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Hot Chocolate with God: Just Me & Who God Created Me to Be
Hot Chocolate with God: Just Me & Who God Created Me to Be
by Camryn Kelly
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 11.39
35 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

4.0 out of 5 stars A Girly Delight, Sept. 26 2015
My Thoughts: From the moment my daughter (8) saw this book, she was SO excited! ”Wow, Mom, I think this book was actually written by these girls!!” We received a black and white ARC (review copy, all thoughts are my own), but the final copy must be even more spectacularly girly with all of the flowers and embellishments. This one is perfect for tweens.

Price: CDN$ 2.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Too Scary, Sept. 26 2015
This review is from: Ghostwriter (Kindle Edition)
I've read a number of Thrasher's works, he spins tight, suspenseful tales. Ghostwriter, however, was gory, dark, and leaned dangerously towards spiritism (longing to communicate with the dead). Not my favorite work of his. Some scary stuff I can handle. This was a bit much - only buy this if you actually enjoy horror. I won't be keeping my copy.

This was a review copy. My opinions are fully my own.

Westcott Spring Assist Preschool Scissor (15483)
Westcott Spring Assist Preschool Scissor (15483)
Price: CDN$ 2.49
3 used & new from CDN$ 2.49

2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't Last, Sept. 19 2015
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Only had this a few weeks before one of the blades popped off the plastic it was mounted on. Bad design.

Household Dinnerware Stainless Steel 4.9" Dia Heat-insulated Dinner Rice Bowl
Household Dinnerware Stainless Steel 4.9" Dia Heat-insulated Dinner Rice Bowl

5.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice, Sept. 19 2015
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Nice insulated bowl, good size, dishwasher friendly. We plan to buy more.

Now Better Stevia - Zero Calorie Sweetener (Certified Organic) 1 lbs
Now Better Stevia - Zero Calorie Sweetener (Certified Organic) 1 lbs
Offered by procanada
Price: CDN$ 93.97
10 used & new from CDN$ 89.92

5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, Sept. 19 2015
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Good, reliable stevia brand. JUST stevia, no fillers or additives. Good stuff.

LinenTablecloth 60 x 126-Inch Rectangular Polyester Tablecloth Royal Blue
LinenTablecloth 60 x 126-Inch Rectangular Polyester Tablecloth Royal Blue
Price: CDN$ 12.54
3 used & new from CDN$ 12.54

5.0 out of 5 stars sturdy, and make great DIY hammocks, Sept. 19 2015
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These are thick, sturdy, and make great DIY hammocks! Colors are a bit more muted in person, but still lovely. We have the royal blue, turquoise, and fuschia so far.

Sticker Encyclopedia: Animals
Sticker Encyclopedia: Animals
by DK Publishing
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.13
33 used & new from CDN$ 0.02

4.0 out of 5 stars Bright, Hands On Fun, Sept. 19 2015
The Sticker Encyclopedia: Animals from DK Publishing divides 38 animal types into 6 major groupings: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates. Each animal type is given its own page with 4-5 specific species listed and described with a blank spot for the appropriate sticker. Primates, for example, are given South African galago, squirrel monkey, western gorilla, and ring-tailed lemur. Animals are briefly described and children find the correct stickers in the back of the book to complete each 'encyclopedia' page.

The encyclopedia portion of the book is 49 pages in length. 11 pages are biome centred pages where children can place animal stickers in the appropriate habitat. The remainder of the book includes the stickers for your child to remove and place. Over 600 stickers are included, larger ones for completion the encyclopedia (these are labelled for accurate placement of unfamiliar animals), habitat pages, and many smaller extra stickers that your child can use freely.

My oldest daughter filled out all of the pages on the sticker book, but rarely looked at it after completion. For her, the joy was in the doing. Reading the information, searching for the correct stickers and placing them in their homes. In fact, the many extra stickers weren't used for much here.

The book, while being a softcover, is quite sturdy. It has thick, semi-glossy pages, large, bright stickers, and interesting - if introductory - explanations and trivia.

With only a paragraph dedicated to each animal, this Sticker Encyclopedia doesn't provide a great deal of depth. It's fun, hands-on format does provide a fun introduction to many animals, their general classification, and appearances. It makes for a fun supplementary resource, travel book, or summer project for the animal loving child in 2nd grade.

