Sophia’s Dream Book Review and iPod Shuffle Giveaway

by Dagmar Bleasdale on November 30, 2010

I didn’t mention any children’s picture book on my Holiday Gift Guide, and I’m making up for that now: Sofia’s Dream is a beautifully illustrated  book written in rhymes, and as an added bonus it teaches kids to be thoughtful about the environment.

Little Pickle Press asked me to participate in a special blog tour for this new children’s book. This publisher is very innovative in its environmentally friendly approach:

  • this is an entirely virtually blog tour that only happens on relevant blogs to save resources
  • rather than travel to bookstores and libraries to promote a book, the author and publisher visit blogs they think are good matches for their book’s theme
  • each title of Little Pickle Press includes an environmental accounting statement summarizing the energy and resource cost of the paper used
  • Sofia’s Dream is printed on paper made of 50 percent recycled fibers in an acid- and chlorine-free process powered by wind power

I decided to participate in this blog tour because I want to support Little Pickle Press’s environmentally conscious efforts and their dedication to helping parents and educators cultivate conscious, responsible little people. I hope their example encourages more publishers to follow their lead.

About Sophia’s Dream:

Little Sophia befriends the Moon, and when she visits him, she learns about pollution of the Earth. This book is a wonderful icebreaker when you want to teach your child about being kind to the environment.

I collected picture books I love because of their adorable illustrations (Toot & Puddle, anyone?) even before I had my son, and this book’s lovely illustrations by Sue Cornelison are so inviting and cute. Any child will fall in love with this whimsical, rhyming tale.

Here is an excerpt:

Sofia was a thoughtful girl,
who called the moon her giant pearl.
As nights passed and the moon would grow,
she marveled at its opal glow.

One bright night in a dreamy state,
Sofia heard a sound quite late.
As she peeked around at all her toys,
she wondered which one made a noise.

Land Wilson’s Sophia’s Dream makes a great gift this holiday season!

Exclusive offer: 25% off all picklish purchases until December 15, 2010! Use promo code PICKLEPAL.

GIVEAWAY #1: *closed Enter to win a copy of Sofia’s Dream for yourself – just leave a comment on this post. Will end 12/06. Congrats, Brie Padfield!

GIVEAWAY #2: Little Pickle Press is giving away an iPod Shuffle every week of the blog tour! Go to the Little Pickle Press blog for more information and to sign up by leaving a comment with your name and email address. The Shuffle drawing is at noon CST on Saturdays. The entire Sofia’s Dream blog book tour schedule is there, too. If you don’t win a copy of the book today, you can try again at the next tour stop!

This post is part of the blog book tour for Sofia’s Dream. I did not receive any compensation for the review and this is my honest opinion. Check out the rest of the tour at the Little Pickle Press blog!

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BreezyLou December 6, 2010 at 5:07 AM

The book sounds great and the cover is just darling! I bet the rest of the illustrations are just as beautiful.


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Jupiter December 5, 2010 at 2:37 PM

The book sounds great!



Tabathia B December 2, 2010 at 1:21 PM

I like the book summary
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Piroska December 1, 2010 at 4:47 PM

I’d love the chance to win this wonderful book.
I love not just the words, but the illustrations are so beautiful…dreamy.


Antoinette Romero December 1, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Cute book. I like the idea.


Anna Montmayeur December 1, 2010 at 11:11 AM

Thank you for the sample text from Sophia’s Dream. I just bought two other LPP books and found your site through them. Please enter me in the contest so that I can also add this book to my LPP collection! I wish them lots of luck and hope to see you review more of their great children’s books. anna at mustardzone dot com


Little BGCG December 1, 2010 at 1:59 AM

This book sounds so cute and I would love to add it to Mason’s collection or maybe give it to my little sister !


Land Wilson December 1, 2010 at 1:22 AM

Thank you for such a warm welcome and such a nice post about my book “Sofia’s Dream.” What a great site you have with such helpful information. My wife will love it! All my best to you. I hope your holidays are wonderful! ~ Land Wilson


Jasmine@Custom Gift Baskets November 30, 2010 at 7:03 PM

Omigosh this book looks so cute! My girls would love it, I’m sure! I like reading them childrens books with a catchy beat, and beautiful illustrations, like Click Clack Moo, or Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.


Jennifer November 30, 2010 at 7:12 PM

What a beautiful book!


Katy Kenney November 30, 2010 at 7:11 PM

As a mother that continues to say “sweet dreams” to my now adult children, this book delivers this message. Sofia’s Dream has beautiful, peaceful illustrations and warm and gentle words


Theresa N November 30, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Sounds good please sign us up.


Rana DiOrio November 30, 2010 at 4:11 PM

Thanks so much for the terrific review and endorsement, Dagmar. We appreciate you and your readers!


Heather L. November 30, 2010 at 1:51 PM

We would lov e to win a copy of this beautiful book!


Kathy Morelli November 30, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Hi Dagmar –
Wonderful book review! I love the illustrations in childrens books! Magical colors and shapes!
thanks for the heads-up abt the IPOD shuffle!
Take care, Kathy


Vanessa November 30, 2010 at 7:35 AM

Thank you for the chance to win Sophia’s dream, my son would love the book :)


karen November 30, 2010 at 5:16 AM

looks like a darling book! I’m sure my daughter would enjoy it.


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