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161. What's Happening to My Body? Book for Girls : A Growing Up Guide for Parents and Daughters
by Lynda Madaras, Simon Sullivan, Jackie Aher, Marcia Herman-Giddens
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Asin: 1557044449
Catlog: Book (2000-12-04)
Publisher: Newmarket Press
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Average Customer Review: 4.08 out of 5 stars
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"I kept wanting it to happen. When it did I remember thinking, 'It'sabout time.'"

"I was worried at first. Then it really wasn't so bad after all."

"I remember my brothers weren't allowed to hit me in the chest anymore. I waskind of pleased about that."

What mysterious condition are these now grown-up girls talking about? Ah, yes,puberty! With scads of personal stories and an abundance of useful, detailedinformation about girls' changing bodies and feelings, author Lynda Madaras andher daughter Area Madaras have expanded their guide for girls on the verge ofchange. First published in 1983, the bestselling classic has been revised andupdated several times over the years to keep up with ever evolving facts andwisdom about puberty in girls. In this third edition, the authors continue theirstraight talk on the menstrual cycle, reproductive organs, breasts, emotionalchanges, puberty in boys, body hair, pimples, masturbation, and all the otherfun, scary, and interesting things that go along with growing up. Filled withanecdotes, illustrations, diagrams, and honest, sensitive, nonjudgmentalinformation for the young girl, the revised edition also addresses the newscientific facts about when a girl actually begins puberty (earlier thanpreviously thought), advice on "female athletic syndrome," eating disorders,unwanted attention because of early development, and information on eatingright, exercise, AIDS, STDs, birth control, and so much more. A welcome,reassuring book for parents and daughters, designed with the understanding thatsome girls and parents will want to read it together, and some will want to readit on their own; without a doubt, though, all will benefit. Got boys?Don't miss What's Happening to MyBody? Book for Boys. (Ages 8 to 15) --Emilie Coulter ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Good info, but better for older readers...
I have to agree somewhat (not completely) with one of the reviewers... This book is not well suited for girls who are nine or ten (my daughter is nine and a half). It's got a lot of good information, but some of the illustrations are too graphic (my daughter found the ones of male genitalia very disturbing, and she is not immature for her age). The age span on this book should be adjusted upwards to more like 12 and up, not 9 to 13.

That being said, this book covers a lot of ground, and for the most part does so well. It has a lot of important information found in books of this type: stages of puberty, signs to look for, the female reproductive cycle, bras, getting one's period, and so on. All these things are presented clearly, although again, I feel they're geared more towards older girls, rather than pre-teens.

All in all this is an ok book, but not excellent, and is not appropriate for the age range it's listed for. Buy this book for a 12 year-old or up, but don't push the envelope with younger girls, they don't need the pressure that such graphically displayed information provides, which can overwhelm them.

5-0 out of 5 stars All girls should be as lucky as I was...
I am 21 years old now and stumbled upon this page looking for "our bodies, ourselves". When I was about 10 years old my mother gave me this book as a way to help bridge our inability to communicate well on personal topics. It helped me immensly, as well as a few of my girl friends who's mothers (gasp!) never said a word to them about anything they were going through. I had one friend who didn't understand when her mother told her their were "napkins" in the hall closet when she needed them, and that's all she ever said to her daughter. I reccomend that ALL mothers (and fathers, too) give their daughter at least one book like this, in addition to open, frank conversations. There is nothing pornographic about the pictures in this book. They are NOT photographs - they are drawings that are informative, rather than specific examples. Madaras is careful to explain that her illustrations are not what every girl's body looks like - and explains how things can vary. I read this book over and over again when I needed it, and was able to easy navigate to the information I was looking for. One of the most important aspects of this particular book for girls is that is has information about what is going on with their male counterparts, which helps girls feel less insecure when they read about how embarrassing things can be for the boys. I highly reccomend this book to girls 9 and up, but if your daughter is immature for her age, 10 or 11 might be a better age to introduce her to some of the information, as the book deals touches on topics such as sex and AIDS - which are better left to the parents' disgression at that age.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great
My Mom bought this book for me when i was 12 and it really helped. It answered all of the questions that i wanted to know but was too embarrassed to ask. Plus it had things that other girls my age had writen in. I recomend it to girls 12 and +

This book covers every topic a girl is curious about as she enters puberty, (a few she might not be curious about yet, but will need to know about BEFORE she is twelve. With children becoming sexually active at 13 and not knowing how easily a girl become pregnant and teen AIDS on the rise--this is information that every girl needs to have. Buit are parents ready to let them have it before they need it, so they can be prepared to make informed choices and know why NO is the correct answer???

This book has draeings and diagrams and honest language about body changes and sexuality and it answers many questions that most 9-14 year old girls are thinking. (Many don't ask because they are either too shy or too afraid). Warning, if you think giving children information is going to cause them to be sexually active, don't buy this book. Because it has all the information a preteen could want. ... Read more

162. Charlie Bone and the Time Twister
by Jenny Nimmo
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Catlog: Book (2003-08-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.57 out of 5 stars
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January 1916:Henry Yewbeam and his younger brother, James, have been sent to stay with their cousins at the Bloor's Academy. It is one of the coldest days of the year, and all Henry wants to do is hide from his mean cousins and play marbles. He finds a nice, long hall and begins to roll his marbles. Then he discovers a marble that doesn't look familiar to him. Suddenly a series of strange events takes place. Henry begins to disappear. He quickly scribbles on the floor Give The Marble To James, and then he vanishes from the year 1916. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Time Twister
Charlie Bone returns in Charlie Bone and the Time Twister. In this book, like that last one, everything fits together just so perfectly, it's unreal. Charlie Bone is an endowed descendant of the Red King. It's known that the Red King had magical powers, so did his sons. Later, the Red King gone to live in the forest and never to be heard from again. His sons all leave to other places too. There are 12 children that are the magical descendants of the Red King, At Charlie's school, the Bloor Academy, which is a boarding school like Hogwarts, all of the endowed children go there. Instead of being with the regular gifted students at all times, the last couple hours of the day, the descendants of the children of the Red King would gather to do homework. Henry Yewbeam, great uncle of Charlie, was sent through time with a marble called the Time Twister which is a evil act of Ezekiel Bloor, Henry's cousin. Charlie found Henry lingering around the halls of Bloor Academy and Charlie hid Henry in the northern tower of the school. But Henry is caught by Ezekiel Bloor's people and thrown in a dungeon. Like all other stories, Charlie rescues his cousin and they live happily ever after.

