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81. The Summer Camp Handbook : Everything
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81. The Summer Camp Handbook : Everything You Need to Find, Choose and Get Ready for Overnight Camp -- and Skip the Homesickness
by Christopher A. Thurber PhD, Jon C. Malinowski PhD, Mark Scott, Christopher A. Thurber, Jon C. Malinowski
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Asin: 1930085001
Catlog: Book (2000-03)
Publisher: Independent Publishers Group
Sales Rank: 377471
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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This resource includes information on how to decide when the time is right, how to find and evaluate different kinds of camps, how to prepare for the adventure, and how to prevent homesickness. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A book for every parent
I bought Chris Thurber's book on Friday, and watched him on NBC's Today Show this morning (June 9, 2003). Seeing him in person confirms what I thought: he is a camping expert with a wealth of helpful information for parents and kids alike. I feel so much better sending my son to camp knowing that Chris and Jon's research has helped us prepare in a way that will maximize the fun and minimize the homesickness at camp. Buying this book is a small investment in a positive experience whose benefits, I am sure, will last a lifetime. (I found the perfect camp for my son by visiting the American Camping Association's web page: acacamps.org.)

5-0 out of 5 stars I wish I had found this book a year earlier!
This book really covers what you need to know before you send your child to sleepaway camp. The part that was most helpful to me was the research the authors have done on homesickness. Before I got this book I was guessing about how to handle my daughter's homesickness, and I came up with one or two of their recommendations. But after I read this book I felt I understood how to handle this with my daughter and also what the camp and counselors can do to help. There's a great list of all the things you can do. And everything the authors said rings true with my experience.

It's well written, easy to follow, and has parts written just for kids to read. There's even a section to tell kids how to get the most out of camp - from general guidelines on how to treat others to good advice on how to deal with living with lots of kids in a small space.

Every parent, camper, counselor and camp director should read this book! Parents will have a more relaxing time while their kids are away, campers will know better what to expect and how to have the most fun, counselors will know better what to do, and camp directors will have fewer problems with kids AND parents.

5-0 out of 5 stars Homesickness and camp
This is a must read book for any parent who plans on sending their child to camp. The information on homesickness is invaluable and based on studies done by Dr. Thurber. This is not a book of testimonials but is backed up by honest to goodness scientific studies and presented in a very readable and pleasurable way.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Camper's Goldmine
This book is fantastic for kids and parents searching for and learning more about camps. It is easy to navigate to find exactly what you are looking for. As a camp counselor myself I can tell anyone that Drs. Malinowski and Thurber are giving great advice about every aspect of the camp experience.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hi Dr. Thurber!
An excellent, thought provoking, ingenious way which shows a brand new take on the raising of children, and the process of ensuring that somehow, some way, they WILL be able to get through that taxing two weeks of summer camp without a horrible, untimely death. ... Read more


82. Circle Round : Raising Children in Goddess Traditions
by Starhawk, Diane Baker, Anne Hill
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Asin: 0553378058
Catlog: Book (2000-02-01)
Publisher: Bantam
Sales Rank: 34580
Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
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In our rushed, stressed society, it's sometimes difficult to spend meaningful time as a family. Now Starhawk, Diane Baker, and Anne Hill offer new ways to foster a sense of togetherness through celebrations that honor the sacredness of life and our Mother Earth.

Goddess tradition embraces the wheel of life, the never-ending cycle of birth, growth, love, fulfillment, and death. Each turn of the wheel is presented here, in eight holidays spanning the changing seasons, in rites of passage for life transitions, and in the elements of fire, air, water, earth, and spirit. Circle Round is rich with songs, rituals, craft and cooking projects, and read-aloud stories, as well as suggestions for how you can create your own unique family traditions. Here are just some of the ways to make each event in the cycle of life more special:


  • Mark Summer Solstice by making sweet-smelling herb pillows for good dreams
  • Send a teenager off to college with the Leaving Behind and Carrying With rituals
  • Comfort an injured child with the Tree of Life meditation
  • Commemorate a loved one by planting or donating a tree

As a one-of-a-kind resource for people of many faiths and beliefs, Circle Round will be a beloved companion in your home for years to come.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Best Resource for Pagan Parents
When I'm planning out our seasonal rituals, stories, crafts and food, this is the first resource I pull off the shelf. I have several Pagan friends (and some non-Pagan even) who own this book and love it as well. I've used most of the stories and recipes with great success. Some of the crafts are a little bit too "disposable" for my tastes, but I upgrade the materials and methods to create something more lasting. Overall, an excellent book, and I wish there were more resources out there like this one for Pagan parents.

Personally, I didn't find the book to be sexist, political or the other usual things that are often attributed to books by Starhawk and other Reclaiming authors. Being the mother of two sons (and no daughters), using this book with our entire family (three males, one female), I have never run across anything in this book that felt condescending or negative toward the male gender. However, I am female and I do follow the Reclaiming tradition...so there's my own bias.

Anyone with concerns could visit the Reclaming.org website or the Circleround.com website for more information before making the purchase.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book is a MUST for pagan parents !
I just finished reviewing this book and it is a MUST for pagan parents! Wonderful stories to help young ones learn about dieties, tradition and celebrating the Sabbaths. Lot's of great craft ideas and songs too. Made me wish I could raise my children all over again. (Well, almost) EN

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource
This book has stories, songs, recipies, and crafts for the Pagan family. It is fun and I have been able to incorporate many of its ideas in a ritual context.

5-0 out of 5 stars essential resource
This book is hands down, the best resource for raising Pagan children! Much of the text is meant to be read to a child and really gets on her/his level in explaining ideas and concepts in Nature Spirituality. Included are recipes, craft ideas, and stories for eight Pagan holidays. There is also a lot of helpful information in this book for dealing with criticism and discrimination.

