Sunday, July 12, 2009

July FREE soap challenge!!! CONTEST CLOSED


This contest is closed and the winner announced July 23, 2009.

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Are you ready for the next CHALLENGE ??!!!
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This month's theme is Children's books
{my 11 yr. old apprentice daughter will be helping with this one!}

Here we go:

To Enter: Leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite book from childhood or a book you now read to your children. (include the author too!). Now, I probably can't get much from a simple board book, etc. so try to remember a favorite children's book that maybe taught you something about yourself or changed your perception of the world or just pleased you to no end.

Winner will be chosen by random number and will be notified by email (don't forget to include it!). {My apprentice} and I will read the book, write up a review that will be posted here and make a batch of soap (and a lip luster!) inspired by that book.

The Prize: The winner will receive two FREE bars (one from that batch & another of their choosing) plus a FREE lip luster.

The Rules: Suggest as many books as you like
(if you're like me, you have more than one favorite ;-)

To earn Extra Chances:
1) Blog about this CHALLENGE with a link to this post, then post link here
2) Become a Follower of the Latherati blog

Challenge ends July 22, 2009, 9:00 pm eastern time.

Ready, set, CHALLENGE me!!!


82 comments:

  1. Hello! Great giveaway theme! (I'm following you). This is so hard to choose a favorite as I've always been such a voracious reader. When I was little I loved anything Roald Dahl (and still do!). Also Harriet the Spy (I had a great ancient copy with an orange cover when I was little and I held it so dear)..oh and I can't forget the Little House books!! Wait. I can't pick a favorite. I just can't! :)

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  2. 4 pop instantly to mind:

    The Monster at the End of This Book - out of print but available on Amazon still (ASIN # B000FWAOVI) Its a cute Sesame Street book

    Peppermint - a wonderful story about a kitten in a candy shop - I still have my orignial childhood copy! Also out of print but available from time to time on Amazon - ASIN B0007HS2Z6

    The Giving Tree and many many other Shel Silverstein poems

    And finally, more than a book, but an album too (yes, I am that old *s*) Free to Be You and Me with Marlo Thomas and many others! The book has had a 25th and 35th anniversary edition published - ISBN # 0762403276 and the CD is ASIN# B000F2CC0E

    I'm sure there are more but these are the 4 that popped immediately to mind.

    Thanks!
    emaildani(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  3. Dani, I LOVED the monster at the end of this book!!hahah

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  4. My favourite book still is The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. It's a bit much for my 3 year old now, but we'll get to it.
    I also loved Erich Kastner's The 35th of May (which I believe is out of print in English, you poor sods), which is wonderful and nonsensical and readily available in Hebrew.
    I love Roald Dahl (I can't pick a favourite) and Terry Pratchett's kiddy books - especially Truckers, Diggers & Wings (AKA the Bromeliad trilogy).
    The one thing I've been reading my daughter is some Dr. Seuss - The Sneeches is great.
    There are loads of books in Hebrew but I guess they're irrelevant in this case ;-)

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  5. Wow, great titles so far. Looks like whatever the winning book is, it'll be a challenge...Hebrew?? out of print??

    Thanks for playing ;-)

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  6. 10 Little Lady Bugs
    http://www.amazon.com/Ten-Little-Ladybugs-Melanie-Gerth/dp/1581175787/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1247420150&sr=8-1

    I love reading this to my kids!

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  7. Outside Over There, by Maurice Sendak-- you know, the guy who made Where the Wild Things Are (another great book!). It's a small book, so awesome is it, it became the inspiration for Labyrinth.

    The Oz books! The original 14, so so so much weirder than anything Hollywood ever took on. Man, I'd love a set of Oz soaps--and there's so much sheer physical stuff in the books to choose from..

    Momo, again-- a book about Time, and what it really is...oh, I'd love a Timeflower soap!:D

    D'Aulaire's Norse Gods and Goddesses- a very informative book, with fantastic stories and very lively illustrations, introduced me to the wide wild world of comparitive mythology in the best possible way-- with actual myths! Man, the Aesir could party!

    I think that'll do...I'm really really rooting for Outside Over There, though! It's so tragically unknown. Goblins! Gardens! An Ice Baby! What more could a person need?

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  8. This is really sweet. I remember several books. The first one I ever read was Bears on Wheels. Hehe. I also remember Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. Totally sad but I loved it. Lastly, I read and reread Walk Two Moons a number of times in elementary school. One of my first/most beloved "chapter books".

