Book Giveaway! – “Zeke, Ky and the Mountain Stream” (Gwynneth Beasley)

By , July 21, 2010 1:26 pm

One of the really fun things about blogging is all the people you “meet.”  Recently a former Unplugged Project participant, blogger and now published author Gwynneth Beasley (hooray Gwynneth – congrats!!) contacted me to see if I would be interested in hosting a giveaway of one of her books.  When she mentioned that it was about the very unplugged activity of camping (unless you are in a 40 foot RV with satellite TV of course, LOL) I was definitely sold.

One night at dinner Zeke announced, ‘I have made a decision everybody.  We are going camping this weekend and no one is bringing the computer, the phone, their mobile, the TV or the DVD.’

quote from p.1, Zeke, Ky, and the Mountain Stream

Yes, Zeke, Ky and the Mountain Stream is perfect for an Unplug Your Kids review and giveaway!

Gwynneth kindly sent me two copies all the way from Australia, one for my family to read, and the other to give away to an Unplug Your Kids reader.

I wasn’t able to show the book to my children right away since they were camping for a few days with their father.  A happy coincidence I thought!  When the kids returned from a fun camping adventure of their own, they were ripe to read the tale of Zeke and Ky’s camping trip.  They all enjoyed the book and I found them picking it up and rereading it on their own later, even my older children.

Zeke, Ky and the Mountain Stream has a large, easy to read font and the vocabulary is fairly basic which would make it a good choice for younger readers who are just transitioning to “chapter books.”  Each page contains just a few sentences of text and a simple photo illustration.  The book length (18 pages) is also great for younger children with short attention spans.  It would make a wonderful read-aloud book too and could inspire lots of conversations about camping, nature, the power of positive thinking, and the value of unplugging once in a while!


  • To enter the giveaway for my free copy of Zeke, Ky, and the Mountain Stream, simply leave a comment with a quick summary of a favorite outdoor or camping activity that you do with your children (or grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc.).
  • For an additional chance(s) to win this book, you can subscribe to Unplug Your Kids (link is in upper right sidebar).  Just leave another comment here to let me know.
  • The giveaway ends on Wednesday, July 28th at 8:00PM PST.  I’ll select a random winner based on all entries, and announce the winner on Thursday, July 29th!
    Comments are now closed. Winner to be announced tomorrow (July 30th). Thank you all!!

35 Responses to “Book Giveaway! – “Zeke, Ky and the Mountain Stream” (Gwynneth Beasley)”

  1. Desiree Fawn says:

    What an interesting read!

    My daughter is still quite small, so we haven’t gone on any big adventures — but we do love hiking together and I take lots of photos on our longs walk.

  2. Jessica M says:

    We love camping. I love finding great new spots and we love to hike while there. We also love making smores!

  3. Christie says:

    My girls and I love to walk the beaches here in our area and look for things to craft with.

  4. Christie says:

    I believe we are already subscribed. :)

  5. Kim L says:

    We also love camping, but one of my favourite things we have done lately was to catch the train into town, then the ferry over to the beach. We spent the day there playing outside and had a picnic. The journey was half the fun for my boys. Later that week we made a little home made book about it (laminated pages tied together) with photos from the day. The boys absolutely loved it!
    I subscribe also :)

  6. Kerry M says:

    I love hiking with my 3kids or just being in our back yard and discovering the different creatures we co-inhabit with. See one of creatures, with my youngest, on my blog. For our current project we have begun to collect insects (that have already died) in or around the house and put them in a divided display box after researching them. Great lesson in to Entomology.

  7. Kerry M says:

    I also subscribe…Thanks!

  8. Kerry M says:

    I now subscribe to Gwynneth Beasley’s blog too!

  9. Tricia says:

    Our favourite camping activity is cooking and eating – especially around a campfire. I love the simplicity of camping. Life becomes all about where you will sleep and what you will eat.

    I’ve just found your blog via Gwynneth’s and glad I did. We unplugged our tv a few weeks ago and its staying unplugged.

    I’m off to explore you blog :-)

  10. Andrea B. says:

    We are big campers. One of our favorite things to do is to just sit and listen. Living in a big city, we don’t get to hear the beautiful noises of nature.

  11. Patty J. says:

    We love camping.We have gone camping with our family a lot and with cub scouts too. The most fun thing to do we making banana boats. You tske bannas and cut a wedge out of the top and take it out. You put marshmellows,cand or other fun toping in the wedged area.Out the banana in foil and place by fire but not directly in the fire. Cook for 10 min or so. It is a nice nigt time treat. Careful they are hot.