5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELENT
A must have if your interested in sharing Pagan beliefs with children. Loaded with stories, crafts and fun. teaching children how to respect the earth and life around them. My daughters are teenagers now and have the knowledge to defend the rumors of Paganism and witchcraft. They also have the strength to look at religion as a whole in a healthy light. It is fun to share something special with your children and with this book you can truly give to them many hours of fun and learning. This book has it all.... ... Read more


83. 125 Brain Games for Babies
by Jackie Silberg
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Asin: 0876591993
Catlog: Book (1999-05-15)
Publisher: Gryphon House
Sales Rank: 70109
Average Customer Review: 3.14 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Useful book of neat baby games
I have 125 Brain Games for Babies and love it. It has many little games that I knew but had forgotten about; but it has many more that I never would have come up with. It does a good job of simply explaining the specifics of brain development and it's importance in the first months of a child's life. This is a good, handy basic book for a new parent.

4-0 out of 5 stars Easy, structured play with your baby
I thought this book was a nice way to do simple activities that stimulated various senses with my baby. I also worked part-time and I gave it to my nanny when I was away to give her ideas of things to do, which she really enjoyed. I liked the specific reasearch linked with each activity to help me understand why a particular activity was helpful. While some of the activities were things I was doing, many were new and I just liked having an easy reference to grab when I wanted to do something I might not have thought about. I also think it's a nice gift for a new Mom.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great for first time parents
This is a nice little book for first time parents who aren't always so sure how to 'intelligently' entertain the new little person in their lives. Everybody wants their child to become the smartest and best they can be but find it sometimes difficult to figure out how exactly to promote that in the first few months. This book gives some nice and simple ideas that anyone can follow to hopefully get a few extra smiles out of their babies.

3-0 out of 5 stars Overpriced, but pretty good
Considering the content of this book, it is really not worth the fifteen dollars listed on the cover. It consists of games and activities that are basically traditional; the sorts of things that most mothers do with their babies. Five to ten dollars at most would have been a much more reasonable price.

However, it is not a bad book at all. Contrary to what the previous reviewers said, parents will not automatically know all of these games. Granted, I would definitely have done some of the things mentioned in the book with my child anyway (for example, holding the baby and making faces), but many of the other games may expand the parent's "bag of tricks" or inspire new ideas in them, and there's nothing wrong with that!

The best thing about the book is that it emphasizes the importance of human affection and interaction in promoting brain development, rather than expensive toys or gadgets. So go ahead and purchase it if you find it on sale, or take it out of the library. Just getting a few good games or tips will make it worth your time.

1-0 out of 5 stars A Useless Book
The activities introduced in this book are common sense only. Don't waste money to buy this book. ... Read more


84. Active Learning for Twos (Addison-Wesley Active Learning Series)
by Debby Cryer, Thelma Harms, Beth Bourland
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Asin: 0201213362
Catlog: Book (1987-10-01)
Publisher: Dale Seymour Publications
Sales Rank: 263565
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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A favorite of parents and caregivers.Over 300 innovative and easy-to-do activities. Twos. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally well organized and thorough.
This outstanding book for parents and caregivers of two year olds is the third in a series. It offers activities that promote total child development, including physical, mental, and the creative aspects of learning. The organization into easily located categories makes it easy to quickly locate an appropriate activity. As a grandparent-caregiver who used the books for Baby and One-year olds, I am pleased to find that the activities are just as well thought-out and age appropriate in this book as in the other two. The instructions are very clear and there are enough activities that even if only half of them were tried you would never run out of interesting things to do. ... Read more


85. 101 Things Every Kid Should Do Growing Up
by Alecia T. Devantier
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Asin: 1570718628
Catlog: Book (2003-03-01)
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Sales Rank: 155821
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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A wealth of creative experiences for building a well-rounded childhood.

This hands-on, imaginative book offers 101 experiences every child should have as they grow toward adulthood. Each entree provides practical suggestions that help you make each of these experiences a reality. The examples include:

o Every child should believe in things that can’t be seen—which offers details on how a child can create a special drawstring bag for the nap fairy or elf who can leave behind small rewards.

o Every child should catch snowflakes on his tongue and eyelashes—which explains how a child can also capture a snowflake using cardboard.

o Every child should publish a book—which describes how your youngster can go about becoming his or her own publisher.

o Every child should camp out in the backyard—which also shows how your youngster can do precisely that in his or her own living room if no yard exists.

o Every child should have a dream for the future and an adult who believes in that dream. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource!
This is an excellent resource for kids, parents, and teachers. My kids and I loved it!

5-0 out of 5 stars A "must have" for all parents and parents-to-be
Alecia has captured the true meaning of childhood, putting together a comprehensive collection of activities that will captivate children and take their parents back to their own carefree days. A "must have" addition to the library of parents and parents-to-be! ... Read more


