Monday, September 26, 2016

Montana Book & Toy Co.
331 N. Last Chance Gulch           Helena, Montana  59601
406-443-0260     Toll Free: 1-877-844-0577

Store Hours

Mon. - Fri.: 9:30am-6:00pm
Sat: 9:30am-5:00pm

Our Dearest Friend Jan

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On the afternoon of July 12, 2015, Jan Peccia died of cancer at St. Peter’s Hospital in Helena, Montana. She was surrounded by family and loved ones. Jan was 48 years old.

In 1997, Jan purchased The Montana Book and Toy Co. with her sister-in-law and best friend, Didi Augustine Peccia. The bookstore remains an anchor in downtown Helena for readers and writers of all levels and ages. Jan brought her warmth, her keen literary sense, and her commitment to the Helena community, to all facets of the business. With Didi she participated in a store book club, hosted readings by local and visiting authors, and co-sponsored many charitable events. She was an avid reader, and loved nothing more than matching a customer with a good book.

Jan embarked on a second business in 2005, when—again with sister-in-law Didi—she became a real estate broker and formed Augustine Properties which specializes in residential and commercial real estate. Augustine Properties was involved in the development of Nob Hill on the south side of Helena. Jan was perfectly suited for this new position. Just as she wanted to be sure Montana Book Company customers walked out of the store with the perfect book, she worked long hours to match real estate customers to the house of their dreams. She treated each listing as an honor and an adventure.

Jan was diagnosed with melanoma in October 2013. She endured a hard year of treatment, but never lost her positive attitude or her adventurous spirit, and barely let it slow down her busy life. She continued to play an active role in her family’s life, worked at both businesses, took yoga classes, participated in her book club, gardened and always had a warm smile ready for anyone she encountered. She was declared cancer free in December 2014, and celebrated with her family and dozens of friends. Unfortunately, the cancer returned suddenly in July 2015. She spent her final days with her children, family and friends, celebrating her life.
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Books & Toys for Kids
Jack's PlaceMontana Book & Toy Co. for Kids have a wide selection of Books, Toys, Puzzles, Games, Educational Toys, and Apparel. Each toy and book is carefully selected by the staff. Let us assist you with appropriate suggestions for different ages, interests, and abilities. We are always happy to make recommendations or place special orders for any of your Toy Requests.  Please Contact us for more information or to order.
 Kid's Books
Ladybug Girl Ladybug Girl by David Soman and Jacky Davis
Lulu’s older brother says she is too little to play with him. Her mama and papa are busy too, so Lulu has to make her own fun. This is a situation for Ladybug Girl! Ladybug Girl saves ants in distress, jumps through shark-infested puddles, and even skips along the great dark twisty tree trunk—all by herself. It doesn’t matter what her brother says, Ladybug Girl is definitely not too little!
In this sweet and cheerful story by husband and wife team Jacky Davis and David Soman, one not-so-little girl discovers how to make some fun that is just her size, right in her own backyard.

EXTRA! Ladybug Girl Coloring Page
Llama Llama Red Pajama Llama, Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
In this infectious rhyming read-aloud, Baby Llama turns bedtime into an all-out llama drama! Tucked into bed by his mama, Baby Llama immediately starts worrying when she goes downstairs, and his soft whimpers turn to hollers when she doesn't come right back. But just in time, Mama returns to set things right. Children will relate to Baby Llama's need for comfort, as much as parents will appreciate Mama Llama's reassuring message.

Motherbridge of Love
Motherbridge of Love
Illustrated by Josee Masse.  This beautiful poem celebrates the bond between parent and child in a special way.  Through the exchanges between a little Chinese girl and her adoptive mother.  # 3 on TIME Magazine’s Top Ten Children’s Books, 2007.  $16.99

Infant's Books
Board books are designed to be handled by the youngest child.  Printed on sturdy cardboard paper, they endure rough handling.  Many of our favorite picture books have been abridged and made available in this format.

Goodnight Moon Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, $7.99.  This classic bedtime story, which has lulled generations of children to sleep, is the perfect first book to share with a child.
Dinosaur Roar Dinosaur ROAR! by Paul & Henrietta Stickland, $7.99.  Dinosaurs of all shapes, sizes, Staff's Pickand types thunder through this rhyming book of opposites.  A favorite of our staff and children!
Good Night Gorilla Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rothman, $7.99.  Join the zookeeper as he says "goodnight" to all his animal friends, including a little gorilla that doesn't like to be alone at night.
We have only highlighted a few of the
Montana Book Company favorites.
Please contact us for more information or wonderful suggestions.
We at the Montana Book Company are always happy to go the extra mile to research your questions. 

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