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Personalized Story Books from ‘I and My Story’ – Review and Giveaway (International)

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If you’re like me who loves the art of gifting, I’m sure an occasion to give gift turns into a creative project for you. It does – for me. I never consider it a ‘task’ to tick off of my To-Do list. It’s an opportunity to churn the creative juices – and come up with something that’ll surprise the receiver. Nothing expensive or elaborate but something that just makes the receiver go – ‘aha’. (smiles)

Choosing gift for Pari or her friends – for birthdays or any other special occasion is something I really enjoy doing. And, books, art material, plants, handmade fabric pouches for girls (with notes on how they could use for nature collection etc), puzzles – these come on top of my list.  Gift wrapping them is another favourite activity associated with gift-giving. We consider it a challenge to get our creative juices flowing.

Recently, we received a couple of story books – all personalized for Pari. Now, personalized story books for children – I’ve heard of. But, we’ve never had them before in India. When the folks at ‘I and My Story’ told me about the concept behind their storybooks, it immediately struck a chord.

Read on to know how you can win a copy of this book for your child. Five of you – from across the world – can win!

The storybooks came with Pari’s photo on the first page along with printed messages from me and Avie. And the best part – her name along with names of four of her friends were integrated into the storyline – from beginning to end. How cool is that!

The moment Pari opened the parcel, and went through the book – from page to page – her expressions had to be seen to be believed. Obviously, never before had she seen a ‘printed’ message from mamma and papa on her story book. Nor had any other storybook featured a photo of her.

And, miracle of miracles – the story had she and her friends as the central characters. Now, all this was too good to believe for her.

Pari chose names of her friends including – Doremon (yes that cartoon character she so adores)

What is a little girl to do with all this excitement pent-up inside her?

Obviously, she wants to have her friends over to show to them with pride and joy!

The girls – her friends whose names were mentioned in the storybooks – were wide-eyed with wonder. They read the stories together, congratulated and hugged each other while I cherished their innocent joy and captured the moments.

Not only the girls, I am very happy with these books, too. And, I highly recommend to you all – if you are looking for a unique and meaningful gift for your child or his/her friends, cousins etc.

The titles that I chose for Pari are – ‘The Wonder-ing Carpet’ and ‘The Naughty Fairy’ – due to her interest and love for these subjects. But, they have many more titles that will appeal to girls as well as boys. You can browse here.

The storylines are impressive. The writing is lucid – something that will be clearly enjoyed by kids in the age group of 4 – 10. They will enjoy being read to or reading themselves.

The ‘Wonder-ing Carpet’ is so full of learning as well as fun as the carpet carries a group of kids around the seven wonders of the world. The illustrations are comic-book-like, which go down well with kids. Each book is custom printed and then hand-bound with hardcover.

Whether you’re in India or outside, you’re an Indian or non-Indian, these books have universal appeal. Yeah, they do have an Indian touch – in the way the characters look but beyond that – the stories will appeal no matter where you live or what your culture. And, what a gift this will be to fuel the imagination of a child!

And now for the giveaway!

Five of you can win a copy each – of ‘I and my Story’ books; no mater where you live.

It’s an international give-away!

And, once you win, you can choose the book title for your child, send his/her photo (optional), name/s, message and the personalized storybook will be delivered to you – via the office of ‘I and My Story’.

How to Enter the Give-away

  1. For one entry – please visit the ‘I and My Story’ website and come back to let us know in the comments section – which book you would want for your child, if you won
  2. For a second entry – If you’d like to get regular updates from Mommy Labs, either ‘like’ us on Facebook here or subscribe through e-mail – whichever you prefer. Come back and let me know in the comments that you did.

This giveaway ends on Friday,  January 20 (applicable for all time zones)

I’ll draw the winners through random.org and announce the five winners on Monday, January 23.

Best of luck, friends!

PS: I got these books for free from ‘I and My Story’ but the views and feedback I’ve shared here are completely my own.

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  • Chrissy @ The Outlaw Mom Blog January 9, 2012, 5:13 pm

    I like you on FB! Great giveaway – feel free to link up on my giveaway linky: http://theoutlawmom.com/fabulous-freebies-link-party/!

  • Jen January 9, 2012, 6:11 pm

    Fabulous giveaway! I like you on Facebook. My daughters would love the treasure hunt book…they love a good mystery and adventure. Thanks!

  • Carla Reed January 9, 2012, 8:07 pm

    Space Adventure Skippy’s Galactic Mission would be perfect for my son! I just discovered your web site a few days ago. I just love it (…all the way from Houston, TX too!).

  • Carla Reed January 9, 2012, 8:08 pm

    I just “liked” you on Facebook = )

  • Ann January 10, 2012, 12:47 am

    These books are very cool and would make such a thoughtful gift! If I won I would probably choose the Wonder-ing Carpet too! Thanks for the chance!!!

  • Ann January 10, 2012, 12:49 am

    Just subscribed! I have been meaning to anyhow!

  • Soumya January 10, 2012, 3:30 am

    Hi,
    I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog..We enjoy doing most of the creative activities that you have mentioned…from Bangalore

  • Soumya January 10, 2012, 3:37 am

    Hi, I am back again..I would like my Pari…ie my daughter Arundhati of 8 years to have..The Legacy of Adventure Treasure Hunt.
    We recently did the ‘Play dough’ activity and cut out a lot of animal shapes..Giraffe, Deer, various species of snakes, etc…My 4 year old son- Vihaan enjoyed it too. We then strung all the dried pieces of the shapes together and then made a colourful mobile out of it.

