7.11.2011

Another Giveaway!

Thank you to all who entered the Alphabet Glue Volume Two giveaway. The winners, as picked by Random.org, are:

Michele of The Great Read

Marie


Pearly Queen of Violet-White

And Kim of A is for Akari!

(Please email me so I can forward your email addresses to Annie. mollydunham at sbcglobal dot net)

I just virtually "met" Michele of The Great Read. Have you visited her blog? She groups and shares library suggestions in the most appealing way: a book, movie, music cd, and a cookbook all sharing a common theme. I do believe she loves the library as much as I do! So I asked her to make a little collection in her signature, gold framed style for me:


Molly's Collection for Blog

With the exception of The Dirty Life (which my library did not have), I've checked these items out from my local library. I then bought the Dixie Chicks CD and Around My French Table because the three weeks I had them on loan wasn't enough.

Several of the songs on the album "Fly" make me think of Kristin Kimball in The Dirty Life - particularly "Cowboy Take Me Away". I too want to "touch the earth, wanna hold it in my hands, wanna grow something wild and unruly". The "Girl from Paris" does just that, despite hardships, setbacks, and prejudices. She grows more than food; she makes and nurtures a friendship with an old farmer, who happens to cook traditional French food using recipes passed down from his mother, dishes that are no doubt reminiscent of Dorie Greenspan's moutwatering recipes. And that is how my collection ties together. Thank you Michele for showcasing it so beautifully!

I recently checked out The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate from our library, but by the time we got around to reading it, it was due within a few days. There was no way I could read it out loud in three nights, especially with late night swimming practices. Then a miracle of sorts occurred: I popped into the Goodwill, compelled to peruse their bookshelves. And there on the bottom shelf in the children's book section were three brand new copies of The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate! I bought one for us (and returned the library's copy before I incurred overdue fees) and two for you.

book giveaway!

If you're interested in a copy, leave a comment and I'll randomly select two winners to be announced Friday, July 15th.

We're a third of the way into the book and loving it so far. Calpurnia appeals to the latent naturalist tomboy in me. We could both hunt for bugs all day. Plus there's a fair dose of history and science, so we're all learning something new while reading.

dragonfly

Books and bugs, libraries and thrift stores. Just a few essentials for a beautifully balanced life.

58 comments:

  1. Oh! Yes please! And thanks for introducing me to "the great read". Happy Monday...

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  2. I'd love a copy! It's been on my list for a while now.

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  3. Wow...what a great thrift find! Calpurnia sounds like my soon-to-be-kindergartener and bug enthusiast! She hunts for caterpillars and chases butterflies every day until the sun finally sets!

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  4. I would love to win a providentially placed goodwill copy! I love the way things work out! No ifs!

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  5. Calpurnia sounds like an interesting book--
    I haven't heard of it. That cover looks lovely!! My 9 year old is a voracious reader and has recently discovered the Great Illustrated Classics and we lucked out at a yard sale on Saturday and picked up 10 at a quarter each! She was so happy! She's reading "The Invisible Man" next to me.
    -jenny from Mountainmama-jenny.blogspot.com

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  6. i have been wanting to read this one for a while.....I'd love a copy!
    -t

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  7. I had that Dixie chicks album in Junior High. Loved it. What a neat blog concept to tie all those arts together. Tell her to do it wig Kristin Lavransdatter! I would love to see that compilation

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  8. I would love a copy, sounds neat! I'm always up for new book suggestions, great post!

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  9. Sounds like my kind of book! Thanks for sharing your wealth :)

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  10. We would love to read this book! We read "My Side of the Mountain" every summer (I think we're on summer six) and I've been looking for another great read-aloud! Thanks for the chance! xo

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  11. Sounds like just the thing my little (and growing) homeschool library needs!

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  12. The only one I am familiar with is The Dirty Life and I LOVED it.

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  13. What a sweet giveaway! I've heard great things about this book.

    -Mel, melsundquist(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. oooo, I think the latent naturalist tom boy in me could use a copy of this too. Thanks for the giveaway and the recommendations from Michele. I'm looking forward to checking some out myself.

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  15. Oh, my gosh...I won! Thanks so much!

    What a find you had at Goodwill, and how generous to buy all three (I often think 'who needs this?' when I find such treasures!). That's a book I've been wanting to read, too. I love your last sentence. Sounds perfect to me.

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  16. I love Calpurnia Tate! THREE in mint condition at Goodwill -- that's amazing!

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  17. new to me blog link, new to me book and a movie to add to the queue...

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  18. AnonymousJuly 11, 2011

    Oh this book sounds lovely. I have to admit that I have never heard of the author before, and was surprised to learn that she was born here in NZ. It would be wonderful to win, but I will check out our library anyway to see if they stock it. Thanks for introducing us to new ideas.

    Jill

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  19. I just had to go out to Itunes and revisit my love of the Dixie Chicks! Thanks for the reminder!

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  20. put my name in the hat thrift store goddess. we didn't finish calpurnia tate before it was due back. boo hiss. i can't wait to check out the great read....thanks!

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  21. Oh what fun. Neat site and I do love thrifting moments like that.
    We SOOOOO loved Calpurnia. I know a little naturalist who could read/listen to it many... many more times. Did I tell you she was Darwin for Halloween last year?
    Thanks Molly.

