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#WIN A 2 Book #Prize Pack For Kids From DK CANADA!

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As a kid, long before the internet existed, I spent countless hours reading books all about every kind of animal on earth.  I loved looking at pictures of even the scariest creatures.

I was recently sent a couple of fantastic books from DK Canada.  I was immediately drawn to one in particular – The Smithsonian Super Nature Encyclopedia.  This book is BIG and it features the “100 most incredible creatures on the planet”.  I think I was just as excited to look at it as X-man was.



The Super Nature Encyclopedia has incredible pictures.  The print is nice and large and easy-to-read.  Each animal in the book is featured across two pages of the book with information that includes an “At A Glance” synopsis of the animal, and a box of “Stats And Facts”.  I love that each page is full of eye-catching pictures, drawings and short paragraphs.  Nothing loses a reader’s attention faster than an encyclopedia full of pages of text.  The Super Nature Encyclopedia does a great job of limiting text and keeping the reader’s interest, while still teaching the reader all kinds of educational facts.  I also love the graphics that show the inside of certain animals.  What kid hasn’t wondered what’s inside a Great White Shark? (and no it’s not a human body part, lol).

So what did X-man and I learn by reading our Super Nature Encyclopedia?  Here’s a few interesting facts:

  • GOLIATH SPIDER –> The largest spider in the world! Its fangs are more than one inch long and its body can grow to the size of an orange. This arachnophobe can hardly stand to think of finding one of those around the house.  Lucky for us Canucks, they are only found in South America.

  • GOLDEN POISON FROG –> The most poisonous animal on earth! This frog is scarcely the size of your thumb, but 1/10th of a drop of its poison can kill a human. “Just touching its skin can kill you”.

  • CHAMELEON –> The animal with the fastest tongue in the world!  One of my favourite critters, their tongue is often longer than their body.

  • GORILLA –> The largest primate on earth! Check out my photo to see the inside of this magnificent beast:



There are just so many interesting facts and figures in this book, I wish I could share them all with you!

In keeping with the animal theme, we also received “Doodlepedia – Animal Antics”. This book is more of a “basic” encyclopedia that teaches kids about animals, while at the same time providing them with  places in the book to doodle, solves puzzles, find their way through mazes, and more.  I love this cat maze:




The drawings are whimsical and the book is full of all kinds of activities to keep your little one occupied for hours.  Any of the “budding artists” in your family would love this unique and beautiful doodle book.




Guess what? The great folks at DK Canada are generously offering up BOTH of these books to one lucky Canadian Blog House member!  Check out all the ways you can enter to WIN!! Please be sure to read the rules.

**Please note**  While it won’t get you any extra entries into the giveaway (due to Facebook rules), Canadian Blog House and DK Canada would LOVE a LIKE on Facebook!

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Disclosure:  I received these two books from DK Canada in exchange for a review.  All opinions expressed are my own. No other compensation was received by Canadian Blog House.

  1. May 19, 2013


    Congrats to winner Sarah D.!! Many thanks to DK Canada for sponsoring this giveaway!!

    Thanks to all of you for entering 🙂

  2. May 18, 2013


    A Child’s Garden of Verses, I loved reading poetry as a child.

    • May 19, 2013


      Wow that is very cook, Jazzy178, that you enjoyed poetry as a kid! Can’t say as I have heard of the book you mentioned..will have to look it up! Thanks for entering 🙂

  3. May 18, 2013


    T’was the Night before Christmas

    • May 18, 2013


      Great choice, Andrea! I’m sure that one is a favourite of many. Brings back great memories at Christmas 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  4. May 15, 2013


    I like Charlotte’s web

    • May 18, 2013


      Another CW lover – great book for sure! Thanks for entering Jen!

  5. May 15, 2013


    Hansel and Gretel. Sounds kind of morbid now 🙂

    P.S. I love all your posts and reviews. They’re really thorough and personal, just like you!

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

    • May 18, 2013


      Awww Sarah….thanks so much for saying so! Hehehe…now that’s a classic!! Great choice 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  6. May 15, 2013


    Dr Seus’ The Cat In The Hat

    • May 18, 2013


      Oh that’s a definite favourite for many of us I think, Maria! Thanks for entering!

  7. May 14, 2013


    The first books that really left an effect on me were the Beezus and Ramona books. I had a little sister at the time before other siblings came along and my little sister and I would fight all the time. I found peace and relevance to my life and what I was experiencing within these books. I didn’t feel misunderstood or alone because these books became my best friends.

    • May 18, 2013


      That is so great, Harjit, that those books helped you so much! I remember those…I loved those too. I think I read them all many times over. Thanks for sharing and entering!!

  8. May 14, 2013


    The Borrowers

    • May 18, 2013


      That’s a new one to me, Emilia…never heard of that book. Thanks for entering!!

