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Rolie Polie Olie: Olie's Winter Wonderland [Import]
Rolie Polie Olie: Olie's Winter Wonderland [Import]
DVD ~ Cole Caplan
Price: CDN$ 10.96
12 used & new from CDN$ 4.28

5.0 out of 5 stars Jingle Jangle Laughs!, Dec 28 2003
In "Jingle Jangle Wish" robots Olie, sister Zowie, Mom, Dad, Pappy are celebrating a Christmas-like holiday called "Jingle Jangle" complete with a visit to Klanky Klaus. The 6 other winter-themed episodes are: "Cool It" where Rolie's Dad turns summer into winter, "We Scream for Ice Cream" about a tasty visit to an ice cream planet, "Itty Bitty Baby Starry", "Starry Starry Night", "Snowie", and "Jingle-Jangle Day's Eve".
This is a much better value than the the older (2000) shorter, video "Rolie Polie Olie: A Rolie Polie Christmas" which has only a few of these same stories.
Everytime the rollicking theme song comes on, my 5 year sings along in his cracked, not for prime time, cute voice.
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The name "Klanky Klaus" instead of "Santa Claus" is confusing to my child, but this is a minor issue. If your kid loves Christmas or just the winter holidays, this is the video for you!

Once Upon a Potty--Boy
Once Upon a Potty--Boy
by Alona Frankel
Edition: Hardcover
49 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

1.0 out of 5 stars Dated and not helpful, Sept. 17 2002
This review is from: Once Upon a Potty--Boy (Hardcover)
Ummm. Potties don't look like ceramic old-fashioned chamber pots any more.
My three year old likes the story and the video, but it seems to be a waste of time in helping his toilet training. You might as well read Dr. Seuss and avoid having to read phrases like "poo-poo" and "pee-pee" and "the little hole in his bottom where the poo poo comes out".
I know I am attacking a classic, well-beloved book, and I don't have a better book to offer, but this out of date book does not charm me or help my kid.
You'd be better off simply lovingly bringing your kid to the potty every waking hour than straining through this embarrassingly wretched book.

Learn to Program Using Python: A Tutorial for Hobbyists, Self-Starters, and All  Who Want to Learn  the Art of Computer Programming
Learn to Program Using Python: A Tutorial for Hobbyists, Self-Starters, and All Who Want to Learn the Art of Computer Programming
by Alan Gauld
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 22.02
30 used & new from CDN$ 3.01

1.0 out of 5 stars Operator Overloading & Other Nonsense, Sept. 17 2002
On page 52, before you have written a single simple program this poorly edited book stuns the beginner with:
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Object operations are accessed in the same way as data members of a user-defined type (that is, via the dot operator) but otherwise look like functions.
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If you already know how to program, say in Pascal, or have extensive experience with scripting in DOS or Linux, then this book is a slow introduction to the Python language.
If you have never programmed before, this book will make your head hurt, especially since it is secretly a British book translated into American. Technical books are difficult in general, but in my experience, the Brits have a special knack for making the easy difficult and the difficult next to impossible. Beginner's books should seek to build confidence, not overwhelm with how brainy and wide-ranging a thinker the author is.
The examples are confusing and poor. For instance when showing how a complicated feature works he should use everyday words like "goat", "pig", "horse" as examples of data to be stored. Instead, the author uses jargon words like "boolean" and "integer" -- this right after describing boolean and integer values.
Originally this book was a web site, and in fact it still is. I recommend you save your money and download or view it online.

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