Friday, November 5, 2010

Swapping Picture Books

An amazing thing happened last year.  We participated in Zoe's International Postcard Swap.  We received postcards from all over.  We tracked them on our world map and I patted myself on the back for the excellent geography lessons.  We felt good, happy, and fulfilled.

Then the earthquake in New Zealand happened and my little girl's world got smaller.  She remembered getting a postcard from a family who lived in the very city hit the hardest.  We were able to pray for that family not knowing how they were doing after the earthquake.  We were able to do that just because of Zoe and Playing by the Book!

Then she (Zoe) came up with the brilliant idea of a picture book swap, Perfect Picture Books by Post.  We were all about it and super excited when we were matched with a family in Germany (my oldest is a German major).

Our package came the other day.  I wish that my camera took better pictures (or that I took better pictures with my camera) because the envelope was colorful and wonderful and...I have no pictures.  I also feel a little creepy that I just sent mine via Amazon because my world is crazy and I couldn't carve out time during business hours to go to the post office.
The book my partner sent was perfect for us.  It was something that my oldest could read and translate with no issue.  The subject was adorable and the illustrations caught the spirit of the cat.

See the cat was looking for someone specific to dance with and it was NOT the hamster.
It was all quite unfortunate until he found....HER!
True love!  *sigh*
My favorite bit was watching my oldest read aloud to my youngest.  My youngest wanted to hear it in both German and English.  She decided the book was much better in German.
We've had so much fun participating in the swap!   The whole process was loads of fun; the girls deciding which books for us to send, receiving our swap, and reading our swap (again and again).

Thanks Zoe and thank you Kerstin!!


  1. Zoe @ Playing by the bookNovember 5, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    Oh Melanie, it's been such a delight bringing people and books together through the swap and it thrills me to read how well the book was received by your girls. Thanks so much for sharing your experience.

  2. Count me in on any of your swaps! Thanks again and again!


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