Monday, November 20, 2006

Greek Gift Guide... for the Paidakia

While Narnia may have been hot last Christmas, I propose that this year's delight will actually be "Loukoumi"... and this little lamb has nothing but important lessons to share.

"Loukoumi", and the follow-up "Growing Up with Loukoumi", chronicle universal life-lessons learned by Loukoumi, the cute little lamb and the friends she makes along the way, including Fistiki the cat, Marika the monkey, Dean the dog and Gus the bear. While the Greek-theme is certainly evident (Loukoumi ponders her most important questions under the olive tree after all!), the emphasis placed on goals, hard-work, friends and listening to elders are quintessential lessons for every child.

The books themselves are playfully illustrated and "Growing Up with Loukoumi" is even accompanied by a narrated CD version featuring Alexis Christoforous, Olympia Dukakis, Frank Dicopoulos, Gloria Gaynor and Constantine Maroulis. There is even a Greek version of the first book, which Anna Vissi is slated to narrate in the near future. But all of those famous voices are not the best part... you can also get a plush version of Loukoumi for your favorite mikro or mikroula! (This last part was the big hit for me... soooo soft!)

And by the way, I am not the only fan... I hear that CSI:NY star Melina Kanakaredes was one of Loukoumi's first fans!

Click here to find out more about Loukoumi, the ongoing book tour and how to place your order. Transactions are conducted via PayPal and shipping takes about a week (although I would allow plenty of time to allow for the holiday rush).

P.S. Don't be shy.... please share your thoughts and experiences with Loukoumi.

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