Wednesday, July 30, 2014

DVD Review - Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove

Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove
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About the Book
Relive every touching moment of the “uncynical, lulling and sweet” (People Magazine) drama, when “Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove” Season Onecaptivates on DVD July 15 from Cinedigm. Starring Andie MacDowell (Four Weddings and a Funeral), Hallmark Channel’s first-ever original scripted series is based on the bestselling book series by #1 New York Timesbestselling author, Debbie Macomber, a leading voice in women’s fiction with more than 160 million copies of her books in print. “Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove” was number one in its time slot during its entire first season run, elevating Hallmark Channel to the number one cable network on Saturdays from 8-9 pm.

Co-starring Dylan Neal (50 Shades of Grey) and filled with breathtaking scenery, the touching drama follows municipal judge Olivia Lockhart (MacDowell) who resides in the small town of Cedar Cove. Recovering from both a divorce and the death of her son, Lockhart works to find a balance between the challenges of her family and her career, while a potential new romance arises.

The second season of the fan-favorite series will debut on Sunday, July 20 on Hallmark Channel.




My Take on the Book
If you enjoyed Season 1 of Cedar Cove on the Hallmark channel last year, you will want to acquire this DVD of all 13 episodes and behind the scenes footage. It was released just in time before the Season 2 began last week. Remembering where the characters came from, the events that took place, the individuals with their challenges, and looking ahead to where the story will lead to next is all part of reviewing the DVD available. I enjoyed watching the 13 episodes again, but liked it even more because there were no commercials to interrupt the story. If you welcome Cedar Cove's second season, I think you will enjoy reviewing the first again.


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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Book Review - Loom Band It: 60 Rubberband Projects for the Budding Loomineer

Loom Band It: 60 Rubberband Projects for the Budding Loomineer
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About the Book
Crafting for kids is back in a big way, but don't take our word for it. Just check the arms, fingers, and even feet of kids around the nation. They're all wearing super funky accessories made of multicolored rubber bands! Woven by hand, or with a small inexpensive loom, rubber band crafts are the latest craze, inspiring both boys and girls to put down their digital devices and start looming unique items to wear, share, and sell.


My Take on the Book
Using small rubber bands of various colors to make decorative objects , with our without a special loom, is a popular craft. For the child who enjoys this craft, like my girls, this book offers a wide range of projects to choose from.

There are bracelets, rings, earrings, pencil grips, hot drink holders, and various 3D animals and other objects.

The authors included detailed photographs and step by step directions. On some pages diagrams of the loom were included too. The projects ranged from beginner to advanced.

If your child enjoys using these bands to make projects, I feel this book will offer many hours of craft fun.



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Book Review - Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Reality Shock!

Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Reality Shock!
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About the Book
Reality Shock! is the 2015 edition of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! bestselling annual series. This incredible collection is loaded with unbelievable facts, amazing stories, and incredible animals. With amazing photography, zany stories and unbelievable facts and figures, this book is sure to be a favorite with adults and children alike.

Reality Shock! Is filled with more of the amazing facts, unbelievable stories and extraordinary photography that makes Ripley’s Believe It or Not! so popular. Read all about the amazing things that people all over the world have done- from insane stunts to crazy traditions. Take a closer look at the extraordinary images nature produces, such as mutated animals and amazingly impossible vistas. Crystal clear photography paired with zany stories, amazing facts and figures that are undeniably true but incredibly hard to believe will make this book a must have for every household.


My Take on the Book
This book is the latest collection of stories and photographs and facts. As I read each page I was amazed that the information of the entries was true . Some seemed beyond real.

Some of the fascinating topics covered were: dangerous walkways, a man who pokes out his eye for a religious festival, and interesting facts about Sir Ernest Shackleton who saved his crew when they were stuck in the Antarctic.

Many photos were so unusual.

There were so many stories and factual information. You could read for hours and return to reread.



