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Cooper and Me and the Winter Adventure by Monique & Alexa Peters – Children’s Book Review

COOPER AND ME AND THE WINTER ADVENTURE BY Monique & Alexa Peters is the story of two dogs – Cooper and Bella. During winter, when they saw the mounds of snow outside their house, both decide to go sledding.

They enjoyed playing in the snow so much they didn’t realize that they’ve gone so far away from their homes. Upon seeing that they were lost, both thought of the best way to find their way home. First they waited, maybe for someone to come by, until it was about to get dark. Bella knew they had to get home before dark, so they decide to let out loud and long howls.

After some time of straining to hear, they hear the sound of a dog barking loudly. They followed the barks until they found their way into their neighborhood. As it turns out, it was another friend dog, Trooper, who decides to help them find their way by barking continuously. They are happy to find their way home.


My children and I definitely enjoyed reading this book. Especially because it is written in rhyme and can be read in a sing-song manner. The book  is about getting lost and how to find your way home. Though it is not explicitly said, the book shows what to do when children get lost.

First, they must not panic. They should learn to wait awhile for an adult to possibly come back for them. If no adult shows up, they can then try to find their way by asking for help.

As with the first Cooper and Me book that I reviewed before, the back of the book presents lessons to teach children further about the subject. There is the ‘Information About Me!’ page where a child can write down her complete information, such as her complete name, her parents’ or guardian’s names, their address and phone numbers.

Then there is the ‘Life Lesson’ section that further talks about how a child can possibly get lost while playing with friends. The ‘Connections’ asks a few questions of the child to allow the child to think through the story and lesson and make decisions when she is lost.

There are two pages of ‘Learning Together’. This section talks about the story with questions that the parent can ask the child.  COOPER AND ME AND THE WINTER ADVENTURE is definitely a must-read for parents who want to teach their children about personal safety and what to do when they get lost.

This book is available for sale at the Cooper and Me website for only $12.99.


Beyond The Silver and The Gold is hosting a giveaway for COOPER AND ME AND THE WINTER ADVENTURE. One hardbound copy will be given to one of my blog readers.

This time I am going to make this very, very simple because I don’t have much access to the internet. All you have to do if you want to win is to POST A COMMENT. Leave us a tip on what you teach your child/ren do when they get lost. That’s it!

This GIVEAWAY  begins today and will run till January 27, 2012.

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services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it 
on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally 
and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance 
with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the 
Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Christmas Lodge – DVD Movie Review and Giveaway


Thomas Kinkade presents Christmas Lodge: a place where a heart-warming past and loving future meet for one remarkable group of people. During a weekend trip to the mountains, Mary (Erin Karpluk) finds herself at the now- dilapidated lodge where she spent the holidays with her family growing up. She becomes determined to restore the building to its former glory. Inspired by her grandfather and guided by her grandmother in heaven, Mary throws herself into the project, and during the process finds herself drawn to Jack (Michael Shanks), a handsome man who loves the lodge as much as she does. Historically unlucky in love, this chance encounter allows Mary to renew her faith in life and discover her one true love. For an uplifting story about the importance of faith, family and the true holiday spirit, go to the Christmas Lodge.

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It is refreshing to watch a movie that show characters who value family, relationships, trust in the Lord, and perseverance. That is what Christmas Lodge is all about. I admire the main character, Mary, who is an independent career woman. She respects her parents and loves her grandfather so much that she is willing to do everything to make, what could possibly be, his one last wish come true.

I like that when she went to the mountains with her boyfriend, it clearly showed that they stayed in separate rooms. Then when she meets Jack once more, and promises to help renovate the Christmas Lodge, she tries her best to keep her word. Despite her developing love for Jack, she still does her best to control her emotions knowing that it is not only between her and Jack, their relationship will involve Jack’s daughter, too.
All in all, this wholesome movie is good for the whole family. 

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The WINNER for We Choose Virtues Parenting Cards Is…


Zendie Magistrado


Zendie, please email me your complete mailing address so that this can be sent to you immediately.

To all those who have joined this giveaway, thank you very much! Don’t worry because I still have a lot of other giveaways on schedule, including another one for We Choose Virtues!

You can also choose to buy this set from the website and use the coupon code to get a 15% discount from the price.

Code: VIRTUE15

Check back soon for more giveaways!