This book was a great sequel, most sequels aren't as good as first but this is an exception. It was surprising to found out that the mean cook was actually a really nice person with many secrets. Her living quarters were tidy and clean. "'What a place,' Gabriel murmured, gazing around at the bright pictures and gleaming antique furniture. 'You'd never guess that all this was right under that gloomy old building.'" (140-141, Nimmo). I imagine this place as a mini-heaven under a stack of gloominess.

The over all theme of this book is that age don't matter. You can be old and young at the same time according to Henry. Henry is like 90 some years old and actually he is 13 years old.

5-0 out of 5 stars Charlie Bone and the Time Twister
In this book, Charlie Bone and the time twister, a kid named Henry Yewbean is sent hurtling through time in 1916 and lands somewhere in the future where almost all of his relatives are dead. In the future, Henry meets a boy called Charlie Bone. Charlie finds Henry first and after realizing that Henry was in grave danger because his evil cousin is still alive, Charlie sets out to hide Henry until he and his friends can send him back. This book takes place mostly in a school for kids who excel called Bloor's Academy.

My favorite part in this book is when Henry wanders away from safety and gets captured by his old cousin's workers. Charlie and his friend, feidlo, have to go on a secret rescue mission to try and save Henry from his uncle's wrath. When Charlie gets to the place where Henry is, he finds a large rock in front of the entrance. When he and his friend can't move it, Charlie uses a wand he stole from a magician. The wand works and Henry once again is free.

I liked this book for many reasons. First of all, I loved the first book in the series, Midnight for Charlie Bone. Midnight for Charlie Bone was a great book. I loved the plot and it was written very well. Once I got into this book, I found out that this book was just as good, if not better, that the first book. I loved the suspense and the way the climax was set up. Near the end of the book, Henry is about to try and use the time twister with a exiled lady. You would think that that would be the end of the book but at the last moment, Henry pulls out and the story continues.

In this book the part that confused me the most was that in the beginning of the story, Henry accidentally uses the time twister to bring him into the future. Later in the book, when Henry first comes to the future he tries to use the time twister again. Since he left the past during one of the coldest days in history, Henry tries to get in a freezer and travel backwards in time. This doesn't work and instead Henry gets trapped in the freezer and barely survives. When he is rescued he is informed that the time twister doesn't take you to the past. It takes you only to the future. Near the end of the book though, an old lady uses the time twister to travel backwards in time so she could escape a catastrophe that happened to her hand.

I think that this book is mostly about courage and determination. I also think that this book has great quality writing in it and that everyone should read it.

5-0 out of 5 stars As Great as the first one
I have just finish this book and it is great. Someone gets hit by a hit and run. Also one lost pair of lost brothers ae reunited.

4-0 out of 5 stars Considerable suspension of disbelief, but that's OK
Young Charlie Bone's "endowment" is an interesting and, at first, seemingly ineffectual one (compared to, that is, endowments that have immediately obvious benefits like divining from people's clothing what they feel, and if they're dead or alive; mind control; the ability to change into a bird of any shape or size; conjuring up one's spirit's ancestors, or the ability to summon violent storms of wind, rain, thunder, and lightening). Charlie can look into portraits and hear people talk. In the first book in this installment, we get a few examples of that, and what he hears is mainly of the garden variety: "Sit straight," "you're too fat in your bikini," etc. But we are also told in that same book that after Charlie's father died that Charlie's Grandma Bone (his father's mother) took down every picture of him in the house. If that isn't a smidgeon of foreshadowing, then I'm unfamiliar with the word.

Here we have the second installment in the series. Back in 1916, the horribly cruel Zeke Bloor sent his cousin Henry Yewbeam into the future - Charlie Bone's future, of course - using a magical device called The Time Twister. Now, it's somewhat unbelievable that Zeke, a person whom we know craves power, would let something so valuable out of his reach merely to send off a cousin for whom he cares little and whom poses no immediate or distant threat to him, but this is where suspension of disbelief comes in. Without this occurrence, there is no story. So we must accept it, and while it's somewhat glaring, the suspension of disbelief can be honored, mainly because Ms. Nimmo is writing for a younger age group than the Potter crowd.

Fast forward to present day, and we find all of the malevolent forces at Bloor's academy aware of Henry's arrival, and Zeke - now Ezekiel Bloor, a crustaceous, horrid beast of a man - is still intent on doing away with his cousin. This is the second major time where we are asked to suspend disbelief. Why in the world would a 100 year old man care what a 10 or 11 year old boy does? Again, especially when that boy is, himself, not one of the endowed, and poses no threat to Ezekiel. The answer is spite. And evil people tend to possess a few common qualities: avarice, paranoia, and spite. Still, I had a much more difficult time understanding the motive behind the Bloor's and their cronies making poor little Henry Yewbeam's life so miserable. Why were the Yewbeam aunt's and Grandma Bone so concerned with where he was?

Regardless of this, Ms. Nimmo is a gifted storyteller and pacer, and, as before, she has created a story that is populated with believable and likable characters (mostly on the good side - the bad side is slightly less believable, if only because we don't spend much time with them so little character development is possible), all of whom any reader would have great affection for. So the story, even accepting this suspension of disbelief, is a thoroughly enjoyable one.

Because Henry is a relative, and because Charlie is the quintessential good guy who will do whatever he can to help his friends (a marvelous quality, really), they try to rescue poor Henry from the clutches of the Bloor's. Their attempts make for a terrific and blazing read. We also see a little more of Charlie's gifts. Anyone who read the first book must have asked themselves: "If he can hear portraits, what about paintings?"

A final thought to ponder: when will the Tree and the flames - if ever - reveal their true identities, and give the Bloor's and the nastier Yewbeam's their comeuppance? Or will that task reside entirely on Charlie Bone's shoulders?

5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful sequel!
Nimmo is really picking up speed with this second book. She has fleshed out the past of the lineage fromt he Red King. Characters are becoming more developed and the Aunts are becoming even more evil. Unlike the first book which WAS good. This takes off from the start line follows and twisted and winding path and comes to a logical conclusion. I sat logical conclusion in response to the Library School Journal review that said that the ending was a let down. My response is where else would you put an eleven year old boy from 1916, he can't go back to the academy and they can't send him back in time.