86. Water Babies: Teach Your Baby the Joys of Water - From Newborn Floating to Toddler Swimming
by Francoise B. Freedman
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Asin: 0754807932
Catlog: Book (2001-04-01)
Publisher: Lorenz Books
Sales Rank: 328809
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book
This book doesn't just teach babies how to swim, it teaches an attitude towards them..I'm learning how to teach patiently and learn that there's no dead line. We *are* having fun at the same time. I live in a country where making babies swim sounds strange and this book's helping alot, I don't need to council anyone. I bought another resource when I got this book (a VHS) and it wasn't good at all, it was kind of teaching by force. I stopped using it and I only follow this great book (great photoes too!). Thanks to the author!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for getting your baby into swimming
I bought this book when my baby was 6 weeks old. I love to swim and wanted to introduce her to the water in a fun, safe way. This book was outstanding because it provided easy to follow method. It seemed to answer just about all my questions. I referred to it (and still do) constantly. I probably read it three times to absorb the information. It gave instruction on how to: introduce the baby to water, take your baby underwater, swim with your baby, games to play and steps to get your toddler headed towards swimming. My baby is now an 18 month old toddler who absolutely loves the water. She will jump from me and "swim" to the ladder (she needs some help from me for floatation - she tends to want to go vertical through the water now) she can hold her breath really well and knows when she surfaces that she can take a breath (and when she goes under to hold it). This book provided the perfect approach for us - never pushing, always make sure the baby is having fun and let her progress at her rate. I can't stress how important that is - sometimes she would plateau for a couple of months before making progress again but it isn't about forcing them to swim - it is about making sure they are comfortable in the water. It did cover safety of your baby too. But this is not a "water safe" your baby in six weeks approach type book. This is a slower more baby friendly book. The pictures are awesome and as one person commented before it would be a great coffee table book. My daughter loved to look at the pictures of the babies swimming too. I can't say enough good things about this book. If you want to get your baby or toddler into the water without fear I would recommend this book. Also Water Baby A first book of water skills by Lauren Heston is good too. I thought this book had more details but they go nice together.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource (good coffee table book too)
This book is written along the lines of a traditional child-rearing guide but is laid out with better design and a stronger flow of readability. Essentially it emphasizes the multi-sensory experience and confidence swimming brings to baby and the bonding that occurs with the parents. Excellent color photography add to the high-gloss paper and hardcover binding. A little thin but packed with good information. Highly recommended for new parents. ... Read more


87. Gifted Girls: Activities Guide for 365 Days of the Year: Fun Things to Do for Kids and Grown-Ups That'll Develop Creativity, Social Skills and Self-Confidence!
by Kailin Gow
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Asin: 0971477663
Catlog: Book (2003-11-01)
Publisher: Sparklesoup Studios
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Girls?What do you do on a rainy day? What do you do on a sunny day? What do you do any day of the year? In the Gifted Girls™ Activities Guide for 365 Days of the Year! You'll be prepared to have a fun activity planned for yourself, your family, groups of friends, clubs, wherever and whenever you need or feel like doing something creative.

For Ages:7 to Adult ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Thumbs Up!!
Becoming the best person you can be is a daily practice. Author Gow offers a daily guide full of activities that are creative and inspiring, and always fun. As teacher and parent, I'm using this to help me with any afterschool activities or group activities I have to supervise. Easy-to-understand, and creative, I especially like the Gifted Girls characters guiding you through the process. Unbelievably cute style. I'm picking up a few for my friends. ... Read more


88. Active Learning for Fives
by Debby Cryer
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Asin: 0201494019
Catlog: Book (1995-11-01)
Publisher: Pearson Learning
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A favorite of parents and caregivers.Over 300 innovative and easy-to-do activities.Fives. ... Read more


89. Sharing Nature With Children II
by Joseph Cornell
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Catlog: Book (1989-01-01)
Publisher: Dawn Publications (CA)
Sales Rank: 199622
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Establish a life-long enthusiasm for nature
Joseph Cornell is the author of Sharing Nature With Children (1883220734, $9.95) and Sharing Nature With Children II (1883220874, $9.95). This two volume set showcase nature studies and appreciation activities that any parent, teacher, or child care provider can readily engage in with children. Ann appreciation for the complex and interrelated life forms that comprise the exosphere of their environments is a solid basis to establish a life-long enthusiasm for nature and the out-of-doors, as well as a lasting commitment to environmental issues and concerns. Each volume is available independently, but school and community libraries are urged to acquire them both for the nature activities and environmental reference collections.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good to Have Around
This is a good book to have around when looking for ideas on how to increase our enjoyment and appreciation of nature. While the title says the book is for Sharing Nature with _Children_, the ideas are fun for adults too.

I like how the author provides a four-part framework for the activities described in the book, classifying them as awakening enthusiasm, focusing attention, directing experience, or sharing inspiration.

I also like the stories the author tells about his experiences in environmental education. I could feel his enthusiasm coming through in the stories. Plus, the quotations that open various sections of the book added to my enjoyment.

I found the directions for each activity to be adequate, with a nice range of activities to suit different people and interests. The original Sharing Nature with Children provides more of the same, and the revised edition of the original book incorporates the four-part framework.

I hope you enjoy the book and will use it to not only spend more time enjoying nature but also will be inspired by it to spend more time protecting nature so that future generations can share in this enjoyment. ... Read more


90. Games Children Play: How Games and Sport Help Children Develop
by Kim Brooking-Payne, Marije Rowling, Kate Hammond
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Catlog: Book (1997-08-01)
Publisher: Hawthorn Press
Sales Rank: 103701
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource of games, plus much more!
The subtitle for this book is "How games and sport help children develop." But I find it's much more than this! It is also a unique resource of tried and tested games for all ages levels. The introduction deals with tips for presenting games to children, how to cope with difficulties (such as bullying) and equipment. The bulk of the book is broken into three parts for different age ranges (3-7 year olds, 7-12 year olds and teenagers). Then the three sections are further broken down into game type: music, movement, beanbag games, water games, skipping games, playground games and so much more! Although this book is part of the Rudolf Steiner Education Series and written especially to address Waldorf schooling, it would be a valuable guide for every teacher, movement specialist and parent. I've never seen a better book on this subject! ... Read more


91. 365 Tv-Free Activities You Can Do With Your Child: Plus 50 All-New Bonus Activities
by Steven J. Bennett, Ruth Bennett, Steve Bennett
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Asin: 1580627552
Catlog: Book (2002-10-01)
Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
Sales Rank: 119385
Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
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Make the most of your time with your child-whether it’s five minutes or a whole afternoon-with simple, fun activities that will excite the whole family. From arts and crafts to toymaking to math and number games, 365 TV-Free Activities You Can Do with Your Child will help take your kids away from the tube and stimulate their minds. You’ll promote better health, improved mental abilities, a stronger parent-child bond . . . and the best part is you’ll never hear "I’m bored" again!

