A few weeks ago, a former co-worker of mine reached out to me to see if I would be interested in reviewing a book that she had written, and of course I said yes! Always love to help out an old friend. She explained to me a little bit about what Lollipop Seeds that Sprout for Kind Deeds was about, so I was really anxious to read it to the boys when it arrived.
The illustrations in the book are very fun to look at and the rhyming nature of the tale kept my 5 year old very interested from start to finish (my 20 month old, well, very little keeps him occupied for more than 2 minutes!) But what I liked most about the book was the lesson that it taught– that Easter isn’t about what you GET in your basket, it’s about what you GIVE of yourself to help others.
Instead of thinking about all the goodies the Easter Bunny might bring you on Easter morning, it encourages children to create acts of kindness that they can do for people that they know, and shows them that love “blooms” wherever the kindness is found. This refers not only to the love in their hearts, but also in the form of lollipops in their yard!
That’s right, I said lollipops bloom in your yard. How magical is that?!
Do something kind for someone you know and mark it down in the book, make a wish, then throw the seeds into your yard (or into a flower pot depending on your outdoor space situation). Mark the spot where you toss the seeds with cute little lollipop markers provided with the book, then check back the next day to see what sprouted! And just like that, a new Easter tradition grows in your home (pun intended).
Here are a few kind deeds that Brady thought of after we read the book:
- Bake cookies
- Bake cupcakes
- Clean their house (anyone’s apparently)
- Read a story
- Teach them how to play baseball
- Color them a picture
So sweet, isn’t he?!
Everything is explained within the book, and it comes with 2 packets of Lollipop Seeds and 2 Lollipop Markers. As I mentioned, there’s a place at the back of the book for you to write down the kind deeds your child/ren do each year, so that you can keep a running log for them to look back on. My opinion is that it would be best for children ages 4-10, assuming they believe in “magic” and/or the Easter Bunny.
(Please note: Lollipops are not provided with the book. And though it need not be said, parents will need to “help out” E.B. in growing the lollipops, if you know what I mean.)
I’m excited to start this new tradition in our home and to keep it going for years to come!
If you are interested in purchasing a book for your home, you can buy them directly from the Lollipop Seeds website for $19.95 (or for $24.95 you can get a book with 4 packets of seeds and 4 markers) or on Amazon. In order to receive your copy in advance of Easter, you must order it by next Wed., 4/15. But… one lucky Mama Dish reader can win their very own copy of Lollipop Seeds that Sprout for Kind Deeds right now by entering the giveaway below!
The giveaway begins today and ends at midnight on Friday, April 11. It’s a short giveaway, but I want to be able to get the book out to the winner in advance of Easter (boy it sure snuck up on me, didn’t it?!) I will be notifying the winner via email on Saturday to get their mailing address. If I do not get a response in 24 hours, I will pick a new winner, so check back on the site to see if you’ve won!
Thank you to Cherri for sharing her wonderful book with my family and for giving me a copy to share with one of you!