All in all a wonderful, exciting, thoughtful tale that has plenty going on to keep you interested. ... Read more

163. A Smart Girl's Guide to Starting Middle School: Everything You Need to Know About Juggling More Homework, More Teachers, and More Friends (American Girl Library (Paperback))
by Julie Williams, Angela Martini-Wonde
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164. Warriors: The New Prophecy #2: Moonrise (Warriors: The New Prophecy)
by Erin Hunter
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165. Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul - 101 Stories of Changes, Choices and Growing Up for Kids, ages 10-13
by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Patty Hansen, Irene Dunlap
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Inspired by the many readers of Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul(one of many in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series), the authors decided toreach out to young people at that incredibly confusing, exciting chapter oflife, the preteen years. Readers between the ages of 9 and 12 (give or take ayear) sometimes felt that the book for kids was too young, while the edition forteens (Chicken Soup for theTeenage Soul) was too old. In this warm, supportive anthology of truestories by and about preteens, the very issues that seem so complicated andinsurmountable are addressed with intelligence and openness. Divorce, violence,death, friendships, school, family, attitudes, changes, dreams... preteens havea lot to offer and a lot to learn on these subjects. Many of the brief essays,cartoons, quotations, and introductions are witty as well as wise and touching;readers might devour the book from start to finish, drop in for a story here andthere, or focus on a concern that is most important at the moment. The preteenyears seem to be the perfect time to reach kids, before they are lost in teenangst and coolness. And who better to learn from than their own peers? For someadded incentive to read, celebrities such as Mia Hamm, Karl Malone, and 'N Synchave contributed essays as well. (Ages 9 to 13) --Emilie Coulter ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Recently I purchased Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul. I have just turned 11 years old. So far, I have enjoyed my newest Chicken Soup book. I have already received Chicken Soup for the Kids Soul as a gift, but now I believe I am growing out of it. I am almost a teenager who is going through her preteen years. This book has helped me find myself inside myself. I really love the authors who write Chicken Soup and the contributors who send in their funny, sad, and meaningful stories. This book talks about changes in life, getting older, the tough stuff we go through as preteens. My favorite stories are the ones of the people who are actually in their preteen years and how they deal with this tough time in their lives. Overall, I enjoy the book very much.

4-0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful, hard edge realism
I purchased this Chicken Soup book for my eight year old son, although the book states 9-12. The younger version for kids seemed too "slight." And his teacher had read a few stories from this version, so we decided to buy it for him as an Xmas 2000 book.

I have found it riveting, and many of the stories can bring tears to your eyes. The stories are concise. The writing is fluid and easy to understand. I was struck, however, by the intensity and hard edge realism of some of them. There is a section on death and a number of the other stories touch on grief, divorce, loss and death. My son just lost his grandmother in March (my mom) so I believe some of these tales will be helpful. They touched my own heart. Parents should be aware however that there is a heavy dose of despair--albeit overcome by strength and love. Also some nine year olds are more mature, wiser and perhaps less innocent than others. A nine year old from an otherwise happy, intact family who has yet to face a great deal of loss or grief may be taken a back, perhaps even a little frightened. This is a good work that should be reviewed first by a parent. Certainly consider the age prescribed. Also examine your own views on death, dying and marriage dissolution. These stories may helpfully support them, or they may not.

As a consultant in the child and youth development field, I would be more likely to steer the 11-13 year old grappling with specific issues to this Chicken Soup.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awsome stories
The book contains loads of stories of tennagers who survived all this stuff, and acomplished dreams. It's really cool that such book exists that we can read stories of all these adolecents who want to share a storie with us. Some are funny, some are life learning. There are mostly sad stories in the book than anything else, but there good ones! Justdont get me rong, they dont soak the book. It's a nice book and I thing all the teens should read it, to know that there not alone.

5-0 out of 5 stars Never Say Its Too Late
This was a book that whenever you picked it up it touched your heart. It is hard to think that some preteens have to go through what they did. Laugh, cry, get mad, you will eventually do all of this when you pick up this book. I recomend this book to everyone that is having a hard time in their preteen days.

5-0 out of 5 stars Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul
Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul the survival guide for the preteen years is about real stroies of growing up, new friends, laughter, sad moments, tragic deaths, divorcs, changing, and struggle by kids between the ages 11-13. There are 101 stories that are all true. When you read this book you'll realize you're not alone and you can always make it like these survival stories by using you're mind and heart. ... Read more

166. Hour Of The Olympics (Magic Tree House 16, paper)
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Asin: 0679890629
Catlog: Book (1998-10-20)
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Sales Rank: 1867
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Jack and Annie are off on another adventure! This time they are sent to

ancient Greece, where a very important event is taking place. Join them as they

race against time and witness the very first Olympic games!

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5-0 out of 5 stars Take An Hour And Read This Book
The book you are going to read about is called Hour of the Olympics. Mary Pope Osborne wrote it and she is a great writer. This story is about the first Olympic game. The two main characters are named Jack and Annie. This book comes from a series of books, so this is only one adventure. The problem in this story is that Jack and Annie are at the first Olympics and no girls are allowed. Annie sneaks in and gets caught. Can Jack get her out of this mess? To find out you will have to read Hour of the Olympics.

1-0 out of 5 stars Hour of BOREDOM
I did not like this book because it had the most boring mysteries I have ever read.Like most boring books,the kids go somewhere, find what there looking for and, in the case of this book, fly back on a horse with wings.They say boring things along the lines of "how did you learn to read and write?My opinion is that it is a very boring book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic in more ways than imaginable
"Hour Of The Olympics" is good because of the ways you learn about the Olympics, and the Olympic events, plus the legend of Pegasus, the flying horse. So amazing, I almost applauded so loud my neighborhood could hear me! Trust me, you can't miss out on this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic in more ways than imaginable
"Hour Of The Olympics" is good because of the ways you learn about the Olympics, and the Olympic events, plus the legend of Pegasus, the flying horse. So amazing, I almost applauded so loud my neighborhood could hear me. Trust me, you can't miss out on this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Magic Tree House #16: Hour of the Olympics
Magic Tree House is the Harry Potter for the ages 6-9 crowd. The stories are always delightful, and they always have action in it. This is a very good book. I recommend to all kids from the ages 6-9. Kids younger than that can have parents read it to them. ... Read more

167. Victories and Sacrifices (Star Wars: Clone Wars, Vol. 2)
by Haden Blackman, Randy Stradley, John Ostrander, Toms Giorello, Brian Ching, Jan Duursema
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Asin: 1569719691
Catlog: Book (2003-09)
Publisher: Dark Horse
Sales Rank: 9851
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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From one of the swamp moons of Naboo, to the war-torn cityscapes of Brentaal IV, the battles of the Clone Wars have thrown the galaxy into turmoil. New Separatist threats, ranging from deadly biological weapons, to dark Jedi, to unkillable alien bounty hunters, have the loyalist Jedi and their clone troops pushed to their limits. This graphic novel collection contains three separate, yet linked stories of heroism and sacrifice set during the time between Episode II and Episode III! ... Read more

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I have been critical of the occasional lack of quality control by lazy editors at dark horse. But this comic is magnificent! I had tripidations when i realized that two writters, 3 pencilers and 3 inkers were involved. But the editors and everyone else did their jobs and the results are tremendous.

