**The contest is officially complete. No new entries will be accepted.
*Though I was given Perfectly Maggie to review, the thoughts and opinions about the book are all mine.*
If you’ve ever read my “About Me” page or noticed the description of this blog, you know that my goal is to teach my boys to be kind, caring, and courageous and to share with you the books we read to help me do just that.
Perfectly Maggie is definitely one of those books.
I was so excited when the wonderful people at E3 Publishing contacted me and asked if I would like to review the book. I was even more excited when the package came in the mail and I saw how adorable the book and the plush dog that comes with it were!
As you know, I love interactive books (see this post for some other classics). And one of the great things about this one is that your little one can love and hug the dog while you read. This one also ends with another adorable chance for interaction (a little more on that later).
The thing I love best about books is the lessons they can teach. The lesson in Perfectly Maggie is both kind and empowering. Maggie is a special dog who has 8 brothers and sisters. The story starts with her doubting how special she could possibly be and asking her adoptive parents why they always tell her she is perfect when she knows she isn’t.
Then it goes into the story of just how special Maggie is. Her special power is that her “tail starts wagging just when it should, when someone is kind and sharing and good.” Because of this power, she is able to help one of her sisters, Noodle, to know that she has helpful powers too. From there, the pups start to feel empowered to do good, helpful deeds as often as they can.
I think (hope) that the story is set up to allow for more stories about the helpful powers of the rest of the brother and sister pups!
As the pups start to feel good about themselves, the story introduces the interactive part and really brings the message to life for the kids who read it. The pups decide to make a “puppy pact” to end each day by sharing a story of a time they were “helpful, kind, or polite.”
The book includes a pact for your kids (and you) to do the same!
I know so many people who struggle to get information about the day from their kids, and this has proven to be a great way to do so for us. The book helps to put them in a reflective mood, and the question helps them to think about what they have done that fits the description. Kids seem to be better equipped to answer when we ask specific questions rather than just how their day was in general.
At the beginning of the book, Maggie mentioned that she wasn’t sure she was perfect, but her adoptive parents assure her that she is “Perfectly Maggie.” I love this part of the message too. Showing kids that they are great the way they are is so important.
Annnnddd, there is a secondary little book included in the pack that lets Maggie show kids her special power! It has a pop-up Maggie that the kids (and you) tell your good deed to; if she thinks you have been, “perfectly you” she wags her tail to show her approval. It is adorable and really got my boys excited about telling the good deeds they accomplished for the day. Positive reinforcement for the win!
Here’s the best part! We are running a social media contest for someone to WIN a signed copy of the book, plush dog, and bonus booklet (for positive reinforcement) as well! All you have to do is follow my Instagram account, comment on the giveaway post, and tag a friend who you think would be interested in winning a copy as well.
Giveaway ends April 17th at 10pm EDT. The winner will be announced shortly after. Open to US residents only, no PO boxes. Must be 18+ to win and no giveaway accounts. Instagram is in no way affiliated with this giveaway.
Here is the link to purchase Perfectly Maggie in case you don’t win. Trust me, you are going to want this book and adorable dog in your life!
As always, thanks for reading! I’m so excited to see who wins this wonderful book package!!