Taking a Personalized Book to a Whole New Level

by Jennifer Donovan

The First Adventures of Incredible You is unique on many levels. The colors and drawings are so bright and vivid, and they showcase a story that is sweet and poignant. The personalization truly goes a step further, allowing parents to answer fifteen questions and include details about the name of the child’s hometown zoo, a favorite dish made by a favorite person, the sports team for which they will cheer and more.

The book was written in order to be equally applicable to children born into a family or who have joined by adoption. I think that this would be a wonderful welcome gift for a new baby or for an older adopted child (or for the parent), as a reminder of the sweet promise of everything that a family will do together.


This seems like one of those books that might be geared a bit more to parents than children. Children will love seeing their name and seeing the special details included, but as I said earlier, I think that as a parent of a newborn, or for a baby’s first Christmas, I would have been so touched to imagine what the future holds for the new addition to our family.

One lucky reader will win a book (for yourself, or start gearing up for Christmas and order one for someone special). In order to win, please click over to the website, and tell me how you would answer personalized question 13. We will post a winner on Friday, November 2.

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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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{ 77 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Laura October 27, 2007 at 6:54 pm

What a fun book! I got one for my 1 year old for his first birthday. I hope he treasures is for years to come!

I’d love to win one for my 2 year old.

Mom granola


2 Loraine October 27, 2007 at 7:18 pm

What an amazing book. I would love to win one for my daughter for Christmas. It would be so special. I sure hope I win… if not I might order one anyway:)
#13 – “Oma’s Peach Cake will be such a treat!”


3 Pam October 27, 2007 at 8:05 pm

This would be awesome!!

#13 would be-
Aunt Amy’s Chocolate Chip Cookies will be such a treat!


4 Sarah October 27, 2007 at 8:14 pm

Dad, waffles


5 Amy R. October 27, 2007 at 8:19 pm

Answer to #13: Grandma O’s applesauce will be such a treat!


6 Krista October 27, 2007 at 8:24 pm

Grandma’s kuchen! Yummy stuff!


7 Sara K October 27, 2007 at 8:50 pm

Nana, kugel


8 Andrea October 27, 2007 at 8:54 pm

Mom’s lasagna!


9 Hyperactive Lu October 27, 2007 at 9:03 pm

My husband’s grandmother, Granny, makes turkey dressing every time the family gets together. The family absolutely loves this stuff! I’ve never seen people eat this much dressing! :)


10 Richelle F October 27, 2007 at 9:11 pm

Grandma’s Cookies


11 Keara October 27, 2007 at 9:12 pm

Oh I would love this!

We love Grandpa’s special burgers!


12 Amanda October 27, 2007 at 9:18 pm



13 Sara October 27, 2007 at 9:33 pm

I would have to say.. Papi’s Chilaquiles (or maybe I’d say Mami’s Sweet Potato Casserole – I guess it depends on if our girl turns out with a sweet or savory tooth!)


14 TheAngelForever October 27, 2007 at 9:56 pm

#13 – Nana’s matzah ball soup will be such a treat!

I always loved these types of books when I was a child. I would love to continue the tradition with my boys.


15 Laura H. October 27, 2007 at 10:05 pm

Mom’s Yakisoba!


16 Jessica October 27, 2007 at 10:12 pm

Ok, this is totally sad, but I’m going to say McDonald’s Nuggets


17 Kimbrah October 27, 2007 at 10:19 pm

Mommy’s Pumpkin Muffins will be such a treat!


18 jessica October 27, 2007 at 10:50 pm

Nannie’s Enchiladas

This is a great idea for Christmas!


19 Taowyn October 27, 2007 at 11:24 pm

It would have to be mom’s cabbage wrapped pork. Yum.


20 Kailani October 27, 2007 at 11:24 pm

Mom, brownies

hee hee


21 jenna October 27, 2007 at 11:32 pm

Mom’s spaghetti! Great contest and great giveaway, as usual.


22 Amy October 28, 2007 at 12:01 am

Mom pizza


23 Stephanie October 28, 2007 at 12:31 am

Grandma’s homemade dounts!


24 @nnaliza October 28, 2007 at 12:52 am

Aunt Evelyn’s Flan would be such a treat!!


25 Margo October 28, 2007 at 2:29 am

If you guys like this book, you should check out http://www.flattenme.com. It’s less about buying for the parents and totally about buying for your child. They take your child’s photo and name and then transform him or her into a fairy, a pirate, etc. They’ve won a bunch of awards.


26 Piseco October 28, 2007 at 8:14 am

Mama’s noodles…


27 dawn F October 28, 2007 at 8:32 am

Dad’s norwegian waffles would be such a treat.
These waffles (made with a hint of cardamom are the house delight)


28 Sandy Rushing October 28, 2007 at 8:45 am

What a wonderful book. Would love to win one also.
Answer to # 13 – Granny, dumplings.


29 Courtney October 28, 2007 at 9:24 am

My answer would be Grandma’s chocolate oatmeal peanut butter cookies


30 Tracey October 28, 2007 at 10:20 am

Nonna’s cookies


31 Mama Zen October 28, 2007 at 10:22 am

Grannie’s strawberries!


32 Kim October 28, 2007 at 1:48 pm

Sister’s Corn Casserole


33 TRACY HEYER October 28, 2007 at 4:10 pm

Tracy’s Cookies This would be great to get!