The master plan for the entire PRE-QUEL endeavor has been very satisfying so far, unlike the extremely disappointing NJO. Here the master plan combines excellent novels and comic books with the movies to tell the story.

Excellent followup to volume 1. Great job Lucas films and darkhorse.

5-0 out of 5 stars The New Face of War
The Clone Wars rage on in this exciting volume.

This book contains the first appearances of the two new villains of the Clone Wars: the bounty hunter Durge, and Asajj Ventress, the female Dark Jedi.

If you saw the CW animated series than you are familiar with these villains. They are great new characters, and are the new face of war. Durge has a very cool look as well as an entertaining personality and dialogue.

The art is handled by three artists, all of them excellent. This features the first time Brian Ching drew an issue (Republic #53), and it's nice detailed work. Jan Duuresma is outstanding, as usual. Tomas Giorello also does a commendable job.

Dark Horse is really doing tremendous work with Star Wars right now. In my opinion, the current SW comics are among the best they've ever published.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Wars continue...
Anyone who has read the first collected comic "Star Wars: Clone Wars; Volume 1" knows that the art work and story lines are excellent!!!

This issue expands on the conflict of the Clone Wars and develops the characters more so you can really get a feel for who they are and how they act, especially the Sith Warriors. Volume 2 contains much more action than Volume 1 and leaves you wanting the next Volume already!

If you have a love for Star Wars and the expanded universe of the comics; or if you just love a few great war stories in a sci-fi setting, this is the comic for you. However it should be said that although this comic can be read without reading the first volume, those that have read the first will enjoy this comic more as they can notice the character development and know the origins of some of the conflicts in this volume.

Happy reading and (Always wanted to say this), May the Force be with you! ... Read more

168. Little House (9 Books, Boxed Set)
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
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Catlog: Book (1994-05-30)
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The set includes: Little House in the Big Woods, Little House on the Prairie, Farmer Boy, On the Banks of Plum Creek, By the Shores of Silver Lake, The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie, These Happy Golden Years, and The First Four Years.

Little House in the Big Woods

Wolves and panthers and bears roam the deep Wisconsin woods in the late 1870's. In those same woods, Laura lives with Pa and Ma, and her sisters, Mary and Baby Carrie, in a snug little house built of logs. Pa hunts and traps. Ma makes her own cheese and butter. All night long, the wind howls lonesomely, but Pa plays the fiddle and sings, keeping the family safe and cozy.

Little House on the Prairie

Pa Ingalls decides to sell the little log house, and the family sets out for Indian country! They travel from Wisconsin to Kansas, and there, finally, Pa builds their little house on the prairie. Sometimes farm life is difficult, even dangerous, but Laura and her family are kept busy and are happy with the promise of their new life on the prairie.

Farmer Boy

While Laura Ingalls grows up in a little house on the western prairie, Almanzo Wilder is living on a big farm in New York State. Almanzo and his brother and sisters work at their chores from dawn to supper most days -- no matter what the weather. There is still time for fun, though, especially with the horses, which Almanzo loves more than anything.

On the Banks of Plum Creek

Laura's family's first home in Minnesota is made of sod, but Pa builds a clean new house made of sawed lumber beside Plum Creek. The money for materials will come from their first wheat crop. Then, just before the wheat is ready to harvest, a strange glittering cloud fills the sky, blocking out the sun. Soon millions of grasshoppers cover the field and everything on the farm. In a week's time, there is no wheat crop left at all.

By the Shores of Silver Lake

Pa Ingalls heads west to the unsettled wilderness of the Dakota Territory. When Ma, Mary, Laura, Carrie, and baby Grace join him, they become the first settlers in the town of De Smet. And Pa begins work on the first building in what will soon be a brand-new town on the shores of Silver Lake.

The Long Winter

The first terrible storm comes to the barren prairie in October. Then it snows almost without stopping until April. Snow has reached the rooftops, and no trains can get through with food or coal. The people of De Smet are starving, including Laura's family, who wonder how they're going to make it through this terrible winter. It is young Almanzo Wilder who finally understands what needs to be done. He must save the town, even if it means risking his own life.

Little Town on the Prairie

The long winter is over. With spring come socials, parties, and "Literaries." There is also work to be done. Laura spends many hours each day sewing shirts to help send Mary to a college for the blind. But in the evenings, Laura makes time for a new caller, Almanzo Wilder.

These Happy Golden Years

Laura is teaching school, and it's terrifying! Most of the students are taller than she is, and she must sleep away from home for the first time. Laura is miserable, but the money is needed to keep Mary in a college for the blind. And every Friday -- no matter what the weather -- Almanzo Wilder arrives to take Laura home to her family for the weekend. Laura and Almanzo are courting, and even though she's not yet sixteen, she knows that this is a time for new beginnings.

The First Four Years

Laura and Almanzo Wilder have just been married! Their life on a small prairie homestead begins with high hopes. But each year seems to bring unexpected disasters -- storms, sickness, fire, and unpaid debts. These first four years call for courage, strength, and a great deal of determination. Always, though, there is love, especially for the newest member of the family -- baby Rose.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Real Live History- Without Boring Nonsense
I love the Little House Books. I have read every one of them at least 5 times. They never get boring. The Litttle House Books are Non-Fiction- They are the best history books about the pioneer days. I am currently reading Farmer Boy, which is about Almanzo- Laura's future hustband. I just finished reading Little House on the Prairie to my kids- they loved it. They are asking questions about the pioneer days. If you want to get someone intrested in history start them on the little house books. Little House books are worth so much. I also like them because it is easier for children to understand history from another child's point of view. I hope every one reads the Little House books and learn about pioneer days in a fun and exciting way.

5-0 out of 5 stars Before there was Harry Potter ...
If memory serves me correctly, I discovered Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House" books around the age of seven. I do remember being the envy of my third-grade classmates when I received the entire boxed set AND "On The Way Home" for Christmas. Of course, newer generations only know Laura from the TV series, which, as an earlier reviewer remarked, was the epitome of schmalzy, rose-glassed views of pioneer life, but interestingly enough included some real incidents Laura never put in the books (the death of the baby brother and living in the hotel). The books, however, still stand the test of time. True, some of the harsher elements of frontier life are glossed over to an extent--these are books aimed at kids, after all--but overall the books are an fascinating study of life on the prairie in the post-Civil War years. Much like Harry Potter, the Little House books can be read and enjoyed by adults. My only quibble with the books is that I've always felt that there should have been another book between "On The Banks of Plum Creek" and "On The Shores of Silver Lake," since there's a jump of about five years between the two. According to some of Laura's biographers, however, Laura's family had some rough experiences during that time, so that might explain the lack.

