The Little Green Boat Review + Children’s Books Bundle Giveaway

The Little Green Boat

The Little Green Boat Review + Children’s Books Bundle Giveaway

Disclaimer:  This post contains affiliate links.  This is a sponsored post collaboration between Mommy Engineering & Old Mate Media.  I received a free ebook in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.  If you have any questions, please review our disclosure page.

 I am so fortunate to have kids that absolutely love books.  It’s one of my favorite things to do with my kids and it’s part of their bedtime routine.  We usually read about 2-3 short children’s books a night and about 5-6 books throughout the day.  You can imagine that I’m always on the lookout for children’s books to read to my kids.  Reading to your kids has many great benefits for their future including learning how to read and comprehension skills.  As parents, it’s our responsibility to teach our kids about the world but sometimes we need some extra help in doing that.  Mommy Engineering’s latest review is on a children’s book called The Little Green Boat by award-winning Australian author Chris Stead.

Accompanying this children’s book review is a quick survey about books your family purchases.  The purpose of this survey is to help authors create and publish the best children’s books around!  By filling out this quick, 30-second survey, you will be entered to win a children’s book prize pack that includes 7 digital and print copies plus a coloring book worth over $110!

The Little Green Boat Children’s Book Review + Children’s Books Prize Pack Giveaway

The Little Green Boat Features:

Our Review: The Little Green Boat by Chris Stead / Published by Old Mate Media

When I first opened this book, I immediately noticed the first page had the parents in mind.  It goes on to describe the importance of reading to your kids, how this book can help with your child’s development and a guide to how to help your kids work on critical thinking skills throughout this book. This is a beautifully written book that is much like that of other children’s books like Where the Wild Things Are and McElligot’s Pool by Dr. Seuss.

The cute song reminded me of the show Arthur from PBS Kids, a show my kids love (and is currently watching as I write this review).  As well as being beautifully written, the artwork is just equally as beautiful to match for this book.  Willy Nilly has a friendly face surrounded by eye-catching colorfully vibrant scenes that are sure to capture your little one’s attention.  I was able to snag the iBooks version of this ebook and my kids enjoyed being able to swipe through the pages, listen to the song and sounds of the beach, and being able to touch the little brown and blue inner tube on each page to reveal the words to the story.

Our Favorites:

As a parent, my favorite part of this book was the questions provided on the parent/teacher page that allow us to work with our kids to build critical thinking.  These questions were broken up into 3 parts: questions to ask in the beginning, during, and end of the story.  They are questions I’ve asked my kids too and love watching them think through each question and listen to their creative thought process working in action.

I also liked how the book is written.  It’s taken from the child’s perspective and thoroughly engages children to connect with the story.  My boys love adventure and a book like this is perfect for building those creative and imagination skills I hope my boys never stop building.  The book is 24 pages long but the story itself is quick, like that of a book narrated by a child whose imagination is running wildly in their mind.  It reminded me much like how my 4 year old tells me a story when he pretends to read me a book.  It’s creative, thought-provoking and perfect for any child!

  • Stage 1: Thinking imaginatively and creatively: Predict and discuss ideas drawn from picture books and digital stories
  • Stage 1: Reading and viewing 2: Discuss possible author intent and intended audience of a range of texts
  • Stage 1:  Reading and viewing 1: Sequence a summary of events and identify key facts or key arguments in imaginative, informative and persuasive texts

About the Publisher: Old Mate Media

 It was a pleasure to work with Old Mate Media on the collaborative sponsored post!  Kate Stead has been amazing in putting this together and being a wonderful spokesman for her company!  Thank you so much Kate!

About Old Mate Media


IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME!

Are you tired of the same old children’s books?  Let these authors know what you’d like to see by filling out this short, 30-second survey!  Complete the survey and be automatically entered to win this amazing prize pack! Details below 🙂

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Giveaway Details:

U.S. Only & Must be 18+ or older to participate

1 Winner of +$110 US Prize Pack Includes:

Print & Digital Copies of:
Book 1: The Little Green Boat by Chris Stead
Book 2: The Fairy Garden: A Discovery of Birth Flowers by Tara Sanderson
Book 3: Lulu and Lainey…..a French Yarn by Lois Petren
Book 4: Bean Takes a Walk by Ann Bevans & Matthew Ethan Gray
Book 5: Puppy’s Bubble by Erica Graham
Book 6: Stunno’s Surf Adventure by Mark Reside
Book 7: The Very Loving Caterpillar by Sean Browne AND
Bonus Coloring Book: Coloring in the Fairy Garden by Tara Sanderson


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Fill out a short survey on the books your family purchases to help these authors create and publish the best children’s books around!  I opted to take this survey ahead of time so that I knew what my readers would be asked.  This survey took me about 40 seconds, 10 seconds more since my kids were screaming in the background.  Once you’ve completed the survey, you will be automatically entered into the giveaway to win this amazing prize pack!  So what do you say, help an author out?  I know you will because you guys are amazing! 

