Tuesday, August 28, 2012

"Chestnut" by Constance W. McGeorge and illustrated by Mary White: Review & Giveaway


ISBN  9781561453214
$16.95 Peachtree Publishers
Sit down with your favorite child age 3 to 8 and just look at Chestnut the horse on the cover of "Chestnut" the book.  He looks work-weary but gentle and he has a delightful tousled white mane. Now open the book and meet "Chestnut."

Our story begins with Chestnut ready to take Mr. Decker on his delivery rounds early in the morning.  And today is a special day - the birthday of the mayor's daughter, Jenny.  Much needs to be delivered to make Jenny's day special.

But alas, Mr. Decker is work-weary, too, and he falls asleep.  No amount of whinnies or stomping of hoofs wakes Mr. Decker, so Chestnut sets out on his own to make the deliveries. Author Constance W. McGeorge weaves a delightful story that is detailed yet simple and understandable for the young child to grasp.

The lovely watercolors by Mary Whyte are soft, detailed with each two-page spread opening up the 19th century scenes of a pleasant, easy-going seacoast town. 

Published in 2004 the book has a timeless appeal to capture the attention and delight of a young audience.

GIVEAWAY:  Peachtree Publishers has graciously provided a copy "Chestnut" for one of chat With Vera's readers.  Let's make it simple for you.  Giveaway BEGINS August 28 and ENDS 9/12/12 at 8:00 p.m. EDT (just after you've put the kiddies to bed).

Mandatory entry:  Tell me if you've ever seen a horse pull a wagon.  If so, where?  Leave an entry comment with your email so you an be contacted.  (Be sure you make your email address unreadable  by the crawlers by changing it to something like myname at [yahoo]dot[com].
Extra entry: What child would you read this to?  At home? At their house? In a school?  Leave an entry comment with your email so you an be contacted.  (Be sure you make your email address unreadable  by the crawlers by changing it to something like myname at [yahoo]dot[com].
Extra entry (may do daily):   Tweet using the button at the end of the post.  Include @GG_Survey @PeachtreePub.  Leave an entry comment with your email so you an be contacted.  (Be sure you make your email address unreadable  by the crawlers by changing it to something like myname at [yahoo]dot[com].

DISCLOSURE:  I was provided a complimentary copy of "Chestnut" by Peachtree-Online.com in exchange for my honest opinion and review.  The giveaway copy is also provided by Peachtree-online.com and will be shipped directly to the winner. 

88 comments:

  1. I've seen a horse pull a wagon on a ranch.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  2. If I won, I'd read this to the children in our family at home.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  3. I have seen a horse pull a wagon, granted they were miniature horses out for their daily exercise (pulling a wagon with their owner in it). This was in CO down the street we lived on at the time.

    ladettek[at]gmail[dot]com

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  4. I would read this book to my youngest daughter who just started Kindergarten this year and to the little boy I watch during the week.

    ladettek[at]gmail[dot]com

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  5. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/ladettek/status/240770236138266624

    ladettek[at]gmail[dot]com

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  6. I've seen my mom's horse pull a wagon!

    vbytnar{at]gmail[dot}com

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  7. I would read this book to my 3 kids.

    vbytnar[at]gmail[dot]com

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  8. Our family acutally went on a horse drawn wagon ride in the mountains here in Colorado. Kids LOVED it! Such a break from driving in crazy traffic!

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  9. I would read this to my kiddos at night. My 6 year old is really learning to read now and loves horses. This would be a great book for her.
    mandyandcameron(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  10. I have seen a horse pull a wagon - at Knott's Berry Farm

    ReggieM1961 at gmail dot com

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  11. Actually I would have my 5 year old niece try to read the book and help her along the way she lives with me

    ReggieM1961 at gmail dot com

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  12. I've seen a horse pull a wagon around Christmastime. A small town was having wagon rides at night.

    Snowflake Day Play at gmail dot com

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  13. We see horses pull wagons around here from time to time. I live in the country. And we of course see them pull wagons in the parades. :)

    tara.the.equestrian at gmail dot com

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  14. tweeted!
    https://twitter.com/th7272/status/243710482165415936

    tara.the.equestrian at gmail dot com

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  15. I would read it to my daughters - we are horse people around here!

    tara.the.equestrian at gmail dot com

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  16. Yes I've seen a horse pulling a wagon at the pumpkin farm.

