Cooper and Me is an enchanting book about a little girl's apprehension about her first day of school and her relationship with her best friend, Cooper the dog. Even though her parents tell her about all of the things she'll learn and do at school, she doesn't see how she will be able to face this without Cooper. Her mother comes up with the perfect solution.
About Cooper and Me:
Cooper and Me was illustrated by 11-year-old Alexa Peters and co-written with her mother, Monique Peters. The idea was inspired by Alexa's own experiences on her first day of school. A talented young artist and writer, Alexa wanted to give back to others in a meaningful way through her art. Starting at a very young age, Alexa created illustrated stories about her daily experiences, and from the pages of her sketchbooks came the idea for her first book, Cooper and Me.
Through rhythmic verses, Cooper and Me tells the story of a young girl who is nervous as her first day of school approaches. She is frightened about leaving home and doesn't want to go without her best friend, her dog Cooper. Fortunately her mother finds the perfect solution to help the little girl overcome her fears – a small replica of her beloved pet she can take to school with her. In Cooper and Me, the story of a child’s fears about starting school has evolved into a timeless tale about overcoming separation anxiety and trying new things – basic emotions all people experience throughout their lives – but this time, written by a child, for children.
The story behind Cooper and Me also offers an inspiring example of families working together to help others. In addition to helping young children gain emotional resilience and confidence through their books, Alexa and mom Monique wanted to go beyond that to help less fortunate kids. Their search for an organization to which they could donate a portion of the proceeds from the Cooper and Me book led to a charitable alliance with the Happy Hearts Fund, founded and run by Petra Nemcova, the supermodel who was directly affected by the tsunami in Thailand. Happy Hearts improves children’s lives through education and sustainable programs in natural disaster areas.
I love the fact that this book was written and illustrated by a child the same age as The Boy. I used the book as a read-aloud with Little Red (age 6) and Sassy (age 3). They loved it, and it opened up the opportunity to discuss the kind of things they could do when they feel nervous about doing something new. Sassy has been having a difficult time when we drop her off at the church nursery, and we were able to use the situation in this book to talk about how we can make things easier for her.
This book is available the Cooper and Me website for $12.99, and there are other Cooper and Me books and products available as well. In addition, I have one available for one of my lucky readers. The giveaway will run through 11:59 pm, Sunday, October 23. The winner will be announced the morning of October 24th.
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