reading to children

{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.