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Be the Pack Leader: Use Cesar's Way to Transform Your Dog . . . and Your Life
Be the Pack Leader: Use Cesar's Way to Transform Your Dog . . . and Your Life
by Cesar Millan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 27.16
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't rate this book high enough!!!, Jan. 16 2008
Cesar’s Way

Cesar Millan is one of the most sought-after dog rehabilitation experts of all time and his Dog Psychology Center (Los Angeles, CA) experiences more than 100 calls per day. He is most famous for the Nation Geographic Channel’s Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan TV series, which is currently in the fifth season. However he has appeared on numerous television programs, as a guest on popular talk shows and has been profiled in numerous magazines. He works tirelessly as a lecturer and an author of two best-selling books. His wife Ilusion, which I can tell you from personal experience, has created a revolutionary collar to help owners be the leader during walks. The couple has also founded a wonderful charitable organization known as the Cesar and Ilusion Millan Foundation where they provide financial support and rehabilitation expertise to shelters.

Cesar’s television show offers DVD’s for season one through four for those who are interested in owning a copy. He also offers several DVD’s through his website dealing with specific issues, such as bringing a puppy into a home and how to start the training. Readers can find articles, advice, short videos and more at: [...]

His first book, Cesars Way, was on the bestseller list for 15 weeks in a row and there are over a million copies in print. His second book, Be the Pack Leader, Use Cesar’s Way to Transform Your Dog… and Your Life, is bound to be equally embraced by dog-lovers, if not more so.

In this book Cesar offers an in-depth look at the methods he uses and the principles of dog psychology. This book goes deep in to the psychology of dogs and humans and offers realistic tips on how to become a pack leader at home, and in life. Over and over Cesar reiterates that everything revolves around the handler’s energy. I found that changing my responses and feelings were certainly the key to handling our two young and energetic dogs and noticed an immediate change in their responses. The book also delves into Cesar’s background and his personality, which I could relate to quite well.

I was amazed at examples of extreme cases such as the two pit bulls that were trained to fight with other dogs, but when they failed their owners they were abandoned with their wounds and one was even doused in gasoline and set aflame. Yet Cesar shows us that even these dogs can be rehabilitated and the abused animals can enjoy a long, healthy and happy life with the people they love. Both our dogs are rescued animals and it gives us such hope for them to know that if those poor animals could survive and thrive after an experience like that, ours will be just fine.

Be the Pack Leader, Use Cesar’s Way to Transform Your Dog… and Your Life has a suggested retail price of $25.95 (US), which is a bargain for a self-help book of this genre and for its size, 336 pages. It is made for heavy handling and is protected with both a durable hard cover and a glossy slipcover. Be the Pack Leader, Use Cesar’s Way to Transform Your Dog… and Your Life is also available as a Random House audio book and an ebook. Cesar co-wrote this book with Melissa Jo Peltier, who is an executive producer and writer for the Nation Geographic Channel’s Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan TV series. Harmony Books recently released the book in Oct 2007 and yet it is already becoming a common topic for dog-lovers.

My husband and I have been big fans of Cesar’s TV show, and rent the DVD’s at our local video store quite often. (We choose not to have cable TV). When I noticed the title come up on the list of available books to review at Curled-Up With a Good Book, I was excited and thrilled to send in my acceptance for the project. When the box of review projects arrived in the mail, my husband took this copy to read as soon as he saw it in the stack. He was lucky that I was already involved in another project! It was an experience I will not soon forget. This book is certainly destined for our reference shelf, and will never leave our hands – its just too valuable!

Rating 8 out of 5 stars.

~ Lillian Brummet: co-author of the books Trash Talk and Purple Snowflake Marketing, author of Towards Understanding; host of the Conscious Discussions radio show ([...]

Stones & Bones [With CD]
Stones & Bones [With CD]
by Char Matejovsky
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 20.67
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful!, Nov. 9 2007
Author Char Matejovsky has partnered up with illustrator Robaire Ream to create an exceptional children?s book that teaches through rhyme and incredibly detailed images. I feel the book would be most appropriate for children aged between 5 and 9.

