Sharon S. (lizafred) - Reviews

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The Adventures of Robin Hood (Illustrated Classics)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (Illustrated Classics)
Author: Mark Taylor
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/6/2011


Although I used to consider abridged books almost amoral, my son has really enjoyed these series, which make the classic adventures much more accessible for the ages at which the stories hold the most appeal. He may go back to the original when he's older -- but meanwhile he has enjoyed the books immensely and has developed a good familiarity with much of the Western canon.


BLUBBER
BLUBBER
Author: Judy Blume
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/6/2011


One of the most realistic and moving books about bullying -- a must-read for every child approaching middle school.


The Book of Jewish Values : A Day-by-Day Guide to Ethical Living
Review Date: 11/3/2008


If you don't know him yet, Rabbi Telushkin is about as accessible and real as a traditional scholar can be. An outstanding mind and very modern-day.


F Is for Football (Sporting Humour)
Review Date: 4/19/2009


Don't let the title fool you (like it did my husband) -- it's not a kids' book, and it's not about American Football. ;-)


Gymboree Baby Journal
Gymboree Baby Journal
Author: Rebecca Poole Foree, Kathy Behan
Book Type: Hardcover
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Review Date: 11/3/2008


A darling baby journal -- covers all the categories, has places for everything you could think of (envelopes and pouches too), unisex in design (cover is yellow, drawings are very neutral). Comes in a sturdy slip-case, makes a wonderful present.


I Can Spell Words With Three Letters (I Can Spell)
I Can Spell Words With Three Letters (I Can Spell)
Author: Anna Nilsen
Book Type: Spiral-bound
  • Currently 4.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/6/2011


A fun, hands-on book for tots ready to take the step past letter recognition -- good for doing together with a parent but also works well when self-entertainment is required. And big sibs enjoy making nonsense words almost as much as the little ones enjoy making words they know (and can check against the pictures on the backs of the cards).


It's a Dog's Life: Journal for Your Pet, A
It's a Dog's Life: Journal for Your Pet, A
Author: None
Book Type: Unbound
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Review Date: 10/26/2008


Everything you'd want (and need) to record about your pet, all in one place -- health information, records, and contacts, of course, but also memories, photos, and anecdotes. Adorable, fun, and useful -- buy it for yourself, or give a great gift to a new dog-owner. Binding information: spiral within a hardback, ribbon-tie closure.


Jewish Americans (Coming to America)
Jewish Americans (Coming to America)
Author: Robert Stein
Book Type: Hardcover
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Review Date: 11/3/2008


A lovely, accessible read -- good scholarship, but not overly scholarly (small format is a nice change of pace for this type of book).


Judy Moody Was in a Mood (Judy Moody, Bk 1)
Review Date: 2/6/2011


Both my son and daughter have really enjoyed the Judy Moody books -- realistic problems, good resolutions, and help dealing with some of life's challenges.


The Magic School Bus phonics reading program
The Magic School Bus phonics reading program
Author: scholastic, scholastic
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/21/2010
Helpful Score: 1


More advanced stories and sentences than most phonics book sets.


Middlesex
Middlesex
Author: Jeffrey Eugenides
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/13/2012


No way to say it but bluntly: this book was an incredible disappointment. Boring beyond belief, pretentiously over-written, and with the main question (why Callie ultimately chose to become Cal -- no spoilers here, it's in the opening line) either entirely unanswered or, to follow the closest thing to an implication, just plain homophobia. Key plot points were also completely unbelievable -- and I'm not talking about those having to do with the hermaphroditism (nor anything possibly definable as magical realism). I forced myself to read each page, with "It has to get good at some point!" ringing in my head -- and when it was finally done I just wanted those two weeks back. It had a lot of potential, but other than a slightly amusing or mildly insightful passage here and there, it just didn't deliver.


Music Minus One: Poems
Music Minus One: Poems
Author: Jane Shore
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 11/3/2008


This is the kind of poetry that's accessible to even anti-poetry types. The included poems are very "vignette," and together they tell a compelling and moving story. Featured on NPR when it was published.


Oliver Twist
Oliver Twist
Author: Charles Dickens
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/6/2011


Although I used to consider abridged books almost amoral, my son has really enjoyed these series, which make the classic adventures much more accessible for the ages at which the stories hold the most appeal. He may go back to the original when he's older -- but meanwhile he has enjoyed the books immensely and has developed a good familiarity with much of the Western canon.


The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo
The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo
Author: Judy Blume
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/6/2011


Classic Blume for younger readers, funny and poignant.


The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Disney's Wonderful World of Reading, No. 12)
Review Date: 10/29/2008


This is the story told in Part III of the movie "Fantasia," in which Mickey Mouse doesn't quite get the hang of being a wizard. Fond memories of brooms marching with pails of water, anyone?


Why Mommy Is a Democrat
Why Mommy Is a Democrat
Author: Jeremy Zilber
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 10/27/2008


The official description is accurate except that this book is definitely not geared toward children (though it is written in a juvenile style). A fun, quick read for blue-leaning grown-ups, however.


Your Seven-Year-Old : Life in a Minor Key
Your Seven-Year-Old : Life in a Minor Key
Author: Louise Bates Ames, Carol Chase Haber
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/6/2011


This series of books provides wonderful insights into your child at every age. Though originally written long ago, which makes some of their advice a bit outdated, the observations have been "spot on" for each year of our children's lives, and therefore very helpful parenting tools.


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