection, you can purchase a copy here:

Here is more about this book and why my girls and I love it so much...

About this Book:

"When Santa’s workshop is destroyed by a ferocious storm, even the richest man in the world is stumped for a way to save Christmas. Just when everyone seems to give up all hope, the unstumpable Ava Buttons, together with her friends, discover a way to make Christmas wishes come true. Motivated by a desire to help others, Ava converts even her naughtiest friend, Rowdy Meyers, from an enthusiastic getter to a champion giver. 

Very Christmas is a refreshing departure from the typical holiday picture book. Featuring a unique design without pagination or chapter numbers, children are encouraged to remember pages based on a memorable font, word, or page color. The characters throughout the book are purposefully not illustrated so readers have the freedom to dream them up and see themselves reflected in the story. There’s no evil character and, in fact, the story is all-inclusive: the lessons throughout apply to every gender, class, race, and age. 

This heartwarming, family-friendly story celebrates perseverance, taking initiative and the pure joy of selfless giving."

My Thoughts:

I love holiday books and was excited when I heard about. But, I wondered if the girls would get into it, seeing that it didn't contain illustrations of the characters, and isn't set up like a normal book we read....there are no page or chapter numbers.  Instead, the author, Simone Mets wanted children to remember pages based on memorable font, words and page colors.  And, as far as why illustrations of characters weren't included, Mets had a reason for this.  She wanted the reader to use their imagine to think about how the character looked based on what they read or heard told to them about the characters.  Neat, huh?  This is what my girls loved so much about the book, aside from the unique spin on a celebration of the season. 

Before reading the book to the girls, I told them that the wouldn't be illustrations to go along with the story. Instead, I told them to use their imagination and think about what the characters would look like. And, when we started to read the story, I would pause and ask them what they were imaging.  Wow, they got very creative in what they imagined the characters and scenes to look like.  I think this was their favorite part, imagining and then sharing with everyone what they saw in their heads, and comparing with others.

Like I said, this is not your average holiday story.  It follows a little girl named Ava Buttons who steps in after Santa's workshop is destroyed by a ferocious storm, and helps to save Christmas.  But, she can't do it alone, and even enlists the help of her naughty friend, Rowdy Meyers, who goes from an enthusiastic getter to a champion giver.

Christmas has always been a magical time of year and thanks to Simone Met, family's will be reminded about the real reason for the holiday -- It is better to give than to receive, and how families to help others this holiday season.  My family recently completed a coat drive in which we donated 150 gently used and some new coats for kids and adults.  I used this volunteer act as a lesson to teach the girls about the importance of helping others and so that they could see how helping others make you feel great.  We plan to do something special for Christmas as we have adopted a couple less fortunate families and will be shopping for their holiday toys and Christmas dinner.  This book is great to share with your family and get you thinking about way you can help others this holiday season, and year round.

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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