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  17. I'd read this to my friend's daughter at her house.

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  18. I have seen a horse pull a wagon we lived out in the country they were on the road all the time

    sethandtjay(at)yahoo (dot)com

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  19. If I won I would read it to my son.

    sethandtjay(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  20. I have actually been in a wagon pulled by a horse. My friends dad has an old covered wagon type thing and we have been on many rides, it is so fun.

    emsfsemsfs at gmail dot com

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  21. I would read this to my two kiddos.

    emsfsemsfs at gmail dot com

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  22. I have seen a horse pull a wagon in a parade :) char.groups(at) gmail(dot)com

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  23. I would read to my children at home :)
    char.groups(at) gmail(dot)com

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  24. Tweet 09/10 https://twitter.com/CAMomOfTwo/status/245215094563278848 char.groups(at)gmail(dot)com

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  25. I have, it's pretty common because there are a few amish communities near where I live.

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  26. Oops I forgot my email! jenspht at gmail dot com

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  27. I have seen a house pull a wagon just recently in a parade in our town for the rodeo.
    Krista
    bookreviewclubblog@aol.com
    US

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  28. I've seen horses pull lots of wagons. I live in rural OH. We have lots of Amish here. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

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  29. I would read this to Mia and Connor when they come to visit. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

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  30. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/kdonelson/status/245376874526670848

    kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

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  31. no i have not
    gkuroda(at)gmail(d0t)com

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  32. I have never seen a horse pull a wagon!
    cassandraashleym(AT)yahoo(Dot)com

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  33. I would read this to my nephew!
    cassandraashleym(AT)yahoo(Dot)com

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  34. I've seen horses pull wagons at Mardi Gras ( live near Mobile, AL) and in Indiana, visiting with family. (The Amish) Last year, two of my daughters and I got to ride in the Budweiser wagon pulled by Clydesdales!!!
    robertachorn(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  35. I have Amish neighbors so I see it every day :)
    Nichole2577 at aol dot com

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  36. I would read this to both of my children at home. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  37. I've seen the horses that pull carriages in Central Park.
    pabav (at) aol (dot) com

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  38. I'd read this to my daughter at home
    pabav(at)aol(dot)com

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  39. We see horsed pull wagons and carriages all the time because we live near farms and there are a large number of Amish in our area.

    ayed2016(at)aol(dot)com

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  40. I would read this to my 7 year old daughter at home. We read together all the time, but especially at bedtime.

    ayed2016(at)aol(dot)com

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  41. I've seen horses pull wagons near lancaster PA
    kellywcuATyahooDOTcom

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  42. I have not seen a farm horse pulling a wagon.
    mommysap@gmail.com

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  43. I would read this to/with my 3 year old and my 5 year old. We are home schooling and my daughter has a love of reading.
    mommysap@gmail.com

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  44. I have seen a horse pulling a wagon at a dude ranch.
    Jennifer M.
    Lindtastic@yahoo.com

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  45. I would read this to my two year old for story time.
    Jennifer M.
    Lindtastic (at)yahoo(dot)com

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  46. I see horses pull wagons all the time. I live in the south and they always have rides down main street for this.
    amcintosh74@yahoo.com
    amy mcintosh

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  47. I would read this to all of my kids ages 15 to 4!
    amcintosh74ATyahooDOTcom
    amy mcintosh

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  48. I just tweeted this. https://twitter.com/amcintosh74/status/245814257948717056
    twitter name @amcinotsh74
    amcintosh74ATyahooDOTcom
    amy mcintosh

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  49. In a parade, I have seen a horse pull a wagon

    cw_white_63628 (at) yahoo.com

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  50. I have seen a horse pull a wagon in many festivals and parades.