We Choose Virtues Parenting Cards – Review and Giveaway!

Today’s review and giveaway is for We Choose Virtues Parenting Cards perfectly geared for the homeschool family.

We Choose Virtues Parenting Cards – Faith based is a set of 13 full-color, beautifully-illustrated cards that feature 12 virtues for children to learn. Each card is printed on durable card stock. The front shows the virtue to be learned, with easy to remember catchphrases, what the virtue is not and a Bible verse.

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The back of the card features “Teachable Moments for (virtue) families”, the definition of the virtue, a virtue user challenge and “What to say after”I’m Sorry”?.  Each card also features a character, a kid from VirtueVille that the children can easily relate to.

The 12 virtues to be learned are patience, forgiveness, self-control, obedience, honesty, helpfulness, gentleness, diligence, perseverance, attentiveness, kindness and contentment.
We Choose Virtues, a family-run company that believes in inspiring children to learn virtues for life, produces several tools to teach virtues to children in a fun and easy way. We Choose Virtues Parenting Cards – Faith based is the first tool the parent can use to teach virtues.


Although every purchase comes with a downloadable Teacher’s Guide, it is very easy to use these cards for the family. Each card has complete instructions with only a few minutes of preparation time for the homeschool mom. It is suggested that these be taught for 10 minutes a day everyday. I am going to show here what we did with the virtue – Forgiving.

First, we read the catchphrase together – “I choose to love when others hurt me”, next is a short discussion on the statement of what it is not, and memorizing the Bible verse together.
After this I shared some personal experiences of forgiving and not forgiving. Then we did the suggested activity which is to write or draw with crayons on a piece of bond paper something that another person said or did in the past that hurt each one of us.

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The instruction is to erase the hurtful words which signified forgiveness. Of course, erasing words written with crayons will not totally remove the words, just made smudges of them. So the explanation is that though we will not totally forget it all, we can always choose to forgive.

In doing this, I hit on a way to take this lesson further by illustrating God’s forgiveness. I took a clean piece of bond paper and covered the paper with words. I explained this to mean that this is the blood of Jesus Christ that totally covered our sins. When we ask for forgiveness, God will cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Even if this was a lesson meant to be fun and easy, I can tell that this lesson touched each of my children deeply. After this, they asked me to have a We Choose Virtues lessons everyday.


Click on the links to go to the We Choose Virtues product site:
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Each set cost $34.99 plus shipping. By using the promo code VIRTUE15, you can get a 15% discount from your order.

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It saddens me to hear some parents, grandparents and elders condemn a child for his bad attitude. When I look at the child they’re talking about, the little one is only about 2 years old. Some people seem to think that the bad attitudes or naughtiness of little children will set them up for life. As if the attitude will definitely be with them and there is no hope of teaching the child to develop his/her character.

I definitely don’t agree with this and believe that children are like clay in their parent’s hand. We parents have the ability, the capacity and the God-given privilege of molding a child’s character to help them develop into better or Godly persons when they grow up. Though any child is born with a sinful nature, we can teach them better character, better virtues.


Heather McMillan, the creator and owner of We Choose Virtues, is giving away one set of We Choose Virtues Parenting Cards to one of my blessed readers.

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Remembering You by Tricia Goyer – Book Review & Kindle Touch Giveaway!

About the book:
35-year-old Ava Andrews’ dream job is interrupted by an unusual request–fulfill her 84-year-old grandfather’s last wish by joining him on a battle site tour of Europe. Ava is sure her boss will refuse her request. But, instead, he gives her a directive of his own–to videotape the tour and send it back as mini-segments for the show she produces.

As if juggling these two things isn’t hard enough, Ava is soon surprised again … twice. First, Ava and Grandpa Jack arrive in Europe, only to discover the tour is cancelled. Unwilling to let down her grandfather or her boss, Ava and Grandpa Jack head out on their own. Then, while they’re on their way, the pair soon meet up with Paul, her grandpa’s best friend, and his grandson Dennis. The same Dennis who just happens to be Ava’s first love.

Before she knows it, Ava and Dennis are swept down memory lane as they visit the sites that are discussed in the history books. And even though Ava’s videotaping old soldiers, she can see their youth, their hopes and fears, and their pride in their eyes. Soon Ava learns the trip isn’t just for them … it’s for her too–especially for her heart.