Still, there's a reason these books are classics--the descriptions are top-notch, they're moralistic without smacking you over the head, and they're just plain fun to read. I still have the boxed set (not the same one I got for Christmas, alas), and on snowy days in my own little house I find myself curled up in front of the fire with "Farmer Boy" or "These Happy Golden Years." Enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars Definately worth 25$
I first read these books when I was in first grade. Since then, my copies have disintegrated because they've been read so often. As an English teacher, I'm online right now looking for a new set to use in the classroom. Of course, at 23, I still plan on reading them again myself first. This set is amazing - it combines history and great writing.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Childhood Favorite of Mine Too!
When I was a little girl in the 1970's I was a big fan of the Little House on The Prairie TV show and I was very happy when one Christmas, probably either 1974 or 1975 I received a boxset of the Little House book series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and I loved the books. I still have my books but no longer have the box they came in and the books have gotten a lot of wear and tear from many people reading them such as myself and with them being borrowed many times over the years by friends, cousins, my niece, etc but that just proves how well loved these books are. The set has 9 books which are all outstanding and are the true life stories and adventures of the real Ingalls family and written by Laura who wrote about her family, what life was like back in the mid to late 1800's etc and the books are Little House in the Big Woods, Little House on the Prairie, On The Banks of Plum Creek, By The Shores of Silver Lake, The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie, These Happy Golden Years which introduces Laura Ingall's husband to be, Almanzo Wilder, The First Four Years which details Laura and Almanzo's married life and their daughter Rose plus there is also Farmer boy. Most of the books detail The Ingall's family from their life in their homestate of Wisconsin to their journeys to Kansas, Oklahoma, Minnesota and finally The Dakota Territory which is where Laura met Almanzo but there is also the book Farmer Boy which Laura wrote about Almanzo's account of his childhood on a farm in New York state. These books are great and I highly recommend them to people of all ages, but I especially recommend buying the boxset!

5-0 out of 5 stars A childhood favorite!
Heroines: varied

Travel westward in a covered wagon with the Ingalls family and experience the joys of family reunions, the daily drudgery of feeding chickens and milking cows, and the terror of tornadoes, sudden blizzards which dump yards of snow around you, and "wild" Indians who appear at your doorstep.

What worked for me:

These books just thrilled me as a child and they thrill me still as I read them aloud to my own children now. I love watching their fascination at what a struggle it was to survive in the rugged American wilderness, and can't help but smile as they absorb their first history lesson in such a painless fashion.

Size-wise Laura Ingalls was described as being round like a French pony, but she really longed to be willowy with golden curls like her older sister Mary. From the very first book we hear how five year old Laura was so disappointed with her appearance and see how she always measured herself against her sister's paler beauty.

What didn't work for me:

The only disappointment I have had with this series is that the final book is so short and lacks the warmth of the earlier novels, probably because Mrs. Wilder passed away before it was rewritten.


Fans of historical and juvenile literature should enjoy these books. (And fans of romance should enjoy the later books when Laura meets her husband.)

Note: The series was the basis of the popular television show, "Little House on the Prairie".

Warning: The story is sweet and easygoing, but also deals with the harsh realities of life in that era. It is less than "PC" at times because it accurately depicts the general attitude towards native Americans in those days. If you are planning to read this to a youngster, be prepared for possible questions on these matters.

If you liked the "Little House" series you might also enjoy the "Anne of Green Gables" series. ... Read more

169. Magic Tree House Boxed Set Vol. 2 (5-8)
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Catlog: Book (2002-05-28)
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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This Magic Tree House set including the following titles:

Night of the Ninjas (Magic Tree House, No. 5)
Afternoon on the Amazon (Magic Tree House, No. 6)
Sunset of the Sabertooth (Magic Tree House, No. 7)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A pleased parent
I cannot believe how my son is reading! I bought him the first 8 books for Christmas and by New Years he had read all but one - on his own! He'd rather books than movies!

5-0 out of 5 stars Afternoon on the Amazon - book #6
Meet Jack and Annie. Jack is an eight year old boy who seeks adventure. In every trip, Jack takes notes to learn more interesting facts. He carries his little backpack almost everywhere with his useful supplies inside. Annie is Jack's little sister. Annie is just one year younger than Jack. These two siblings have great times together in many different places. Annie is a sweet, honest, considerate girl who looks up to Jack.

Jack and Annie go lots of places, in lots of different times, helping others in their time, in the present and in the past. For example, in another book, in the same series (Magic Tree House Series) I read a book about Jack and Annie with George Washington! That was a long time ago!

Afternoon on the Amazon is an exciting book about Jack and Annie who try to help Morgan le Fay by finding four special things. (Everything they find starts with "M".) In the tree house, every time, they climb up the ladder, look for their trusty friend, Peanut the mouse, and point to a picture in a book while wishing to go there. The tree house starts to spin, spin, and spin faster until they appear in a tree in the place they wish to go. In the rain forest, Jack and Annie have trouble with the following animals: a mother cheetah, a crocodile, a monkey, an army of ants, piranhas and a snake. But in the end, Jack and Annie find out that the animals were just being themselves, with the monkey just trying to be helpful.

My favorite part of the book is when Jack is trying to stop their boat, and he accidentally snatched a snake. It really shakes up the story. Jack and Annie try to push the boat fast and duck their heads. They safely escaped, scared to death!

This is a very exciting book. In every book (from the Magic Tree House series) behind the cover, it says good things about the author and her books. By reading her books you can see if you think these words are right. I personally think this book matches what the people say. I recommend Mary Pope Osborne's books to everyone! ... Read more

170. The Journal of William Thomas Emerson: A Revolutionary War Patriot (My Name Is America)
by Barry Denenberg
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Catlog: Book (1998-09-01)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Great book for a young history buff
I read this book to my 6 year old who is interested in the Revolutionary war. It was hard to find a book to tell about this period of time that was fitting for a 6 year old child. He was on the edge of his seat though most of the story and begged me to read "just one more page"

It is written in journal form so you learn about the people he meets and everything that happens first hand. At the end it tells you what happened to each person from the story...the part my son found most interesting.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great first book in the My Name is America series.
This book, the first in the My Name is America series, was very good. It is the journal of William, a twelve year old orphan working at a tavern in Boston in 1774. Will joins the cause of the Patriots who want to break free from British rule. I highly reccomend this book.

2-0 out of 5 stars Don't read it!
It wasn't very good in my opinion. It is about a 12 year old boy in 1774. His parents die and he runs away to Boston and lives with Mr. Wilson. He becomes a patriot messenger and helps find things out about the British.

