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Monday, April 7, 2008

At Long Last, Free Books! For Free! And You Don't Even Gotta Pay for 'Em!

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The essential, parent-friendly guide to raising a healthy child in our increasingly toxic environment.



I was SO EXCITED AND TICKLED when a marketing manager from Simon & Schuster emailed to offer me the opportunity to give away some copies of Growing Up Green!, the second volume in Deirdre Imus's bestselling Green This! Series. I know many of y'all are mamas like me and you're always, always, ALWAYS looking for the most up-to-date information out there on how to give your kids the best possible start in this here little world of ours. And many of you have mentioned on your own blogs a desire to point your households and families into a more eco-friendly, natural direction, as well.

That's why I knew this particular book would be a big hit with ya'll, and I couldn't email back "OHMYYESPLEASE! Yes, yes, yes!" fast enough to convey my eager!!! enthusiasm!!!!

In fact I'm still working out the knots I accidentally tied my fingers into, what with all the tripping-over-myself-typing of exclamation points and smiley faces.

I am slowly making my own way through the book, being both educated and challenged as I go. Educated on the dangers of many of own daily child-rearing practices and challenged to try ways ways of caring for Bean (and the rest of us) that are safer, less toxic, and more natural and nurturing, physically. I love the book, but I confess that so far it's been a difficult read for me, not because it isn't well-written, clear, and easily-digested, but because Imus packs so much valuable knowledge and so many practical ideas for change into each progressive chapter that I feel both guilty for what I've BEEN doing and slightly overwhelmed by the amount of change I feel inspired or even mandated to implement here at FriedOkra Manor. Imus gives me much to ponder, both frightening and helpful, based on her own experiences and expertise.

According to the back cover of my copy of the book:

"... Environmental activist and children's advocate Deirdre Imus addresses specific issues faced by children in every age group - from infants to adolescents and beyond. With a focus on preventing rather than treating childhood illnesses, Deirdre concentrates on educating and empowering parents with information such as:

  • How to make sure your child is vaccinated safely
  • Which plastic bottles and toys are least toxic
  • How to lobby for safer school environments and support children's environmental health studies
  • Advice from leading "green" pediatricians and nationally recognized doctors such as Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.

Chock full of research and advice, Growing Up Green makes it easy for you to introduce your child to the "living green" way of life.

Deirdre Imus is the founder and president of the Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology®, part of the Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) in New Jersey. She is also cofounder and codirector of the Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids with Cancer, and the author of the bestselling book The Imus Ranch: Cooking for Kids and Cowboys. "

You want a piece of all this knowledge, now don't you? See? I reckoned you would.

I have THREE copies of Growing Up Green to give away. I'll do a drawing on Friday morning, so y'all leave your pertinent information in the comments of this post to be entered. As long as there's some clear way for me to contact you at your own blog or via email, you'll qualify for the drawing. If you are so inclined, please help me spread the word about this book and the drawing to other parents who might be interested by mentioning this post on your blog, but that is not a requirement for the drawing.



Good luck in the drawing and y'all? Have a great week, okay?



35 comments:

  1. Wow, I'm the first one. Pick me! And thanks for offering these books! (I'll email you with my contact info.)

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  2. I am totally interested in this!! What a great giveaway! :-)

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  3. Very cool. I have already been stressing about all the lead based paints on toys and toxic household cleaners. Hopefully this book can help ease some of my fears.

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  4. Um, yes oh yes oh YES please!! I would love one! Looks like a great resource.

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  5. Oooh! I'd love a copy - I'm always looking for ways to green things up a little more!

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  6. Sounds like one can have ones little ones vaccinated safely. Would love to see that part of the book even though you two are grown and gone. Want to keep up with the latest info so my brain does not attrophy.

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  7. Sounds like a great book. But, as I live in NZ, I won't put my hand up for one! Emily and I watch a program on TV called Wasted! where one family has a 'green' overhaul of their life, to give them tips o how to be more environmentally friendly. It's pretty cool and you get pretty good tips from it. This books sounds like the tv program, except even better. And how cool to get free books to give away!!!

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  8. Oh YES! I would love to read this book! I have a 3 yr old and now a 10 month old and I am just now really wanting to learn all things green!

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  9. Allison (aklemen at telus dot net)April 7, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    Oooh! Looks like a good one!

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  10. I might not have a little one yet, but I'm still interested in learning how to prepare for that day and to get my house more green. How fun!!!

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  11. Oh yes, I'm interested in the whole going green issue, & I agree with anonymous I don't want my brain to atrophy & must keep in the know of things..LOL

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  12. I have not heard of Diedre Imus or this book before, but would love to read it. Count me in! :-)

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  13. Sounds fantastic! I'm starting to use all natural cleaners and I think it's wonderful, especially for children.

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  14. This sounds great! I'd be especially interested in reading the information on vaccines. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  15. I have commented in ages but I have been keeping up with you and the Fried Okra family! The book sounds very intriguing and I'd love to win a copy!

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  16. Oh, please enter me for a chance!!! Thanks, and I hope you're feeling well lately!

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  17. oooooo, I'd love this! I'll mention you on my blog as soon as DCRmom gets finished with my new design and all is up and running :-)

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  18. I probably need this book, since I've operated a long time on the "what I don't know can't hurt me," head-in-the-sand mode!

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  19. I am most likely like you...will feel guilty about things I am not doing. Bring it on! Count me in! :)

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  20. I would love this.  I have a 10 week old daughter and am totally interested in going greener but it's hard to know where to start!

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  21. I'd love to have a copy of this book! It's kind of scary what big companies do just to make a buck. I'd love to see her take on how to avoid exposure. I'll email contact info as well.

    AndiK

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  22. Oh what a wonderful giveaway!! This sounds like a wonderful book and SO wanna win!!

    ealguire(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  23. I just had to give you the link to my website after reading this post. Check it out - particularly the Get Clean line. I love it!

    www.shaklee.net/sarahmaffet

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  24. Very curious about what she has to say about vaccinations. It has been an area of concern for me. But is sounds like she has a ton of info. to share about helping kids and parents understand the importance of going green. Do they have tricks for getting your husband to recycle more??? Just kidding!

    Katie Erturk

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  25. Sounds awesome. I'm really looking for (kinda easy because I'm lazy) ways to just be more earth friendly with our children.

    you can contact me through my blog or at jill dot perryman at gmail dot com.

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  26. Ohhh, I would love to read this book!!!

    Niki

    nikipetz at sbcglobal dot net

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  27. I would be so interested in getting my hands on this book. and for free? yippee!

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  28. I WANT THIS BOOK!!!!
    You can rest assured that I will read every page and continue to spread the word.

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  29. Sounds like an AMAZING book...please count me in!

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  30. This is a great giveaway! I don't have children (yet) but would like to know ahead of time what I can do. I would also love to share this resource with my friends with kids!

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  31. oooooooooooo pick me....pick me....I'm purple right now...and soooooooooooo want to be green.

    tee hee

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  32. I need a book to send me in the right direction-----the Japanese are so very eco friendly but I am rather lost in the translation since I can't read Japanese----even though I live here! (ha!)

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