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Skipping Christmas
Skipping Christmas
by John Grisham
Edition: Hardcover
138 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Hilarious and Wonderful Story!!!, May 20 2002
This review is from: Skipping Christmas (Hardcover)
Skipping Christmas is a wonderfully humorous book, looking at our often and seemingly "materialistic" Christmas traditions. This is not your typical Grisham novel, in the sense that it is missing the incredible legal twist, detail and drama. Instead, this book is light, airy, hilarious, and pokes great fun at how most of America runs around crazy during the holiday season. I really liked this book, could not put it down, and found myself laughing at the antics of Luther and Nora Krank as well as their delightfully intruding close-knit neighbors on Hemlock Drive.
With their daughter graduating from college and leaving to spend a year in Peru with the Peace Corps, Luther and Nora decide not to celebrate Christmas this year. Instead, they decide to take the money that they would normally spend on all the trimmings and take a Caribbean cruise. That means no tree, no card, no present, no office parties, no decorations, no donations, and no annual home party.
Word quickly spreads throughout this small town that the Krank's are not celebrating Christmas and will not be participating in the neighborhood or town festivities. Instead their time is spent in tanning booths in preparation for the hot Caribbean sun. The neighbors harass them every chance they get and picket signs even appear on their front lawn. The neighborhood blames them for not winning the annual "best decorated street contest", as theirs is the only house not decorated!
On Christmas Eve, the Krank's get a surprise call from their daughter that she will indeed being coming home for Christmas and will be there in six hours. Will the Krank's go on their cruise or will they "attempt" to celebrate Christmas? Read the book find out what the ending will entail!
This book will have you laughing out loud at not only Larry Krank's antics and dialogue, but also at the dialogue and behavior of the neighbor's reactions to their skipping Christmas. The dialogues are just priceless! The pictures that Grisham paints in your mind will have you reeling on the floor!
The ending will warm your heart and bring an appreciation to all of your own traditions - what a really great story!!!

Druid Animal Oracle
Druid Animal Oracle
by Philip Carr-gomm
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 18.80
17 used & new from CDN$ 17.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and Empowering, May 20 2002
This review is from: Druid Animal Oracle (Hardcover)
This is a very powerful set of cards to help one with issues surrounding one's life at the present. The accompanying book makes it very clear that this is not a tool for telling the future, but "offering insights into your own life and the events surrounding you". The deck contains 33 sacred animal cards relating in the "Druid tradition". The cards are big and beautifully illustrated. The book not only explains each card, but also goes into the detail of the Celtic tradition of the animal.
The introduction explains Druid traditions and connecting with the spirit of the animals, who are also our teachers. Native Americanism and Shamanism are also incorporated throughout the book, as these cultures also worked very closely with the animal spirits and learned to revere the animal spirits for daily guidance and healing. The book does explain quite nicely the difference between power animals and totems and inner guides. The last chapter of the book explains in great depth and detail on how to use the cards and to perform different spreads.
I found the cards quite powerful and found the messages imparted very timely and incredibly empowering. I would highly recommend this deck and book for anyone looking to connect to the wisdom and advice of the animal spirits. I found it to be on par with the Medicine Cards of Jamie Sams and David Carlson - both equally powerful and empowering, but this deck concentrates on the lore and wisdom of the Druids.
Highly recommended!...

A Pig is Moving In!
A Pig is Moving In!
by Claudia Fries
Edition: Hardcover
15 used & new from CDN$ 8.65

4.0 out of 5 stars Cute!, May 20 2002
This review is from: A Pig is Moving In! (Hardcover)
Henrietta Hen, Doctor Fox, and Nick Hare are all concerned when they see Theodore Pig moving into their building, as "pigs" are known for being, well . . messy! They were hoping that their new neighbor would be as neat and tidy and themselves, but now it seems unlikely!
Unfortunately, each one of them happens to catch Theodore dropping something and making a mess, as he is moving in. Not knowing that it is Theodore who cleans up the mess after himself, they assume that it is one of them who cleans up after Theodore. They all decide to confront Theodore and let him know the rules of the building, as they cannot tolerate any more messes. Theodore apologizes for his "accidents" and explains to them that he hopes that he cleaned up everything thoroughly.
They are all taken back by this knowledge as they "assumed" that they all took turns in cleaning up the messes. Theodore invites them in for cookies and games, and they are fast on their way to becoming a tight knit group, with many evenings shared in front of the fire, enjoying games and eating cookies together!
A very cute book for the 4 to 7 year old. The author has done a great job in also colorfully illustrating this tale!