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  9. My favorites were The BFG by Roald Dahl and Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. My husbands favorite was The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton...although I have yet to read that.
    oheeyore at hotmail dot com

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  10. I follow this blog.
    oheeyore at hotmail dot com

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  11. The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norman Juster.
    What the Witch Left, by Ruth Chew.
    Finn Family Moomintroll, by Tove Jansson.
    Half-Magic, by Edward Eager.
    Gudgekin, the Thistle Girl, and Other Tales, by John Gardner. (Also his other collections of short stories).

    These are all all fantasty/fairytale/adventure stories, but not in the usual vein. I loved all of them as a kid, and read them all multiple times.

    urchiken at gmail dot com

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  12. My favorite book is Panda Cake by Rosalie Seidler. (http://www.amazon.com/Panda-Cake-Rosalie-Seidler/dp/0819309621/ref=pd_ecc_rvi_cart_1)

    It was my aunt's book and my grandma used to read it to me when I visited her. It was about two panda brothers who were sent to the store to buy items for a special Panda Cake. Instead, the older brother takes the money and spends it at the fair and has his baby panda brother pick up the items for the cake by stealing them (such as sweet ripe cherries from the birds and bamboo shoots from goats.)

    Big brother panda gets in trouble from mama panda for lying and stealing. He doesn't get to lick the batter spoon or eat any of the cake. Instead, all the cake is shared with all the animals he tricked his brother into stealing from. The moral is lying and stealing has consequences.

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  13. my favorite book was "the little prince" by antoine de saint-exupery. what i love about it now is that it's not really a children's book at all, but is really deep and complex.

    there's also "alice in wonderland" by lewis carroll. i still read it almost every year (and find something new to love each time).

    another classic would be "the secret garden" by frances hodgson burnett. great little book that i'll also never tire of. my mother helped me start a little garden after i read it and i thought it was the best thing ever.

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  14. I bet I am going to recommend a book that no one else does. One of my all time fav children's books is "Little Britches" by Ralph Moody. I was raised in Colorado (50s and 60s) - and it was a delightful book about a little boy raised on a ranch, with a lot of very sweet life lessons.

    Sandie
    zaftig2k at yahoo dot com
    http://zaftigdelights.blogspot.com

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  15. I'm following your blog.

    Sandie
    zaftig2k at yahoo dot com
    http://zaftigdelights.blogspot.com

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  16. Another all time fav childrens book is Charlottte's Web. It is timeless and so sweet!!

    Sandie
    zaftig2k at yahoo dot com
    http://zaftigdelights.blogspot.com

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  17. My favorite book was Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella by Charles Perrault.
    Thanks a lot!

    eli_green22 at yahoo dot com dot br

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  18. My favorite book from chilhood was Tikki Tikki Tembo (http://www.amazon.com/Tikki-Tembo-Arlene-Mosel/dp/0312367481/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1247485031&sr=8-1) by Arlene Mosel. I used to make my dad read it to e every single night. And so did my brothers. I think in his lifetime, my dad read this book well over 1000 times! ha!

    abigail.lee {at} gmail.com

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  19. My favorite book as a child was The Very Hungry Catepillar by Eric Carle. I still love it to this day lol :)

    jenniferbrown04@gmail.com

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  20. I'm a follower :)

    jenniferbrown04@gmail.com

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  21. I love Little Red Riding Hood... I don't know why but I did!!! My daughter loves Peter PAn!!!!

    cal_rubies at yahoo dot es

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  22. Walk two moons by sharon creech is a really good book, its probably more for 10+. Sharon creech is a great author in general.

    unforgetable_dreamer_always(at)hotmail.com

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  23. my favorite book was A Porcupine Named Fluffy by Helen Lester

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  24. Gah! I forgot to tell you Im following too :)

    Im glad I did though, I got to come back and see some awesome other suggestions - Ive read many of them, and want to check out some others as well.

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  25. Green Eggs and Ham, hands down. It is the first book I remember reading, and one my daughter learned to read with first too. It teaches that you should try new things! Even things that seem like they would not be pleasing. You just might say "I like them, I like them!" This has been the theme of my life: try new things, create variety, embrace differences. I want my daughter to have this same outlook. Thanks!