Read an excerpt, watch a video and find out more here. 

About Tricia:

Tricia Goyer is the author of thirty books including Songbird Under a German MoonThe Swiss Courier, and the mommy memoir, Blue Like Play Dough. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer’s Conference in 2003. Tricia’s book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. In addition to her novels, Tricia writes non-fiction books and magazine articles for publications like MomSense and Thriving Family. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences, and has been a workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Conventions. On Tricia’s weekly radio show, Living Inspired, she shares stories of inspiration and encouragement. She and her family make their home in Little Rock, Arkansas where they are part of the ministry of FamilyLife.

For more about Tricia and her other books 

Remembering You is a very well-written and well-thought of book. The kind of book you know that the author spent a lot of time researching. I find that what Tricia says is true: we who live in the present time don’t know much about the members of our families who lived through the war. Even if I am Filipino, I still hear my parents talk about the war that happened when they were children. I never really thought how important it was to listen to the stories they tell until I’ve read Remembering You

I appreciate Ava’s character because she was very relatable. She was an independent woman but with weaknesses that she struggled to face. I loved reading about the lasting friendship of the two war heroes, Jack and Paul as they, too, faced some painful memories when they visited the scenes of their past. I like the light romance between Dennis and Ava. I really appreciate the most that all the characters were Christians and were at different states of knowing the Lord in their lives.

The war stories and the places they visited was one of the unforgettable parts of this book. Ava’s struggles to reconcile the soldier her grandfather was to the gentle grandfather she now knew was very touching. All in all, a very good book to read.

Buy it here
Win a Kindle Touch for YOU and a Friend from Tricia Goyer!

Tricia Goyer is celebrating the release of her novel, Remembering You, with a KINDLE Touch Giveaway for you … and for the friend of your choice. Then on 11/29 she’ll be wrapping up the release of Remembering You with a Book Chat Party!

During the first half of the party Tricia will be chatting, sharing a sneak peek of her next book, and giving away a ton of great stuff. Then she’ll head over to her website for a Live Chat! Readers will be able to chat with Tricia via video or text.

Don’t miss your chance to win a Kindle Touch for yourself … and to “remember” a friend this holiday with a Kindle Touch for them!

Read what the reviewers are saying here.

One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Brand New Kindle Touch and a Kindle Touch for a Friend (winner’s choice!) 
  • A copy of Remembering You by Tricia Goyer for each

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends at noon on November 29th. Winner will be announced at Remembering You Facebook Party on 11/29. Tricia will be hosting an author chat (on Facebook and Live from her website) and giving away copies of her other WWII books and gift certificates to Starbucks and So grab your copy of Remembering You and join Tricia on the evening of the 29th for an author chat, a trivia contest (How much do you know about WWII?) and lots of giveaways.

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Don’t miss a moment of the fun. RSVP today and tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 29th!

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Cooper and Me by Monique and Alexa Peters: Children’s Book Review & Giveaway

Cooper and Me by Monique and Alexa Peters is a very unique children’s book with a relevant lesson. It is unique because it is written by a parent and child tandem and it is illustrated by the child, Alexa Peters. Cooper and Me is about a young girl who is about to go to school. She is told how fun school is but is also filled with anxiety. She loves her dog, Cooper, and does many things with him. In trying to stave off her anxiety for the first day of school, she talks to beloved Cooper and asks if she can go with him. How the mother solves her child’s fears was very sweet and creative.
This book is a big help for the mother with a child who will be going off to school for the first time. In reading together, mother and child can talk through the child’s fears and reassure her child. At the back of the book are some more helps or extension lessons to continue discussing the child’s first day. There’s also a page for the child to record the first day of school experience. There are more helps and activities to be found at the Cooper and Me website. Cooper and Me and the other books in the series plus other novelty items can be found at their web store.
You, too, can own this book for free by joining my GIVEAWAY! To enter, please read to the end of this post.
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About Cooper and Me:

Cooper and Me was illustrated by 11-year-old Alexa Peters and co-written with her mother, Monique Peters.  The idea was inspired by Alexa’s own experiences on her first day of school.  A talented young artist and writer, Alexa wanted to give back to others in a meaningful way through her art.  Starting at a very young age, Alexa created illustrated stories about her daily experiences, and from the pages of her sketchbooks came the idea for her first book, Cooper and Me

Through rhythmic verses, Cooper and Me tells the story of a young girl who is nervous as her first day of school approaches.  She is frightened about leaving home and doesn’t want to go without her best friend, her dog Cooper. Fortunately her mother finds the perfect solution to help the little girl overcome her fears – a small replica of her beloved pet she can take to school with her.  In Cooper and Me, the story of a child’s fears about starting school has evolved into a timeless tale about overcoming separation anxiety and trying new things – basic emotions all people experience throughout their lives – but this time, written by a child, for children.

