Christine M. (ChristineMM) - Reviews

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101 Essential Tip: Barbecuing (101 Essential Tips)
Review Date: 7/20/2006
Helpful Score: 1


A little book in the usual style of DK publishing, with one topic at the top then words and high quality color photographs on each page, to explain the topic. Despite what the title says, this is mainly a cookbook for barbecuing. Covers basic grilling information including the directions for a Weber style grill, using smoker, lighting it, etc. The recipes are not just meat and seafood, covers a few side dishes, flavored butters, etc. The grilling information in the book is not for the basic gas grills, it is for the Weber type grill. Very good for the beginning griller. If you are experienced and just want a ton of recipes perhaps this is not the best book for you.


365 Outdoor Activities You Can Do With Your Child
365 Outdoor Activities You Can Do With Your Child
Author: Ruth Bennett, Steven J. Bennett
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/20/2006
Helpful Score: 2


Lots of activities to do with children outdoors, ranging from games to experiments.


365 TV-Free Activities You Can Do with Your Child
365 TV-Free Activities You Can Do with Your Child
Author: Steve Bennett, Ruth Bennett
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/20/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Lots of things to do indoors, such as games, crafts, etc.


365 Wacky, Wonderful Ways to Get Your Children to Do What You Want (Tools for Everyday Parenting)
Review Date: 7/19/2006


This is very intersting style book because it tells the various challenges or should I just say 'problems' that parents encounter with children and then the author gives many different choices to pick from to deal with the issue. For example what to do if: child hits the baby, child runs away while in parking lot, interrupts parent while on phone, won't pick up toys, etc. This is very practical hands on tips for raising children, discipline, parenting tips, etc. Attachment parenting friendly. This is gentle discipline without inflicting physical pain or verbal shaming, but it does use limits and consequences. This author has written several books on parenting. This is not a permissive parenting book.


Abe Lincoln's Hat (Step into Reading, Step 2)
Abe Lincoln's Hat (Step into Reading, Step 2)
Author: Donald Cook (Illustrator), Martha Brenner
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/16/2006


On cover it states level 2 book for grades 1-3 (despite what the PBS title says). Easy reader story with history storyline.


Across the Fence: Level 6
Across the Fence: Level 6
Author: Theodore Clymer
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/16/2006


This is a school textbook which children use to practice reading with. Publication date is 1982/1984. Nearly 200 pages of many easy reader stories. I am not sure what the publisher means by Level 6, this is not Grade 6. It might be a 2nd grade book. One of the stories is Frog and Toad (for your comparison). This is mostly fiction, a little nonfiction and some poetry all mixed together.


Afternoon on the Amazon (Magic Tree House, No 6)
Review Date: 9/13/2006
Helpful Score: 3


This is a second grade independent reading level chapter book.
Innocent content, adventure with a little suspense. The brother and sister have a little tension with each other as siblings usually do. The language is clean, but these did teach my kids to go around saying "Oh man!" which is funny.
The kids enter a tree house that usually goes back in time or to some other geographic place, and the children are put into danger in some way, but always get out of it just fine.
There are historical facts or science or geography facts thrown in here and there, not enough to justify these are history books.
Both of my boys enjoyed this series.
The general plot line is predictable but kids still love them.
As a read aloud by the parent they get annoying after reading two or three (and they took me 25 minutes to read aloud).
This series is often the first chapter book that a child is willing to read. Some children like to read them over and over while others want to read them just once.
I recommend this series for children who are learning to read and are ready to move up to chapter books.


Aladdin and the Magic Lamp (Step into Reading, Step 3)
Review Date: 9/17/2006


Step/Level 3 easy reader book retelling of the old fairy tale. Illustrations are in full color and are hand drawn.


Alphabet Activities, Original Ideas and Worksheets for Teaching the Alphabet
Review Date: 9/4/2006


A book crammed with games and activities as well as reproducible worksheets to work with children to teach letter sounds. Written for use with teachers for the classroom. Also can be used by parents, tutors and homeschooling parents, of course!


