Dianne L. (stargazer00) - Reviews

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10 Christian Values Every Kid Should Know: A How-To Guide for Families
Review Date: 4/25/2007


From the back of the book: "Building children is better than repairing adults! Kids today are bombarded by a confusing array of sham values in school and the media. What can a parent do? What are the secrets of growing a child into a happy adult? Using the latest research, Donna Habenicht provides more than 1000 strategies for teaching kids the basic Christian values of respect, responsibility, self-control, honesty, compassion, thankfulness, perseverance, humility, loyalty, and faith in God."


The ABCs of Full Tilt Living: Insights from A-Z
The ABCs of Full Tilt Living: Insights from A-Z
Author: Maureen Smith
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/10/2006


"Spunky self-help. This BIG little BOOK is a bowl of alphabet soup for body and soul! Turn ordinary days into Ahhs. Bleep out the bad words. Get fresh. You get the idea. Twenty-six letters and literally hundreds of ways to change your life for the better. Full Tilt is a state of heart, and it can be yours!"
For instance under D:
"DRAMA QUEEN: Know any? Simple things like the quarter getting stuck in the parking meter or the check not arriving in the mail transform them. They can weep over too much salt in the soup for an entire meal
A ten minute wait at the toll booth might as well be several lifetimes. Life is just plain larger for a drama queen.
I had a dog once who was a Drama Queen. You looked at her cross-eyed for wolfing down a whole cube of butter (how did she get on the counter that fast??) and she'd crank out a howl to chill the spines of neighbors for blocks around. But when that dog was happy she could make her eyes glow...(big snip here) And that's the thing about Drama Queens that makes me wish I could be one--they know how to squeeze the max out of every moment of their lives."


Alas, Babylon
Alas, Babylon
Author: Pat Frank
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/2/2006
Helpful Score: 6


This book was written in 1959 during the Cold War era. In this scenario, the Soviet Union actually launches missles at the U. S., destroying most of the east coast and all major cities. This is the story of how a little community in Florida that managed to stay uncontaminated, learns how to survive without electricity, city water, grocery stores, medicine, gasoline and many other conveniences of modern civilization. I give it a 10 because I didn't want to put it down once I had started it.


Almost a Whisper
Almost a Whisper
Author: Charlene Cross
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/23/2006


"After the mysterious death of her father, Leah Balfour Dalton was destitute--and desperate to rescue her orphaned sisters and brothers. In one daring moment, she seized a chance to pose as the niece of a wealthy solicitor, hoping to discover the truth about her father's forsaken legacy. At elegant Sinclair House in London, her masquerade began. Only the piercing gaze of Ian Sinclair, the Earl of Huntsford, could unmask her charade...beginning with their first hungry, searching kiss...

Ian cam from Falcon's Gate, his magnificent Scottish estate, to seek a wife amidst London's glittering balls. And, like the dark, winged creature for which his home was named, he swept down upon the golden-haired Leah. But a daunting shadow in the eyes of his lovely prey revealed her heart's deepest secrets--secrets that must not come between a husband and his wife...

Risking her heart on an exuisite passion, Leah watched her happiness fall away like dust when the truth of her deception branded her an impostor and a thief. Banished to Scotland, she vowed to reclaim the love she could no longer deny...a bond that lived beyond betrayal...a love that would stand the test of time."


Alternatives in education: Family choices in learning
Review Date: 12/23/2005


Includes information on: "Alternative Schools, Home Schooling, Learning Exchanges, Waldorf, Tutoring, Apprenticeships, Ancillary Services, Montessori, Alternative Higher Education."


The American Boy's Handy Book: What to Do and How to Do It (Nonpareil Book, 29)
Review Date: 12/6/2005
Helpful Score: 5


How to's on kite building, fishing, camping out, making an aquarium, knots & hitches, homemade boats, soap bubbles, birds, dogs, snow houses,
puppets, lots more.


America's Christian History
America's Christian History
Author: Jean S. Smithies
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 12/4/2005


This is about Christian self-government. Probably for children ages 8 to 12. Great for homeschool history/govt.
It covers individuality, America's heritage of Christian Character, Conscience, Principle of representation, separation of powers etc.


