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Come Here, Cleo ~ A Barefoot Book Review

Come Here Cleo
Written by: Stella Blackstone
Illustrated by: Caroline Mockford
Read Alone: Ages 4-7
Read Together: Ages 0-4
Board Book; Full-color illustrations; 24pp;
6.5 x 6.5 inches

A board book that exemplifies minimalism at its finest! 
One sentence for each page.
One subject and one verb.
One thought throughout the whole book!
This book is about Cleo, the Cat and her movements in and around her surroundings. It is a catchy board book that is very easy to remember. From the moment Cleo wakes up to the time Cleo starts to play and bounce around the yard, every reader will absolutely remember the actions that Cleo, the Cat is doing throughout the book.
The illustrations perfectly fit the idea of minimalism.
Caroline Mockford’s brush strokes on watercolor are simple yet conveys a brilliant rendition of the main character Cleo, an orange-striped Cat. Her choice of colorful background on each sturdy page of the book, adds a more striking appeal to the young reader.
Great book for readers who are learning about simple action words!

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Barefoot Books International Conference 2008 ~ Telling Stories

I do not even know where to start about this wonderful experience I’ve had at the Barefoot Books International Conference ~ Telling Stories that happened from August 1 – 3 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, MA. But there is a beginning and there is an end. I’d like to break down my post into a few segmented articles to tell everybody what I’ve learned and I’ve seen about the Barefoot Books!


The few posts you will see in the succeeding pages will be the following:

1. Nancy Traversy’s message

2. The Barefoot Books Vision and Opportunity

3. Lessons I’ve learned from the Conference about the Barefoot Books Business

and of course!

4. Pictures from the Conference

There were a lot of things that happened during the three-day conference, which include the following schedule of activities:

Friday, August 1 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM – there was a welcome reception at the Barefoot Books Retail Store in Cambridge. I wasn’t able to go there but I heard from fellow stallholders who were able to attend the cocktail here at our flagship store, there were some raffle draws, announcement of winners (by the way, I won a signed book by Stella Blackstone! one of my daughter’s favorite’s authors ~ how lucky!) some won signed books and others won $25 gift certificates!

Saturday, August 2 from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM – this is the most important day of the conference and where I made sure I was there! Just like everybody else who were there, we met and saw Nancy Traversy, the co-founder of Barefoot Books, the great and hard-working staff of the Barefoot Books who answered all our questions regarding shipping, new releases, payment information, etc (everything possible that takes place behind the scene) and of course the friendly Stallholders from all over the US and the UK! It was so much fun! As part of the program, one of the authors/illustrators Maria Carluccio of Skip Through the Seasons and Sounds About Town, was our mystery author guest and shared to us her techniques ~ and allowed us to chat with her about her work. 

The day concluded with a poolside barbecue party at Nancy’s house in Concord, MA.

Sunday, August 3 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM – there was a duck tour for the family members as well as the Stallholders!

There was so much  fun and a lot of new information about our Barefoot Books business and what are in store for us in the future. Nancy Travery mentioned about the opening (soft launch) of the Barefoot Books store inFAO Schwarz this October 2nd and the full day celebration will happen on October 4th, with possible celebrities attending the Opening Day! Nancy also talked about how despite the economic crisis the US is experiencing right now that our company, Barefoot Books continues to very stable and will continue to succeed because what we offer is unique,  and we all believe that everybody’s success comes with perseverance!

I left the conference with so much knowledge and so much enthusiasm about building a future with Barefoot Books! So, if you would like to join this community with a passion of listening to other people stories, reading great books, developing early literacy and just a drive to live and respect the environment, you can start here:


I guarantee you that you will feel that you are making a difference in your own world, one book at a time. Go Green, Join Barefoot!

July Giveaway

This month’s giveaway will run until August 15th...so you have a few more weeks to stop by here and participate in this giveaway.

One winner will win a copy of the board book, “Bun bun at Bedtime” ~ another series of the Bun bun books published by the Barefoot Books.

If you would like to win a copy of this book for your child, please follow the guidelines below and leave a valid email address on your comment on this post. If you are the winner of this giveaway, you will be  notified and you would need to respond within 72 hours upon the notification.



What I would like to do is to go and check out the three reviews written by other Mama bloggers about Barefoot Books, and then leave a comment on their write-ups, right on their blogs and then come back here and tell me one GOOD thing about the Barefoot Books! As simple as that…

The three write-ups written about Barefoot Books are the following:

1. http://accidentalmommies.com/2008/07/22/barefoot-books-a-review/

2. http://i-exhale.blogspot.com/2008/07/parents-great-gift-to-child.htm

3. http://afroginmysoup.com/2008/07/barefoot-books/

The winner will be announced on August 18th! Good luck and Go Barefoot!

Barefoot Books – a Review by Kim from ‘What’s That Smell?’

Kim, from Accidental Mommies wrote a wonderful review about the Barefoot Books and about the book, “Off we go to Mexico”. You can view the whole entry by clicking on the link below


or you can read the post here:



Barefoot Books – a review

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What is Barefoot Books?
From their site:

This is what we care about: first, we’re convinced that it’s never too early to introduce children to other cultures. We believe too that children can appreciate high-quality art, and enjoy the music as well as the meaning of language from a very early age. They deserve the very best, and they are dependent on their elders to help them make connections — between themselves and others, between nature and culture, between learning and living.

So we create books, CDs and other gifts that offer high educational value and are lots of fun. They’re designed to last, but above all, they are meant to be shared and enjoyed.