4-0 out of 5 stars Super Mega Ultra Krunk Review
I thought this was a very good book, because of how it tells about the revolutionary war in a young boys perspective. He becomes a spy and has to do a secret mission for a man who picked him up on the side of the road. My family has never been struck by lighnting,but I have been picked up on the side of the road.

4-0 out of 5 stars A True Patriot
The Journal of William Thomas Emerson is a story of a 12-year-old orphan boy. He makes friends in Boston, Massachusetts after his family died in a tragic fire. He learns of the horrors of the war, that he never thought was true. He loses a friend or two in the struggle for American freedom and finds that he, himself is a patriot awaiting for liberty. He puts his life in danger to help a group of patriots find the American cause. When his friend Henry is in danger, he is a true friend and finds the one thing that is necessary for him to say goodbye. This historical fiction book is a great book, and I recommend that you buy it. ... Read more

171. Gorilla Doctors:Saving Endangered Great Apes (Scientists in the Field Series)
by Pamela S. Turner
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Mountain gorillas are fierce, playful, territorial, curious, and beautiful. They are also one of the most endangered species in the world. For many years, these gorillas have faced the threat of violent death at the hands of poachers. In order to protect the gorillas, funds are raised through "gorilla tourism,"bringing people into the forest to see these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. This tourism is vital, but it has brought a new threat to the mountain gorillas: illness and death by human disease.

The Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project is a group of courageous and talented veterinarians working to save the mountain gorilla population in Rwanda and Uganda. They study the effects of human exposure, document the daily lives of the gorillas, and even act as foster parents to an orphaned gorilla baby named Fearless. Through engaging text and stunning photographs, Pamela Turner takes readers on an exploration like no other in this gripping tale of science, nature, and the conservation of life.
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172. Midnight Over Sanctaphrax (Edge Chronicles)
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Publisher: David Fickling Books
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A spectacular series, filled with memorable characters from gnokgoblins and banderbears, to the avaricious Mother Horsefeather, the lost knights of the Twilight Woods and the loathsome Screed Toe-taker skulking in the Mire. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The best book I ever read!
This book is amazing! before I read the edge chronicles all the books I read were boring, but now I can't wait until the next edge chronicle is out.

the book is about Twig, a young sky pirate captain who has set out to find his lost crew, regain his memory and save the floating city of sanctaphrax.

I would recomend this book to anybody looking for a good read! ... Read more

173. Freak the Mighty
by Rodman Philbrick
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Catlog: Book (2001-06-01)
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A stunning young adult novel by Rodman Philbrick that tells the heartwrenching story of two ³special ed² boys who pair up to form a unique and empowering friendship.Two boys‹a slow learner stuck in the body of a teenage giant and a tiny Einstein in leg braces‹forge a unique friendship when they pair up to create one formidable human force. Made into the film, The Mighty. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars My review of Freak The Mighty (...)
I thought that the story ,''Freak The Mighty was a very good book ,aswell as a very good movie.In my opinion , the story of ''Freak The Mighty'',was aninteresting ,exciting,funny ,and somewhat sad story. Minus the fact that this story was somewhat sad ,''Freak The Mighty'' contained all of the qualities that I would like to find in a story.When I had first began to read this story ,I figured that it would be a pretty good story .But I never would have guessed that it would be this good of a story.

''Freak The Mighty'' was about two boys ,named Maxwell and Kevin ,also known as Max and Freak . Max and Freak were in the seventh grade .Max was a very big boy who was not very bright .And Freak was a very small boy who was as some would say ,''A genius''.Freak was a crippled boy who lived with his mother,and Max lived with his grandparents ,who he called ,''Grim and Gram''. Max lived with his grandparents because ,his father who everyone called ,''Killer Kane'',killed his mother ,and then went to prison.Max and Freak had one thing in common , and that was the fact that the both of them were different from others.Soon they became friends ,and were compared to a knight and his horse . (spoiler) .


5-0 out of 5 stars Freak the Mighty
Adventure,humor and a litle bit of tear jerking is all in this wonderful young-adult novel, Freak the Mighty.

It's the tale of two competele different boys whos come together for one important porpose, to help the innocent.Max Kane is a huge teenager who is constantly tripping over his own feet, literaly. Max's is haunted by his mass-murderer father, Killer Kane. His father killed his mother when he was a young baby and now he lives with his grandparents.

On the other hand you have Freak. A boy who has never really been out in the world without being stepped on, literaly, the guy is like 3 feet tall. Freak has this problem that does'nt let him walk without a walker or leg brases.

When they are at this festival, Freak can't see anything, so Max's just puts him up on his shoulders and freak starts to like it so he satys up there.

Wanna know the rest........................................................................................................................................................................................................................... read the book.
favorite part page 47 paragraph 2
saddest part page 127 paragraph 3

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Book Alive
Freak the Mighty is an awsome book. It has a bunch of humorous and sad scenes. The part of it that I especially liked was when Max had the squirt gun full of soap, vinegar, and curry powder and he made Killer Kane think his eyes were burning up. Freak the Mighty has a really cool dictionary that Freak wrote. If I were to rank the book, I would give it four stars because it is very tradedous but adventourous. If you like action books, then this is the book for you. Freak the Mighty is one of the best books I have ever read, so I encourage you to read it.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Mighty Truth
Freak The Mighty is a book about two boys who go on many adventures together. The first one of the two is Max or Mighty. He is a very tall bulky individual who is not the smartest person in the3 world. He doesn't like to read too much because he cannot read well. He is discouraged. The other is Freak. He is very smart but he has a problem because he is very small. He has some kind of illness that stopped him from growing much and his legs are of no use to him. He rides on the shoulders of Mighty who is a giant. One day Mighty was in his room when he realized that ther was a boy next door moving in(Freak). he sees that the boy has something he lost some toy in the tree and cant reach it so mighty goes and helps him they become very good freiends aftern a wile and they go on adventures through the town . they out run a local gang and they meet up with a long lost relative that isnt the mosthospitable they get through that barley and after that they will be divided.
I really enjoyed this book it had alot of ploty twists that kept on accuring they go on thrilling adventurers. i would recomend this book very much

5-0 out of 5 stars Freak the mighty
Awesome, its of da heezy fo shezy.It was very funny how dey dissed dat little remedial Blade an he tried to act a fool but got caught by the police.This book is to hot fo T.V its off the heezy u betta go cop that book fo its sold out. ... Read more

174. On My Honor (Yearling Newbery)
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Catlog: Book (1987-10-01)
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Joel's best friend Tony drowns while they are swimming in the forbidden, treacherous Vermilion River. Joel is terrified at having to tell of his disobedience and overwhelmed by his feelings of guilt. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Deep, intense and probing questions for all
On My Honor is a heartwrenching story of guilt and responsibility. I read this book quickly in one sitting. It was amazing. It was depressing. It definitely deserved the Newberry Honor Medal it received.

