Monday, May 17, 2010

Reach for the Stars and Other Advice for Life's Journey by Serge Bloch - Book Review and Giveaway

One May afternoon not so long ago, I stood on a stage at my high school and gave my valedictory speech. I honestly don't remember what I said, and it probably wasn't all that humorous, but I imagine I reflected on the past, talked about the future and tried to impart some sort of valuable advice to my fellow classmates. Most likely I was more concerned about not fainting while on stage in front of the entire community than anything else.

"You've got your whole life ahead of you! Sometimes it'll be smooth sailing, but other times it'll be a bumpy ride, with many forks in the road."
Reach for the Stars: and Other Advice for Life's Journey by Serge Bloch. Sterling (April 2010); ISBN 9781402771293; 32 pages
(Book Source: Review copy provided by publisher)

I doubt I told my classmates to "reach for the stars" but such sayings are often used occasions like graduations and other milestones. Author/Illustrator Serge Bloch recently released a humorous and inspirational little picture book that playful expands upon some familiar idioms and offers some lighthearted advice. His line style drawings coupled with photographed objects depict a small boy and a dog as they depart on a life journey. They make a splash, end up in the doghouse, and even have a change of heart but still manage to spread their wings and soar into the star-filled sky with smiles on their faces.

It's a cute book and makes a perfect gift for graduates or anyone starting life anew. There's plenty of white space on the pages, so I also think the book would work wonderfully as a guest book journal where party guests could sign-in with their own messages and words of wisdom for the new graduate. Wouldn't that make a great and memorable keepsake? Now I just wish I knew someone graduating this year. Guess I'll just have to use the picture book to teach my preschooler about idioms and maybe someday she'll be the one on stage delivering a speech!

Thanks to Sterling Children's Books, I have an extra copy of Reach for the Stars: and Other Advice for Life's Journey to giveaway to a Brimful Curiosities reader.

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Bridget R. Wilson said...

What a great book! Thanks for offering the giveaway. I think it would make a lovely graduation gift for my sister

Bridget R. Wilson said...

I tweeted:


apple blossom said...

cool book. I'd love to win. Thanks
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ossmcalc said...

This sounds like a great book to have. As a high school teacher, it would be a problem as to who should receive this book. So, I guess that I would have to keep it for myself as it looks like something that I would really enjoy.

thank you,


ossmcalc said...

I follow you on Twitter and tweeted about this giveaway

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I subscribe by email.

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Sandon and Othea said...

my husband is going through some mental health issue right now and could use some encouragement. He'd like this book.

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Anonymous said...

My husband calls me a bit of a Pollyanna, but I am all about the positive affirmations. I have three kids and I strive to teach them that perception is everything...Negative energy is waste of time.
Alicia Webster

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Hotsnotty2 said...

Looks like a wonderful book, thanks for the chance!

Judy B said...

Reminds me of the Dr Seuss book, looks very uplifting!

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Anonymous said...

This would be a magnificent graduation gift!

Marian Perera said...

If the giveaway's still open, I'd love to enter. I'll be graduating next year. :)


mdperera at hotmail dot com

Renee said...

I know exactly who I would give this to. I wish someone had told me to reach for the stars when I was younger....maybe they did and I just didn't listen well enough ;)
yeloechikee at hotmail dot com

Sand said...

This sounds like a great book to give to anyone who's going through a major life transformation!

lilyk said...

This book sounds very interesting. Thanks for the great contest!