Now featuring 50 bonus activities, 365 TV-Free Activities You Can Do with Your Child is a book you’ll dip into everyday.Best of all, these 415 activities require little or nothing in the way of props-usually anything around the house will do-or set-up time. Extensive indexing makes it easy to choose the best activity for any day according to:

-Age group

-Exhaustion factor

-Indoor vs. outdoor

-Materials required

-Skills learned ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars TV free
I tripped across this book at my local library and I am here looking for my own copy, as we are limited on how long we keep it. I brutally removed the kids from their TV addiction, and the transition has been difficult on the older ones especially. This book has been my salvation. The prereader like to pick out things by picture, my beginner read has no problem understanding the direction and my toddler and teen get involved too. We have used this to fill the huge void of television and to stave of the "mom I am bored..." routine. This is a small book it fits in my purse and we take it with us everywhere. Breaking the index down by activity type means I can have a Doctor's waiting room idea or a park idea up in running in 2 minutes. The materials list is in the margin for easy access and all the material are everyday every house items, half of which are in my purse any way... This book is a keeper!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great addition to a family's library
This book was recommended in the book Living the Simple Life. I'm so glad I took the time to get it. It's a wonderful resource for busy families looking to spend some quality time together. So turn that TV off and buy this book. Encourages you and your child's imagination and they learn through playing with simple things around the house and the bonus is that by not watching that TV, you've spent memorable time with each other...what could be better?

5-0 out of 5 stars Lots of activities for your children to choose from
For each activity, the authors explain how to do the activity, materials required and materials that are optional to use

365 activities to choose from which are grouped into 16 categories

Safety reminders are included to ensure safe play environments and to monitor potentially tricky materials

The authors explains the importance of quality tiem and quailty play

Few of the many activites includes:
Alphabet Hands
Atlas Adventure
Crayon Rubbings
Easy House of Cards
Family Calender

Gotcha!
House Detective
I've Got a List
Phone Words
Sand Painting

5-0 out of 5 stars Full of activities your child(ren) will not get bored of
I loved this book. It is full of activities you can do with your child(ren). I recommend this book to anyone who takes care of children, including parent(s).

What I liked about the book is that in the index, it seperates activies into specific categories


*Arts & Crafts *Recycled/Reused Household Materials
*Creativity *Group Play *Memory
*Fantasy Play *Indoor Play *Older Kids Play
*Food Stuff *Math & Numbers *Outdoor Play
*Tire'em Out *Toymaking *Your Time Only

5-0 out of 5 stars PARENTS - BUY THIS BOOK!
I have read literally hundreds of books on how to be a better parent (much less a good one), and have NEVER read one that puts all the tools in my hand better than this one. Buy this book!

There are more than a handful of obvious choices, of course - #126, playing dress up; #229, paper, scissors, rock - but there are lasting treasures here, too - drawing an outline of your child's body on a large sheet of paper for later preservation; growing celery and carrots; drawing a silhouette of your child's head. There isn't enough room here for me to show it all.

The true joy of the book isn't in the ideas - after all, anyone could throw 365 ideas together on a couple of sheets of paper and hey presto! You've got a book...! What the Bennetts do is present the material with a warm humor (expertly offered with grin-cracking illustrations the kids will appreciate, too). This is a book for all ages - I bought mine in 1991, when my oldest was 4, and we still get great ideas from it.

Turn off the TV, pluck the youngsters from in front of it (I'm telling you, they'll still watch it even when it's turned off!) and bust open this book. Stand by for smiles! ... Read more


92. Little Big Book For Dads (Little Big Books (Welcome Enterprises))
by Lena Tabori, Clark Wakabayashi
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Asin: 0941807436
Catlog: Book (2001-03-15)
Publisher: Welcome Books
Sales Rank: 7975
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Welcome published The Little Big Book For Moms in April 2000.Now in its fourth printing (150,000 copies in total), it has been a bestseller for everyone.For Spring 2001, there will be a new Little Big Book filled with stories, poetry, activities, recipes, and songs:The Little Big Book For Dads.All the selections are made with a dad, not a mom, in mind.There are outdoor activities and jokes, even tongue twisters and riddles.Kids can learn to juggle with marshmallows, make one-eyed sailors for breakfast, create electricity with balloons and identify insects, birds, leaves, and stars.With text by writers as diverse, as funny, and as profound as Bill Cosby and Gordon Lightfoot, Shel Silverstein and Kenny Loggins, Ogden Nash and Dr. Seuss, and illustrated throughout with early twentieth-century art from artists including Jessie Willcox Smith, Randolph Caldecott, and Kate Greenaway, this 352-page charm of a book is something special and sweet for dad to share with his little ones. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Little Big Book for Dads
All the books in this series are GREAT!! Illustrations are beautiful, charming pictures which invite the child to enter into the world of each.

The activities are simple and poetry is great. Be sure to check out "The Little Big Book of God". My seven year old grandson is enthralled with reading it himself and the messages are so wonderful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Something special
This unique book makes a thoughtful gift, especially with the companion book for "Moms." So many special stories, rhymes, fairy tales to make you an expert on the "old fashioned" while also supplying notes that warm the sometimes tired parent's soul. We love it!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Find!
Thanks to Lena Tabori for putting together such wonderful books. I can't tell you how much my husband and I and 19 month old daughter are enjoying the Little Big Book for Dads and also the one for Moms. So far, every recipe we have tried has been a hit with the little one. As you may know, toddlers can be picky eaters and we are always searching for recipes we can all enjoy. We can't wait to try the rest of them. "Unfries" have been a weekly addition to our dinner menu. They are so easy and better than French fries. Little Georgia loves the songs, rhymes, and beautiful photos. As she grows older, these books will only become more and more precious. I can sit down with her and go through the whole book and she is very content. I am putting the Christmas book on my wish list this year. Also, I now have wonderful gift ideas for new moms and dads.