  9. May 11, 2013


    No one book stands out as a favourite as a child. Dr. Seuss books for sure. The Littles adventures. As a tween Nancy Drew mysteries, the works of author Judy Blume- 4th Grade Nothing, Blubber, Pistachio, Are you there God, it’s me Margaret.

    • May 11, 2013


      Oh wow! You just brought back some great memories for me, Tracy! Loved Judy Blume and Nancy Drew books. Thanks for entering!

  10. May 11, 2013


    I enjoy all your blogs. Interesting, funny and informative!

    • May 11, 2013


      Awww 🙂 Thanks so much, Cruiser…and thanks for entering!

  11. May 11, 2013

    danielle t

    I don’t remember having a favorite. i just liked reading new books. always wanting to hear of some new adventure. my daughter is the same way. our library cards have come in very handy.

    • May 11, 2013


      Sounds like you are a lover of many books, Danielle…which is great! I love that your kids are into reading as well! Thanks for entering 🙂

  12. May 10, 2013

    Crystal Dubeau

    My all-time favorite is Charlotte’s Web… 🙂

    • May 11, 2013


      Charlotte’s Web is a popular one 🙂 Thanks for entering, Crystal!

    • May 10, 2013


      I like Cat in the Hat…we enjoy the cartoon on tv too! Thanks for entering, flower child!

  13. May 9, 2013

    sarah p

    I always liked Matilda by Roald Dahl, and The Giving Tree

    • May 9, 2013


      You are the second one who commented on Roald Dahl…going to have to look him up now. Thanks for entering, Sarah!

    • May 9, 2013


      Another set of books I haven’t heard of…will have to look her up also! Thanks for entering, Marjorie45!

  14. May 7, 2013


    The Twits by Roald Dahl.

    • May 9, 2013


      I don’t know who Roald Dahl is, but I had better look him up. Two of you like his books 🙂 Thanks for entering, Maggie!

  15. May 6, 2013


    cat in the hat …loved all Dr. Seus books

    • May 6, 2013


      Great choice, neutkidz! Cat in the Hat was always a fave of mine too. Lol…I watch it on tv now 🙂

  16. May 6, 2013

    Josh S

    I don’t remember what it was called, it has gone missing since I was a child. But it was an animal picture book. I really loved animals as a child, still do! My daughter loves animals also. She loves going to the zoo or visiting a farm.

    • May 6, 2013


      Oh’s too bad you still don’t have that book, Josh. Sounds like your daughter would love it! Thanks for entering 🙂

    • May 5, 2013


      Another Charlotte’s Webs fan! Thanks for entering, danceswithpucks. Love your name!

    • May 5, 2013


      Definitely a great classic story, Kim! Thanks for entering 🙂

  17. May 4, 2013


    Love the blog, Everybody Told Me So, because it is so true. Have passes this blog on to my kids who have pets and they agreed. 🙂

    • May 5, 2013


      LOL…glad you and your kids like that one 🙂 I really must go and edit that sometime. I’ve discovered a few more points I could list 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  18. May 4, 2013


    My mom read me the Winnie the Pooh series of books, not many pictures in those books.

    • May 5, 2013


      Winnie the Pooh! One of my faves, also. I think I spent more time listening to my Winnie the Pooh record than I did reading the books. Thanks for entering, Cruiser!!

  19. May 4, 2013


    I remember reading and rereading a girl & her horse book called “The Golden Sovereign” and hadn’t thought about that for awhile. 🙂 I think I’ll try to find that for my daughter. Thanks for triggering a memory.

    • May 4, 2013


      I love reading comments like yours, rungal2…so great to hear the question triggered a happy memory! Hope you can find the book for your daughter 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  20. May 4, 2013


    My favourite book was “The Penguin Who Hated The Cold” – about Pablo, a penguin who found his way out of Antarctica and settled on a warm beach in the Pacific. He had the right idea!! I still have this book!

    • May 4, 2013


      That book sounds so cute, Dreena!! Never heard of it…but that is one smart penguin 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  21. May 4, 2013

    Laurie P

    I had a book of Fairy tales, loved having it read to me…still have it today. 🙂

    • May 4, 2013


      That’s not a Mother Goose fairytale book is it, Laurie? I still have mine from when I was a kid and it was my favourite book. Thanks for entering!

  22. May 4, 2013

    Joy M.

    I don’t think i had a favourite book – we went to the library LOTS so there were always books coming and going in our house. I was a big horse freak, so i bet some of my fave books were about horses and taking care of them.

    • May 4, 2013


      Oh I would have loved that (going to the library all the time). I always loved visiting my local libary but we didn’t go too often. I could spend all kinds of time browsing in there. Thanks for entering, Joy!

  23. May 4, 2013


    Charlotte’s Web was my favorite. Still love it.

    • May 4, 2013


      Oooh I loved Charlotte’s Web also, Bonny! I think I read that at least 1/2 a dozen times when I was a kid. Thanks for entering!!

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