The story behind Cooper and Me also offers an inspiring example of families working together to help others.  In addition to helping young children gain emotional resilience and confidence through their books, Alexa and mom Monique wanted to go beyond that to help less fortunate kids.  Their search for an organization to which they could donate a portion of the proceeds from the Cooper and Me book led to a charitable alliance with the Happy Hearts Fund, founded and run by Petra Nemcova, the supermodel who was directly affected by the tsunami in Thailand. Happy Hearts improves children’s lives through education and sustainable programs in natural disaster areas.

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Along Wooded Paths by Tricia Goyer – A Book Review and Facebook Party

Along Wooded Paths: A Big Sky Novel by Tricia Goyer is the story of Marianna Sommer,a young Amish woman who is torn between the love of two men in her life – Aaron Zook, her childhood friend who belong to their Amish community in Indiana and Ben Stone, the Englischer their family met when they transferred to Montana. She has to make a choice between following her heart and possibly leaving her Amish life and family behind, or following their Amish ways and being baptized into their church.

Even though I’ve not had many chances to read an Amish novel, much less meeting an Amish family, I loved reading Along Wooded Paths. The author, Tricia Goyer, paints a realistic picture of Amish life that I felt transported to Montana. I saw how people have the same feelings and struggles in life no matter what their beliefs are. Here is a woman who struggled with choosing between two men. Isn’t this the same struggle a lot of countless women have had?

One of the reasons I enjoyed this book so much is because the characters were so relatable. Marianna, just like any Christian, sought the Lord in her life and is determined to follow His leading. Her family was a family who trusted God and also wanted to know him more. The blending of the lives of the Amish with the Englisch was beautiful to observe. Of course, the Amish and Englisch will not change their lifestyles to please the other, but somehow by obeying God’s word, they found a way to work together within the community.

Along Wooded Paths: A Big Sky Novel by Tricia Goyer is a beautiful book that can be read by young adult and adult readers alike. Read reviews of this book from other Litfuse bloggers.

About the book:

All she wanted was a simple Amish life . . . But now Marianna Sommer finds herself depending on Englisch neighbors. Although proud of living apart from the world, she and her newly relocated Amish family have discovered that life in the remote mountains of Montana requires working together.
As Marianna begins helping those different from herself—and receiving their help—her heart contemplates two directions. She’s torn between the Amish man from Indiana whom she has long planned on marrying and the friendly Englischer who models a closer walk with God than she’s ever seen before.
Who should have young Marianna’s heart? What is God asking her to sacrifice? Her traditions? Her community? The answer is found along the wooded paths.
Find out about book 1, Beside Still Waters, here:
About Tricia:
Tricia Goyer is the author of thirty books includingSongbird Under a German Moon, The Swiss Courier, and the mommy memoir, Blue Like Play Dough. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer’s Conference in 2003. Tricia’s book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. In addition to her novels, Tricia writes non-fiction books and magazine articles for publications like MomSense and Thriving Family. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences, and has been a workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Conventions. She and her family make their home in Little Rock,Arkansas where they are part of the ministry of FamilyLife.
For more about Tricia and her other books visit

Come to a Facebook Party and Live Author Chat! 
Tricia is celebrating the release of Along Wooded Paths with a Fabulous Facebook party on October 18th. She’ll be giving away prizes and a sneak peak at the next book in the Big Sky series.
Then during the second half of the party she’ll be hosting a LIVE AUTHOR CHAT on her website and announcing something BIG! CLICK the button (below) to RSVP for the party – then go here to sign up for the Live Author Chat.
Disclosure: I received this book for free through the Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for this review. 

Carlito C. Caterpillar’s Math House Games – Homeschool Math Review & GIVEAWAY


*Read to the bottom of this post for the GIVEAWAY!*

Currently, I am using a math program for Sunshine Princess that involves watching a teaching video on our laptop matched with a workbook. Unfortunately, I can see that after 10 lessons or so, she is becoming bored and sleepy with it. I have to admit I, too, feel my eyes becoming heavy when the video starts.

