Being a mom is the hardest thing I've ever done, but it has brought me so much joy! I want to encourage other moms on their journey, I'll share motherhood tricks, spotlight tips I've learned from friends, and I hope you will share your ideas. I will focus on secrets that help families stay balanced, healthy, frugal, creative, and closely knit. I will also share favorite fiction and nonfiction books that I have enjoyed. Many blessings to you on your mothering journey!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Book Review and Giveaway: Pink Tiara Cookies For Three

I am excited to be a part of The Pink Tiara Blog Tour today! Maria Dismondy has written a charming new book, Pink Tiara Cookies For Three. It’s a lovely picture book that helps young girls explore friendship – beyond having one exclusive best friend.

Having a daughter, teaching in schools, and working in youth organizations, I know first-hand about the challenges girls often have with building, maintaining and expanding friendships. We all know that girls can be just plain mean (though also wonderful!), so it’s nice to have a picture book to share with girls about overcoming relational challenges.

Maria’s book offers a lovely and light-hearted avenue to help caregivers explore respectful and kind friendships that can swim against the tide of the bullying and exclusion that are too often present. The drawings are whimsical, relatable, and inspiring. The text is spot-on - even my five-year daughter could easily understand the emotional struggles and the character choices exhibited in the storyline. She quickly identified the main character as choosing meanness instead of kindness throughout most of the story, and cheered when she decided at the end of the story to be a true friend.

This book would be great for counselors, teachers, and parents of young girls.

Click here to see a cute one-minute youtube video overview of the book that captures snippets of the text along with the beautiful pictures.

Click here to order an autographed copy of the book at Maria’s website.

Learn more about Maria’s expertise and passions at

Wanna WIN your own copy of the book, along with a tiara cookie cutter from Maria? Post a comment with your favorite book for young girls, and I will select a random winner on Friday, January 20, 2012.

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Blogger emily said...

I love Maria's Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun book for my daughter because it teaches her that it is ok to be different and to embrace uniqueness!

1:56 PM  
Blogger Anne & Ty said...

Of course I love Spaghetti, but my girls also love "My name is not Isabella" by Jennifer Fosberry. A must for any little girl!

2:02 PM  
Blogger Jodi said...

Spaghetti is a family favorite, but we also love "Silverlicious". We read it everytime time she loses a tooth. It really drives home the lesson of being appreciative of what you get.

3:08 PM  
Blogger Kelly B aka Queen Bee! said...

Oh gosh, there are so many! One of my favorites is The Little Princess! I love that book!

3:49 PM  
Anonymous Peggy said...

I love reading "The Best Mouse Cookie" by Laura Numeroff to my granddaughter.

7:15 PM  
Anonymous Kori Retzbach said...

My favorite book to read to my 2-year old is "The Little Engine That Could". There are so many "princess"-themed books for girls...I love reading books to her that give her a sense of empowerment and strength - I want her to have the knowledge that she can be more than a "princess"...she can be STRONG!

7:01 AM  
Blogger Ann @TheAssetEdge said...

Ladies, I LOVE hearing yourro favorite books. Thanks for sharing, and good luck winning a copy of the book this week!

8:02 AM  
Blogger Nicole M said...

Wow, this is a tough one but one of our many favorites is "The Peace Book" by Todd Parr.

7:25 PM  
Anonymous Sherry Saylor said...

I recently read Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy to Lancey and she so enjoyed the wonderful places your imagination and group play with your friends can take you!

10:09 PM  
Anonymous Susan said...

The Gardner
Not A Box

12:02 PM  
Blogger Delighted said...

I recently added Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun to my book collection and absolutely love it!

First Grade Delight

6:22 PM  
Blogger Ann @TheAssetEdge said...

My daughter just helped me do a random drawing for our winner, and she chose #11. That means first grade delight has won a copy of Maria's new book. Hop onto Maria's website to see other blog tour sites for more chances to win a book!

I have never read "spaghetti in a hot dog bun", but after your suggest ions, I need to go read it!!

Blessings to each of you,


12:04 PM  

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