The Leprechaun In The Basement
The Leprechaun In The Basement
by Tucker
Edition: Hardcover
24 used & new from CDN$ 2.71

4.0 out of 5 stars Cute and Colorful Tale, May 20 2002
Michael McKeever's family is down on their luck, with Michael's father being out of work, and Michael's mother has told Michael that they have to "Make Do". Michael desperately needs need baseball shoes, as his toes are pushing through the ends, but his family cannot afford new shoes and Michael must "Make Do".
Unbeknownst to them all, O'Leary the Leprechaun has been living in their basement and is discovered by Michael on St. Patrick's Day. Michael is familiar with the tales of leprechaun's gold and desperately wants new baseball shoes. O'Leary is a very greedy leprechaun, and refuses to share his gold with Michael. Michael will have to "Make Do" as his mother says and cannot convince O'Leary to share even a small part of his gold.
During the night, greedy, old, cantankerous O"Leary has a change of heart and sews Michael a beautiful new pair of baseball shoes. Michael feels that things will be definitely getting better in their household.
Colorful book for ages 4-7, and children will learn some timely lessons in family hardships, compassion, and understanding. I thought that it was a rather cute tale and if read with a parent, the parent can help the child learn about the lessons presented in the book.

Angel to Watch Over Me
Angel to Watch Over Me
by Joan Wester Anderson
Edition: Paperback
42 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute gem!, May 17 2002
This review is from: Angel to Watch Over Me (Paperback)
I love Joan Andersonï¿s angel books, and this book is no exception. This angel of a book is devoted solely to childrenï¿s accounts of their heavenly visitors and it is a gem!
This book is to be shared amongst families and it is a truly wonderful book to share with children to teach them about their loving protectors, who are with them always. I also found that I was given a gentle reminder that my guardian angel is always with me, even at my lowest moments!
The stories are inspirational, and the messages of love, faith, and trust will carry with you long after you finish this wonderful book. You will cry, you will laugh, and you will want to read more! You will be left with feelings of love and knowing that someone is always looking out for you. My only complaint is that the book was not longer!!
This book will touch your heart and leave you feeling uplifted. It is also a great book to open and read when one is feeling down and blue! What I found remarkable in most of the stories, was when the children were in a situation where they felt compromised or felt that they were going to be harmed, they remembered their parents saying to them to call on either God or the angels to help them. Once they invoked this petition, help was swift and sure. One cannot help but come away with feelings of amazement and total wonder and knowing that we truly are loved.
A book to pass on and on!!!

At The Origins Of Christian Worship: The Context and Character of Earliest Christian Devotion
At The Origins Of Christian Worship: The Context and Character of Earliest Christian Devotion
by Hurtado Larry W." "Hurtado Larry W."
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 16.05
15 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

4.0 out of 5 stars A Delight!, May 13 2002
Glory is a brightly illustrated book, giving glory to God for all of the creatures on earth. Children from 3 to 7 will really enjoy this simple, colorful book. A big splash of red graces each page, containing all the particular types of animals, which are being praised. "Glory to God for gills and fins and all that moves upon the ocean floor . . . .for those who praise in ways they swim."
This is a delightful book for helping to introduce the child to the glory of God and giving thanks for all the creatures great and small.

An Introduction to Programming with C++, Second Ed
An Introduction to Programming with C++, Second Ed
by Diane Zak
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 98.37
27 used & new from CDN$ 3.30

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction Book, April 30 2002
I just finished an introduction C++ programming course, where this book was the required text and I found the book to be great! As a "newbie" to the programming venue, Zak's book clearly spelled everything out, with clear and concise examples. There were also plenty of exercises to complete to help the student gain the confidence and understanding of this language!
Even though I felt that I was learning a "foreign language", I felt like I really came away with a thorough understanding of an foundational aspects of C++.
Some students, I am sure, will find the book too "simplistic" or maybe even beneath them, but as a "newbie" I found the book perfect for what I was trying to accomplish.
This is actually a book where once could sit down and teach oneself the fundamentals of C++ and one will feel confident as one completes the programming exercises. I thought the book was excellent and I came away from the course with a great foundation of intro C++.
I thoroughly recommend this book!