34 Janine October 28, 2007 at 4:13 pm

#13: Grandma Reed’s wacky cake


35 Elizabeth October 28, 2007 at 4:42 pm

Grandma May cream-cheese cheese cake

I hope we win!


36 Lisa O October 28, 2007 at 5:50 pm

Mom’s sugar cookies with pink frosting would be such a treat.


37 Bev October 28, 2007 at 6:02 pm

Mom Mac n’ Cheese is my answer to question #13


38 SarahHub October 28, 2007 at 6:25 pm

This is so cute! Please enter me!

Grandma yummy bean burritos


39 Debbie October 28, 2007 at 8:53 pm

my answer to the question would be
my mother, turkey dressing !!!!!!
yummy !!!


40 Jill October 28, 2007 at 9:00 pm

Coco’s cookies. My daughter’s favorite.


41 Jessica T October 28, 2007 at 9:00 pm

Pappy’s shrimp


42 betty rood - October 28, 2007 at 9:55 pm

happy halloween and thank you for this cute contest..the book looks wonderful for kids and nannies alike! :)
Grandma’s red velvet cake! ;)

mentioned in contest roll on blog as well here.

NannaBees life & contest roll


43 Michelle Pendergrass October 28, 2007 at 10:10 pm

Great Aunt Mary Skiba made the best butter cookies ever!


44 Susan October 28, 2007 at 10:22 pm

Mommy’s chocolate chip cookies


45 America October 28, 2007 at 11:41 pm

My Daddy and his own version of IHOP’s Pancakes.


46 emily October 29, 2007 at 7:14 am

Grandma’s chicken dumplings.


47 Mary B. October 29, 2007 at 8:51 am

Absolutely Aunt Karin & Aunt Mary’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls!


48 FeeFiFoto October 29, 2007 at 12:28 pm

I’m getting hungry

Mawmaw’s usual chicken


49 JewelsHud October 29, 2007 at 2:08 pm

Really cute!

I’d fill it in with Nonni’s potato casserole!


50 Melanie October 29, 2007 at 3:33 pm

Mama’s Magic Milkshakes

this is neat. :D


51 Christy October 30, 2007 at 4:08 am

Shirl nacho surprise
what a great book!


52 Caryn October 30, 2007 at 4:14 am

Kristin Spinach-Artichoke Dip


53 Allison October 30, 2007 at 8:43 am

What a great idea for our son’s first Christmas!

#13: Grandmama’s Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole


54 Jenny October 30, 2007 at 9:39 am

What a great book! I’d love to get this for my niece, and I would fill it out like this:
“Mom’s Pumpkin Roll”


55 Noralee October 30, 2007 at 2:57 pm

Nana’s Chocolate Chip Cookies


56 Julie Sivley October 30, 2007 at 9:34 pm

These books are so fun! Love ‘em!


57 Pamela Kramer October 31, 2007 at 1:17 am

Nana’s pancakes!
All my kids love her pancakes.


58 JC October 31, 2007 at 10:14 am

Daddy’s brownie ice cream cake!


59 Michelle October 31, 2007 at 11:32 am

So cute!

“Grandma’s carmels!”


60 VLK October 31, 2007 at 6:56 pm

Aunt Cat’s Christmas Cookies!


61 Mary_Freebies October 31, 2007 at 7:09 pm

Faty’s pizza will be such a treat!


62 Leanna October 31, 2007 at 7:30 pm

Aunt Sandra’s Chicken and Dumplings


63 Ron Miller November 1, 2007 at 8:34 am

Aunt Linda’s Broccoli Casserole!


64 Karen Matlock November 1, 2007 at 9:07 am

Aunt Kathy’s clam dip!


65 Kathy Conley November 1, 2007 at 10:42 am

Mom dirt cake


66 Pamela White November 1, 2007 at 7:13 pm

Question 13 answer mom, rosemary chicken


67 Crissy Hensley November 1, 2007 at 8:08 pm

Just in time for Christmas.


68 Nina November 1, 2007 at 9:28 pm

My grand daughter would love this!! Thanks.

Nana’s spaghetti


69 Melissa November 2, 2007 at 12:24 am

Granny Chili

Too cute!


70 Stephanne M November 2, 2007 at 11:35 am

Grandma’s strawberry shortcake

So cute!


71 kathy pease November 2, 2007 at 11:43 am

good luck 2all :)


72 doree w November 2, 2007 at 1:43 pm

Answer to #13 – purple grandma; apple pie


73 Heather C November 2, 2007 at 11:50 pm

Q13 – Wendy’s Super Chunky Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Mounds


74 gift_finder November 7, 2007 at 12:01 am

If you didn’t win the contest and want to order your own book, be sure to use code JENNIFER to receive free shipping!


75 gift_finder November 7, 2007 at 12:03 am

FYI, the code above for free shipping should be all lowercase, jennifer, sorry for any confusion! Enjoy the book!


76 Jamma November 16, 2007 at 12:12 am

Have you also seen the books from Starrytime Keepsakes (www.starrytime.com)? They look SO cute and touching, and you can buy blankets too. Would be a great First Christmas gift. Looks like there are lots of awards and reviews from celebrities as well. Anyone have one?


77 Ginny November 21, 2007 at 8:20 pm

Hope I win :-)


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