5-0 out of 5 stars Baby Bonding Time
Although our daughter was only 7 months old and much of the contents are for toddlers and older, I bought this book for my husband for his first father's day. He loves the time he spends reading the stories to our daughter and is looking forward to when she is big enough to do the other activites. With so much of the focus on moms by infants, I think it's great that dads have a book all their own. This is a great by for any dad. ... Read more


93. New Traditions: Redefining Celebrations for Today's Family
by Susan Abel Lieberman
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5-0 out of 5 stars Real people, real celebrations
I got this book because of the enthusiastic review in Robert Fulghum's "From Beginning to End" and it richly deserves his praise. Susan Lieberman felt the need to give her family a richer emotional life, and found that the conventional holidays and customs didn't satisfy in the context of modern American culture.

So for a couple of years she simply asked everyone she met whether they had invented any new family traditions. And she found dozens. She compiled the real experiences of real families -- simple accounts of what worked and what didn't in creating rich, satisfying family circles.

The suggestions are amazingly simple, yet endlessly inventive. There's the family that decided they would all (parents & 3 kids) walk the family dog after supper every night. Regardless of weather, out they go; walking in all sorts of different pairings and groupings depending on who has what on their minds to talk about. Or the "you are special" dinner plate which, hokey as it seems, works: it appears as the supper plate of whoever has a success or a birthday or any other reason to be feted by the rest of the family that day.

Simple ideas, worked out in real life by real people, to make real lives more resonant. This is a superb book that I'll be giving away as a present to at least 3 other families I can think of, next Christmas. ... Read more


94. Arco 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Raise a Child Who Loves to Read (50 Simple Things Series)
by Kathy A. Zahler
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Simple, fun activities that can give 3- to 8-year-olds a head start on learning and life skills! How can you get your young child to love reading? This guide has fifty great answers! Created by a distinguished educators, this book presents fifty simple, fun, parent-child activities that can help kids develop a love of reading. For each activity, easy-to-follow instructions tell parents what to do, what materials they'll need, how long the activity will take, and how to encourage the child to want to find out more. Kathy A. Zahler is the author of acclaimed elementary language-arts textbooks. ... Read more


95. 365 Games Babies Play: Playing, Growing and Exploring with Babies from Birth to 15 Months
by Sheila Ellison
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96. Simplify Your Life With Kids
by Elaine St. James, Vera Cole
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5-0 out of 5 stars Simplify your life with kids is packed with usable advice
This is the second book I have read by Elaine St. James and once again came away feeling that I could really make a difference in my family life by implementing some, if not all of the suggestions in this book. I have a one and two year old and after reading her suggestions, I now feel I can get some control over the family. This book is packed with very user friendly advice that anyone can implement in their own home. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to make their family life more of an enjoyable experience.

1-0 out of 5 stars Terribly Disappointing
I guess this book falls into the category of "never take parenting advice from someone who never had children". I bought this book because I LOVED "Simplify your life" by this author. I found it very helpful. This book, however, was mostly confounding and fairly depressing. While St. James *did* seek out advice from her friends who had children, these friends apparently take a very 'hands off' approach to their kids.

The book opens with a scenario in which a mother has forgotten to pick up her child and the child is stranded somewhere late in the evening while she tries to figure out a way to get someone else to go pick him up now that she's home and needs to make dinner. This did not bode well for the rest of the book [for those of us who don't routinely completely forget about our children and leave them alone in public places late at night....]

Much of the advice in this book falls into the category of "simplify your life with children by paying someone else to deal with the little brats". There is much about how parents should put their children in day care all day [and don't EVER let your child think they have the ability to cause you to delay your departure because of their pathetic tears, etc, etc, etc] and then get a sitter to care for the children in the evenings so mom can have "Me" time and parents can have "Us" time. Apparently, if you schedule 2 hours of "quality time" on Sunday afternoon with your kids, that's really all they need.

There was also a big push to teach the kids "self sufficiency" - as in, your 5 year old really can get his own breakfast so he doesn't "bother" you. I'm all for self sufficient kids and encouraging my children to be strong and independant, but too much of this book was geared towards forcing your kids to basically survive without any parental assistance or interaction - yeah... I guess that would be simplier than actually caring for your kids yourself. At least until they turn 13 and get put in jail for shooting up the school or something.

There were a few good ideas in this book, but not nearly enough to warrant wading through all the bad parenting advice and depressing disregard for children's well being. "Shelter for the Spirit" by Victoria Moran includes some great chapters on re-prioritizing and simplifying that are very child-friendly and would lead to strong parent-child relationships. In my opinion, parents would do better to read what Moran has to say and skip this particular book by St. James.

4-0 out of 5 stars Skim
It is probably most effective to read the first twenty pages or so and skim the rest. Not up to par with "Simplify Your Life", but the early parts still have some very good advice. The rest is also good, but can easily be condensed by skimming and reading paragraphs of interest.

1-0 out of 5 stars Annoying and Out-Of-Touch
I won't restate what has been said by other amazon reviewers of this book - this book was a waste of my time and money. I had so enjoyed St. James' original Simplify Your Life book and was looking forward to reading this book. However, page after page proved to be annoying and genearlly useless. This book IS NOT about simplifying your life. If I had know I was going to be reading a How To Raise Your Kids book, I would have picked one by someone who knew something about it.

On top of the other reviewers' comments that St. James' suggestions are too simplistic and sometimes even harmful, I would add that if I had the money to implement all of her "simple" suggestions, I would move out of the country and greatly simplify my life. Her suggestions to single parents to "buy used" and steer cleer of impulse purchases are patronizing and sorely out of touch. Further, her assumptions about "male" and "female" traits and roles are not relevant to the lives of anyone I know.

St. James should stick with material she knows.