Stones & Bones would appeal to children, classes and families interested in scientific study of history, anthropology, dinosaurs and early man. Stimulating, full-color images challenge the mind and educate at the same time as supplying a sense of comfort through the cozy, family-like scenes. They are so detailed that the more one looks at the illustrations, the more one sees.

The 32-page hard cover book does not have a slipcover, but seems to be of high quality. The pages feel thick and sturdy. It is accompanied by a CD that contains the ?stones & Bones Song: The Song of the Meadowlark? performed by the Santa Rosa Children?s Chorus. The pianist was Mark Osten, the lyrics and music were created by Char Matejovsky and it was directed by Carol Menke. With this long list of contributors I came to realize how this book became such a wonderful creation. I certainly appreciated the phonetics glossary at the end of the book. Parents, grandparents and teachers are encouraged to visit the stonesandbonesbook.com website, which they will find is a valuable resource.

I encourage parents to pick up this book for their young ones ? it?s never too early to learn. Without hesitation, I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.

~ Lillian Brummet: co-author of the books Trash Talk and Purple Snowflake Marketing, author of Towards Understanding; host of the Conscious Discussions radio show

True Green: 100 Everyday Ways you Can Contribute to a Healthier Planet
True Green: 100 Everyday Ways you Can Contribute to a Healthier Planet
by Kim Mckay
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 19.96
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4.0 out of 5 stars well-written, Oct. 19 2007
I thought this was a well written book - you should definitely consider "True Green" and another book I enjoyed that is very similar only more focused on showing the individual they are truly powerful, that they can find a positive lifestyle and leave a lasting legacy... "Trash Talk - An Inspirational Guide to Saving Time and Money through Better Waste & Resource Management"... These are both excellent books!

The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time
The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time
by Elizabeth Rogers
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 12.24
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4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful, Oct. 19 2007
A fun and interesting look at an important issue. I thought this was a wonderful book - you should definitely consider "The Green book" and another book I enjoyed that is very similar only more focused on showing the individual they are truly powerful, that they can find a positive lifestyle and leave a lasting legacy... "Trash Talk - An Inspirational Guide to Saving Time and Money through Better Waste & Resource Management"... These are both excellent books!

Living Green: A Practical Guide to Simple Sustainability
Living Green: A Practical Guide to Simple Sustainability
by Greg Horn
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 11.51
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4.0 out of 5 stars very good!, Oct. 19 2007
I thought this was a wonderful book - you should definitely consider "Living Green: a Practical Guide to Simple Sustainablilty" and another book I enjoyed that is very similar only more focused on showing the individual they are truly powerful, that they can find a positive lifestyle and leave a lasting legacy... "Trash Talk - An Inspirational Guide to Saving Time and Money through Better Waste & Resource Management"... These are both excellent books!

It's Easy Being Green: A Handbook for Earth-Friendly Living
It's Easy Being Green: A Handbook for Earth-Friendly Living
by Crissy Trask
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 11.67
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent!, Oct. 19 2007
I thought this was a wonderful book - you should definitely consider "It's Easy Being Green" and another book I enjoyed that is very similar only more focused on showing the individual they are truly powerful, that they can find a positive lifestyle and leave a lasting legacy... "Trash Talk - An Inspirational Guide to Saving Time and Money through Better Waste & Resource Management"... These are both excellent books!

An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It
An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It
by Al Gore
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 16.98
144 used & new from CDN$ 0.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, Oct. 13 2007
Excellent - do buy this book! I loved it. While you are here, check out Trash Talk (ISBN#141372518X) which helps individuals make a real and measureable difference in their communities and in the world... simply through better waste and resource management!