  12. Kristin says:

    We just went camping for the first time last month! It was fantastic, my boys all had such a wonderful time. We spent an entire afternoon floating on a raft down a river, stopping to explore caves or beaches for swimming. It was bliss. We are already planning another trip next month!

  13. Kristin says:

    I am also a subscriber to your blog. Love it!

  14. Claire W. says:

    We are lucky enough to live close to the beach, so many outings involve bringing home sand in our toes. We love camping, but have only been twice with the whole family (three kids, 9, 7, & 4- all boys) This year we joined cub scouts and went with 12 other families. The campfire each night was awesome, the kids did funny skits between s’mores. It really brought out their creative sides. Now, I’m making a simple backyard stage for us to host impromptu talent nights with friends and neighbors. Awesome!

  15. Rebecca J. says:

    My kids love riding their bikes along the beautiful 2 mile Tennessee Valley Trail outside of Mill Valley, CA, which ends at the Pacific Ocean. After some sand & water play and a picnic lunch, we head back the way we came, soaking in the amazing views.

  16. Rebecca J. says:

    I now subscribe to Gwynneth Beasley’s blog too. Thanks.

  17. Bill Gerlach says:

    I connected with Gwynneth a few months back and love the concept behind the Zeke & Ky series. Ironic that I ran into this post as our family of five is heading out camping next week (you should also check out her recipe for Damper on a Stick, a staple of Australian camping —

    We love to explore: to hike, to swim, to go letterboxing (if one is around). We also love the quiet, simple time of being together.

    BTW — we’re a TV-free family too. I’ve written about it a bunch as well (sample: So glad to find your blog. Will subscribe now!

    Be well,

  18. Marci says:

    The boys and I like to walk in the creek behind our house and look for the little live creatures in there. Sometimes we look for good sticks to use for whittling or hiking (work on our Scout Skills!!)

  19. Marci says:

    off to subscrie to gwyneth’s blog now..

  20. Claire says:

    My little one and I haven’t yet been camping anywhere other than our backyard! We often picnic on our lawn, and recently made a bed and slept out under the stars on a beautiful clear night. It was quite magical to lay on the grass and stare at the sky together, making up stories about what we thought we saw : )

  21. tammy says:

    We just got back from a week of camping! We stayed at a State Campground this time. We haven’t stayed at a state campground in a few years. Wow, I realized how much I miss it. It’s nice staying at “resort” type campgrounds with all the extras, but the state campgrounds are HUGE sites with plenty of privacy. Plus, since their are not as many extras it makes you and your kids find activities to do. Plus, you can’t beat the price, ours was $15 a night!!! Love it. One of our favorite things to do is to cook most of our meals together on the fire or with a dutch oven or other method. This week we cooked corn bread in a box oven (lined with tin foil). The girls loved it and it came out very moist! My oldest daughter decided to see if she could make hard boiled eggs with the coals from the fire. She did and they came out great! Camping is the best and I wish we could do it more.

  22. tammy says:

    I’m a subscriber too.

  23. tammy says:

    I just signed up to gwynneth’s blog too.

  24. Kristi C says:

    My family likes to going hiking together.

  25. Sharon A says:

    We enjoy nature seeking with identification but not destruction.

  26. Kara says:

    No one would get any sleep if we took our little one camping just yet, but I’m looking forward to when we can! For now, we walk or run in the parks near our home, and once a week go hiking to meet dad on a trail run. Introducing and exploring nature is one of the best gifts you can give your child, next to reading.

  27. Mel says:

    Our favorite outdoor activities are hiking, camping, cross-country skiing, canoeing…I guess just about anything outside will do!

  28. Mel says:

    I also subscribe to Gwynneth’s blog.

  29. Holly says:

    My kids and I love to watch the stars. We like watching the stars come out at night!

  30. Shelly says:

    First timer here…saw your website in the current issue of Family fun!
    I have been “unplugging” my kids ever since my daughter started Kindergarten last year. We turn the TV off from Monday thru Friday…while they are in school. So, they look forward to some of their fav shows that I have DVR’d over the weekend…if we ever have time to turn it on!!
    For camping…every year we go to Jellystone (with Yogi Bear), and the best thing about camping for them is sleeping in the tent! They also love meeting all the new friends they meet while we’re there!

  31. Mom Unplugged says:

    You won! I’ll email you privately for your address. Congratulations!

  32. […] am a day late with announcing the winner of my book giveaway, sorry!  Yesterday I was able to spend a rare day with only my 9 year-old and it was just too much […]

  33. Mom Unplugged says:

    Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting, I hope you like my website! That’s a great way to unplug your kids (weekdays + DVR on weekends). People seem to think that “unplugging” must be all or nothing. As you have discovered, simply limiting is a really good idea and makes for excellent results. I am glad that you have found what works for your family!

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