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  • Robin Rue

    I am ALWAYS looking for book recommendations for my little guy. The Little Green Boat sounds like a good one.

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      I really love this book and so do my kids, i’m sure yours will enjoy it as well 🙂

  • redheadbabymama

    I rarely see those critical thinking pages at the end of books, and I really enjoy them because it allows us to continue the lesson and gain new skills!

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      I love the idea behind the critical thinking page, there are several other resources accompanying the end credits of this book that i’m sure you’ll be interested in! Please fill out the survey if you haven’t done so! It’ll only take 30 seconds of your time! Plus you’ll be entered into the giveaway!

  • http://typicallyjane.com/ Jane Davidson

    First off, good job raising kids who love books! That’s so important. 🙂 And this looks like an awesome kids book. I really like all the questions for the kids!

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      Thank You! I am so blessed so have such wonderful kids! Please fill out the survey if you haven’t done so! It’ll only take 30 seconds of your time! Plus you’ll be entered into the giveaway!

  • Shannon Patterson

    This book looks so fun! I love that it’s a series, but still short enough to keep kids’ attention. Books that promote learning are even better!

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      Absolutely! this is at far one of my kids favorites now, they were pretty big on The Little Blue Truck series which has a similar name! Please fill out the survey if you haven’t done so! It’ll only take 30 seconds of your time! Plus you’ll be entered into the giveaway!

  • Jenn Goggin

    Great Job raising kids who love to read. My 1st grader is book obsessed, I will have to look into this and the giveaway!

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      You’ll love this book and so will your first grader! Please fill out the survey if you haven’t done so! It’ll only take 30 seconds of your time! Plus you’ll be entered into the giveaway! Thanks for visiting!

  • Nida Sohail

    Wow i love it !! very helpful parenting tips !! i love these reading tips will try for my Son !!

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      That’s awesome! Please fill out the survey if you haven’t done so! It’ll only take 30 seconds of your time! Plus you’ll be entered into the giveaway! Thanks for visiting!

  • http://www.airingmylaundry.com Amber

    These look like fabulous books! My kids would have loved them when they were younger. They always had so many books because I love to read and I want them to love it too.

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      You can still Please fill out the survey if you haven’t done so! It’ll only take 30 seconds of your time! Plus you’ll be entered into the giveaway! Thanks for visiting!

  • Cecilia C. Cannon

    what a great review! thanks for breaking it down like this, really helps moms when they are reading with their kids how to teach it. Thanks!

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      You’re welcome! dont forget the giveaway! Please fill out the survey if you haven’t done so! It’ll only take 30 seconds of your time! Plus you’ll be entered into the giveaway! Thanks for visiting!

  • http://everydaymadefresh.com Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh

    I love books like this! As a former teachers aide, I want parents to read with their kids, and ask them questions like these.

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      That’s great! So glad to hear your perspective as a teaching aide! Please fill out the survey if you haven’t done so! It’ll only take 30 seconds of your time! Plus you’ll be entered into the giveaway! Thanks for visiting!

  • Janel Berchielli

    It is very important to read to your children. It is equally important to stop and ask questions about the story to help engage your child’s mind and interest .

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      I agree with you! Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Please fill out the survey if you haven’t done so! It’ll only take 30 seconds of your time! Plus you’ll be entered into the giveaway! Thanks for visiting!

  • http://analuisadejesus199.wix.com/fadedspring Ana De Jesus

    What a fantastic giveaway. I like that it writes what kind of questions you should ask about the book to aid learning that is a very useful tool! x

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      Absolutely! Please fill out the survey if you haven’t done so! It’ll only take 30 seconds of your time! Plus you’ll be entered into the giveaway! Thanks for visiting!

  • deanna

    This looks so cute! What a fun giveaway. My kids love to read too. We also read every night, it is so important!

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      absolutely! i’m sure your kids will love this book bundle! Don’t forget to fill out the quick 30 second survey! Youll be automatically entered to win the prize pack giveaway! Thanks for visiting and good luck!!

  • Chloe

    What a wonderful giveaway, I’m a huge fan of learning how to comprehend a book rather than just reading through it quickly and hoping the child understood!

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      that’s great that are so your best to engage with your child! you go mama! If you haven’t done so, don’t forget to fill out the quick 30 second survey! Youll be automatically entered to win the prize pack giveaway! Thanks for visiting and good luck!!

