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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Excitable Elephants and Groovy Giraffes: Great Book Bargains!

An adorable, excitable patchwork elephant has recently taken over our house. He is responsible for my 3-year-old's first sight word: "BOO!" I have a strange feeling that he may eventually learn how to read with Elmer - Z is now pointing out the letter sounds he has learnt on each page, signs that he is showing interest in deciphering the letters and words.

I must admit that I do have a soft spot for Elmer, an elephant who celebrates being different and has a knack for making the other animals laugh. Of course, his adorable patchwork colours and cute facial expressions add to his likeability, and the simple story lines usually come with a humorous twist plus a meaningful lesson to be learnt. There is the episode where he gets to spend some time with his Grandpa Eldo and recall the fun times they have had together, and also the time he meets a herd of pink elephants and his friend Rose turns her fear of loud noises into courage and saves the day.

Although it does get a little repetitive having read the few books that we've gotten hold of from the library, I am so thankful every night when he asks to read his Elmer books together, as just a few months ago he did not always want to sit still and read a book together.

I have the original book Elmer by David McKee, but have been borrowing the rest from the library. I was thus quite pleased to find out that Parenting on Purpose's first-ever affiliate, The Groovy Giraffe, was carrying some of the Elmer books at a heavily discounted price!

The Groovy Giraffe is a local online remainder bookstore. They are able to obtain brand new overstock and overprint books and sell them at great discounts,  which is a much welcomed piece of news when children's books in Singapore can cost a hefty sum. Shipping is a flat fee of SGD5 for any amount,  and this fee is waived if you spend SGD60 and above.

I can never resist a good book, and if you take the time to browse you will find some good titles. I have ordered a few of the Elmer titles which come with accompanying CDs, like Elmer and Wilbur and Elmer on Stilts.  There are also some highly recommended picture books like The Pout-Pout Fish and Library Lion,  which I hope to check out. We will be doing a unit on Elmer as part of our "Letter E" study, so the books will come in handy!

We are pleased to offer a media collaboration with this lovely online bookstore. Simply key in our special code "PoP5" upon checkout and you can enjoy 5% off your order (except for books from the bargain section). Hope you find some treasures like we did! 


***The store is currently offering a discount on books in the Children's section to celebrate 1,000 likes on Facebook.  Enter "1000likes" as a discount code to enjoy 15% off on all the books in this section. The promotion ends March 19.

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