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Annette P has commented on (24) products.

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Little House in the Big Woods

Annette P, September 28, 2010

Little House in the Big Woods is a testament to life in pioneering times while being a timeless account of family. When I read Laura Ingalls Wilder's stories of daily life with her family in the 1870s in the Big Woods, I feel like I am listening to a grandmother or great-grandmother sharing with me about what it was like when she was a little girl. Life has changed in many ways since Laura's time; to read about her experiences is to appreciate the differences and to learn about joys to be discovered in simpler (not always easier) ways. A charming collection of stories that can be read by young readers independently, Little House is a wonderful type of book for children to share with an older reader, as it offers many opportunities to exchange experiences of what it is like to grow up in different times. Best of all, what really shines through in Little House is the love and respect family members have for each other. Genuinely heartwarming.
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Arabian Nights by Earle (ilt) Goodenow
Arabian Nights

Annette P, September 27, 2010

Arabian Nights is a classic - the stories have a timeless, romantic quality. The illustrations in this edition are a wonderful embellishment, especially the color illustrations featured on individual pages between the text pages. As for the recommended reading level for children ages 9-12, I would doubt that most children in this group would efficiently comprehend this text. In my opinion it is for someone with a higher reading level. Even on a listening level, it may too difficult to understand completely for many or most in this age range. The vocabulary is very challenging. I discovered this edition in the re-sale area of my local recycling center and took it home because I like stories and I was attracted to the artwork. The style of the book is old-fashioned, and I guess I liked that too.
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The Way of the Wizard: Twenty Spiritual Lessons for Creating the Life You Want by Deepak Chopra
The Way of the Wizard: Twenty Spiritual Lessons for Creating the Life You Want

Annette P, September 25, 2010

Thoughtfully and creatively written, The Way of the Wizard provides opportunity for personal growth in an entertaining way. Chopra's use of storytelling and the characters of Merlin, the wizard and of Arthur, the boy who must learn much before becoming king, is a wonderful gift to the reader who is presented with a chance to unravel the meaning of the lesson for him/herself. Chopra follows each section with further thoughts for understanding the lesson. Originally I borrowed this title from the public library. After reading it, I felt compelled to buy my own copy. This is a book that you can come back to now and then to remind yourself of simple, yet powerful ways to navigate in daily life or stressful times.
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Happiness Is a Warm Puppy by Charles M. Schulz
Happiness Is a Warm Puppy

Annette P, September 22, 2010

One of the first books I could read by myself as a young child, this gem is not only a classic, but it is for both young and old alike. The messages that everyone wants to be happy and that we find happiness in unique and varied ways is told simply. Children get it. I found out exactly how deeply they get it when I used the book with my students last year and discovered that they found happiness in very meaningful ways, not from just the superficial things that I had anticipated they might say. Incidentally, it was my daughter who gave me this edition of Happiness Is a Warm Puppy, knowing what it meant to me as a child. It is a sweet little treasure that I will go back to now and again (and share with others) when I want to remember that it's easy to find something to be happy about.
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The Woman Who Laughed at God: The Untold History of the Jewish People by Jonathan Kirsch
The Woman Who Laughed at God: The Untold History of the Jewish People

Annette P, September 20, 2010

The Woman Who Laughed at God. It was that title that grabbed my attention. I had to read the book because I wanted to know who the woman was! And I was not disappointed, because not only did I learn her identity, but I learned so much more about the origins of Judaism and how it has grown and changed. I also learned about the variety of people who share a common religious tradition with variation in religious expression. Author Jonathan Kirsch's writing is eloquent, inviting Jew and non-Jew alike to discover Judaism's rich past and its many paths to the present.
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