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  51. My daughter would love to read this at home and probably in the car on the way to school! taam(at)gmail(dot)com

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  52. I have seen a horse pull a carriage on the streets of Salt Lake
    hrddiana556@gmail.com

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  53. I would read it to my granddaughters when they come to visit
    hrddiana556@gmail.com

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  54. I'm from ky see horse pulling wagon all the email timwife(at)live(dot)com

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  55. I have seen a horse pull a wagon many times as a child on our family farm. Thanks for the chance.
    :)Jeanne B.T.
    jeannebates_t@yahoo.com

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  56. I would read this book with my niece at my home. I help her with reading daily. Thanks for the chance.
    :)Jeanne B.T.
    jeannebates_t@yahoo.com

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  57. I tweeted https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?original_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fchatwithvera.blogspot.com%2F2012%2F08%2Fchestnut-by-constance-w-mcgeorge-and.html&text=Chat+with+Vera%3A+%22Chestnut%22+by+Constance+W.+McGeorge+and+illustrate...&url=http%3A%2F%2Fchatwithvera.blogspot.com%2F2012%2F08%2Fchestnut-by-constance-w-mcgeorge-and.html%3Fspref%3Dtw

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  58. I would read this book to my 5 children under 10 they would love it!!! Thanks
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  59. Tweeted about giveaway - https://twitter.com/jeanneandbuster/status/245931035286700032
    :)Jeanne B.T.
    jeannebates_t@yahoo.com

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  60. i have seen a horse pull a wagon in a parade brfore
    jenniferwinchester@ymail.com

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  61. i would read this to my son and daughter
    jenniferwinchester@ymail.com

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  62. I have not seen a horse pulling a wagon.

    jenny_anwar at yahoo.com

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  63. I would read this to my son and daughter at home.

    jenny_anwar at yahoo.com

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  64. https://twitter.com/jenny_anwar/status/245962077234135042

    jenny_anwar at yahoo.com

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  65. Oh, we are surrounded by farms. Some of them have carriage rides.

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  66. I've never seen a horse pulling a wagon before

    mama2kaylabug at gmail dot com

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  67. I would read this to all of my kids, ages 2, 7 and 9. But My 9 year old is into horses big time and I know she would enjoy this book. We would read it at home

    mama2kaylabug at gmail dot com

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  68. tweet
    https://twitter.com/mama2kaylabug/status/245978650581815297

    mama2kaylabug at gmail dot com

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  69. Dolly wood stampede in seveir tn email noe.angela@yahoo.com

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  70. yes! My grandparents had a farm when I was a kid!
    onecheaplady@yahoo.com

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  71. i would have my daughter read to me

    aproudmomof6[at]gmail[dot]com

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  72. https://twitter.com/Aproudmomof6/status/245993766849216512

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  73. I have never seen a horse pull a wagon. I have seen them pull a carriage in the streets of the Old MArket in Omaha, Ne.

    ronaleeduncan{at}aol{dot}com

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  74. https://twitter.com/RonaleeAKArose/status/246003445620936704

    tweeted @RonaleeAKArose

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  75. I would read this to my grandson when he visited my home.

    ronaleeduncan{at}aol{dot}com

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  76. No, I don't think I've ever seen a horse pull a wagon....I've been pulled by a tractor at haunted houses and while berry picking at a farm, but never by a horse! jenniferpeaslee at gmail dot com

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  77. Yes, I have seen this before in Southport, NC during a festival. Also, in Fayetteville, NC and Charlotte, NC. Also...on farms.

    dandelionclover459@yahoo.com

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  78. I would give this book to my youngest daughter who absolutely LOVES horses.

    dandelionclover459@yahoo.com

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  79. Of course I've seena horse pulling a wagon : ). We have horse pulls here every summer and at least once or twice someone will ride by with their horses pulling a wagon. Laceysvette@hotmail.com

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  80. I would read this with my 2 1/2 year old. She loves horses!

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  81. Ive seen a horse pull a wagon in a Parade

    Kristaleigh1010 at Hotmail dot com

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  82. Yes, I've seen a horse drawn wagon a few times --they had a wagon train go through our town one year of people crossing the country in horse-drawn wagons. It was pretty cool. Also, at the Dakota county fair (MN) they have a village with authentic buildings that have been moved there from around Minnesota and they use horse and buggy there too. Also, there is a place near Hastings, MN that has moved buildings (log house, one room school, mill, brothel, blacksmith shop, old spiral bridge, etc.) and they too have horse and buggies to give people rides around the grounds. It's pretty amazing to transform back in time like that. Especially for the little ones.
    maxine_rose@hotmail.com

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  83. yes, in amish country or when they do hey rides during halloween :)

    jakellcth@msn.com

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  84. I rode on a carriage ride when I was in Estes Park Colorado. Thank you

    candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

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  85. I would give this to a family friend who is moving in a few months. Thank you

    candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

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