Marion Dane Bauer is a great author. Her characters are rich and personable. Readers quickly fall in with the protagonist, Joel, a bright boy with a strong conscience. Joel is the source of approval for many, including his best friend Tony. As Bauer writes, it becomes apparent, that the only commonality between the two friends is the fact that they were nearly the same age and lived across the street from each other.

Bauer wastes no time presenting the conflict. Joel struggles to stand firm in his beliefs against Tony's taunting dares and flamboyant disregard for safety. Joel quickly realizes after tragedy strikes that even his faith in his father's good judgement isn't enough. When Tony dies, nothing can comfort Joel, who makes a rash decision to disregard his own conscience.

I appreciate the way the author emphasizes the role parents play in teaching their children responsibility and the joint effort necessary in sharing guilt when misplaced responsibility backfires. Joel's father, does his best to comfort Joel, and even shares the responsibility for Joel's guilt. As a teacher, I meet many parents who are unwilling to take responsibility for their children's actions, decisions, and mistakes. This book points out the importance and role parents must play in the lives of their children.

I really got wrapped up in this story. I was however very disppointed in the ending. Joel spends the majority of the novel struggling with guilt. In an effort to absolve himself from responsibility Joel weaves a series of painful lies that affect both families deeply. Bauer never really resolves this. When the truth comes out, Joel runs from the consequences. Though he may never escape the impact his decisions have on himself, there is no resolution for Joel's responsibility to Tony's family. The pain that both families must face will take time to heal and will have a lasting impact on all readers.

I was also disappointed in Bauers disregard for spiritual comfort. She brings up the ideas of God, Heaven and afterlife, only to disregard them. This probably reflects Bauer's own beliefs, however, and must be recognized as such.
"Do you believe in Heaven?" (Joel) asked at last. "Do you believe Tony's gone there?"
His father bent toward him. "If there is a heaven, I'm sure Tony's gone there," he replied. "I can't imagine a heaven that could be closed to charming reckless boys."
If! Joel felt as he were sinking through the bed. "What do you mean...if there's a heaven?"
"I dont suppose anybody knows...."
Christian readers will find little comfort, and even less familiarity in this novel.

I recommend this book to anyone who appreciates a very dramatic read. It is also a good book that addresses guilt, lying, death and responsibility. Joel's struggle represents the struggle all preteens face when compromising the responsibilities and confidence their parents have placed in them.

4-0 out of 5 stars fifth grade litature group
Why is the book called On My Honor? " On you honor Joel. You won't go any where but the park?" " On my honor.

On my honor is about two boys who break a promise, and one of the boys drown when they go to the river instead of the park.
Joel dared Tony to swim to the sand bar. That's why Tony died.
After Joel couldn't find Tony he despratly needed help. He ran out in front of a car and asked for help.But there wasn't any luck.
Joel went home and locked himself inside of the house.His father came home and wonderd where Tony was but Joel lied. Tony's mother and father were very worried.

Can you imagine what the rest of the story is about?
If not this is a good book to read.

5-0 out of 5 stars On My Honor
I am a student at West Virginia State University. I am currently taking a Children's Literature class from Professor Samples. I chose this book not knowing anything about it. Once I picked it up to read, I couldn't let it down. I thought it was written really well. This story taught the importance of standing up for yourself-no matter what.

5-0 out of 5 stars Powerful, moving, and haunting
The first time I ever read this book, I was in graduate school studying to become a librarian. We had to read a book a night, and up until my experience in grad. school, I'd been the reader of only romance and mystery novels. I read this book in about two hours, and I was extremely moved. WOW. Now it's 5 years later, and I just read this book to my 5/6 grade students. It has been the only book that we've read this year that the kids have TRULY enjoyed. I had students telling me that they really wanted to read after reading this. I had students that wanted to buy the book. It is an excellent story which helps students understand peer pressure, character values, and making the right choice. Bauer's portrayal of Joel's guilt using the stench of the river is absolutely brillant. I highly reccommend this book to all teachers and librarians of young adults.

5-0 out of 5 stars On My Honor
The book, On My Honor, is the audio book I chose for a Language Arts project. It`s a great book if you like adventure and mystery. It`s about two boys who are friends and a lie that they tell their fathers. They promised, on their honor, they were going swimming at the local pool but instead they went to the river. The lie they told ended with a tragedy. It`s a book worth reading and it makes you think how a small lie can change your life forever. ... Read more

175. D'aulaire's Book of Greek Myths
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Catlog: Book (1962-10-19)
Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers
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Average Customer Review: 4.86 out of 5 stars
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No education is complete without a large slice of Greek mythology. And there's no better way of meeting that literary quota than with the D'Aulaires' book. All the great gods and goddesses of ancient Greece are depicted in this big, beautiful classic, lovingly illustrated and skillfully told. Young readers will be dazzled by mighty Zeus, lord of the universe; stirred by elegant Athena, goddess of wisdom; intimidated by powerful Hera, queen of Olympus; and chilled by moody Poseidon, ruler of the sea. These often impetuous immortals flounce and frolic, get indiscreet, and get even. From petty squabbles to heroic deeds, their actions cover the range of godly--and mortal--personalities.

The D'Aulaires' illustrations have a memorable quality: once pored over, they will never leave the minds of the viewer. Decades later, the name Gaea will still evoke the soft green picture of lovely Mother Earth, her body hills and valleys and her eyes blue lakes reflecting the stars of her husband, Uranus the sky. No child is too young to appreciate the myths that have built the foundation for much of the world's art and literature over the centuries.This introduction to mythology is a treasure. (Ages 10 to adult) --Emilie Coulter ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Should be required reading!
I checked this book out of the library dozens of times as a child. The stories and intrigue of the Greek pantheon, combined with the outstanding illustrations, make this book a must-read for any child (or adult) with more than a passing interest in history, or religion or mythology. To this day, not having seen the book in nearly 20 years, I can recall vividly the illustration of Argus with his hundred eyes, standing in Hera's chamber. Or Athena, springing fully formed from Zeus' head. Another thing I like is that the authors didn't sugarcoat any of the Greek myths, which were as red in tooth and claw as Nature herself. To me, that would have destroyed the impact and power of these stories. This book is truly a classic of kids' literature.

