You can win your child a personalised storybook from www.lostmy.name
This is brand new family initiative brought to you by three enthusiastic and creative fathers. Their dream was to take the idea of a personalised book, and do it better than ever before.
There are stories for both boys and girls. Over 150 fabulous illustrations have been created to make it possible to make stories for children of any name with The Little Boy Who Lost His Name and The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name books.
All you need to do to enter is tell us an animal that starts with the same letter as your first initial. You can tell us why you’ve chosen it or what characteristics you share with it if you like.
One lucky winner will be chosen and then be able to order a personalised book for their little treasure to celebrate their name forever.
WHAT THE PARENT THOUGHT
My boy, now 8-years-old, got some personalised books when he was much younger. I think they were presents from friends, possibly for his Christening. I can remember reading them and thinking they were a little ‘forced’ and it was obvious that they were personalised books.
You know, when you’re reading and it’s clear that there is a generic story, and they’ve just stuck a name in the same place they do for everyone else, not very personal at all actually.
So when we got examples of these books from www.lostmy.name I was a little sceptical, and feared getting the same. But I must say I could pick a few faults with them, that they are most definitely personal and something I think any child – or parent – would cherish.
They are centred upon a child waking one day and losing their name. They then go on an adventure to see if they can find it again, and a series of chance meetings with wonderfully illustrated animals sees them all contributing to reveal the child’s name once more.
As the story is dictated by your child’s name, there’s a real authentic feel to the personalisation of these books. Each story will be different, some will share the same illustrations, but probably not in the same order, so the books do feel unique to the recipient.
The illustrations are warm and fun and the layout of the text compliments them beautifully.
Most of the story rhymes, and I’d say it does then feel a tiny bit odd when you read parts that don’t. But this doesn’t detract from these being the best personalised children’s books I’ve laid my hands on.
WHAT THE TEACHER THOUGHT
Helen is an early years foundation stage leader. She’s responsible for the education of over 150 three to six-year-olds. Helen has over a decade’s experience in early years learning, and this is what she thinks of the www.lostmy.name books
"Not only are these books an excellent learning aid for a child, they are also a very good way of celebrating a child’s name and making them feel special.”
“These are books that would suit three to five-year-olds, but you’d keep them forever. I’m sure if someone had bought me one as a child, I’d still be occasionally reading it now, in my thirties!”
“The illustrations are fun and engaging, and if I was reading one of these books to a group I would encourage them to use magnetic letters or start building the name the book was illustrating as we were reading through it.”
"There are a few things I’d add to the books if I could, like if the child’s name could eventually be spelled out via all the beautifully illustrated letters the child had collected, that would make the books even better and the focus on the child’s name greater.”
“The story is very strong, and for that reason I think the text has no need to rhyme, and when it then doesn’t in parts it could leave a reader losing their flow and double-checking they'd read them correctly.”
For your chance to win a book from www.lostmy.name tell us an animal that starts with the same letter as your first initial. You can even tell us why you’ve chosen it or what characteristics you share with it if you like.