A New York Year giveaway

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Sep 062016

EK Books

Last month we went on a virtual trip to the multicultural state of Texas, this time A Kids Year is taking you on a brand new adventure to a famous place most people will only know from the movies: New York!

A New York Year

They call it ‘the city that never sleeps’ and I am not surprised, there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to check out all that New York has to offer. Aussie author Tania McCartney has done an amazing job squeezing all the best facts about The Big Apple into a gorgeous children’s book called A New York Year (RRP $19.99).

Spread out over 12 months and 24 pages five cool NY kids from different backgrounds tell you about the state they live in, the things they celebrate, the places they visit, the food they eat and plenty of other fun things you never knew about New York. Illustrated with lots of colourful, engaging pictures, fabulous fonts and short sentences A New York Year is the most fabulous way to teach kids about a different country, city and culture.

Make up your own NY itinerary (Children’s Museum of the Arts, Howe Caverns and Central Park), mark your calendar (Inauguration Day, Harlem Week and Cinco the Mayo), join the festivities (Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular, Kwanzaa and Colombus Day), put on your apron (Churros, bagels and pancakes) and much, much more, with A New York you’ll be a New York expert in no time!

You can find the Kids Year series in leading book stores across Australia or online in the EK Books Shop.

To find out more about EK Books, to browse more Tania McCartney books and to order your favourite titles online visit www.ekbooks.com.au.

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A Texas Year giveaway

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Aug 302016

EK Books

The things our kids love most about our holidays to The Netherlands is visiting the place I grew up in, looking at the house I used to live in, seeing the school I went to, hearing about special Dutch traditions and simply learning how ordinary Dutch kids spend their childhood. The fact that kids can relate to other children and find them very interesting is no secret, which is why the A Kids Year book series by Aussie author Tania McCartney is such a hit:

A Texas Year

This month two brand new titles have joined the A Kids Year family, starting with A Texas Year (RRP $19.99) which takes young readers on a journey around Texas guided by five Texan children (and you don’t even have to hop on a plane to come along!).

Life is never boring when you live in Texas, with so many cultures living together there is always something fun, exciting or special to do. In true ‘A Kids Year’ style the book is divided over twelve months and is filled with interesting Texan facts that kids will find super interesting. The colourful illustrations and playful, easy-to-read design makes this an enjoyable read that is both cool and educational at the same time.

Discover Texan places to visit like the Johnson Space Centre, the Comal River or the Canyons, learn about festivities like Oktoberfest, Las Posadas or the Texas Folklife Festival, spot mule deers, Texas Longhorns and rattlesnakes or get hungry looking at cheese enchiladas, Bundt Cake or fried dough, I bet after reading A Texas Year the kids can’t wait to pick their next holiday destination.

You can find the Kids Year series in leading book stores across Australia or online in the EK Books Shop.

To find out more about EK Books, to browse more Tania McCartney books and to order your favourite titles online visit www.ekbooks.com.au.

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Jun 092015

Roadshow Entertainment

If you are a long time reader of Hip Little One you will know that I love a good costume drama. I’ll admit that I am still a little sad that the end of Downton Abbey is on the horizon but luckily I have found a fantastic new distraction in Poldark:

Poldark DVD

A few weeks ago my parents first mentioned this popular new tv series and said I would love it, I decided to give it a shot and have to agree full-heartedly. Ladies, get ready to be bowled over by Ross Poldark!

When dark, mysterious and handsome captain Ross Poldark (Aiden Turner) returns from the American Revolutionary War he finds life in his beautiful Cornwall is nothing like it was before. The woman he loves is now engaged to his cousin, his father has died, the economy is in trouble and the land and business he inherited are far from flourishing.

Ross Poldark

The easiest thing to do would be to move on and away, but Ross is not the man to give up easily and he is determined to come back on top. Ross pulls up his sleeves and is willing to work hard to build a new home and business, make new friends (and say goodbye to old ones) and fight for what is right and those who need his help. In the midst of all these changes one woman manages to break through his barriers and win his heart, it’s his feisty kitchen maid Demelza.

Ross + Demelza

If you love a good period drama, beautiful costumes and intricate hairdos, British history and landscapes and passionate lovers and enemies you are sure to enjoy Poldark.

To find out more Roadshow Entertainment, to read all about Poldark and to order your copy online visit www.roadshow.com.au.

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Feb 242012

In September last year I wrote about the movie The Help, and how keen I was to go and see it at the movies. I am sure you can guess that that didn’t happen, it takes quite some preparation to go out without kids and before we knew it the movie was not being played anymore. For months I have been hanging out for the DVD release and last night I finally got to watch this inspirational story, it was even better than I expected and I loved it. I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish and would highly recommend it to others.

Based in a Mississippi town in the 1960’s aspiring journalist Skeeter (Emma Stone) lands her first job at the local newspaper, answering the every day cleaning questions of female readers in the Miss Myrna column. Just like many American families those days Skeeter grew up with a help so cleaning is not something she is familiar with, which is why she turn to her friend’s house maid Aibileen (Viola Davis) for advice.

We all know there was a time when skin colour determined the way people were treated and what their job was but do we REALLY know what it was like? Skeeter is determined to find out and to tell the world what really goes on behind the doors of ordinary American family homes. At first Aibileen is not so sure and scared of getting into trouble, but soon she decides that their side of the story is worth telling (provided she can stay anonymous).

Before long Minny (Octavia Spencer), another help and friend, joins in to share her experiences. Sometimes they are funny, other times they are sad, sometimes heartwarming and sometimes heartbreaking. Skeeter’s friends are not so happy about her growing friendship with what they consider lower class, they are not ready or willing to accept that times are changing. When Skeeter’s book ‘The Help’ is finally released it becomes a huge hit, everyone is reading it until they realise the stories are a lot less funny when it is your household they are writing about!

This movie will definitely leave you hungry as Minny makes the most delicious food. Everyone loves Minny’s pie, well, not everyone… You have to watch the movie to get that one! Don’t worry, there is nothing secret about this The Help style recipe for yummy Cheesecake Pecan Pie.
1 (15 oz) pkg refrigerated piecrusts
1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese
4 large eggs, divided
¾ cup sugar, divided
2 tsp vanilla, divided
¼ tsp salt
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup light corn syrup
1. Unfold and stack 2 piecrusts together. Gently roll or press together and fit into a 9-inch pie plate according to directions; fold edges under and crimp.
2. Beat cream cheese, 1 egg, ½ cup sugar, 1 tsp vanilla and salt at medium speed with a mixer until smooth.
3. Pour into piecrust and sprinkle with pecans.
4. Stir together corn syrup, 3 eggs, remaining ¼ cup sugar, and remaining 1 tsp vanilla and pour mixture over pecans.
5. Bake at 180°C for 50-55 minutes until set.

The Help is now available on Blu-ray and DVD at major retailers across Australia.

For your chance to win a copy of The Help on Blu-ray simply answer the following question: What would be your cleaning question for the Miss Myrna column?

Submit your answer by leaving a comment below, your email address will not be published.

If you really want to win you can earn up to ten additional entries, please leave separate comments for each entry:

Competition ends March 24, 2012. Sorry, Australian entries only.