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Book Review - The Student Bible Dictionary

The Student Bible Dictionary

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About the Book
Here's a concise, easy-to-use Bible reference book especially for students of all ages who seek to learn more about the Bible and its times. The Student Bible Dictionary features definitions and explanations of hundreds of Bible words, names, places, and concepts. Scores of full color charts, maps, photographs, and illustrations help to clarify the text, and add visual appeal. Special color coding, meanwhile, adds special emphasis to important topics-which feature additional information geared toward the student reader. From AARON (AIRn). Older brother of and early spokesman for Moses (Ex. 4:14-16). Became Israel's first high priest. The Aaronic priesthood (priests of the tribe of Levi) was named for him (ex. 28:1; 29; Lev. 8; Num. 18) to ZIPPORAH (zip POH ruh). Wife of Moses and daughter Jethro, also called Reuel, priest of Midian (ex. 2:16-21; 3:1)the Student Bible Dictionary is a whole library of accessible, useful information!


My Take on the Book
This is an excellent Bible dictionary. If you read the Bible, teach a Bible study class, or read Bible stories to your children, you find this to be a great resource.

The authors included easy to understand definitions with specific examples and references to Bible verses. There were excellent photographs of places and photographs of paintings related to the definitions. The dictionary was easy to use.

This would be a wonderful gift for someone who uses the Bible frequently.


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Book Review - Hank Has a Dream

Hank Has a Dream

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About the Book
In this poetic tale, Hank dreams that he can fly. Come along for the ride as he recreates the dream for his little friend. How far will Hank fly? What will he see? How high will he go? These dreamland mysteries capture his friend's imagination and they will capture yours too. The enchanting images of Rebecca Dudley's meticulously crafted dioramas set the scene for this gentle fantasy. Readers will set sail, gliding through Hank's world as he discovers the wonders of flight and the magic of friendship. This gentle, uplifting fantasy by the author of the bestselling Hank Finds an Egg highlights the magic of friendship and lets young readers' imagination soar. Rebecca Dudley's highly praised, hand-crafted dioramas and characters -- combined with minimal text -- will entertain and delight.


My Take on the Book
Rebecca has written a sweet story for young children. The beautiful dioramas she created to illustrate the story make you feel you are right there with the main character as he tells his dream to his hummingbird friend. It is almost like a 3D experience.

Hanks dream takes him flying, walking through woods, visiting the sea, swinging on a vine, and floating down a river.

What other adventures will Hank experience? Maybe you and your child could use your imaginations to create a Hank story too.



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Book Review - Counta Block

Counta Block
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About the Book
Following on the heels of a successful abecedary, Countablock features thick pages cut into the shape of each numeral, creating a peek-through guessing game around the number form itself. One acorn becomes . . . one oak tree! From snowmen to puddles and eggs to chicks, quantities are illustrated twice: both before and after their “transformations.” As children interact with the pages, they will familiarize themselves not only with the numbers 1–100 and associated quantities, but with each numeral’s physicality—angles, holes, and curves, both front and back. Die-cut numerals include 1–10, and 20–100 by tens. Illustrated by hip British design team Peskimo, this fresh take on the 1-2-3s encourages readers to manipulate numbers in a whole new way.



My Take on the Book
This is a creative counting book. It goes the extra mile to make it fun to read and fun to count. It takes your child counting from 1 to 100 in very imaginative ways. You and your child will enjoy the book together. There were many pages that made me laugh because of the humor infused in the text. Such creative writing by this author.

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Book Review - I See Things Differently: A First Look at Autism

I See Things Differently: A First Look at Autism
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About the Book
Psychotherapist and counselor Pat Thomas puts her gentle, yet straightforward approach to work in this new addition to Barron's highly acclaimed A First Look At...Series. This book will help children understand what autism is and how it affects someone who has it. A wonderful catalyst for discussion that will help children to better understand and support autistic classmates or siblings. The story line is simple and easily accessible to younger children, who will learn that exploring the personal feelings around social issues is a first step in dealing with them. Full-color illustrations on every page.


My Take on the Book
If your child has autism or you know a child with autism, this is an excellent book to read to your children so they can understand the challenges a child with autism has in our world.

Pat Thomas has written a story that explains autism beautifully in terms children would understand. Children will be able to relate to the circumstances and events that children take for granted and are more difficult for children with autism.

Today our classrooms have children with many talents and challenges. Your children are part of that classroom and community so for them to understand differences in children is a priority. Anyone who has challenges because they are different need compassion and understanding. It begins with the adults who help children learn about the challenges these children face and to become friends with them in their own way. I believe this book is a great resource to assist with the understanding.



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