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Second Hand Saturday: Little Bear Collection & The Monkey King’s Daughter

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Here’s how my Second Hand Saturday winner selection works.  You leave a comment within 7 days when the post first goes up (you have from Sat until Sat, so really 8 days because I am not that on top of it).  You tell me WHAT BOOK YOU WANT and WHY YOU WANT IT.  Whoever makes a compelling argument will win because I am all about getting the right book into the right hands.  If no one wants the books, I’ll tweet like mad until someone comments.  My Twitter handle is @PragmaticMom.  If you follow me, I’ll follow you back.

The Monkey King's  Daughter T.A. DeBonis Pragmatic Mom Second Hand SaturdayThe Monkey King’s Daughter by T. A. DeBonis.  This is an easier Chinese mythology version of Percy Jackson.  My oldest read it in one sitting and really liked it.  The author was kind enough to send me this book, and when he heard that my daughter and I liked it, he sent signed copies of all three books in the series.  Since I have a duplicate, I am giving this away.  I told a work Dad Friend about this series and he bought this book for his 5th grade daughter.  She liked it so much, he asked to borrow the other two.  Then a Work Mom friend that sits across from him, borrowed it for her 4th grade daughter.  I think that says a lot for this series … not intimidating but adventurous, Asian themed but appealing to readers not of Asian descent, and a pleasure to read and share.  I am hoping the other two books come back soon as I would like to blog on them, but on the other hand, I am glad that there is a clamoring for this book series.  I can’t wait for the 4th installment coming out soon! The book review is here.

Also, if you happen to be in Foxboro, MA on February 5th, the author T.A. DeBonis will be doing a book signing at China Adoption with Love, Inc. (CAWLI) Chinese New Year Fundraiser at Christina’s (2 Washington St.) from 11 to 3. CAWLI raises funds to support Chinese adoption as well as funds to support numerous orphanages in China and children in need. 100% of every dollar raised for their Rainbow Fund goes straight to orphanages.

Little Bear Second Hand Saturday Easy Reader Pragmatic MomThe Adventures of Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik, illustrated by Maurice Sendak. We happen to have duplicate copies of this excellent, iconic easy reader series and that is the only reason why I’m giving it away, I love Little Bear so!  This was a gift to my oldest as she was just starting to read independently, but we already owned the entire series.  This book is a hard cover with three books: Little Bear, Father Bear Comes Home, and A Kiss for Little Bear. As wonderful as the cartoon of this book series, the books are even better and that is because the illustrations are done by Caldecott winner author and illustrator Maurice Sendak of Where the Wild Things Are.

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. I would love the “Monkey King’s Daughter”! I am trying to build a collection of books with positive Asian main characters and/or themes for our youngest daughter adopted from China. I don’t have many at the third grade or above reading levels so this one would be great!


  2. Angie Appoo

    I’d like to win The Adventures of Little Bear for my 5 year old daughter, who has been reading since she was 3.

  3. Dawn

    I would like to win The Adventures of Little Bear to add to my classroom (1st-3rd graders with developmental delays) library. Storytime has always been my favorite time and with my *ahem* gentle threats that “storytime shall not be disrespected” (really, I say it with a smile on my face and the kids KNOW I’m teasing) it has become a favorite time for the entire class. I love to bring new books to share every chance I get.

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