    Thanks for the lovely videos and inspirations!!

  • Swathi January 10, 2012, 4:22 am

    Hello Rashmie ,

    Thanks for introducing such a wonderful idea.My son is one year old and loves animals. I would like to gift him the Unforgettable day at the Zoo !!!

    I am a regular follower of your feed and have liked u on FB too.

    thanks again for the giveaway.

  • Mizhi January 10, 2012, 9:39 am

    Hmmm…they all sound so interesting.really hard to pick lol am sure kids would love any of those books. Since required to pick I will choose Treasure Hunt. I have tons and tons of hand drawn”treasure maps” here at home and kids find “treasures” almost anywhere. ^^.

  • Angelique Felix January 10, 2012, 10:14 am

    Oh, this looks really cool! I ams ure that all kids would love to have a personalised book. (also the kids inside of me)….

  • Mansi Shankar January 10, 2012, 3:42 pm

    I would like to have – Birthday Surprise A Naughty Fairy book for my daughter.
    I think all girls are fascinated by fairies.

  • Susan January 10, 2012, 11:26 pm

    Hi Rashmie,
    I got to see your beautiful blog through “No time for flash cards…”
    I would love Space Adventure Skippy’s Galactic Mission for my son.

  • Susan January 10, 2012, 11:29 pm

    I’ve subscribed through email.

  • Katina January 12, 2012, 12:32 am

    I would pick Space Adventure Skippy’s Galactic Mission for my nephew b/c he loves everything about outer space. He has several 3-D models of the planets and space mission stuff all over his ceiling!

  • Maria January 14, 2012, 7:35 am

    I remember having a personalized book as a child and just being spellbound that it was about me! My son would just love ‘Unforgettable day at the zoo’. Thanks for offering this giveaway!

  • Heather Vogler January 14, 2012, 1:01 pm

    Skippy’s Galactic Mission would be a great gift for one of my kids!
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  • Heather Vogler January 14, 2012, 1:02 pm

    Liked you on FB!

  • Karen Norris January 15, 2012, 11:43 am

    Absolutely whimsiacally fab books. I love Wonder-ing Carpet, my grandchildren,whom I adopted would love this. It would be a shared creative experience.

  • gustosa giveaways January 16, 2012, 12:09 am

    i like to have the Birthday Surprise A Naughty Fairy

  • Roopa@putti prapancha January 17, 2012, 2:54 pm

    Putti would love ‘Unforgettable day at the zoo’. Thanks for this giveaway!

  • Roopa@putti prapancha January 17, 2012, 2:57 pm

    I have been following you n pari on facebook:)

  • Menka Patel January 18, 2012, 4:34 pm

    I would choose “Birthday Surprise A Naughty Fairy” for my daughter Aanya. She loves all things magical and fairy related.

  • Menka Patel January 18, 2012, 4:35 pm

    I like you on FB!

  • Deepa January 19, 2012, 3:42 am

    Hi,

    I prefer ” Unforgettable Day at the Zoo” as my daughter is just one year old and she loves to see the animal pictures in her book.
    Thanks for the idea…..

  • Deepa January 19, 2012, 3:46 am

    Just subscribed……mommy-labs is in the like list in facebook before itself…..

  • Akane January 19, 2012, 5:40 am

    I think my kids would love the legacy of the treasure hunt book…..oh and I love doraemon too! I grew up watching it. ;)

  • Priyanka January 19, 2012, 5:41 am

    Hi,

    I prefer ”Space Adventure Skippy’s Galactic Mission.” my daughter is 11 year old and she loves to read book about space science , like your page.

  • Akane January 19, 2012, 5:41 am

    I love mommy labs….Following on facebook? ;)

  • Joyce @Dinosaurs And Octopuses January 19, 2012, 5:54 am

    What a fantastic giveaway! I would love to have Space Adventure Skippy’s Galactic Mission for my son. He loves outer space. Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway!

  • Joyce @Dinosaurs And Octopuses January 19, 2012, 5:55 am

    And I am following you on Facebook.

  • Pramita January 19, 2012, 6:50 am

    Rashmiee,
    Thank you so much for sharing such a the wonderful blog. I came across your blog through Ashu and since then I am following you on Facebook. Very creative ideas and since my daughter loves books what best other than personalized stories! My daughter would love to have Unforgettable Day at the Zoo.

  • Haripriya January 19, 2012, 10:19 am

    I would like the book The Wondering Carpet :) Just the kind of story for a little angel :)

    I also like your facebook page.

  • Hemanth January 19, 2012, 3:31 pm

    I would choose “Birthday Surprise A Naughty Fairy” for my daughter .

  • Kumar January 19, 2012, 3:34 pm

    I think my kids would love the legacy of the treasure hunt book:) Thanks!

  • Chinnu January 19, 2012, 3:38 pm

    What a great gift for kids!! Thanks for letting me know about this website!!

  • Rathna January 20, 2012, 6:32 pm

    My grand kid would love these books with her name on it:)

  • Tina January 21, 2012, 3:46 am

    My kids would love the Treasure Hunt book :)

  • Tina January 21, 2012, 3:47 am

    I subscribe through email :)

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