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  26. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett, was my favorite book as a child and when I introduced it to my daughter it became one of my favorites as well. From reading this we (several times) we had many great discussions about things from nature to human nature.
    I can't post the link here but if you search "The Secret Garden" edhelper.com you will find some really fun activities to do with the book

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  27. I love all the Berenstain Bears books, written by Stan and Jan Berenstain. They teach the children so many skills in life. My favorite is The Berenstain Bears' Family Reunion, teaching us to accept people as they are

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  28. Another favorite book is The giving tree by Shel Silverstein.

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  29. I'm a school library media specialist and I LOVE the book, "Leonardo the Terrible Monster". I read this to my four year old AND my fifth graders at school. You can make this a hilarious book by changing your voice and adding sound effects - it makes for a great laugh and even better snuggle time! :)

    jamieandandre at bellsouth dot net

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  30. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle was an eye opening experience.
    Mr.Popper's Penguins.
    Anne of Green Gables Books, over 30 years later, I still want to visit Prince Edward Island.
    Lovely giveaway, thanks.

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  31. I am a new follower, thank you.

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  32. My favorite as a kid was Charlotte's Web.

    lesjoujou AT gmail DOT om

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  33. I have 2 favourites - The Island of the Blue Dolphins and Where the Red Fern Grows.

    I still love both of these books dearly and can't wait for my son to read them someday!

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  34. I always loved the Wayside School books - they were wacky and offbeat and just pure fun.

    emily.cibelli(at)gmail(dot)com

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  35. Hello, What a fabulous contest im keeping my fingers crossed that I win.My favourite book is clifford's halloween by Norman Bridwell.I have alot of my children's books from when I was little, and clifford the big red dog was always the one I wanted read to me over and over again.Marian
    mtzeenla@yahoo.com

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  36. My favourite childhood book was Bambi's children by felix saltens.Bambi made me cry but I still loved the book and to this day I collect deers.
    Fab contest .Helen

    helenmillicent@yahoo.com

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  37. Ramona books by Beverly Cleary
    Ramona Quimby was nine years old. She had brown hair, brown eyes, and no cavities. She had a mother, a father, a big sister named Beatrice who was called Beezus by the family
    These books are excellent, for girls and are in what i would call a series so the fun never ends.

    texaswaitress (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  38. Alice in Wonderland - Lewiss Carol all time fav book as a child!

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  39. My favorite book was Misty of Chincoteague. I always wanted a horse and I dreamed of going to Chincoteague and seeing the ponies swim across the water.

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  40. My favorite childhood books were My Father's Dragon, by Ruth Stiles Gannett, and Just A Dream, by Chris Van Allsburg (although anything by CVA is amazing). My Father's Dragon is the story of a boy who stows away on a ship, and later finds himself on a magical island brimming with fascinating animals. It's a creative and clever story, and a classic in children's literature. Chris Van Allsburg is an AMAZING illustrator with a quietly clever sense of humor. His books give just enough detail to set a child's imagination and creativity off and running!

    Thanks for offering this great giveaway!

    sweetbunnabunny at yahoo dot com

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  41. I read alot when I was younger so I have alot of favorite books. Some of my absolute faves are: If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff and Felicia Bond, The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister, Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett and Ron Barrett.

    agafford6@gmail.com

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  42. I'm a follower. I can't wait to see what other soaps you make. I love the concept of basing them on books. I think I might start giving people your soaps with the corresponding books as gifts.

    agafford6@gmail.com

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  43. I loved books as a child(still do)and my mom took advantage of that and bought me many so i have a bunch of favorites. One of them is called LITTLE AUDREY AND THE MOON LADY and it was a Wonder book.
    I actually just found a crafty soul on etsy who made the book into a journal..adorable;)
    cyclona66(at)aol(dot)com

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  44. I am a follower
    cyclona66(at)aol(dot)com

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  45. My all time favorite children's story is "The little engine that could"!! Love that it teaches children that if they put their mind to it they can do anything and be anything they want! Isn't that what we all try and teach our children?

    audreyscountrycrafts at gmail dot com

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  46. As soon as I take pictures of my garden, and download them, I will add a link to here on todays blog post!!

    audreyscountrycrafts at gmail dot com

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  47. Following your blog and looking forward to more soap challenges!!
    WOOHOO!! love your soap and lip balm.

    audreyscountrycrafts at gmail dot com

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  48. My ultimate favorite children's book is P.S. I love you. I think it's published by scholastic's. It's an amazing book, I read it with no fuss but it always gets the message across

    katch05 at gmail dot com

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  49. My childhood books were mostly written in Hebrew, but Max and Moritz, by Wilhelm Busch, is one of the "internationals" that stand out. From way before the politically correct era, it's a funny, horrifying, brilliant story of two bad boys. I still love reading it...

    noa at rediffmail dot com

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  50. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll.
    Ladytink_534(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  51. I'm a follower
    Ladytink_534(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  52. My favorite book was Charlotte's web.