I received a review copy of this title. All thoughts are my own.

Pippo the Fool
Pippo the Fool
by Tracy E. Fern
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 15.95
22 used & new from CDN$ 0.86

4.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely Tale, Sept. 15 2015
This review is from: Pippo the Fool (Hardcover)
Pippo the Fool is an inspirational tribute to the architect of the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore, Filippo Brunelleschi. Presented with an architectural conundrum, the city of Florence posed a contest to design the dome of a cathedral that had stood without one in the face of architectural complexities which seemed unsolvable.

With competing -- Lorenzo offering up his own design, Fern contrasts frippery, pride, and flattery with the humility, earnestness, and dedication. More than a tribute to the man himself, Pippo celebrates the essence of ingenuity and invention, even when others do not appreciate it (and at times mock it.)

Author Tracey E. Fern's text is paired with rich, earth-toned illustrations from Pau Estrada. The main characters are often drawn in a caricature-like style emphasizing the character traits developed in the story. The people of Florence are Renaissance extras, and the architecture of the great city is depicted with reverence. A note from both author and illustrator help provide additional details and historical context.

While a charming story and beautifully depicted, Pippo the Fool is something of a niche offering. It is a more involved picture book that may not capture younger readers for the length of it's telling. As such, I recommend it for independent readers rather than a read aloud for younger children. It is especially well suited as a literature supplement to studies of the Italian Renaissance (set in 1420) and architectural studies. A Junior Library Guild Selection, this title is a natural selection for larger children's libraries with the capacity for more specialized, in-depth titles.

Price: CDN$ 6.29

4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Fun, Sept. 13 2015
This review is from: Numb (Kindle Edition)
I really enjoy sci-fi, but I don't enjoy sci-fi featuring aliens for the most part. Aliens schmaliens. Don't get me started!


Thankfully, John W. Otte has penned Numb - a stand-alone sci-fi tale that takes place in a post galactic imperalism/expansion, but sans aliens! Woohoo! As a nice bonus it also includes some faith-based themes of dead religion vs. a life lived by the direction of the spirit. Sort of a reformation-persecuted church in....spaaaaaace. But less corny than that, trust me.

Crusader is a church-sanctioned assassin. The Ministrix says kill, he does. It's all for the good of his soul and helps him work towards alleviating an ever-presence sense that he's not right with God. Or so they tell him. Thankfully he's pretty much immune to feelings, both physical and emotional (hence the book title) because of some church tinkering. That is, until his feelings go ablitz and a mission goes wrong when he fails to eliminate target Isolda Westin. It's a wild dash-and-chase ride after that, full of political maneuverings, action, and grit.

It's probably too gritty to make it as a mainstream CFBA-style read, hence the Marcher Lord Press imprint (man, I love those guys). There is some true-to-the-story action and violence, but the language is clean, and the male-female character interactions are squeaky as well.

It's SO nice to be able to read sci-fi without scanning for humanistic/evolutionistic tendencies and Otte delivers. Good fun read, recommended!

Easy Gluten Free Muffin Recipes and More!: 21 Delicious Mouth Watering Recipes
Easy Gluten Free Muffin Recipes and More!: 21 Delicious Mouth Watering Recipes
Price: CDN$ 4.17

5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Deal, Sept. 12 2015
Easy Gluten Free Muffin Recipes is written by an intolerance and allergy-experienced author, Sherie Venner. Having lived (and baked) gluten-free for over twelve years herself, she has also developed corn free alternatives for the allergies of other family members.

Including not only muffin recipes, Venner provides delicious recipes for scones, waffles/pancakes, donuts, cookies, biscuits, and more (many based on an easy to use master mix - recipe included). The ingredients and instructions are very clear and well written. The only thing I would like to see different is a clear yield at the beginning of each recipe instead of hunting for it in the instructions (we have a large family).

There are actually twenty-three recipes (including baking mixes) in this book, and they are all useful. As opposed to many 'fluffy' cookbooks, Venner knows her stuff and focuses in on what she does well. These are authentic, tasty, time-tested recipes; not ones that have been copied and pasted from the lives of others.

If you are struggling to find yummy gluten/corn free deserts with good texture, this e-book will greatly simplify the task before you. I'm confident that many of these offerings will soon make their way into your family recipe files, as they have my own.

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