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  22. a naturalist tomboy is a girl after my own heart.

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  23. So excited! I have never won anything before! :)

    Thank you for featuring me today - was an honor and inspiration for me to put your picks together! Can't wait to pick up your picks from the library. And thanks for your recommendation, Calpurnia Tate - found it at the library and put it on hold! xoxo michele

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  24. I have been wanting to read that with my daughter for a while now!
    Thanks for the chance to win~

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  25. Believe it or not, this book is on our "summer read aloud" list. Thanks much!

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  26. Oh me! Me! This, if nothing else, is the summer of reading. Just finished "Discovery of Witches" -- I do believe on a recommendation from you. Now awaiting a sequel.

    And recently read (and loved) "The Dirty Life".

    Would love to delve into "Calpurnia Tate". The only thing better than reading is reading together as a family.

    xo.

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  27. Love a copy! Just saw it on my local library bookshelf and thought about it ever since!

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  28. I'd love to be entered in the giveaway, the title sounds intriguing!

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  29. That is a beautiful pic of the dragonfly! And I love that Dixie Chicks album too, it's wonderful.

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  30. I never thought about reading aloud to our whole family at once, but we all do a lot of reading seperately. I would love to try the idea with a new book!

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  31. AnonymousJuly 12, 2011

    I too can be found alternating between the library and the thrift store, and the bakery for that matter. This book sounds great - thanks for the chance to win. Alison

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  32. I'd love a copy! It sounds like a very cool book :)

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  33. Oh that book looks and sounds delicious! Possibly appropriate for both my 10y boy and my (almost) 6y girl? I adore the cover illustrations... swoon...

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  34. what good luck! i'd love a copy of that one.

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  35. I really like those movie, book, cd, etc. suggestions - and how they're grouped. And I'd love a copy of the book!

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  36. Calpurnia has been on our to-read list for a while - I'd love a copy!

    As far as the selections, I loved The Girl From Paris, Dorie's cookbook is one of my faves, and The Dirty Life is quite possibly my favorite read of 2011 (thus far). I remember listening to Fly years ago but haven't listened to it lately, might have to give that another go :)

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  37. Calpurnia sounds like such an interesting read. I've put it on our reading list.

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  38. Thank you for introducing us to Michele of The Great Read. I've added to my list of must read/watch titles.

    I've had a copy of The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate for months now. Since I just finished a book last night maybe now is the time to read it.

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  39. Sounds like our kind of book! I'd love to enter...thanks.

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  40. What a great find. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway.

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  41. Sounds lovely. It'd be a great surprise for the little one :)

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  42. Wow sign me up! My girls are soooo in to finding bugs and caterpillars of all kinds. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  43. Can I enter over here? If so yes please!! :D

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  44. My son is into everything nature! I would love to be entered. Thanks, great giveaway!

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  45. You always suggest such good things to read...and what could be better than winning a BOOK?! THAT'S what I call a giveaway! :)

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  46. love this. thanks for the chance to win!

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  47. Thank you for offering up one of these books.
    Loved The Great Road suggestions and put the movie on my Netflix list and "The Dirty Life" in my Amazon cart. I already own the Dixie Chicks.
    Thanks again.

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  48. AnonymousJuly 13, 2011

    I love this cover artwork. Makes me want to do paper-cutting...which involves a library trip for a book on paper-cutting.

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  49. Miss you. Will call today to ask how the blackberries are looking. My sis has the last jar left and it's 1/2 gone. I made a small batch of Black Mission Fig jam last night but was unimpressed. Too sweet. Are you interested in beet recipes? Our FB fans here at work suggested some tasty looking recipes recently. I can send to you.

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  50. wow, what thrifting luck! I love how things just work that way, they were meant to be found by you!
    countyclothcreations(at)yahoo(dot)ca

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  51. the book sounds delightful. perhaps something my littles and i could share to wind down summer.

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  52. Throw me in the hat! I've been absolutely itching to read Calpurnia Tate, and sad that my girl is too old to be read to, 'cause I know she would have adored it. I have to do a little arm-twisting to read books with girls as main characters to T. Which is really unfair, because when I read to his two older siblings, we went back and forth between boy and girl character books. Boys need to hear stories with strong female characters, obviously. (Although if you have a strong female older sister, you're less inclined to them I imagine.)

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  53. awesome! i love that fantastic thrift store success! thanks for sharing!

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  54. I would love a copy to read for myself and then to send to my niece who lives in Texas and is a budding naturalist. She collects every bug, shell, and leftover bird egg she can find!

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  55. Is it too late???? OH NO!

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  56. I would love a copy. We are voracious readers, and that has been on my list. Such a cool concept for book, music, movie and food.

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  57. I'm commenting now after the win. I'm reading about the adventures of Calpernia from our county library. Thank you so much for the recommendation. I haven't had this good of a summer read in many summers! There are so many bits I like-love. The fact that Darwin was banned at the library -and conversely how the Bible is treated now - really caught my eye. Also the fun description of her efforts at knitting, with Mother sitting by. And getting third at the fair for her tatting! - for reasons I won't disclose here. Just a really terrific coming-of-age story about what it might've been like for a girl at the turn of the last century - without being preachy or heavy handed. Fun!

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