Happy New Year everybody! In honor of the new year, I’m co-hosting a $20 gift certificate giveaway with Little One Books.

I did a previous giveaway with this fantastic grandparent owned company here.

But before I get to the giveaway, I want to talk about a DVD based on a classic children’s book: Corduroy.

If you don’t know the story, it’s about a little girl who falls in love with a stuffed bear in a department store who is missing a button on his corduroy overalls. It’s a wonderful story where, in the end, she saves up enough money to buy the bear, who she appropriately names Corduroy, and fixes his missing button.

Ari just heard Corduroy at a weekly story time at the Brooklyn Public Library and he loved it.

Recently, I was perusing the Little One Books website and found this:

It’s a live action version of the classic book and it also has six other stories on it narrated by Laura Dern, Mia Farrow and others.

At first, I have to admit, I was a little scared of how they would pull off a “live action” version of Corduroy. In the book, Corduroy (the bear) comes to life and runs around the department store in search of his missing button.

But then I recalled this fellow from the 1980’s:

Remember Teddy Ruxpin? He was a talking bear friend of mine from childhood. If I accepted him, I told myself, I could accept a live action Corduroy, who looked eerily similar to Ruxpin.

Ari was demanding to watch Max and Ruby today, but I told him we were going to watch Corduroy instead. He pouted for all of five minutes. Then, all of a sudden, he started to get into it:

Can you see his fascinated expression in the reflection of my laptop?

After Corduroy was over he demanded to watch it again even though I explained to him that there were six more stories on the DVD. Eventually, he got around to the remaining stories and decided that he also loves “Goose” and “The Happy Owls.”

Now, time for the giveaway! If chosen, you will win a $20 gift certificate to Little One Books. They have fantastic children’s books, DVDs and CDs!

To Enter:

1. Post a comment with what product(s) you’d like to buy from the Little One Books website
2. Follow my blog (either with feed reader, or Google Friend Connect)
3. Like Little One Books on Facebook here.
4. Like Old School/New School Mom on Facebook here
5. Follow Little One Books on Twitter here.
6. Finally, sign up for The Little One Books newsletter! The sign up is on the upper right hand corner of their site.

Also, when you purchase two or more items on the Little One Books site between 1/5/11 and 1/19/11, you get a free children’s music CD!

Just enter the promotional code ‘goodmorning’ at checkout.

The winner to this giveaway will be selected at random and announced on Wednesday 1/19/11!

GOOD LUCK and HAPPY 2011!!!