  • Kaylee

    This seems like a great book for the little ones. I really like the question section that prompts critical thinking to get their minds going.

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      I love that part too! Awesome guide for first time parents! If you haven’t done so, don’t forget to fill out the quick 30 second survey! Youll be automatically entered to win the prize pack giveaway! Thanks for visiting and good luck!!

  • Raine Spencer

    This looks like a really cute book. I love that the iBook version has interactive components to it. That’s too cool. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to reading more of your reviews in the future.

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      thanks! i’m glad you liked this review! don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter so you don’t miss out on our next review! If you haven’t done so, don’t forget to fill out the quick 30 second survey! Youll be automatically entered to win the prize pack giveaway! Thanks for visiting and good luck!!

  • Karen Yannacio Morse

    Love the idea of this book, and really appreciate your tips on what to do even before sharing this with kids. Oh – and yay to the giveaway! Such a great way to kick of the summer!

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      Definitely a great book for kids! If you haven’t done so, don’t forget to fill out the quick 30 second survey! Youll be automatically entered to win the prize pack giveaway! Thanks for visiting and good luck!!

  • Marcie

    I love that this book guides parents on what they can do before/during/after reading this book. This is a very thorough review and I look forward to reading future reviews from you!

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      aw thank you! so glad you liked this review! don’t miss out on future reviews by signing up for our newsletter! If you haven’t done so, don’t forget to fill out the quick 30 second survey! Youll be automatically entered to win the prize pack giveaway! Thanks for visiting and good luck!!

  • Carolyn

    Looks like a cute book that my kids would like. I would also enjoy the parent guide to help me to ask my daughter questions to get her thinking.

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      it’s a very cute book! lots of thought and love was definitely put into it! If you haven’t done so, don’t forget to fill out the quick 30 second survey! Youll be automatically entered to win the prize pack giveaway! Thanks for visiting and good luck!!

  • http://oldmatemedia.com Kate Stead

    Thanks Katriza for the lovely review. And wow it’s so exciting to see how much you all like the parent guide. We worked with teachers to create it and tie it to early learning outcomes – and will definitely keep doing that for all our books. Looking forward to hearing more feedback from you guys on our survey 🙂 (http://www.oldmatemedia.com/reader-survey-June-2017)

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      that’s awesome Kate, i’m glad you enjoyed the review, thanks so much for the opportunity! i hope we get enough participants for your survey!

  • Surbhi MD

    Great review and what a wonderful book. The parenting guide is adding a great value to the overall reading experience. My daughter will love it.

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      I know your daughter will love it! If you haven’t done so, don’t forget to fill out the quick 30 second survey! Youll be automatically entered to win the prize pack giveaway that includes this book 🙂 Thanks for visiting and good luck!!

  • Ophelia Tang

    I love your post. Your review is so in depth. I would recommend this book to my cousins’ kids. Thanks for sharing.
    OXO //SINCERELY OPHELIA | NYC Petite Fashion Blogger</a

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      thanks, so glad you like my review style! If you haven’t done so, don’t forget to fill out the quick 30 second survey! Youll be automatically entered to win the prize pack giveaway that includes this book 🙂 Thanks for visiting and good luck!! It’ll be a great gift for your cousin’s kids 🙂

  • Ayushi Arora

    I love this post, would love to recommend it to my cousins.

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      that’s great! If you haven’t done so, don’t forget to fill out the quick 30 second survey! Youll be automatically entered to win the prize pack giveaway that includes this book 🙂 Thanks for visiting and good luck!!

  • http://www.fashionxfairytale.com/ Jackie

    What a great review of the book. The illustrations look so cool and you explained everything so well. I’d have to let my cousin know and my little nephew as he is getting into reading.

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      i love the illustrations, they are so cute and yet detailed with amazingly eye catching vibrant colors! If you haven’t done so, don’t forget to fill out the quick 30 second survey! Youll be automatically entered to win the prize pack giveaway that includes this book 🙂 Thanks for visiting and good luck!! It’ll make a great gift for your nephew!

  • Amanda Love

    It sounds like a fun read for the kids especially those who are just starting to read books. I always like books that will spark their interest for reading.

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      I’m picky about the books I read to my kids, I really love engaging stories as to keep my kids interested in reading books! If you haven’t done so, don’t forget to fill out the quick 30 second survey! Youll be automatically entered to win the prize pack giveaway that includes this book 🙂 Thanks for visiting and good luck!!

  • http://www.thevampirequeendiaries.info/ Mai C.

    This is pretty awesome! I love that there are questions afterwards that would let you ask the kids about the story. It’s a great way to see how their comprehension is doing.

