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Peep and Egg: A Picture Book Giveaway

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A post by writer Laura Gehl:

Peep and Egg: Is It an Easter Book?

“OH! Is it an Easter book?” a young mother asked me at a bookstore reading, picking up Peep and Egg: I’m Not Hatching.

“Oooh,” another mom said.  “This would be perfect to put in an Easter basket.”

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Then at my book club, a friend referred to Peep and Egg as a great Easter book and immediately clapped her hand over her mouth.  “Oops,” she said.

I understood the “Oops.”  My family, as my friend knows, does not celebrate Easter. And it is true that I never thought of Peep and Egg as an Easter book.  A book about overcoming fears, yes.  A book about the importance of siblings, absolutely.  A spring book, sure.

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But…I LOVE the idea of Peep and Egg as an Easter book!  Any holiday that is special to any family is a great excuse to buy a book, or just to read a book together.  If Peep and Egg can be part of Easter celebrations for families that celebrate the holiday, can be part of their joy and togetherness on that day, I AM ALL FOR IT!

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So, for those who celebrate Easter, YES, IT IS AN EASTER BOOK!  Pop a copy in your child or grandchild’s Easter basket, and read it together while munching on chocolate eggs.  For those who do not celebrate Easter, I hope Peep and Egg will be there to help you and your child celebrate other important days—and to keep you company on the ordinary days, and to help you through the scary days.

Amazon Link: Here’s the link to Peep and Egg.

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Giveaway: Laura and I are both represented by Erzsi Deak of Hen and Ink Literary Studio (Talk about a perfect studio name to go with Laura’s new book.)

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I’m happy to celebrate the publication of Peep and Egg by offering a copy to two lucky winners. For a chance to win, please enter a comment by March 10. Thanks!

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Laura Gehl is the author of ONE BIG PAIR OF UNDERWEAR, a Charlotte Zolotow Highly Commended Title, International Literacy Association Honor Book, and Booklist Books for Youth Editors’ Choice for 2014; HARE AND TORTOISE RACE ACROSS ISRAEL and AND THEN ANOTHER SHEEP TURNED UP (both PJ library selections for 2015 and 2016); and PEEP AND EGG: I’M NOT HATCHING, an Amazon Best Book of the Month for February 2016.

A former science and reading teacher, Laura also writes about science for children and adults.  She lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland with her husband and four children. Visit Laura online at www.lauragehl.com, where you can also find free printable Peep and Egg activity sheets and instructions for receiving a free autographed Peep and Egg bookplate.

Top Photo: Laura’s biggest fans–her own four kids!

The Book’s Illustrations: Learn more about artist Joyce Wan here.

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Hip Menopause

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I’ve been working on a proposal for a book based on Friend for the Ride.

My agent, Erzsi Deak, although enthusiastic, thought my proposal needed more glamour and spunk.

“Making menopause  HIP is the way to go! :-)” Erzsi said.

Menopause?  Hip?

I like it!

Then she wrote, “Make everyone want to go through menopause, so they ‘can buy this book!”

I like that even more!

But is menopause hip?

Ask the thousands of women suffering hot flashes, dryness, insomnia, fatigue, and moodiness, and you might be bombarded by frownie faces.

But wait, oh frownie ones.

Menopause is hip in her own way.

We’re wiser.

Hipness point.

We’re bolder.

Another hipness point.

And we’re adventuresome.

Mega hipness points.

I have menopausal friends opening businesses,walking across Scotland, downsizing to funky condos, joining marimba bands, teaching English overseas, studying playwriting, and rescuing houses before the wrecking ball hits.  And some, like me, are still pondering their next adventure, but adventure is definitely in the plans.

What about you, oh hip ones?

Any new ventures in your menopausal queue?

Photo:  Hip enough to hug a crocodile while on an adventure in South Africa, Erzsi wisely and boldly founded her own agency, Hen and Ink Literary Studio,  two years ago. The crocodiles lives at Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm, where you can even hold a wedding. I wonder if the crocodiles are invited to the reception or just the ceremony?

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A Menopause Blogger Goes to BlogHer12

Thanks to my brilliant agent Erzsi Deak of Hen and Ink Literary Studio, who told me if I wanted to write a book about menopause, I needed an online presence.

Thanks to my blogging daughters Kath and Laura, who have provided hours of techno support.

Thanks to Estroven and the Good Sleep Challenge for sending me to BlogHer12.

Love New York!  On my first walk, I found this lovely lady. I think she’s going through menopause, and she’s smart enough to take her head off until she’s finished.

Next, I found this fun shop. I debated, but then decided carpe diem, seize yourself some mini pies!

The pies weren’t as delicious as the shop was darling, but it sure was fun picking them out.

Next, I debated getting Cliff a NYC tie, but he doesn’t always like me to pick out his clothes.  Still, I thought one might be nice for Laura’s upcoming wedding:

I was delighted that Lisa Winkler was in NYC with family. She was kind enough to come to the hotel to meet me. Blog friends already. Instant in-person friends:

Lisa and I had fancy drinks. Yum!

I said goodbye to Lisa and headed over to the conference expo hall. I met Valerie at the Land O’Lakes booth. She reads Kath and Laura’s blog AND her mom reads mine!  Valerie’s mom, you’ve raised a lovely daughter.

Headed back out to the Hilton, the conference hotel, to check out the parties. (We’re all staying at the Shertaon.)  We menopausal types need to show the younger bloggers that we know how to party.