Sunday, April 18, 2010

Celebrate Earth Day with GREAT Books!

Recycle with earth
Can you believe that forty years has passed since the first Earth Day? Celebrate on April 22nd by reading a few special stories from GUWB.

10 Things I Can Do to Help My World by Melanie Walsh is a great way to approach Earth Day with young children. Read about ten simple things we can all do to help the world we live in, fun and easy eco-tips printed on 100% recycled material.

Recycle by Gail Gibbons is a great introduction to recycling with your child. The illustrations show what happens with trash from the time it is picked up at your house and through the entire recycling process. The comic-style format connects with readers young and old alike.

Also, if you happen to be in Washington, D.C., consider joining the climate rally on Sunday, April 25th. Check out for more specific information!

Share with us how you and your family plan on celebrating Earth Day this year. And don't forget that every day is Earth Day!

Take care of yourselves AND the Earth!

The GUWB Team
submitted by Lara

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A Message from our CEO!

Girls (6-13 years) lying on jetty beside lake, reading book together and smiling
It has been exactly one year since the inception and launch of Grow Up With Books and we are succeeding in our mission to provide access to rich literature for families in a very reasonable and exciting manner. Creating the Netflix-style program allows parents to sign up for a reading experience that fits both their family size and budget, saving them time in the process by simply logging-on, adding books to their queue, and letting our dedicated staff take care of the rest. Our experienced and passionate Reading Consulting Team is available to answer any subscriber’s questions; a significant opportunity for our subscriber’s to continue to build their children’s reading development. Another way our company has differentiated itself from our competitors is through our sanitization process, ensuring families receive clean and sanitized books with each shipment. I am excited with our initial success, the positive response from our subscribers, and our continued growth.

Cupcake and candle decorated in floral motif

As a thank you to our reading community and friends, please use code CEF9E5 and receive your first and 4th month free from GUWB.

Thanks again,
Phil Dauksys

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Battle Begins...Book or Movie?

GUWB is getting ready to feature the Percy Percy Jackson series on our blog. To start us off, we've asked Jacob Ivey to share his 9-year-old thoughts about how the book, The Lightning Thief (by Rick Riordan) compares to the movie.

Lara: I understand that you read the book twice before seeing the movie. In your opinion, which one do you feel is better?

Jacob: I would have to say the book, because there are a lot more details. You can even sense how the characters are feeling in different situations which you don't get from the movie. You can't hear what is going on inside their heads. Another point I'd like to make is that you can miss even small bits in a movie and you can't go back. In a book, you can always re-read for a better understanding.

Lara: You definitely shared some great reasons for reading the book. As far as the movie goes, did you have a favorite part?

Jacob: I would have to say, even though Medusa was very entertaining, the Lotus Casino was action-packed.

Lara: I have heard you talking about some of the differences between the movie and the book. Would you mind sharing some of your thoughts about that?

Jacob: Bringing me to this thought it's kind of like your first question. Because there were so many changes, it's another reason to like the book better. I'll list some things that surprised me.

1. In the book, Ares had the Master Bolt and in the movie it was Luke.

2. Ares wasn't even in the movie, but played a major part in the story line of the book.

3. In the book, all of the pearls were given to them. In the movie, they had to find them individually.

4. The Chihuahua Lady (Echidna) was in the book, but not the movie. Actually, the whole scene of the St. Louis Gateway Arch is taken out of the movie. I think that the Hydra scene might have been used in its place.

5. In the book, Annabeth shows Percy around Camp Half-Blood. Grover does it in the movie.

6. In the book, there were cabins for each God/Goddess' child in a U-shape. Percy went to cabin #11 (Hermes) since he was undetermined. In the movie there were tents in the woods.

7. Luke's shoes were given to Percy, but he gave them to Grover and didn't end up wearing them. In the movie, they were kept and worn by Percy.

8. In the book, they send Medusa's head to Olympus. The movie has them bringing it along to help with their quest to freeze Hydra.

9. Not only is Ares missing from the movie, his half-blood daughter, aka Clarisse, is missing as well. Too bad. I think I may have laughed the hardest when she was soaked by Percy's powers in the bathroom. This would have been easy to include in the movie, but just wasn't.

10. In the book, Annabeth was on Percy's team for the first "Capture the Flag." In the movie, they were against each other.

11. Percy has a capped pen named "Riptide;" in the movie he has a clicking pen without a name.

12. Percy uses glass to kill Medusa, but in the movie it's an iPod Touch. Why would he have an iPod Touch if monsters sense electronics? Wouldn't that draw MONSTER (big) attention? Get the play on words?

13. Grover walks with a limp in the book and not with crutches like he does in the movie.

14. Percy's mom, Sally, is left behind in the Underworld. However, in the movie it's Grover who is left.

15. The book had Dionysys being in charge of Camp Half-Blood. The movie had Chiron as the director of the camp and not director of camp activities.

16. Where is the BLUE food? That's what Percy's mom was famous for in the book.

Lara: WOW, Jacob! You have pointed out some interesting differences between the book and the movie. I have a feeling that there may be even more.

Jacob: Of course, there are TONS more. I just don't have enough time to tell you all of them.

Lara: Maybe other people could share more and find ones that even YOU didn't notice. Let's open this discussion up for others to join in.

Jacob: Okay...sounds good!

If you have seen the movie and/or read the book, please take a moment to share your thoughts. Weigh in on which is better. Tell your favorite part. Consider adding more ways that the two are different or just send a "shout out" to agree with some of the points Jacob has made.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Read on...
The Grow Up With Books Team

Submitted by Lara Ivey and Jacob Ivey