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      It’s a great way to see how engaged my kids are 🙂 If you haven’t done so, don’t forget to fill out the quick 30 second survey! Youll be automatically entered to win the prize pack giveaway that includes this book 🙂 Thanks for visiting and good luck!! I’m sure they will make awesome gifts!

  • Lead With Good

    Love all the reviews and looks awesome book. it is so cool that you adding a parenting guide , parents and kids will love it

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      i think the parenting section is key and obviously a selling point for most parents! thanks for sharing your thoughts and If you haven’t done so, don’t forget to fill out the quick 30 second survey! Youll be automatically entered to win the prize pack giveaway that includes this book 🙂 Thanks for visiting and good luck!!

  • Jeanine @ sixtimemommy.com

    What a fun book. My kids love reading and are always on the look out for new books to add to our collection. This sounds great.

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      i’m so glad to hear that! i’m sure you kids will love this book! If you haven’t done so, don’t forget to fill out the quick 30 second survey! Youll be automatically entered to win the prize pack giveaway that includes this book 🙂 Thanks for visiting and good luck!!

  • David Elliott

    These books take me back to when my daughter was younger. Now she is reading Series of Unfortunate events so it’s a bit different. But these books are beautiful and colorful. I love the illustrations.

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      you taught her well then! the love of reading definitely starts from a young age! If you haven’t done so, don’t forget to fill out the quick 30 second survey! Youll be automatically entered to win the prize pack giveaway that includes this book 🙂 Thanks for visiting and good luck!! they make awesome gifts and you’ll be helping children’s book writers out by answering some questions about the books you are willing to buy and from where 🙂

  • http://www.corinneandkirsty.com Corinne & Kirsty

    sounds like a nice and fun book! perfect for kids! xx corinne

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      absolutely! If you haven’t done so, don’t forget to fill out the quick 30 second survey! Youll be automatically entered to win the prize pack giveaway that includes this book 🙂 Thanks for visiting and good luck!!

  • http://www.primebeautyblog.net Blythe A.

    What a great giveaway. My nephew loves to read so these books would be perfect for him.

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      that’s so good to hear! they would make perfect gifts! If you haven’t done so, don’t forget to fill out the quick 30 second survey! Youll be automatically entered to win the prize pack giveaway that includes this book 🙂 Thanks for visiting and good luck!!

  • Anosa Malanga VA

    Although we are now in the technology era, I would still recommend buying and reading physical books especially for the children. Still it’s a different experience.

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

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  • http://themrstee.com Tiffany MrsTee Haywood

    What an awesome series of books!! This is such a great giveaway – I would love to introduce this series to my youngest.

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      i’m sure your youngest would love it! If you haven’t done so, don’t forget to fill out the quick 30 second survey! Youll be automatically entered to win the prize pack giveaway that includes this book 🙂 Thanks for visiting and good luck!!

  • http://speclabz.com Dipti

    I recently started taking my 4 year old to kids library. This sounds like an interesting collection of books. Thanks for sharing

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      Thanks! Don’t forget to fill out the quick survey and you’ll be entered to win the prize pack which includes this book! Makes for an awesome gift for your 4 year old! You’ll love it! Good luck 🙂

  • http://shabbychicboho.com/ Terri Ramsey Beavers

    What a sweet series of books for kids. I started reading to my kids before they were even born. They would have enjoyed these I’m sure but they’re all grown up now.

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      I’m so glad you did that! Such a good enrichment to your kids’ lives! Do you know anyone that would love books like these? They make wonderful gifts! Don’t forget to fill out the quick survey so you’ll be entered to win the giveaway that includes this book! It’s a great way to let these children’s book authors know what you’re looking for!

  • Theresa

    This book looks adorable! My children would have a lot of fun reading it.

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      That’s so good to hear! If you haven’t done so already, don’t forget to fill out the survey and let these authors know what youre looking for in a children’s book! It only takes 30 seconds and you’ll be entered to win the giveaway which includes this book! Thanks so much for visiting and good luck!

  • Rachel Catherine

    This book looks so cute. I think that both of my kids would really like this and would probably want to read it again and again.

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

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  • Brittany Muddamalle

    This looks like such a good book! I have three kids from ages 2-5 and I think they would all love it. We’re homeschooling next year so I’ll have to pick it up for our collection!

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

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  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/notifications/all Kristin Swenson

    Reading is such a huge focus in our house and we’re always looking for new books for our kiddos to experience!

  • Megan

    I love that they have the info in the front for the parents! This book looks really great!

  • CourtneyLynne Storms

    My daughter is all about reading at the moment!!! I bet she would love this book. I will have to get her a copy!

  • http://karateandcaviar.com Karate and Caviar

    The book looks like a great one for kids. I love the drawing style 🙂

  • sarah fabol

    These would be great for my kids. they love stories.