I was sent a Barefoot Book to review called Off We Go to Mexico! An Adventure in the Sun by Laurie Krebs and Christopher Corr.

Our take on a Barefoot Book:

I have to admit that when i first opened the book and looked through it, I wondered if my son, who is 4 would be interested in it considering there are Spanish words and he’s just started mastering the English words. My concerns were quickly put to rest, however, as we started reading it.

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The book is laid out in a way that when you have the book open to any particular set of pages, the page on the left has a series of words with their Spanish translations and the page on the right has the continuing story that uses the words from the left page. We started out with Jake reading all the English and me reading all the Spanish. He really enjoyed the story and spent a lot of time looking at the pictures saying “look, she’s got a baby” or “hey, a fruit hat!”

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About halfway through he wanted to switch with me and had me reading the English parts and he read the Spanish parts. He was really getting a kick out of it and was very patient when I tried to get him to pronounce everything right – or at least as right as this non-Spanish speaking person could!

The end of the book has a map and some information about Mexico today and its history. He was very interested in the map and its relationship to the USA. Even after I got up to take care of my daughter, he was still going back through the book looking at the pictures and every once in a while repeating some of the Spanish words.

Overall I am very impressed with the Barefoot Book we received and am going back to the site to look for more. It certainly inspired more interest from my son than other books have and I really like that it will promote in him an appreciation for other cultures and instill some additional language skills in him early on, when he is soaking up so much information. Both the art and the story in Off We go To Mexico! are captivating and this book is sure to be on his shelf for many years. It certainly spans a wide age range with its bright and colorful images, the story, and the history and information about Mexico in the back of the book.

If you are interested in Barefoot Books and their award winning children’s books and would like more information or to purchase them, you can visit their website:Barefoot Books and check out all the other wonderful books they have to offer. You can also visit the Barefoot Books Blog for information about their books and special offers. In addition to books, Barefoot Books carries CD’s and educational gifts designed around the same values as their books.

The Barefoot Books opportunity:
barefoot booksAnother interesting aspect of Barefoot Books is the ability for anyone looking for a work from home opportunity to sell Barefoot Books by becoming a Barefoot Books Stallholder. For more information about how to become a Stallholder and to register for FREE, visit this page: Sell Barefoot.

Here are a few of the benefits:

  • Start your own creative business with low start-up and running costs. Experience not necessary!
  • Sell in homes and your local community (online or offline), and create a community of customers who also love Barefoot and share our values
  • Give back to your community by fundraising for the school or organization of your choice
  • Earn immediately with upfront discounts, free products, monthly bonuses and fantastic special offers
  • Enjoy prizes, incentives, workshops and get-togethers… and simply doing something you love
  • Mentor other Stallholders and create your own Barefoot community
  • Embrace creativity and bring something a little different to traditional book-selling from storytelling and craft activities to children’s art and writing competitions, the Stallholder program allows you to explore your own creativity and create a community buzz!

Whether you are interested in the books, the business opportunity, or both, I recommend that you visit their site and see all their wonderful books! And if you and your children already enjoy Barefoot Books, I’d love to read your comments about them!

Barefoot Books July/August 2008 SPECIALS



Starting on July 15th through August 31st 2008, Barefoot Books has launched some SPECIALS on our favorite Barefoot Books. In conjunction with this SPECIALS, I am also happy to share to everybody that Barefoot Books has finally released the book Little Leap Forward: A Boy in Beijing written by Guo Yue. With the 2008 Olympics coming up pretty soon, this book will definitely serve as a great opener for your children.


Little Leap Forward: A Boy in Beijing  is now available to purchase online through the Barefoot Books website!

This story is the launch title forBarefoot Books’ new Young Fiction list and is perfect for young readers ages 9 – 12.  It is based on author Guo Yue’s childhood in China during the Cultural Revolution and is brought to life by co-au thor Clare Farrow with gorgeous illustrations by Barefoot artist Helen Cann.  The story looks at close friendship and the conflict between political change and personal freedom.  It’s a wonderful title and we suggest you add a copy to your order today!

Please find below the list of books that are on SPECIAL RATES. Go Barefoot!


Special Offers

July 15-August 31 2008  




Regular Price

Special Offer Price


Motherbridge of Love





Dragon on the Doorstep

Paperback w/CD




Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush

Paperback w/CD




Stories From The Silk Road





The Barefoot Book of Princesses

Paperback w/CD




Elephant Dance





The Sun in Me





Grandmothers’ Stories

Paperback w/CD




A Calendar of Festivals





Tenzin’s Deer





Barefoot Book of Blessings





We’re Sailing Down the Nile





June Giveaway ~ WINNER!

And the winner for the June Giveaway is….drum roll please…


To the winner: Please respond to the email that was sent to you within 72 hours to claim your prize.

To all of you who participated in this giveaway:  Thank you so much for your time and effort.


Please stay tuned for the JULY GIVEAWAY

June Giveaway!!!!




If you would like to win a copy of this book, please leave me a COMMENT on this post, stating which of the books that I have reviewed is the best. Include a valid email address so I can contact you if you win. The deadline for the entry is July 11th. The winner will be announced on July 15th!

If you are a blogger and would like to share this contest on your blog please feel free to share this.

Thank you!

I will be doing a series of giveaways throughout the year.  Please leave me a message if you would like me to sponsor a giveaway in your blog. Email: barefootbooks101@yahoo.com