Sunday, August 18

Book Review + Giveaway - "Today I Am" by Mies Van Hout

I received an email many weeks back on whether I was interested in doing a book review and hosting a giveaway on my blog. For once, I was interested because Sophia loves reading. Some of you mommies out there may already know this book, however some of you may not. For those of you who are trying to get your hands on this book, enter my giveaway (details towards the end of this entry).

Author Mies van Hout (

The original book in Dutch (

I loved the illustrations but I was a tad disappointed when I only saw a word on each page. I was actually expecting like a little descriptions of the emotions. So due to my absolute insane work schedule, my mom managed to read the book with her and she shared with me on how Sophia reacted to the book. Ultimately, we enjoyed the book as a family. 

"Today I Am" is a Southeast Asian English version of the award-winning Dutch children's book. It was first published in June 2011 in The Netherlands. "Vrolijk" has since garnered numerous accolades, including a nomination at the prestigious German Children's Literature Award 2013.

"Vrolijk" has since been translated into many different languages including German, Italian, French and Basque. In time, it will be translated to Thai, Tagalog, Mandarin, Bahasa Indonesia and Vietnamese. 

This book promotes emotional awareness to little kids who are well along that line learning how to differentiate day-to-day emotions. It is very healthy for children to be aware about their feelings so that in time to come, they will learn how to cope with it. It is also the parents' duty to let your child show their emotions and guide them throughout their growing years and that it is okay to feel a certain way. Of course, most children are visual learners, second that would be auditory. Read with them aloud, show them the facial expressions (and act like a clown if you have to) and prompt them whenever they are portraying a particular emotion. This will help in future when they need to express themselves if they are unable to speak up. This positive reinforcement will also help us parents to understand their body language as well. 

My favourite?

No matter how tough something seems to you, just keep going.. 
Just Keep Swimming.


I have 5 books to give away to 5 lucky readers. 

This giveaway will be opened internationally for the next two weeks, ending 1st September 2013.
All you have to do is:

3) Leave me a comment on what topic you would like me to talk about next.

Winners will be notified by via Facebook
Good luck guys!


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