C++ For Dummies, 4th Edition
C++ For Dummies, 4th Edition
by Stephen Randy Davis
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 30.39
40 used & new from CDN$ 0.76

3.0 out of 5 stars Not for the beginner, April 30 2002
I purchased this book as a supplemental text for a beginning C++ programming course I was taking. As a non-programmer type of person, I found the book to be very good, but geared very definitely to the person who has some C++ programming experience. I was looking for information geared for the "newbie" and was disappointed in that regard.
The book is written in a humorous style and all the information is clearly laid out, but much of the information is presented in a style for one already in the know.
I did not try to install the CD, so I cannot talk about its effectiveness or lack thereof. As a newbie, if I had previewed this book in a bookstore, I would not have purchased it, and would have looked for something else instead.
So, if you have experience, this book is good, and if you don't, then this book will disappoint you and I would recommend looking for another book!

Max's Dragon Shirt (Max and Ruby)
Max's Dragon Shirt (Max and Ruby)
6 used & new from CDN$ 17.51

5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner with Max and Ruby!, April 30 2002
I have adored the "Max" series by Rosemary Wells for quite sometime, as my three children absolutely loved all the Max books when they were younger. Ms. Wells manages to capture really great nuances on the faces of both Max and his sister Ruby, as well as presenting the most humorous situations for Max and Ruby.
Max wants nothing but a dragon shirt and Ruby is insisting on buying him a much-needed pair of pants, per the instructions of their mother. Max does not give up on his beloved dragon shirt and reminds Ruby every chance he gets. Ruby gets sidetracked in the store trying on dresses and Max manages to wander in the store after dozing off and not finding Ruby in the dressing room. Max finds his coveted dragon shirt, puts it on and is "found" by two policemen in the store. Well, now the dragon shirt is covered with yummy ice cream and Ruby has no choice but to purchase the shirt for Max!
The illustrations and use of color will delight any youngster, as will the antics of Ruby and Max! I love their facial expressions and even after all of these years, I still love reading these books! This was one series of book that neither I, nor my children, ever tired of reading. I find the Max and Ruby books just really classic books! My children would read them over and over again and would find them first with every library visit!
Absolutely pure delight!!!

Owl At Home Book And Tape
Owl At Home Book And Tape
by Arnold Lobel
Edition: Audio Cassette
5 used & new from CDN$ 16.15

5.0 out of 5 stars Owl is a hoot!, April 9 2002
Owl At Home is the only ï¿Owlï¿ book that Lobel produced. Composed of five delightful tales, children will be delighted at the antics of owl and his misunderstandings!
In the story, The Guest, Owl invites winter into his home with all of her fury! Snow is everywhere and his pea soup becomes frozen. Shooing winter out the door, winter closes the door with a bang and Owl settles down once his fire is lit and warmth seeps back into this home. His soup thaws and Owl is once again contented!
Strange Bumps is hysterical as Owl tries to figure out why there are two bumps at the end of his bed, under his covers! Owlï¿s gyrations under the bed and under the covers are guaranteed to bring many laughs! Owl cannot figure out where they came from or why they will not leave. He finally settles into his easy chair in front of the fire to get a good nightï¿s sleep!
Tear-Water Tea is delightful as we see Owl cooking is favorite tear-water tea with his own tears. He thinks of all the sad things he can, such as mornings nobody saw because everybody was sleeping and pencils that are too short to use. Filling up his kettle with his tears, he is ready to enjoy his favorite tea! A tad bit salty for me though.
Upstairs and Downstairs depicts Owl running up and down his stairs to check on how the upstairs is doing and how the downstairs is doing. Owl does this all day long and into the evening and he discovers how tired he is and he cannot be in two places at once!
Owl and the Moon is a cute tale of Owl befriending the Moon. Owl knows that the Moon cannot fit through his door, and it saddens him that the Moon, his friend, cannot come into his house. Getting ready for bed, Owl notices that Moon is shining outside and has indeed followed him home. Going to sleep, Owl is no longer sad, as his friend is right outside his door.
Another wonderful Lobel, which is sure to delight and please readers young and old alike! I wish that Lobel had written more books on Owl!!

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