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The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, "Chronically Inflexible" Children
The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, "Chronically Inflexible" Children
von Ross W., PhD Greene
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Some important concepts, but large problems with the theory, 1. August 2000
I loved about the first half of this book. I think it's so important for people working with inflexible and explosive children to understand they don't WANT to be that way, and to learn to give in on the more minor issues in order to not be in constant battle. However, by the end of the book, I was left feeling that there were large gaps in his ideas. For one, although we are told there are issues on which there should be no giving in, we are not really told how to enforce our stands on these issues, and since so many issues are said to be ones on which we must negotiate, I think that many children would be forgiven if they didn't think that we REALLY meant it on the issues we are NOT to give in on! A case study example about using give and take on one issue (going overnight to a friend's house when the child hasn't gotten enough rest lately) seems to me like it is basically just totally giving in---I don't think a child would learn any skills on give and take from how it was shown to be done. Also, call me old-fashioned, but I can't stand how many obscenities are used in examples in this book. I think we can get the point after a few that this is an issue Greene feels we should ignore! However, even with all these complaints, I think I did get some valuable ideas from this book, especially about what goes on in the head of an inflexible, explosive child.


Bunny Cakes (Max and Ruby)
Bunny Cakes (Max and Ruby)
von Rosemary Wells
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Max as always finds a way to get what he wants-a great book!, 1. August 2000
The charm of the Max and Ruby books owes much to the fact that many of us have had an older sibling or friend like Ruby---she knows more, is able to do more and wants to be in charge, but Max always finds a way to get what he wants! This book also explores the mystery of writing, and made my older son eager to learn to write---and I think writing is a topic less stressed in picture books than reading. Everyone should have a grandma like Max and Ruby, someone who will love both edible and inedible cakes equally! As always, Wells is wonderful!


This Train
This Train
von Paul Collicutt
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Very simple text with very interesting and detailed pictures, 30. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: This Train (Gebundene Ausgabe)
This book caused a tantrum at the library! My younger son found it there, and we read it through a few times, but forgot to take it out. When we got home and he realized this, he was so upset! He had instantly fallen in love with it, and we wound up buying it. The text is as simple as it can be---each page just says something like "this train is long" or "this train is short", but the pictures are detailed and colorful and the kind true train lovers can look at for hours. His favorite is the LONG, LONG train. This is the kind of book that young kids can memorize and "read" easily, which they love to do. I'd certainly recommend this for any member of the train loving set.


How I Was Adopted: Samantha's Story
How I Was Adopted: Samantha's Story
von Joanna Cole
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A straighforward and cheerful introduction to adoption, 21. Juni 2000
While my sons are not adopted, they have friends and extended family that are. This book was a good introduction to them to the concept. It's very straightforward and written in such a way that it could apply to a lot of different adoption situation---details are not that specific just to Samantha. It is very upbeat and cheerful. Just a note---the book does assume the kids that are hearing it are adopted, and it has questions like "Do you know how old you were when you were adopted?" which confused my sons a little! So be aware of this if you are reading it just for general awareness! The pictures are cute, bright and with neat details.


Billy and the Big New School (Concept Books (Albert Whitman))
Billy and the Big New School (Concept Books (Albert Whitman))
von Laurence Anholt
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3.0 von 5 Sternen enjoyable pictures, but analogy will be lost on most kids, 21. Juni 2000
My sons enjoyed the pictures in this book, and were mildly interested in Billy starting school, but they totally didn't get the extended analogy about the lost sparrow working its way back to health and happiness, and Billy getting comfortable with going to school. I would have liked more details actually about school, and how Billy adjusted. However, the cute little detailed pictures of both school and birds were a lot of fun to study! If you have a child that loves birds, this might be a good choice, but I would not look to it for much help in transitioning to school.