5-0 out of 5 stars Spend time with your children as much as possible
Children grow up so fast. The book gave me a perspective on what is more important in life. What I liked about the book is that she talked about how to make daily routines less stressful and gave suggestions on simple parenting strategies and discipline strategies. ... Read more


97. 365 Activities for Fitness, Food, and Fun for the Whole Family
by JuliaSweet
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365 Activities for Fitness, Food, and Fun for the Whole Family features activities that will hoist young spuds off the couch and get them participating in games, exercises, and healthy recipes they will love. Best of all, the activities are designed to be fun for the whole family, strengthening family bonds as well as improving everyone's health.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Fun!
This is an excellent book for fun, learning and just great family times. Some of the ideas are more complex then others so the activities you choose depend on your time and how much you want to get involved at that time.

For every activity it lists all you need and complete directions which are really detailed for that activity.
The resources are wonderful! It list magazines, books, websites, organizations which are related to each topic and just branches out the fun and learning.

This was a nice book to keep around for further reference. Great to have on hand!

4-0 out of 5 stars Lots of different activities to keep your children in shape
While some ideas seem too much work and/or time involved, it's a great book. What I liked about this book is that it gives you lots of fun facts throughout the book. For each activity, it lists materials you need and the directions on how to do that activity. At the end of the book, it lists magazines, organizations, and websites relating to Family Fun. ... Read more


98. Seven Times Smarter : 50 Activities, Games, and Projects to Develop the Seven Intelligences ofYour Child
by LAUREL SCHMIDT
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A terrific title full of hands-on learning games, Seven TimesSmarter will provide parents and homeschoolers with all sorts of interestingactivities that bring kids new skills and a better appreciation of the differentways of learning. The book begins with a short introduction that introducesreaders to the seven intelligences: visual/spatial, verbal/linguistic, musical,kinesthetic, logical, interpersonal, and intrapersonal. Each of these types ofintelligence presents a different type of learning style and different set ofpersonal strengths; parents and educators with a firm grasp of this concept arebetter able to modify their lessons and activities so all children have a chanceto shine. With simple suggestions like "be a good listener" and "ask goodquestions," this is not a book that requires extensive training or purchase of alot of new products, but rather one that encourages you and your kids to takeadvantage of items you already have around the house. Projects like learning orinventing a secret code are geared for verbal kids and require nothing but pen,paper, and imagination; a container of pipe cleaners and tin foil kept in thecar is sure to provide plenty of visual/spatial enjoyment for carpoolers.Activities like play-acting or puppet making combine many kinds ofintelligence--with a handy list of fairly obvious icons for each type, it's easyfor parents to identify which ones their kids will most enjoy. Chances areyou'll have at least as much fun as they do. --Jill Lightner ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars So practical! So insightful!
Wow! I wish my parents had a book like this when I was growing up! Then again, maybe they did. The lost art of creative parenting is unearthed in the diggings of this study of human learning and growth. This book will make you smarter, and anyone that you are brave enough to lend it to. To be on the safe side, you might want to buy two copies. It makes a great gift.

5-0 out of 5 stars THIS IS THE BOOK WE WERE WAITING FOR
It sounds so easy when someone explains it to you. How to observes your child and determine his or her strengths so you can help him develop naturally. Or as they say in the Army ads, become all that he can be.

In these days of hyper-parenting where we race around from activity to lesson and then back to activity, never knowing if we are doing our kid good or stressing him out, getting tangled up in the competition of quantity verses quality, it is a tremendous relief to finally have some guidance re how to relax and do the right thing -- for your child and for yourself.

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99. 1-2-3 magia: disiciplina efectiva para niƱos de 2 a 12
by Thomas W. Phelan Ph.D.
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Addressing the task of disciplining children ages 2 through 12 without arguing, yelling, or spanking, this program offers easy-to-follow steps to immediately manage troublesome behavior with reason, patience, and compassion. Parents and teachers learn how to encourage and respect children's growing independence with 10 strategies for building self-esteem. Also discussed are the three most important qualities for parents or teachers to exhibit in order to foster competence in kids. Tips are included on how to prevent homework arguments, make mealtimes more enjoyable, conduct effective family meetings, and encourage children to start doing their household chores. This award-winning program discusses the importance of establishing and maintaining a home or classroom with fair and consistent discipline. This revised edition includes suggestions on how to avoid over-parenting, build children's social skills, and apply the program within mental health agencies and classrooms. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Works for ADHD
This book saved me alot of grief with my son who has ADHD. What's magic is twofold:
1. A parent is reinforced in his or her own rightful parental power to make decisions and to discipline their child. Learning that you don't have to argue with your child saves alot of unneccesary stress.
2. It's amazing how such a benign consequence to a child's behavior could be so powerful--the child being sent to their room (full of toys and books) for just 5 minutes. But the magic occurs because of the consistency--that is the key.

Strategies for start behaviors (things you want kids to do, like pick up their shoes), and stop behaviors (things you want kids to stop doing) are discussed, all based on the 1-2-3 go to your room. My son was a toughy--still is, but at 13, I'm going to read Phelan's adolescent book.

This methods in this book are kind to the child, and kind to the parent--stops the yelling, arguing, hitting. Some of the behavioral methods I tried before required lots of record keeping, charts, etc. (and didn't work nearly as quickly and well), and this is so exquisitely simple. I also recommend the tape, as it demonstrates some common househould scenarios.

