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I’m the proud father of two voracious young readers! From very early on I was able to instill into my daughters the pleasure of reading books. They also happen to be girly girls, so while most kids ask for toys and video games for their birthdays, mine ask for books and clothes/shoes!

During third grade my oldest daughter happened to pick up “Emma’s very busy week" by Heather Dakota from her school’s library and just couldn’t put it down! I believe that throughout the entire third grade she must have borrowed this book at least 6 times! As a young kid, I remember I could read some books that I really enjoyed over and over, enjoying it every single time as if I were reading it for the first time. She must have gotten this from me. :)

So now with the Summer break fast approaching she has asked me to buy her own copy of the book. Again, I usually get all of my books from the public library but those I fall in love with, I just got to have them, so she must have gotten it from me too! I sat down in front of the computer and searched on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Borders, Books on Press, etc, but just could not find a single reference or a way to buy “Emma’s very busy week”.

So I did what everyone does when in doubt and spent some time ‘Googling’ around until I came across Heather Dakota's web site. Feeling that I had already exhausted my options, I figured I’d drop her an email and see if she could help us find a place where we could buy the book.

That same day I was pleasantly surprised to receive an email from Heather with a generous offer: she happened to have an extra copy of the book at her house and asked me if I’d mind if she sent it autographed to my daughter! Better yet, she was meeting the illustrator the very next day and said she would also get it autographed!

I profusely thanked her for the offer and decided I would not break the news to my daughter and see how  she would react when she received the package in the mail.

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Needless to say, she was in heaven when she received the package yesterday!!! The book was promptly devoured while I took my dog to training class and she’s planning to read it again today!

Thank you Heather for making my daughter’s day! I thank you from the bottom of my heart and we are all looking forward to your next book!


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