Oct 012011

If you are a regular reader of the Hip little one blog you might know that all my family lives in The Netherlands and because of that my children don’t get to see their grandparents very often. It has been almost 2 years since we last saw them and I can’t wait to see them again, just 2 more sleeps! As much as it will be fantastic for the kids to have them around it will also be very sad when they have to leave again 4 weeks later. The twins are at the age where they will hopefully remember some of the things about the time with their grandparents once they have gone, like how they took them to the beach, played games with them and read books together.

To help them remember some of those special moments I have got a Hallmark Recordable Storybook ready to be recorded by Opa. The Hallmark Recordable Storybooks are meant to be recorded by a parent, grandparent or another special person so that children can read the book and hear the story read out loud in a much loved, familiar voice even when that person is not around. I can just imagine the twins reading this storybook, laughing and listening to the sound of Opa’s voice as they turn the pages.

Unlike ordinary read-along-CD’s the sturdy, hardcover Hallmark Recordable Storybooks are cleverly designed to record and play page by page, not the whole story in one long hit. That way children will always hear what is written on the page they are looking at, even if they flick back and forth (which is what kids do). This feature promotes word recognition and leaves the child in control of the book instead of them trying to keep up with the recording.

The current Hallmark Recordable Storybook range consists of 10 different titles. From popular movie characters like Winnie the Pooh or Lightning McQueen to classic nursery rhymes like Hey Diddle Diddle and All The Ways I Love You, there is lots of choice. There are also fantastic Conversations to Keep books available that will record heartwarming questions and answers between child and parent or grandparent. Which parent would not enjoy revisiting those childhood conversations many years later?

To find out more about Hallmark Recordable Storybooks ($34.99), to take a closer look at the titles currently available and to purchase your favourite online go to www.hallmarkcards.com.au or visit a Hallmark retailer near you.

For your chance to win a Hallmark Recordable Storybook (titles are subject to availability) visit www.hallmarkcards.com.au and answer the following question: Which one of the 11 titles would your child like most?

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