In trying out Carlito C. Caterpillar’s Math House Games which are fun, short, stimulating and engaging, I can see the excitement grow in Sunshine Princess as she learns math concepts. She actually doesn’t even know that she is already learning the concepts because each lesson is presented as a game to play.

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Product Description

Carlito C. Caterpillar’s MathHouse™ Game Cards
Based on Domenico’s proprietary 20 Step Sensory Math Teaching System
Featuring two uniquely designed games to demonstrate each step (40 games in all)

The set contains

  • 30 double-sided, full color, illustrated Game Cards
  • Related editorial information explaining to parents The What, Why and How of Each Step
  • Each 8″ x 4″ loose leaf card is printed on heavy card stock, lacquered to help protect from spills and ring bound to keep together and facilitate play
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The cards are colorful, give plenty of relevant information on the Myths and Realities of Early Mathematical Learning with complete guidelines for its use. Aside from these cards, you’ll need to download the free teaching/game materials from their website. Other materials to use for playing the games can easily be found in the house.

Just this afternoon, we played the Hungry Lion game in Step 2. This game teaches the concept of more and less. The game makes use of healthy snacks that you place on two plates with one plate containing more than the other. Just by sight, the child must be able to point to the plate that contains more by opening her mouth – thus the Hungry Lion. Sunshine Princess didn’t want to be called Lion so we called it Hungry Princess instead.
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Personally, I thought this was such a great way for the child to remember the symbol for ‘more than’. She opens her mouth to indicate the plate with more snacks. I remember when I was a child, I had a hard time knowing the difference between the symbols for ‘more than’ or ‘less than’.  The math concept therefore was easy to learn and easy to teach.

The lessons/games are presented in 3 stages with 20 steps and 2 games per step. The stages are Quantity, Numeration and Operations. Therefore, when your child has finished with Carlito C. Caterpillar’s Math House Games, the child has already learned up to the four basic operations.

I can definitely see ourselves using this for the years to come since I still have Sunshine Princess and Flash Boy to teach. Now the elder sisters are asking how come they didn’t have this kind of math before.


Great news for all my blog readers! You can win this very same product by joining my giveaway. I’m using the Punchtab gadget for this giveway. You can either join by entering your email address which will earn you one entry. If you would like 7 or more entries to win, enter using the Connect Using Facebook button and follow directions carefully. Enjoy!
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Book Review: Hula, Multo, Faith Healing, ATBP – Expose ng Occult sa Pilipinas by Hiram Pangilinan

Here in the Philippines, most people generally believe so many things such as hula, faith healing, aswang, usog and so many others. Spirit of the coin is commonly played by little children without any thought to its dangers. The usual phrase you hear is “Wala namang masama kung maniwala”. Sigh, it can get tiring trying to explain to others why we don’t want to bring our children to faith healers.
In our family, these practices are followed including feng shui, worship of the dead, and using objects as sources of luck. That’s why I am so glad that Pastor Hiram Pangilinan wrote Hula, Multo, Faith Healing, ATBP. This book is about the many occult practices that are being done  here in the Philippines. He sheds light on all the occult activities that most Filipinos find normal and okay. Through this book I found out that even the ordinary zodiac and astrology are also occult.
In our family, we usually say “We don’t believe in usog.” or “There are no aswangs!” These statements are corrected by Pastor Hiram and explained that these are indeed true and not to be taken lightly. Each occult practice is explained in detail with instructions on how to pray in Jesus’ name in order to be free of Satan’s stonghold in your life.
A word of warning, though, I would suggest praying constantly as you read Hula, Multo, Faith Healing, ATBP. The stories he tells are true and can cause fear in you as it did to me initially. However, Pastor Hiram also encourages you to pray before reading the book. I always pray before I read it, as I am reading and after I read.
The good thing is that all throughout the book, the author keeps on assuring us that God’s children are safe because demons are afraid of the name of Jesus. After a few more chapters, I started to feel different about the book and its stories. With Pastor Hiram’s constant assurance that demons are afraid just by the mention of Jesus’ name, I feel my fear is starting to fade.
My only beef with this book is that it is written in taglish.  As one used to reading in straight English, I’ve had to constantly adjust my mind to this. Despite also speaking in taglish most of the time, I have a hard time reading it in taglish. I’m guessing the reason for this is to be able to reach more Filipinos but most Filipinos read English anyway. I think I’d appreciate if better if it were written in straight English while using the actual Tagalog words for those commonly used terms in the occult.
Despite of that, the value of this book for the Christian Filipino is priceless. We are inundated everyday with several occult practices and we just have to learn how to protect ourselves from it. You can expect to learn and be corrected about those practices commonly done here in the Philippines. More importantly, you can expect to learn how to battle these demons that may have attached themselves to you.
Hula, Multo, Faith Healing, ATBP is launching at the OMF Lit booth at the 32nd Manila International Book Fair as SMX Convention Center from Sept. 14 – 18, 2011. For free tickets, go here.
You can win a free copy of this book by joining my giveaway. Click here to join.
Disclosure: While I received a complimentary copy of this book from OMF Lit, they did not give it to me in exchange for this review. I write this review of my own accord in support of Filipino Christian authors.

