Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Catherine Weiskopf Book Review and GIVEAWAY!!!!!!

Ahhhhh Business 2 Blogger - we heart you - you hooked me up with an AWESOME author who I am going to try to talk into coming and speaking to our PTA AND who wrote books about MATH which my second grader normally says is YUCK but she said was pretty COOL in these books!

Catherine Weiskopf is an author of math books for elementary students. She has a Masters in Computer Science and has worked as a programmer, college teacher, author, and speaker. (I read this from her bio to my second grader and she was very impressed that you could be more than one thing when you grow up. I said, "that's right Baby - shoot for the moon". Or something cheesy like that) but anyway........

OH and I have to interrupt with a funny Noodle (my 5 year old) story. Her school is doing this awesome guided reading program and she was reading her book to me last night and she said (in very dramatic fashion) "OH MOMMY - you are never gonna beliebe dis - I know what dot dot dot means at the end of a sentence!" I said, "what does it mean". She whispered - "it means..... something is coming". It was hysterical.

Back to the books we started with this one
Because - well - my daughter is in second grade - it seemed appropriate. She was WILDLY impressed that we had a book that an author that I ACTUALLY knew (well emailed back and forth with) had SIGNED just for HER!!!!!!!!!!!! She sat at the kitchen table with her snack and read it cover to cover and looked up and said, "ok - you wanna know what I think?"

Here is her review: She liked the pictures, liked the girls although she thought they were a little silly because she would have known that $5 was WAY to much to charge for a lemonade but she guessed that was the point because the AUTHOR who ACTUALLY SIGNED the book just for HER was probably trying to teach kids a lesson about charging the right amounts for stuff. She liked the pictures and wanted to know if we could jump in the car and go to the store to buy lemons to set up a lemonade stand.

Here is my review: I loved that we sat and had a whole conversation about money. I LOVED the activities in the back and the retelling the story. I also would never have know that you can google "lemonade stand game" and it comes up with all sorts of great games! Catherine taught me that - in the back of her book that you should read AND should comment on this post to try and win. Yes - the giveaway is coming folks - keep reading - or skimming depending on your time frame.

Now - the other two books.......







are for 3rd through 5th graders and my Ladybug is a second grader but she is a READER - I tell you such a READER - so much fun. Anyway - she made it about halfway through the first one and said, "Mommy - I really like the characters and I like the pictures because they are kind of like Diary of a Wimpy Kid but I don't get the math." So I decided that I would read them. Can I just tell you - I need to work on my math and I am so glad that I read these books because it is making me realize that I probably need a little brusher upper as my children get older. Look out estimating, measuring, fractions and decimals - here we come!


On to the giveaway - she actually sent me one of each book to read and giveaway as I saw fit. Since my daughter is so attached to these three copies - I am going to actually purchase - yes - with my own money - three copies to give away to you - my lovelies - my blog readers whom I do appreciate.

3 Winners - a million ways to enter - blog it, tweet it, Facebook it - whatever. I will probably announce a winner Friday although not before swim lessons since I ran into trouble with that last week.


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13 comments:

Kate Gesch said...

ooh, ooh, if you draw my name I know that Aidan would love these books. I'm always trying to figure out the math concepts he just desperately wants to understand so early. We have done more things arranging m&m's into piles than I care to admit. The books sound fun!

Texasholly said...

Very cool! I want one! They sound really fun.

canearl said...

I'll have to look into these. My son is in K and actually likes math (so far) so these would be great for him.

auntfreddie said...

I think I am seeing no Clickster yet...hmmm, looks like we are tied!

You know I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE for my kiddos to have these books!!

Anonymous said...

Okay, okay. You beat me this time. By the way, do you know what our friend is doing right now? No? Hmmmm.....I do. Maybe you should call her more often...

Back on topic. My boys would love these books.
-"The Clickster"

Foursons said...

Oh, since I'm on a roll... pick me, pick me, pick me!

w said...

oh wow! that's so generous of you!

thanks for visiting my blog!

Anything Fits a Naked Man said...

I'm not a parent, so please don't enter me in the contest, I'd much rather someone else get these fantastic books!

I have to say, I LOVE your daughters quote. I use DOT DOT DOT all the time. I like my readers to ALWAYS be excited that "something is coming..." :)

franticallysimple said...

oooh - I really wanted to review these, but I wasn't quick enough. I'd love these for my daughter though. Thanks!

The Prudent Patron said...

Math , oh boy, that is the one subject we seem to struggle with. My kids are both book worms, but struggle with math. Cute books about math seem like they would be the perfect fit!

Computer Savvy Seniors said...

This would be great for my grandchildren!!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a wonderful book and I love the dot, dot, dot!!

Mimi

Bekah said...

Visiting from SITS- my daughter would LOVE a book. Today was book fair day at school and she was soooo excited to come home and read her new books. It warms my heart!