Altered Books 103: Little Books, Decos, CDs  More! (#5215)
Review Date: 9/4/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Typical style of the books by this publisher (Design Originals) this has a project with step by step directions on how to replicate it. There are tons of photos that contain inspiration, even if you don't replicate these exact projects.


Amazing Aircraft
Amazing Aircraft
Author: Seymour Simon
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/20/2007


Great book for what it is. This is an easy reader book written by a well-known excellent children's author who focuses on writing non-fiction. This book is about modern aircraft. The illustrations are high quality photographs.

I would assume the target market would be for boys learning to read who prefer non-fiction to fiction and who like aircraft.

My sons enjoyed this book when they were at this stage in their reading journey.

I also highly recommend the nonfiction, science picture books written by this author for great read-aloud's for children up through age 8.


Amazing Rescues (Step-Into-Reading, Step 3)
Review Date: 3/20/2007


This is an easy reader book for use for independent reading practice. The subject is real life rescue people and how they help others in emergencies. The illutrations are hand-drawn and it looks to me like colored pencils were used or else it is watercolor paint.

This book would probably appeal to boys who like non-fiction information in their easy reader books.


Amazon Sun, Amazon Rain (Beginning Literacy, Stage C)
Amazon Sun, Amazon Rain (Beginning Literacy, Stage C)
Author: Ximena de la Piedra
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.7/5 Stars.
 5
Review Date: 8/19/2006


A low word count picture book. Publisher states stage C Beginning Literacy book, for independent reading practice, published by Scholastic.


Animal Adventures (Little House Chapter Books)
Animal Adventures (Little House Chapter Books)
Author: Laura Ingalls Wilder
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/13/2007


Short chapter book intended for indpendent reading practice. This book has been published with different cover art work.


Animals All Around
Animals All Around
Author: Lindy Norton
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 9/12/2006


Picture book with alphabet letters and several animals or creatures for each letter. Illustrated with watercolor paintings of animals. A lot to look at. Creatures are labeled with their name. Animals are from all over the world. Author illustrator grew up in North Africa and England and lives in England according to the info on the book.


Anna Banana: 101 Jump Rope Rhymes
Anna Banana: 101 Jump Rope Rhymes
Author: Joanna Cole, Alan Tiegreen (Illustrator)
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/20/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Yet another great book by Joanna Cole, this time teaching us jump rope rhymes. I wish I had a daughter to use this with. Illustrations are black line drawings.


Annuals for Every Garden (Brooklyn Botanic Garden All-Region Guide)
Annuals for Every Garden (Brooklyn Botanic Garden All-Region Guide)
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 7/19/2006


Book authored by the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. Lovely full color photographs and all you need to know about growing annuals. Very well written, indexed.


Apples and Pumpkins
Apples and Pumpkins
Author: Anne Rockwell, Lizzy Rockwell (Illustrator)
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 9/12/2006


A simple story about autumn, featuring apple picking with the family, pumpkin picking, carving a jack-o-lantern. The last three pages feature trick or treating with the children dressed as: pirate, ghost, queen and a devil. A short story with illustrations going across both pages, bright colors, hand drawn.


Arctic Winter, Arctic Summer (Science Emergent Readers)
Review Date: 9/16/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Easy reader book, yet another by Susan Canizares with photographs taken by Daniel Moreton. Very high quality color photos are the illustrations. Nonfiction content about life in the Arctic in summer versus winter seasons.


Aromatherapy for Mother & Baby
Aromatherapy for Mother & Baby
Author: Allison England, Lola Borg
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 7/19/2006


This book was very helpful to me when I was pregnant. This is a rare topic. I used the information in this book to help me during my pregnancy including for use during birth and to help start off labor! The book is packed with useful information, loads of details are in the book. The topics start at preconception, then go into pregnancy, before labor, during labor, postpartum and then care of babies, too. This book tells you how to safely use essential oils.


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