Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Square Cat Book Giveaway & Writing Letters to Authors

I've noticed summer bucket lists on several of my favorite blogs. Little Wonders Days' posted one a month ago and they've already started working their way through the list. Last week they made frozen bananas covered in chocolate. YUM! Creative and Curious Kids linked to my Summer Reading Challenges and Contests post in her bucket list. If I had a list, those challenges would definitely make an appearance somewhere.

While we don't have a formal bucket list, we plan on doing several fun things this summer. One activity we plan on accomplishing is writing a few letters to our favorite authors. Letter writing is a bit of a lost art it seems but it's a skill kids should learn. Personal letters are so fun to write and receive! Plus, the activity is a great way to practice spelling and handwriting skills.

We really enjoyed reading Elizabeth Schoonmaker's Square Cat last week. While looking for more information about the book online I ran across Eula the Square Cat's blog. It appears that Eula and her creator like to receive mail and drawings from kids, so my daughter decided that she wanted to write her first letter to Eula and Elizabeth Schoonmaker. My daughter also drew a picture of Eula in a ballerina's outfit to send along with her letter. She asked Elizabeth about Eula's square spiral tail. She wants to know if Eula always had a square tail. (According to my daughter, square tails are harder to draw than regular tails.)

As far as finding address information, many authors have websites and blogs and sometimes you can find mailing addresses posted online. If you are unable to find mailing contact information for an author, you can also send the letter to the publisher of the book. Just address the letter to the author in care of the publisher. Not all authors will have the time to write back but some will surprise you with a letter in return, especially if you send a SASE along with your letter.

Letter writing links:
How to Write to an Author (Reading Rockets)
Arthur's Letter Writer Helper (PBS Kids)

Elizabeth Schoonmaker saw our review of her book, Square Cat, and has kindly offered to giveaway a signed copy of her book to a Brimful Curiosities reader! How awesome is that? It's certainly something to purr about! (Plus, to our surprise, Eula featured our cube cat activity on her blog. Make sure to take a look!)

More square cat books are in the works! What kind of adventure or activity would you like to see a square cat tackle? To enter this contest, leave a comment with your suggestion.

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Little Wonders Days' family is so excited about their bucket list that they are hosting a weekly Summertime Fun Party link-up on Saturdays. We're linking up this post to the link-up.


Unknown said...

We would love to see Eula on a world tour to Eiffel tower, big Ben etc and meeting other shape cats..

Kerry Aradhya said...

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Also, I would love to enter the contest for Square Cat. Looks like a really fun book! Love your daughter's drawing, too :)

Bridget R. Wilson said...

I follow through Google Reader!


Ticia said...

Hmmmm........ Square cat could meet a triangle animal. That could be funny.

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

Hmmm. . . I think it would be neat to see the square cat go after a mouse (I'm thinking about round-ish mouse holes here).

Amy said...

great idea.. I have my Round Robin coming up this Friday if you want to share this or anything else.. No Princess party it was just part of the Summer Reading program..

Katie said...

My daughter loves this book from the library. I would love to see square cat compete at something

Little Wonders' Days said...

Thank you for such a nice blog mention. Bucket list or not, I'm sure you all are going to have a great summer. I've never thought to have Little J write an author, but I think he would enjoy this idea. Thanks for sharing!!

Kerry Aradhya said...

I just realized I didn't follow directions correctly. I think it would be fun to see what Square Cat would do if his favorite toy fell into a round hole. How would he get it out?!?

♡♥♬ Raven In A Blue Room ♬♥♡ said...

Eula should meet other (shaped) animals :)

Thank you for hosting this giveaway

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♡♥♬ Raven In A Blue Room ♬♥♡ said...

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lag123 said...

I would like to see the square cat go to the beach!!

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Jenn Likes It said...

Eula is adorable! I think she should visit the pyramids in Egypt.

Jenn Likes It said...

I follow you on twitter and I tweeted about the giveaway.

Unknown said...

I would LOVE to see how the Square Cat would handle Swimming Lessons- my kiddos are participating in them this Summer, and I know they would enjoy a story where someone else is as nervous around the water as they have been! :0)

Theresa N. said...

Love YOUR square cat, great job with that.
Theresa N

Megan Earley said...

I'd like to see the Square Cat play music
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Karenladd said...

Super cute story book, and I love your daughter's drawing!! I think it would be fun to see how Eula handles a trip to a theme park!! Fitting into the seats for the rides wouldn't be too much of a chore!

Karenladd said...

I follow you on Twitter as karenladd and tweeted here:

cstironkat said...

I would like to see the Square Cat have a Holiday adventure. Sidney loves all the Halloween, Christmas, Valentines Day and other holiday stories.

silly eagle books said...

Well, I haven't read the book, but a square cat doing just about anything sounds like good fun to me! :) We just read the book "Eleven Hungry Cats" have you read it? It's great. :)

Thanks for the chance to win!

Mozi Esme said...

Seeing as I have a round cat who loves sleeping in square boxes, how about a square cat who loves snuggling in ball-shaped boxes?

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Anonymous said...

I think Eula should meet some robots who are square like she is.

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Miranda Ward said...

I would love to see the cat should meet horses


Rita M said...

I'd like to see Eula climb a mountain - can a square cat roll down a mountain??

Rita M said...

i follow you on Twitter - @4emsmom - and tweeted:

Cindy said...

I'd like to see a square cat chase a tiny, round mouse.

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KR said...

It's summer. I'd love to see Square Cat at the beach!


Kristie said...

My kids would like to see Square Cat ride a bike :-)

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Linda Kish said...

Square cat exploring the backyard "jungle"

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A Grandma said...

Square cat goes to school

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Jubilee Reviews said...

Square Cat works on the farm milking the cows, baleing hay, riding horses :)

apple blossom said...

love to be included in this book giveaway thanks

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Erin E said...

I would love to see Square Cat go to the doctor or take a dance class. Thank you for the lovely giveaway.
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Erin E said...

I follow you on twitter (@sewmuchstuff) and I tweeted
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Erin E said...

I subscribe via google reader (RSS)
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April said...

square cat plays dress up..my daughter favorite thing to do.

Matthew said...

This book sounds like a new favorite series! daddyturtledude at yahoo dot com


susansmoaks said...

i would love to see her go to the mall
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AEKZ2 said...

I'd like to see a square cat tackle some type of sport.


Erin Cook said...

I would like to see a square cat try to get into the cat door

shellquest9 said...

I'd like to see Square Cat try out and make a sports team, like soccer.

Nancye said...

I'd like to see a Square Cat chase a squirrel up a tree. Too funny!

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Nancye said...

I follow you on Twitter and I Tweeted this giveaway


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Natalia said...

I'd like to see Eula shopping or on cruise ship
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John said...

Would like to see this cat on a beach.
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playmobil said...

So cute and adorable. I would like to see other art works which emphasizes cats. Keep on posting.