ABC and 123: My Storytime Friends

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

My Storytime Friends

This giveaway is now closed.  The winnings go to comment #34, chosen by Random.org.  Congratulations Beth!

What better way to kick off a new year than by offering a fantastic, and educational, giveaway to our dear readers?  If you have children between the ages of 3 and 8 you are going to love what My Storytime Friends has to offer!

The My Storytime Friends kit includes a plush stuffed animal, a beautifully illustrated hard cover story book, and membership to My Storytime Friends online & Book of the Month club.  The My Storytime Friends membership includes: a new free book each month, online games, learning tools, and audio versions of all stories.

Upon arrival, each Storytime Friend is registered on the website with a unique code. After registration the kids had full access to the interactive website including: a post office, library, newsstand, friend store, and more.  Their first stop was the library where we chose the option of reading the interactive audio book.  Gavin especially enjoyed following along with the childlike watercolor illustrations on each page of the story.  The book, A Winning Dream, is about Brady Bear who finds his talent at skiing and uses it to help rescue a little bear in trouble. The book's theme is about overcoming challenges, finding your strengths, and using them to help others.  Although there was quite a bit of text per page, the length of the story was just right for keeping their 5 and 3 year old attention (and giving me enough time to throw dinner in the crock pot while they sat by me in the kitchen - double bonus!!).

This book, like all of the others offered by My Storytime Friends, is written by the award winning author Andrew Wolfendon.  Themes focus on helping others and achieving dreams.  

Similar to the Build a Bear concept, My Storytime Friends offer a fun line of dress up clothes: playwear, fanciful fashion, character costumes, and jammies, making the plush bear a fun toy as well as an educational assistant.  I tried not to let the kids go crazy on this part of the site, but they did ooh and aah over a couple of the cute outfit options.

With each book of the month Storytime Friends gives you the option of downloading and printing the book, printing a corresponding coloring book, listening to an interactive audio book, downloading the MP3 of the book, or using the hard copy to read. As a former classroom teacher I can see the benefits of each of these methods as students read, re-read, and practice retelling to display their comprehension. I especially love the MP3 options as I used to find myself reading story after story onto cassette tapes for classroom use.

The site also gives older children the opportunity to post a review of each book that they interact with.  This is an authentic way to practice important writing skills, as well as story recall.

After reviewing the product and site, it is exciting to imagine all the possibilities My Storytime Friends offer for children for both academic and entertainment purposes.  If you'd like to hear more about the product you may enjoy reading Katie's, Katie's Nesting Spot, review as well.

WIN

One reader of ABC & 123 will win a My Storytime Friends kit (retail $39.99).

We would love for you to win.  If you'd like to enter please leave a comment on this post.  It would also be great if you'd take a minute to check out the My Storytime Friends site for yourself.

Entry in this giveaway will close on Wednesday, January 13th at midnight EST.

34 comments:

  1. I saw this product at Katie's Nesting Spot too! Just adorable! My Maddie would love it!

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  2. These look very cute, I don't know that I would dare let my daughter see all the cute outfits on the site, though!

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  3. I love the idea of reading a book and having lots of activities to do with it afterwards! My kids are also really starting to love the computer....so a win-win here!

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  4. Adorable! My girls would love this!

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  5. What fun! I know my two little ones would love this. We love books and reading.

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  6. That sounds like a really fun concept. We love reading and books around here!

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  7. My kids are 3 and 7 so I'm sure this would be a huge hit around here! Thanks for the giveaway. :)

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  8. I really think my 3 yo would get a kick out of this much more than a regular stuffed animal. Thanks for the chance!

    I hope vacation was sweet to you!

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  9. That is awesome! We are always looking for new reading ideas!

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  10. That looks so fun! My kids would love it!

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  11. My daughter would love this! How cute!

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  12. What a great giveaway! You Ladies always do host the best giveaways though!

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  13. Selena would love this. What a great giveaway!

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  14. Yea,
    My kids would love this! Thanks for an incredible giveaway.

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  15. That site is awesome! Thank you for this wonderful giveaway.

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  16. I would love to win! I've just started "School Time : Book Time" with my preschooler and this would fit right in!

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  17. So adorable!!! My kids would love this!

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  18. This would be so much fun for Emily!!!

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  19. oh wow, my kiddos would love, love, love this. Thanks for the chance!

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  20. This looks like a great way to encourage storytelling and writing.

    juliecerdas at gmail dot com

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  21. Sounds like a great site! Maybe we'll get lucky :)

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  22. What a great idea! My daughter would love this. Thanks!

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  23. My kids would love that. How cute! We love books.

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  24. What a fun way to reinforce reading! Thanks for the opportunity to win:)

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  25. My girls would LOVE this! It includes all their faves...a stuffed animal, books, time online! What a fantastic giveaway!!

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  26. I am a pre-k reader and we have used webkinz in school but I love this idea so much more. You should become a follower of my blog I do a lot of reading ideas you could post on your site, including a huge Q and U wedding with a book.
    love the giveaway

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  27. They have such a cute site - I'd love to do this with my daughter!

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com

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  28. Great way to encourage more reading! This looks like so much fun.....my kids would love it!

    Nicole :)
    nherzog1@gmail.com

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  29. My daughter would love this! Books are her most favorite thing in the whole world! Thanks for the chance!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  30. So adorable! It's such a cute site and I love that it goes along with books!
    Stacy

    slkroptavich@yahoo.com

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  31. My daughter loves teddy bears and books - this would be great!

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