Tips on Enjoying the 32nd Manila International Book Fair

As I have been saying, my children and I follow the book fair every year. From when it was still held at Megamall to the World Trade Center, and now at the SMX, we’ve been there. In fact, we enjoy it so much that we’d keep coming back and try to go on all days of the fair.

For homeschoolers, this is the best time to get those books you’d like for your children. Edcrish selling Singapore Math My Pals are Here, and C&E Publishing selling Sing, Spell, Read, Write are here. Other textbook publishers are also here and you can get all their books at low or discounted prices. 

So in order to maximize your time to the fullest, I’d like to share here some tried and tested tips on how to enjoy the 32nd Manila International Book Fair.

Get Free Tickets

The entrance fee to the fair is P25.00 per head.  Usually, bookstores who join the fair give free tickets when you visit their stores. So far, I’ve seen OMF Lit and Christian Literature Crusade giving away free tickets. If you can, pass by their bookstores and ask for free tickets. Or go here and print your free ticket.

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

You’re going to be on your feet for most of the day, it’s best to be comfortable.

Don’t forget to bring food and drink for nourishment.

If you’re like most of us, we’d rather save as much as we can so that we can buy as many books as we can. You can bring your own  water and snacks but you may have to leave these at the package booth. Nevertheless, you can always go out of the fair to take a snack break. All that walking and browsing through books is bound to make you tired.

Bring a bag or trolley to put your books in.

We like to keep our purchases in just one or two bags. This way, we avoid losing a few books in all those sale piles. A trolley would be better since the books can get heavy. Or you can take advantage of the package booth to leave your heavy purchases in while you go shopping for more.

If you have children…

…decide if you want to bring your small children to the fair. I bring my six year old with strict instructions to stay beside me all of the time. There are a lot of people going to the book fair, a child can easily get lost. Have an agreement of where you will meet each other in case your child gets lost.

Also, be ready for those sales people standing along the aisles telling you to have your child tested for their IQ, or to let her ‘play’ with their educational products. When you do entertain them, be prepared for a strong and persistent sales pitch. If you don’t want to entertain them, just say a firm “no, thank you” and keep on walking. They are at every aisle, though.

Finally, get ready to be overwhelmed!

The place is filled with books, books, books! We like to go around first and browse the books before making a decision. There are times when you can find a book in another booth at a much lower price. All books are on sale and some are at really low, low prices. So set your budget, bring a list if you can, and enjoy!

Here are some of the discounts I’ve seen so far:

National Book Store – 20% off on all books, there are books at P50, P75, P100, P150.

OMF Literature Book Shop – 20 – 30% off on all books, books at P75, P95.

Church Strengthening Ministry – All books are P100 each.

Christian Literature Crusade – 20% – 50% discount on books and 40% discount on Bibles.

Bibles are on sale from P500. up.

Scholastica – bag all you can for P999.

If you want to win a free book from OMF Lit, join my giveaway here.

For your free tickets, go here.

For other tips on going to the book fair, go here.

Almost forgot, the MIBF is held at the SMX Convention Center from Sept. 14 – 18, 2011.

Disclosure: I am not paid by any of the vendors I mentioned above nor did I receive anything from them in exchange for this post. I am merely sharing my experience and enjoyment with you. :)


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