Emily's First 100 Days of School
Emily's First 100 Days of School
von Rosemary Wells
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Another winner by Rosemary Wells--just delightful!, 19. Juni 2000
This book is really special! Emily counts off the first 100 days of school by talking about each and every number and matching it up with something to do with that day--her sister Eloise learning to play Seventy Six Trombones, her class learning about the nine planets, the prizewinning pumpkin at the fair weighing 33 pounds, and so on! The book is oversized, and filled with great Wells pictures. In the short piece of info given with each number, we get to know Emily's family and the joys and sorrows of her first year of school. We've read this book over and over. It's great for a child just starting to get excited about numbers, as they can look up their favorite ones to see what that number has associated with it. It would also be a great book for a child starting school. If you love Rosemary Wells, as I do, you knew you would like this book, but even I was impressed with how special it is!


The Cat Who Robbed a Bank
The Cat Who Robbed a Bank
von Lilian Jackson Braun
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Very enjoyable entry into the Cat Who series, 3. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Cat Who Robbed a Bank (Gebundene Ausgabe)
The Cat Who... books are the only mystery series I read. I'm really not a mystery fan, so I probably judge them differently than someone would who cares a lot about the quality of the mystery---to me, that is a secondary or less concern! I really enjoyed this entry into the series. It's like visiting friends you haven't spent time with in a year or so to read each new Cat Who book. Several things stood out for me in the entry. I felt like I really got to know Qwill better, as he got to know himself and his past better. I got the feeling his relationship with Polly is deepening, and I love reading about that, as unlike some Cat Who fans, I really like Polly! As always, there were many great food descriptions, always a highlight of these books for me! And the mystery itself was well done, although the outcome wasn't too much of a surprise. Another enjoyable thing about this book---more focus on the cats! It seemed like they came into the story more than in some recent entries into the series, and Koko had more of his mystical talents showing! I know there are those who will say this doesn't live up to the early cat books, and they are probably right, but for me, it's enough that I can read more about the little world of Pickax, and feel relaxed and happy spending some time there!


One Morning in Maine (Picture Puffin Books)
One Morning in Maine (Picture Puffin Books)
von Robert McCloskey
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I loved this as a child in Maine, and I still love it today!, 29. Mai 2000
This book, along with Blueberries for Sal and Time of Wonder, by the same author, were some of my favorite books as a child growing up in Maine. I loved them because the children did things I did---dug for clams, picked blueberries, took boat rides to get ice cream, played on the rocky shore and on and on! I loved the pictures because they are so detailed and realistic. This book in particular was a favorite because it was about an older Sal than in Blueberries for Sal, dealing with the universal excitement of losing a first tooth. I love her relationship with her younger sister Jane, who is drawn as one of the most adorable toddlers around. If you are looking for a calm and wholesome in the best way book for your child, this might be one you want to consider.


Flat Stanley (Trophy Chapter Books)
Flat Stanley (Trophy Chapter Books)
von Jeff Brown
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Fondly remembered from my childhood, sly clever humor!, 29. Mai 2000
I was exposed to this book first by having a section of it in a 5th grade reading book! I didn't know for years that it was out there somewhere as a whole book, and I think finally around high school found it at the library and read the whole thing at last. Just recently I once again remembered it, and got it for my sons! I appreciate it more as an adult---the humor is so dry and the dialogue so deadpan! My favorite scene is that with Stanley's doctor---how he says of it not hurting Stanley to be flat "well, that's mostly how it is with these cases" as if he's seen hundreds of boys flattened by bulletin boards! As a child of course I liked best having Stanley sent by mail to California! I have to admit this book dragged a bit for my sons in reading it to them, but I think perhaps they are really too young for it (at 5 and 2)---but I couldn't wait to read it to them!


Country Crossing
Country Crossing
von Jim Aylesworth
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A peaceful, comforting book that pulls you in, 26. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Country Crossing (Gebundene Ausgabe)
It took 3 or 4 readings for me to start really loving this book, and my boys now ask for it often. It's such a simple tale---a father and son riding an old car at night on a remote wooded road, and a train going by--they stop at the crossing and watch it. However, it is told so well and the pictures are so peaceful (except when the train is going right by!) that you feel relaxed just reading it, and wish that somehow you could hop into the book and go to that long ago night and place. My 5 and 2 year olds listen with interest over and over to this book!


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