    I'm also a follower.

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  53. I'm the 4th commentor - just realized there's no e-mail or anything.
    So, just in case (or if you want to talk to me for some reason) - athaclena.etsy at gmail dot com

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  55. Hmmm...my daughter is 3 and there are so many favorites. I'm on vacation now and don't know authors, but here are titles:

    The Bear Snores On....

    Splat the Cat....(new book?)

    Pigeon Wants a Puppy....

    Pokey Little Puppy (a Golden Book)

    Baby Dear...(another old Golden Book)

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  56. And I'm now a new follower. Can't wait to check out your Etsy shop.

    hicksinlb@gmail.com

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  57. The first Harry Potter book. It came out when I was 10, and I probably read it at least 4 times that year. I'm still addicted to the series :)

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  58. The very hungry caterpillar by eric carle is a great book. Children also love brown bear brown bear what do you see by bill martin.
    leslie
    browneyedgirl953@aol.com

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  59. My favorite book as a child, and one I plan on reading to my daughter when she gets a little older is "Corduroy" by Don Freeman, about the little bear who is bought in a store by a young girl.

    oceangirl621@gmail.com

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  60. Following your blog!

    oceangirl621@gmail.com

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  61. My favorite book is Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

    bluerosepetals at gmail(dot)com

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  62. Oh boy...I LOVED to read as a kid so i have so many favourites!

    The Big Fiendly Giant by Roald Dahl

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  63. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein was another fave of mine!!

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  64. can you tell i loved Roald Dahl?

    James and the Giant Peach: A Children's Story by Roald Dahl

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  65. I was a huge fan of the Ramona series too

    Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary

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  66. I still have this book:

    Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar

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  67. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O'Brien

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  68. Definitely a compilation stories of Hans Christian Andersen!
    I also love Hawkeye Collins and Amy Adams series when I was growing up. I forgot the author, maybe M. Masters ?
    I also love comic books such as Smurf (Peyo) & Asterix (Rene Goscinny), does that count?


    2thousandthings@gmail.com

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  69. My favorite book to read to my children is "Where the wild things are" by Maurice Sendak. They all love this story and ask to hear it over and over again.
    samilanese27@hotmail.com

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  71. Green Eggs and Ham was my fave.I have even made it for my kids for dinner, when they were small and they still talk about it now.

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  72. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

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  73. I love The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I read it many times as a child, and thinking about it now makes me want to read it again :)

    Priscilla@myswaddlebabies.com
    Etsy and Twitter: SwaddleBabies

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  74. Following your blog :)

    Priscilla@myswaddlebabies.com
    Etsy and Twitter: SwaddleBabies

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  75. I just visited your shop and saw that you already created Blossom for The Secret Garden :) Another favorite book from my childhood is Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell. Maybe a sea inspired soap (I'm thinking sea salt) will be next on your list? :)

    Priscilla@myswaddlebabies.com
    Etsy and Twitter: SwaddleBabies

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  76. I loved Mipam -- The Lama of the Five Wisdoms by Lama Yondgen.
    I used to play as Tibetan traders for months after reading it !


    the_eternal_voyageur(at) rediffmail(dot)com

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  77. tough question. The book that really comes to mind out of lots of fabulous choices is
    "When the Root Children Wake Up" by Helen Dean Fish - and illustrated beautifully by Sibylle v. Olfers

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  78. I loved Green eggs and ham by Dr. Seuss. Now my five-year-old loves it! Thanks!

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  79. My favorite book was "Where the Wild Things Are", I was also a big fan of "The Hungry Caterpillar" and "Oh the Places You'll Go" :)

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  80. My fave book as a twelve year old was "Prairie School" by Lois Lowry. It intrigued me because prairie life was so different from my life in an apartment in NYC.
    Zoe0825@verizon.net

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