5-0 out of 5 stars There Is No One Single Magic Trick For Effective
Tom Phelan has indeed written a sensible, easy to read, discipline book that clearly explains his 1-2-3
Magic theory designed for parents of tots-gradeschoolers. As a veteran preschool teacher, many of the parents of my own students over the years have found success with Phelan's techniques. However, some conscientious but frustrated moms and dads admitted to me that they found themselves between a rock and a hard place as they reached '2 and 3 quarters', '2 and 7 eighth's', etc ...unable to change the behavior of their sometimes annoying, disrespectful, uncooperative kids. Not to
worry...Although your career as a magician may fall short of your goal, you are not doomed to be labeled an ineffective disciplinarian. It has been my experience, both as a parent and teacher, that there is no one single discipline approach that works every time, for every kid in every family. Although I
totally respect 'the count' in this book, I strongly encourage parents to seek out an assortment of strategies that for whatever reason might be a better fit at a particular moment, in respect to age, personalities and parenting style. If you have young kids (2's, 3's 4's,and 5's) who are literally driving
you towards your wits' end with such things as their bad words, 'I hate you's', hitting, whining, parent deafness, tantrums, lying, 'gimmes', mealtime and bedtime refusals, I suggest checking out "The Pocket Parent", a quick read A-Z guide, loaded with hundreds of fast answers and tips to try. The bullets of information (called 'sanity savers') are written
exclusively for preschool behavior and are based on a solid philosophy that maintains a real sense of concern for the needs and feelings of both children and their parents. I highly recommend both books for a variety of workable discipline options that parents (and preschooler teachers) can choose from while trying to remain sane in the process!

5-0 out of 5 stars Happy Children Happy Parents
Dr. Thomas W. Phelan is an expert on child discipline and Attention Deficit Disorder. He is a registered Ph.D. clinical psychologist and is also the author of many helpful parenting books. In this amazing book, he presents three steps to change the negative behavior and reinforce positive behavior in the future. The Index provides you with a way to quickly find the most pertinent subject you are dealing with right now.

The Contents include:

Straight Thinking - A section about how to stop negative behavior and start good behavior. He also presents the two biggest discipline mistakes.

Controlling Obnoxious Behavior - What to do when negative behavior occurs in public. How to handle tantrums and pouting.

No Child Will Thank You - Deals with serious offenses and the six kinds of testing and manipulation.

Encouraging Good Behavior - 7 Start Behavior Tactics, Cleaning Rooms, Mealtimes, Homework, The Family Meeting.

Strengthening Your Relationship - Your Child's Self-Esteem, Overparenting, Affection and Praise, Active listening.

I was amused by the information on "parental temper tantrums." I've seen parents yell at their kids and seen children reel from the verbal abuse. Then I've seen parents lovingly talk to a child about their behavior. Guess which works? How would you want to be treated? If frustration has reached the level where parents are yelling and kids are crying their eyes out daily, something must not be working. This book provides excellent advice and a three-step solution to every problem. Phelan has an interesting take on spankings and he makes an excellent point or two on page 53. He suggests that parents avoid the Talk-Persuade-Argue-Yell-Hit routine.

There is a "how to use this book" section and there are times when psychological evaluation and counseling may be in order.

The 1-2-3 techniques to end arguing are just brilliant. Although, I've seen a parent count 1, 2, 3, and a child is just ignoring the routine. It seems there has to be a negative result that is consistently imposed, like a time out. Some children might enjoy a time out, so that is also a factor to consider. I loved spending time in my room. Hey, there were books there! I also remember sitting in the bathroom and screaming: "You will not spank me, I did nothing wrong." I was actually telling the truth and I remember all the times I was punished when I didn't do anything wrong but was accused by the actual perpetrator.

Parents have to be pretty aware of their children's character to sort out these types of problems. I grew up in the "you did something wrong, you get spanked" no other choices world. Often I would have liked to have been given a second chance or had a conversation about the event. I remember my absolute horror when a child was spanked in my presence when I was a child. I feel that spanking can be abuse when it is used incorrectly. Often it does seem to be a result of frustration and I do have to say that I've seen parents use different "calm" methods and they seem to have better results. And what is the whole "Here, hug me because I love you, no matter that I just spanked the heck out of you routine?" I was only happy my brother got spanked once. When he violently poked me with a large pin. LOL I haven't let him forget that I remember that.

So, what if?

Your child won't stay in the time-out room...
Your kids go nuts when you are on the phone...
A child wrecks the time-out room...
Your child doesn't want to apologize...

Ahh, and then onto the lovely topic of "sibling rivalry, tantrums and pouting." Then onto badgering, tempers and threats. What do you do if your child says they are running away from home? What if a child attacks a parent?

This book also gives parents information about Oppositional Defiance and Conduct Disorder. There is also a list of major, medium and minor consequences. Just because a child is on the phone after a time they shouldn't be doesn't mean you should ground them for a month. Maybe a fine or chores would work. The problem can then be solved in a day and the child can start to practice more positive behavior.

I think these techniques also work on adults when having an argument or when one person is being unreasonable. One of my friends just told me that you deserve what you put up with. So, I think that moving in a positive direction is always in order. There are ways to stand up for yourself without violence. This book teaches you all the techniques that have worked for parents and I can recommend this book to teachers, all parents, grandparents, babysitters and anyone who is looking after children or knows a child. So, this book is for everyone!

I'd almost go as far as to say this would make a wonderful baby shower gift!

~TheRebeccaReview.com

5-0 out of 5 stars It will seem like magic
Part of what makes Phelan's now very well known system work is that, whether one is cooking rice or disciplining children, it's essential to have a method, the simpler the better. All effective methods rely first and foremost on how they guide us away from reactive and emotionally-based behaviors and keep us on the proper path. Note well that Phelan's method requires the parent to understand that "Too Much Talking" and "Too Much Emotion" by the parent will lead to failure. Understanding why this is so is the key to understanding why Phelan's method is so effective.

Usually parents get caught in the trap of explaining or justifying their prerogative. This can be done once: clearly I am the adult, and not only is it my responsibility to guide your development, but, because I have been where you are and understand your situation--mainly frustration at not getting what you want--it is I, not you, who are in a position to make the right decisions. Period. Indeed, this doesn't even have to be said once. Children understand, with or without realizing it, that Mom and Dad know better than they do.

So any sort of "talk" is not only superfluous but may obscure what has happened, namely that the child has done something wrong and the parent wants it stopped. Furthermore, if you talk, the child talks and the lesson is diluted.

Even worse is for the parent to get emotional about disciplining the child. It's your job, do it and don't get worked up about it because discipline is just a technique in the larger socialization process. If you allow yourself to become emotional, you muddy up the waters and detract from the business at hand.

