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
- 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
- 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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