{giveaway} hallmark recordable book

by jani on December 10, 2012

I’m so excited about today’s {Giveaway} from the wonderful people at Hallmark “Love You Forever” Recordable Storybook. “Love You Forever” was one of our children’s’  favorite bedtime stories. I remember trying to get through this book without shedding a few tears. It’s such a lovely, thoughtful and tender story with a beautiful message!

In our home we love everything Hallmark. Throughout the years, it’s been the store we visit to buy the perfect gift or card for those special occasions we celebrate as family and loved ones. So, when I received this wonderful recordable story as a giveaway, I was super excited!

I’ve asked different mothers if they sing the song in “Love You Forever”; most say they do. A few have told me that they read the words to the song.  It never occurred to me that my “song” was unique. I don’t know why I expected other mothers to sing my version… I guess I’d never given it that much thought.

I didn’t realize that there could be another version to the song in this book, until I visited my dearest childhood friend. This was several years ago. One night I sat with her as she read the book aloud to her three young boys. It was read with all the love and tender inflection that only a mother could express. But, when she got to the song – it was completely different from mine. I then sang for her my version (which I hope each of my children know by heart). We marveled at how different each of our versions sounded. If only they had had this lovely book in a recordable format back then. You see, Marty died in 2003 of cancer. We had been best friends for almost 53 years. Her little boys are grown now, but what a treasure that book would have been for them!

Is it just me or is there a resemblance to the cute little guy on the cover and my adorable grandson (minus the curly hair of course) with that bright red crop?!

As an educator, I personally know how important it is to read aloud to your child. The stories I’ve listened to of the moms, dads and grandparents recording these storybooks while they are far away from their little ones are heartwarming. Hallmark is “Connecting Families, Creating Memories” through this magical way of capturing your voice as you read a beloved story!

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*Disclosure: Thanks to Hallmark for providing me with one “Love You Forever” Recordable Storybook to review and one for this giveaway. The ideas and content are my own.

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Taralyn December 10, 2012 at 11:10 am

Love this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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jani December 10, 2012 at 11:41 am

Your welcome, Taralyn. It is one of my all-time favorite books, I read to my children!

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Jill K December 10, 2012 at 2:57 pm

This book makes me cry every time!

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jani December 10, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Jill, my husband and I had to re-record it because we both started crying!

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Gayle V December 11, 2012 at 8:38 am

I love Hallmark cards, books, and ornaments. So cute and personal!

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jani December 11, 2012 at 4:15 pm

We do too, good luck, Gayle.

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Stacie S-H December 11, 2012 at 10:41 am

I’m glad my parents read to me a lot when I was a kid. To this day I love to read but I just dont really make the time for it anymore. Thank goodness for apps on my phone that allow me to read a few pages every time I am out and about somewhere

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jani December 11, 2012 at 4:16 pm

I know, Stacie. I love my kindle app!

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Becky @ Utah Sweet Savings December 11, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Thanks for the chance to win. If you can imagine, I’ve never read this book.

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jani December 11, 2012 at 4:19 pm

It’s such a great book. I don’t have control over who wins – but, if you don’t win, please read it; it is so heartwarming.

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Lindsay @Artsy-Fartsy Mama December 11, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Love the recordable books, they are amazing. This book is one of my favorites! Thanks for the chance to win :)

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jani December 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm

You are so welcome and thanks for the visit and entry!

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Leisha @ Homemade Toast December 11, 2012 at 2:03 pm

LOVE this book! Good thing its recordable, that way I will only need to cry once! :)

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jani December 11, 2012 at 4:21 pm

We had to listen to our recording that we made for our kids – still brought tears!

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Terri December 11, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Thanks for the giveaway! My daughters would love this book!!

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jani December 14, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Thanks, Terri – good luck!

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Frieda December 14, 2012 at 9:21 am

My sweet mother in law gave this book to my boys and it was one of their favorites growing up. If I win this book, I’d give it away to my grandson, who lives far, far away…. :-)

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jani December 14, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Oh, I love that, Frieda! Good luck!

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debbie jackson December 16, 2012 at 3:04 pm

what a great book and giveaway debbie jackson
djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

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jani December 16, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Thanks, Debbie!

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