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Monday, May 9, 2011

do you book it?

We watch netflix a little too frequently (hey, we get our money's worth!) and I always notice the Land Before Time series when flipping through the children and family sections.  I've never turned one on for my kids because I remember the first movie being really sad, for one, and also because I'm one of those weirdo-take-the-Bible-literally freaks who thinks that the world is a little younger than scientists typically claim.  Maybe I should prescreen the series at some point, but I rarely have tv time anyway, so why would I want to spend it watching a kids' flick?  But, I digress.

The Land Before Time.  I can remember when the first movie came out, though I do not recall my age.  According to IMDb, I was six-ish.  I'll take it.  However, though I remember watching the movie and having panic attacks about what would happen if my mom ever died divorce will do that to ya..., I mainly remember the movie promotions.  The Pizza Hut movie promotions, to be exact.

When I was six years old, we would go to the neighborhood Pizza Hut and relax in one of their comfy red pleather-ette booths.  My step-dad would invariably talk about "when I was the manager of Pizza Hut..." and my mother would smoke.  Because, you know, you could smoke in restaurants in those days.  I'm glad my kids will never remember that.  But, I would lean back and stare at the dinosaurs floating above my head.


They had all the main characters.  Ducky, and Rooter, and Littlefoot.  Cera and Petrie, too.  Petrie was the coolest, I thought, because he actually belonged up in the ceiling.  He could really fly, you know.  The puppets were made of a flexible rubber or vinyl.  They were painted and had the year stamped across their butts.  And, the inside smelled funny.  Don't ask me how I know.

Each month, during their promotion, we would venture out to Pizza Hut to redeem my Book It! coupon.  I would take along my big purple button and receive my good-for-you! sticker.  Each time, I got a personal pan pizza with pepperoni.  My parents didn't give me a choice.  If they had, I would have picked sausage.  Maybe that's why I'm a sausage fiend now.  And, each time, I would receive one of those floating puppets.  In my childlike mind, they hung there like pinatas, ready for the taking.  Eventually, I had the complete collection. 


While Pizza Hut no longer offers The Land Before Time puppets, they do continue to support reading through the Book It program.  It has changed slightly.  There are no more big purple buttons, though I do hope they come back for Book It's 25th anniversary, wouldn't that be awesome? and I can't remember what the kids receive.  Alex's school didn't participate past second grade, for some goofy reason.  Why wouldn't they encourage kids to read? 


Anyway, now that we are homeschooling, I have enrolled Alex in the Book It program for the 2011-2012 school year.  Our materials will arrive in the fall and we'll get started right away.  I love reading incentives!

Do you want to participate, too?  If you're a homeschooling family, you can go here to sign up.  Hey, even if you don't homeschool, but your school doesn't participate, I'd sign up.  The program is just that good. 


  1. I totally did Book-It and had all of those puppets! My brother loved that movie and was never a big reader, so he would trade me toothfairy money for my Land Before Time Puppets!

  2. My kids also did Book-It, and as a teacher I had all different grade levels participate...it does involve lots of signing of slips of paper each month;) Anything to encourage reading!! I am following from the Tuesday Hop...please visit at childhoodmyths.net

  3. My kids did Book-It. I had completely forgotten about it until I saw the big purple button. It's a great program.

  4. Great blog post. I'm not homeschooling but very interested in incorporating some homeschool concepts into our extracurricular work. Found you on a blog hop. I'm your newest follower.

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  5. The kids loved it all. all funny. they would love to play and learn. that will definitely keep them excited


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