Animal Farm
Animal Farm
Author: George Orwell
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/30/2006
Helpful Score: 1


I read this in high school but got so much more out of it when I read it a few years ago.
"A farm is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. With flaming idealism and stirring slogans, they set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality. Thus the stage is set for one of the most telling satiric fables ever penned--a razor-edged fairy tale for grown ups that records the evolution from revolution against tyranny to a totalitarianism just as terrible. When Animal Farm was first published fifty years ago, Stalinest Russia was seen as its target. Today it is devastatingly clear that wherever and whenever freedom is attacked, under whatever banner, the cutting clarity and savage comedy of George Orwell's masterpiece has a meaning and message still ferociously fresh."


Annie Henry and the Birth of Liberty (The Adventures of the American Revolution, Bk 2)
Review Date: 2/6/2006


"With her father-- the famous patriot Patrick Henry--gone so much, Annie and her brothers and sisters must deal with their problems on their own. Whether it's riding her horse to spread news about the war to the neighbors, or helping a newfound friend, or protecting her house from a dangerous midnight visitor, Annie bravely does her part. Still, she misses her father.

But the constant adventures keep her busy. After nearly drowning while trying to ride a horse across a river, Annie returns home and ends up taking part in yet another surprise--the birth of Liberty."


The Art of Understanding Your Mate: With Leader's Guide
The Art of Understanding Your Mate: With Leader's Guide
Author: Cecil G. Osborne
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/13/2006


"Here is an honest look at the marriage relationship. The author faces up to the realities of married life, but also points out that the aura of romantic love can be retained if it is properly nurtured...filled with practical common sense and psycological insights. The author uses many case histories, often humorous, to help husbands and wives better understand each other and build a superior , lasting relationship."


Basic Chess Openings
Basic Chess Openings
Author: Gabor Kallai
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 12/23/2005


"In this comprehensive book for players of all ages, Grandmaster Kallai provides a straightforward, easy to use guide to surviving the maze of chess openings, covering all the popular modern openings starting with 1 e4.
Rather than present a mass of bewildering variations, as is common in most opening books, the author concentrates on developing a solid understanding of the ideas of each opening, so that readers can start each game with confidence. He arms the aspiring player with the fundamental grounding essential for achieving sound and promising positions from the opening, with an emphasis on formulating good plans for the middlegame."


Be a Motivational Leader
Be a Motivational Leader
Author: Leroy Eims
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/5/2006


"Competent leadership is the key to maintaining high motivation and morale within the group. The leader's job of equipping people to be and do their best for Christ is demanding, and often thankless. But it is worth it!
If you are meant to be a leader, you can learn to be an effective leader! 'Be a Motivational Leader' will help you, whether you lead in business, church, home or community."


The Beduins' Gazelle
The Beduins' Gazelle
Author: Frances Temple
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/3/2005


Used in the Sonlight homeschool curriculum


Behind Rebel Lines: The Incredible Story of Emma Edmonds, Civil War Spy
Review Date: 12/3/2005


Used in the Sonlight homeschool curriculum


Belles on Their Toes
Belles on Their Toes
Author: Frank B. Gilbreth, Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/15/2005
Helpful Score: 1


The sequel to Cheaper by the Dozen. A really good book.


Between the Forest and the Hills
Between the Forest and the Hills
Author: Ann Lawrence
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/3/2005


used in the Sonlight homeschool curriculum


Beyond the Night Sky (Ladybird Explorers Plus)
Beyond the Night Sky (Ladybird Explorers Plus)
Author: Chris Oxlade
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/24/2006


"Journey through the universe with Ladybird Explorers Plus 'Beyond the Night Sky.' Land on the moon, discover Saturn's rings, Halley's Comet, galaxies, nebulae, and much, much more.

Special see-through acetate pages, wheels, tabs, flaps and windows make this exciting book truly interactive."

A fun way to learn about stars, galaxies, planets and all things celestial. Glossary included.


Bible Study for Busy Women
Bible Study for Busy Women
Author: Victoria L. Johnson
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 12/5/2005


A Plan using 7 practical principles.


The Big Bug Search (Look/Puzzle/Learn Series)
The Big Bug Search (Look/Puzzle/Learn Series)
Author: Caroline Young
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/8/2005


This is a beautiful hidden picture puzzle book. A fun way to learn about bugs. Answers are in the back.


Bitter Sweet
Bitter Sweet
Author: LaVyrle Spencer
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/20/2006


I really enjoyed this! The characters were well developed and seemed real. I'm still thinking about the story and wondering what happened with Roy, Vera, Katy, Todd...


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