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Product Name: Millie Moo by Camilla Moody
Submitted by: Rachel Logan; Richmond, VA
Rating: 10
Where to buy:  Amazon.com

Description:  The Millie Moo book by Camilla Moody is a Search and Find book as well as a Touch and Feel book. Millie Moo is a cow that is searching for her farmyard friends.

Review:  My son got this book for his second birthday and he loves it! He insists I read it to him at least twice during the day and before he goes to bed at night.

He loves the bright colors of both the pictures and the words. He also really enjoys the touch and feel aspect. The colors are attractive and the pictures and rhymes are incredibly funny. Through the holes in the pages you can feel what you think is going to be a “sheep’s wooly coat”, “donkey’s brown fur coat”, or “goose’s feathers” and then you turn the page to find it’s really a Monkey wearing a sweater, a Fish with fingers or Parachuting Penguins and many other crazy zany animals, each with its own little rhyme: “It is a well known fact that a penguin cannot fly. So a parachute comes in handy when he’s falling from the sky.” His favorite character is the Bug in Boots whose simple lesson is “Whatever bug you are, be you beetle, ant or mite, when putting on your boots, don’t mix your left with right!” 

I love that he’s learning the different touch and feels and having so much fun at the same time.

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Product Name: Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Home School Curriculum from Preschool through High School

Reviewed by: Jen Thomas; Denver, CO
Rating: 10
Where to buy: Amazon.com

Description: The best guide I have found to help with a curriculum for home schooling your children. Rebecca Rupp who is an expert in the art of home schooling wrote this book.

Review: Most of us who decide to home school panic in the beginning. If you’re like I was you started looking for any resource material that would lead us in the right direction. This book was just what I needed.

My biggest worry was if I would be able to come up with the right lessons to teach my children what they needed to learn for each year of school. This guide showed me what curriculum I should follow from preschool through high school.

It lays out how important each subject is and why. For most of us Mom’s this is really important. We worry if we are teaching our children the same things that children in public schools are learning. Even though we home school, our children still interact with other children. I was scared my child would be behind. This guide did wonders to ease those worries.

It is a very organized book, simple and easy for me to follow. I wasn’t going from front to back to the middle to find the help I needed. This was also important to me. I didn’t want to waste precious time I could be spending teaching my children or even spending quality time with them.

There are numerous references in this book. The other books and websites listed are a great help in planning out your next lesson.

There is a section on how to approach subjects that are very sensitive to a mother and child. I look foreword to using this part of the book when my children are old enough to learn about sex education, a very touchy subject in most families.

I would recommend this wonderful guide to anyone who is thinking about or has already started home schooling his or her children. It’s a guide I can’t live without.

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Book Name: The Clue of the Broken Locket
Submitted by: Kendall (12 yrs old)
Rating: 8
Where to buy: Amazon.com

Description: This is the 11th book in the original Nancy Drew series. Nancy Drew is an 18-yr-old detective. Her father is a lawyer. She has two best friends, Bess and George, who are cousins that often help Nancy solve her mysteries.

Review: Nancy Drew is challenged to find out what is going on at the lodge across the lake from where she is staying. She is also challenged to find a hidden family treasure – with her only clue a broken locket.

I enjoyed this book as much as I enjoyed all the other books in the Nancy Drew series.

Special thanks to my daughter for writing this review for me 🙂

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Many of you may have already read this book when it first came out. It is still one of the top selling books today. Chicken Soup for the Soul is a collection of 101 stories based on the belief that true testimonies of goodness and loving transformations can nourish us to the bone and heal the cynicism in our hearts. Indeed, most every story seeps in deeply. It’s hard not to shed a tear of gratitude, feeling thrilled to have been touched and soothed so easily.

Written by Jack Canfield, this is one book you will keep re-reading year after year. Here are what other readers of this wonderful book had to say.

“I liked the book, mainly because it cheers me up. This book not only makes your heart smile, but also your soul smile, with quotes such as: “Don’t bug me! Hug me!” and even made the people who are the most crippled smile.”

Highlighting the strength and beauty of the human spirit, this book will take you on a journey wherein you meet people from all walks of life who suffer, yet whose incredible spirituality leads the way to enlightenment.

Check out this book, if you have not already done so, and allow it to envelop your mind, soul and spirit.

Where can I buy it? Amazon.com

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The South Beach Diet

The South Beach Diet has sold millions of copies and was founded by Dr. Agatston while working on a diet for his heart patients in the mid 1990s.

The diet is based around eating the right type of carbohydrates and good fats rather than bad fats. However, the diet advices you cut out all carbs and alcohol during the first two weeks (phase 1) of the diet. During phase 2 you can reintroduced the right type of carbs and fruits in moderation according to the diet guidelines.

The diet also advices eating low glycemic index foods . For example, low glycemic index fruits you can eat on the diet are apples and pears. High glycemic fruits you should avoid are bananas, watermelon and pineapples.

This diet is similar to the Atkins diet but unlike the Atkins diet, Dr. Agatston warns that you should not consumed saturated fats such as butter, ground beef and bacon. Instead you are allowed to eat monosaturated fats such as olive oil and salmon fish.

The South Beach Diet is divided into three phases:

  • Phase 1: lasts 14 days and is the strictest phase of the diet. You are not allowed to eat any carbohydrates or drink alcohol during this phase. Many dieters find this phase quite restrictive.
  • Phase 2: You stay on this phase until you reach your weightloss goal. During this phase you can reintroduced some carbs in moderation. You are given a list of carbs and foods you can include in The South Beach Diet Plan Book.
  • Phase 3: This is the maintenance phase of the diet and you can add extra foods during this time. This is the phase you will remain on for the long term and is much more flexible. If your weight begins to increase you are advised to return to phase 1 of the diet.

Where can you buy it? Amazon.com

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Check out the latest book review by our contributing humorist and reviewer, Lisa Barker of JellyMom.com:

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New Clothes for New Year’s Day (Ages 4-8) ***

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Author: Hyun-Joo Bae

Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Kane/Miller Book Publishers (March 2007)
ISBN: 1933605294
Reviewed by: Lisa Barker of JellyMom.com

Review: I loved this book! From the exquisite illustrations to the captivating story of a young Korean girl as she prepares for the celebration of the Lunar New Year, this book is excellent all the way around. It reminds me a lot of The Snowy Day and other books by Ezra Jack Keats because Hyun-Joo Bae does such a fine job of writing from and illustrating a young child’s point of view. Every page is colorfully detailed, sharing traditional Korean dress for a young girl on such a special day. It’s so easy to forget yourself and get lost in the story. I heartily recommend it and I will be looking for more books by this author to add to my collection of favorite children’s stories.

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Author: Etta Kaner
Illustrator: Marie Lafrance
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Kids Can Press (September 1, 2006)
ISBN: 1553378423
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Both a story and a lesson in natural science, Who Likes the Snow is a great addition to the home library and a perfect companion book when your child is investigating the weather at home or studying it in school.
What I really liked about this book is that it answers the dozens of questions kids naturally have about the snow supplying simple facts to support their wonder. Books like these encourage kids to ask questions, get answers and seek more.
Who Likes The Snow is part of a series called Exploring the Elements by Kids Can Press. If you like this one, you’ll want to check out the other books in the series that cover wind, sun and rain.
©2004-2006, Lisa Barker with JellyMom.com
Do you have a book review? Send me one at tracy@momsniche.com and I’ll post it here or on the website.

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