5-0 out of 5 stars A treasure from my childhood.
This book has been in print for at least 40 years. It was my introduction to Greek mythology when I was in elementary school in the early 60s. Now, a very educated middle aged man who has read Homer, Hesiod, Ovid, the Athenian playwrights, and all the great literature based on the mythology, I can tell you that 75% of my basic knowledge of these myths still comes from my devouring, re-reading, absorbing D'Aulaire in what can only be called a child's fantasy paradise. I have no children, but if I did and could gift them as I was gifted, I would count myself a successful parent if I did nothing more than introduce them to this book. The gorgeous illustrations are still burned in my memory. How any team of writers could depict Kronos devouring his children, Arachne being transformed into a spider, and so forth, and not make it frightening to a small child--well, this book is a miracle. Check it out and may your family cherish it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Audio Book is captivating, enchanting and wonderful
No need for a lot of words here, it is just excellent, and probably my favorite audio book ever. The talents of Broderick, Poiter, Newman and Turner simply inspire me. Enthralling, interesting, as well as addictive.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is the Basics.
An adult friend gave me a ripped but still good book of this
, I read it, and there was the start of my myth-mania.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book, even better on tape
These stories hold my 6-year-old spellbound, as well as the rest of the family! Consider getting the audio version, though, read by Paul Neuman, Kathleen Turner, Matthew Broderick and Sidney Poitier. Talk about great listening! Their readings are fantastic. And you don't have to worry about properly pronouncing all those Greek names! ... Read more

176. W.I.T.C.H. Chapter Book: Worlds Apart - Book #14 (W.I.T.C.H. Chapter Books (Paperback))
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When Will's mother informs her that they will be moving, Will is convinced this means the end of the Guardians. It takes a dangerous (and familiar) enemy to prove to the girls that their friendship and powers are still magical. ... Read more

177. The Callahan Cousins #1 : Summer Begins (Callahan Cousins)
by Elizabeth Doyle Carey
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5-0 out of 5 stars Fun Stuff - Loved It!
I highly recommend this story.My friends and I all loved it and it reminds us of our group.I am so happy that it is going be a series of books because I am waiting to start on the next one.Definitely read this as it is a really fun book.

5-0 out of 5 stars awesome read!
I LOVED this book, it was so great! I can't wait for the next one! ... Read more

178. A Children's Haggadah
by Howard Bogot, Robert J. Orkand, Devis Grebu
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Asin: 0881230596
Catlog: Book (1994-02-15)
Publisher: Central Conference of American Rabbis
Sales Rank: 647006
Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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This unique Haggadah designed especially for young people is a delightful asset to any seder table-at home, in religious schools or at community centers. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Children love it
Our 11 and 6 year old grandchildren love this Haggadah. They are able to follow the order of the Seder and the Passover story. A note for the reviewer who stated "Well it does not mention Moses at all." In fact, Moses is not mentioned in any traditional Haggadah. This is deliberate because the Jewish people are discouraged from treating Moses as a diety.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Haggadah for elementary school age kids
Our children are 4, 6, and 10. This Haggadah is terrific for all of them. It is beautifully illustrated. It has all of the traditional elements of a seder presented in a way that kids can understand, and also will enable you to get through the seder on a brief enough timeline to get the point across within a child's attention span. The book is entirely in English, but also shows Hebrew words for things in the seder and Hebrew blessings.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Haggadah for young children
We fell in love with this Haggadah. Our three year old was very interested in hearing the story in terms she could understand, the text refers to slavery in terms of not being able to go to movies, school, etc. We added playgroups, no treats, and so on. She loved the illustrations and was able to stay interested throughout the book. We look forward to using it this year for our seder. I beleive young children will be able to stay interested in this haggadah much longer than a traditional one. I don't think it is realistic to expect children three to five to be able to sit for an hour of anything. This book should make our evening flow nicely and fun for everyone. The text is not so simplistic that Parents would not enjoy it as much as the children.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not for young kids
We used this haggadah a couple years ago when our kids were five and three years old. It was much too complicated and wordy for children this age. All the younger children were bouncing off the walls only half way through the seder. However, it was beautifully illustrated!

3-0 out of 5 stars Good but not great
Why is this haggadah different from all others? Well it does not mention Moses at all. I don't like their version of the Exodus story. It is very brief, dry and male-centered. In fact there are few or no mentions of women in this haggadah. The illustrations are great and there are many songs but the tone is somehow uninspiring. ... Read more

179. Four Fudge Books
by Judy Blume
list price: $23.96
our price: $14.37
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Asin: 0142501964
Catlog: Book (2003-09-01)
Publisher: Puffin Books
Sales Rank: 888
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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What's better than a double dose of fudge?An entire box! The first four books in the incredibly popular Fudge series are now available in a gifty boxed set. Whether Fudge is swallowing a turtle, digging up worms, or vowing to marry his neighbor Sheila, he'll definitely be driving his older brother Peter crazy.One thing's for sure, anything is possible when Fudge is around! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars all these years....
I read almost all of Judy's books when I was a kid. From the 3rd grade, probably til middle school. Iam almost 29 now. And I still remember them. They are still with me. I would like to read them again. And pass them on to my nieces.

5-0 out of 5 stars Cool!
I read 3 of the four books and I assure you they are funny! ... Read more

180. Stormchaser (Edge Chronicles)
list price: $12.95
our price: $9.71
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Asin: 0385750706
Catlog: Book (2004-06-22)
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Sales Rank: 2335
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Since his childhood in the DeepWoods, young Twig has always longed to soar above the forest canopy and explore the sky. Now a crew member on his father’s sky pirate ship, the Stormchaser, his dream seems fulfilled. But a much higher destiny awaits Twig. The lofty city of Sanctaphrax—built on a giant rock, floating high in the sky—is at the point of disaster. The city’s future is dependent on stormphrax—a valuable substance available only from the heart of a Great Storm. And only the Stormchaser, with Twig onboard, could risk entering a storm. . . . ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, though dark.
First, I'd like to say that this isn't a book for early childhood readers... I really wouldn't recommend it for children under twelve or so. There's rampant character death in all manner of gruesome ways.

That aside, I think this is my favorite book in one of my favorite series. The story is interesting, the characters are likeable and believeable (especially Twig!). The world that the author creates is so complex and elegantly detailed, I think that it's actually developed better than Rowling's wizarding world. Very very good book!

4-0 out of 5 stars Action and Adventure!
This book is a thrilling read-a truly great book. The wierd and wonderful creatures coupled with Chris Riddel's imaginative illustrations are a real asset to a fabulous story-line. However, it is quite sad-a lot of deaths may upset happily-ever-after-lovers; but it is still one of favourite books. Since this is the second in the series I recommend that you read the first: but to sum it up Paul Stewart and Chris Riddel have created a gem! ... Read more

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