Loukoumi’s Good Deeds, by Nick Katsoris (IN ENGLISH)
CD narrated by Jennifer Aniston and others...
Jennifer Aniston and her father John Aniston narrate this, their third book in an illustrated children’s series, with proceeds to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®
Loukoumi, the fluffy, cuddly lamb, returns this spring with Loukoumi’s Good Deeds (Dream Day Press/NK Publications; April 1, 2009; $15.95), the third title in the award winning series of illustrated books by Nick Katsoris for children 4-8. Featuring a bonus CD narrated by Jennifer Aniston and her father Days of Our Lives star John Aniston, the new book follows Loukoumi through her day as she discovers how easy it is to make other people happy by doing something nice. The CD also contains an original song by Grammy award winning legend Gloria Gaynor titled “Make Someone Smile.”
Loukoumi’s Good Deeds, by Nick Katsoris, continues the adventures of Loukoumi and her friends Gus the Bear, Fistiki the Cat, Dean the Dog and Marika the Monkey. Whether it’s cleaning the house, lending a helping hand or showing your grandparents how much you love them, kids will find that each good deed is unique in its own special way and can make a huge difference in the lives of those around them.
In addition to the Anistons, the CD also features the character voices of Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis, Gloria Gaynor (Grammy winner for “I Will Survive,”), American Idol’s Constantine Maroulis, Guiding Light star Frank Dicopoulos and CBS News anchor Alexis Christoforous as the voice of Loukoumi.
The CD features a bonus story, Loukoumi’s Gift, narrated by John Aniston, in which Jennifer voices the part of Daisy the Giraffe, who teaches Loukoumi that a gift needs not cost a lot of money, but instead can come straight from the heart. Track 3 on the CD is a new version of the previous Loukoumi title, Growing up with Loukoumi, also narrated by Jennifer Aniston. The track includes the voices of the three winners of the national Growing up with Loukoumi Dream Day contest. Each winning kid received the chance to spend a day in their dream career, which included witnessing a Mars landing from NASA, playing soccer with the New York Red Bulls, cooking on CBS News with chef Tony Tantillo and meeting with TV chef Rachael Ray.
The second annual Loukoumi Dream Day contest is also set to coincide with the release of Loukoumi’s Good Deeds. This contest is based on the award-winning children's book and celebrity narrated CD, Growing Up With Loukoumi, which teaches kids they can be anything when they grow up if they believe in themselves. Children can enter the contest by drawing a picture of themselves in their future dream career accompanied by the statement: "I Want to be a ______ because..." Dream Day events will take place at libraries, schools, and bookstores nationwide from April 1 through December 31, with the top winners living their dream career for a day.
Every time a child reads Loukoumi’s Good Deeds they too will be performing a good deed. $2.00 from the sale of each book will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization.
Previous titles in the iParenting Media Award winning series by Nick Katsoris include Loukoumi and Growing Up with Loukoumi.
NICK KATSORIS is a New York attorney and since 1995 has served as General Counsel of the Red Apple Group. A graduate of Fordham Law School, he is also President of the Hellenic Times Scholarship Fund. Nick lives in Westchester County, New York with his wife, Voula, a real estate lawyer, and their children, Dean & Julia.
Recommended for Ages 4-8