Phelan's 1-2-3 Magic technique works and is easy to learn and implement. If you are an ineffective disciplinarian, this book will literally change your life. My daughter and son-in-law use this method and I can tell you without it they would be foundering about, and their ability to guide my grandsons would be weakened. Never forget however that what children respond to is fairness, even-handedness, and the love that is implicit in a sincere desire to help them become fully realized human beings. Or, as Phelan succinctly puts it: "...children respond because they know Mom or Dad means business." (p. 50)

Just a quick word on this "meaning business." If you say "that's two and a half" and "that's two and three-quarters," you are NOT getting down to business. You are demonstrating that you aren't sure yourself that you are right while proving that you are unreliable. Phelan warns against this all too common parental trap.

Note too that there is no corporal punishment involved in Phelan's method. In today's world of the "professional parent" (as I like to dub my daughter and son-in-law) it is axiomatic that one does not hit or slap a child. But why? Of course violent behavior only begets violent behavior, but more than that, not hitting protects the parent from going too far. Hitting leads to more hitting. But if one never hits to begin with there is no danger of escalation. Only foolish and lazy parents hit their children. Phelan's method is an extension of this wise understanding.

The devil is in the details of parenting, you say? Yes, and in this very well written (the phrase "clear as a bell" definitely applies), you will get the details of how the method is applied in many situations and circumstances. Wondering how to put the child in "time out" at the supermarket? Phelan goes into that. What about the difference between "stop that!" and "do that"? It's one thing to get a child to stop doing something wrong. It's quite another to get the child to actually do something that needs to be done, like clean her room or do her homework. Phelan explains the difference between these two problems and how to deal with them.

Here's a another question: should the child have to apologize for what he did? Phelan warns that "many apologies are really exercises in hypocrisy." (p. 54) The child is forced to apologize for hitting his sister, but he really feels that the apology is just part of the punishment. She hit him first and she deserved it. The fine points of the murky psychology of retaliation must wait for the older child to emerge. Right now, you just stop the hitting, period.

Finally, what to do in public? Phelan devotes an entire chapter to that, and basically he says you have to bite the bullet and realize that the future character of your child is more important than any embarrassment you may experience from "counting" your child in public. Once you let the child know that being in public is no different than being at home, the child will behave. However if you let it be known that you are "vulnerable" when you're out in public, the child will immediately take advantage. Children love to test. They need to test. That's how they figure out their world.

Part of the reason this book is so polished and Phelan's methods so precise is that "over the many years of developing" his program parents have taught him how to handle tricky situations so that he now has it all covered. Also clear is Phelan's understanding of children and their needs, and the obvious affection he has for them. As he says (after you have initially explained that you are going to begin using the 1-2-3 counting method): "Expect the kids to sit there and look at you like you've just gone off your rocker." (p. 68)

Bottom line here is: if you are not aware of Phelan's very effective technique, do yourself and your children a favor and get this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars No more yelling!
This discipline method worked beautifully with my children. I also had my husband and babysitter read the book so we were consistent. My kids felt empowered beacuse they learned to control their behavior. I stopped yelling and bribing. I have sent this book to 4 or 5 families who were having discipline issues at home. ... Read more


100. How Math Works
by Carol Vorderman
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Here is a stimulating guide to thewonders of mathematics, packedwith enlightening experiments for the whole family. Provides brain-teasing puzzles and tricks as well as educa-tional experiments that are fun to do. For ages 8-14. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars How Math Works
Eyewitness - How Mathematics Works Carol Vordeman

Aspects of subject included Number and Algebra. Shape, Space and Measure. Handling Data. Using and Applying Mathematics.

Structure and organisation of the text The text is organised into categories, i.e. number. Each double page spread has a Title, a main paragraph, and lots of related but independent sections. Most pages feature a piece of maths history or an interesting unusual application of maths. The Pictures and diagrams all add lots of information, and are not just decorative. Activities

Ways in which information is presented Text in different sizes. Key points bulleted. Photographs and diagrams. Step by Step instructions using both words and pictures. Separate sections are framed. Background for the same section (i.e. Discovery) is the same colour on different pages.

Helpful features Contents, glossary index and heading. Activities and problems. Categories and sections mean that the information can be dipped into. Emphasis on the place of maths within society. Lots of concrete maths.

Potential difficulties Lots of information to take in. Activities require a lot of equipment. Lots of mathematical vocabulary

Reading skills required Use of contents index and glossary. Heading, subheading. Reasonably difficult general vocabulary. Being able to skim the page and select relevant or interesting information. Lot's of mathematical vocabulary to take in.

Implications for teaching

Ideas for lessons. Introduction / reference for teaching. General background reading. Display. Extension work / reinforcement ideas.

5-0 out of 5 stars A recommended cure for those who dislike math
This colorful, fun book is a far-ranging, nicely-illustrated exploration of the world of mathematics. It has sections on algebra, probability, statistics, calculation, geometry, topology, and more. Each pair of facing pages discusses a mathematical concept and its history. Most pages offer an amusing puzzle in which the concept plays a role along with a thing you can make or do that involves the concept (how to make a set of ``Napier's bones'' to help in multiplication, how a topologist can take his vest off without removing the jacket worn over it, a card-file/knitting needle database machine). A child who spends time with this book will learn to see math for the fun game it is.

5-0 out of 5 stars Difficult to find a book that makes math more fun!
A great resource for teaching math to kids from the very young to upper middle school. This wonderfully illustrated book covers everything from logic to probability and stats, with a little bit of Trig & Algebra thrown in for good measure. Each subject is covered to a reasonable depth in brief, simple language. There are oodles of 'feast-for-the-eyes' graphics, games, biography bits, obscure math facts, experiments, try-its, and tricks. The emphasis is on 'learning by doing' and makes good on the author's promise to "Share the Wonders of Mathematics" ... Read more


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