Princess Claudia and the Freckles
Princess Claudia and the Freckles
by Bebe Weinberg Katz
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 18.75
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4.0 out of 5 stars fun & interesting, June 2 2007
Princess Claudia and the Freckles, released in April 2007, is a 46-page children?s fantasy book with a soft moral to the story: Be content with yourself, just as you are. Perfect for ages between 7 and 10 ? or younger if it is read out loud. However, being a small size with no illustrations, this book will not have much visual appeal for group situations.

Several interesting happenings await readers in the 8 chapters of this fun and appealing story. Princess Claudia, the main character, is a sensitive and lonely seven-year old girl. She rivals for time with her busy, but loving, parents against her sister, Princess Elizabeth. Thankfully, Princess Claudia can call Uncle Ouf ?friend? and runs to him when her sister teases her about the freckles on her face. Uncle Ouf, being the castle wizard, sets her through a series of potions and each time. Unfortunately, Princess Claudia just can?t seem to follow the directions through to the end. After a series of mishaps, the young lady learns to instigate a friendship with her older sister and finds contentment with herself. She also learns to listen, pay attention to instruction and decipher clues.

Author Bebe Katz has been a dance instructor since she was a young woman. She has been married for over thirty years and has raised two daughters.

~ Lillian Brummet: co-author of the books Trash Talk and Purple Snowflake Marketing, author of Towards Understanding ([...]

Making Drums
Making Drums
by Dennis Waring
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 12.37
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars making drums, May 22 2007
This review is from: Making Drums (Paperback)
Making Drums

When I received my copy of Making Drums for review I knew at first glance that I had come upon something great. As a drum maker and photographer myself I could really appreciate the work that obviously went into the collection of images for all the drums discussed. I believe it would make a great coffee table book based on the images alone!

A pleasant surprise was the supplier?s list on the first page alongside the publishing credits. It provides sources for hides, cutters, adhesives, trims, beads and paint ? all essentials for many types of drum repairs and not readily found ? thanks Dennis.

The book starts with a brief introduction to rhythm and discusses the many various instruments used to make it happen. In the first chapter the categories of drums based on body shape is clearly defined and explained as well as the source of the materials that make these drums speak.

Sound basics and drum acoustics are addressed in the second chapter to better explain why different drums sound like they do. These are sciences every drummer should know - even if they do not repair or build their own instruments.

In the third chapter different rawhides and their properties is the topic. Hair removal, skinning, and the preservation of rawhides are outlined giving ample information for processing hides for drum making. As most makers know it is very cost effective to be able to process ones own rawhides.

The attachment of heads is a very wide-ranging subject as there are so many different ways to affix a head to a drum. From tacking, gluing, stapling, to lacing, screwing or wedging, chapter four covers all the basic types of attachment. I was, however a little disappointed to not find out the secret of lapping and tucking a drum head as shown at the top right of pg. 33. I have repaired Kendangs and Mridangams that had this method on the original heads but I could not replicate it no matter how hard I tried. Perhaps a sequel to this book could go into the detail that this type of job requires as obviously the infinite variables of drums and their elements is a nearly insurmountable task to try to cover in one book. A huge kudos to the author for the idea of the template on pg. 41; it is ideal for spacing the knots around various sizes of hoops when using the Mali weave method for attaching a drumhead. I might add that it would have been better to mention at this point, rather than on pg.32, the twitching method of further tuning the weave if more tension is vital, such as on an African djembe.

The second half of the book gives examples in detail on how to make various drums based on the expert knowledge of drum makers who generously allowed the author to document their procedures. Once again the quality of the images is excellent and lends to an easy understanding of some of the secrets of the drum making processes passed on from drum maker to drum maker. Drums shown in the process of being created in this section include; Frame drums ? primitive, Irish, Mid Eastern, Latin, and native North American. Staved drums ? cylindrical, conical, and coumpound conical (djembe, ashiko). Carved ? West African atumpan. Clay ? doumbek style goblet drum.

The book closes with profiles on the talented artisans featured in the drum making projects section of the book and a much-welcomed index to make quick referencing that much easier.

All in all this is an excellent book for drum makers, drummers or really any one that may have a slight curiosity in these very diverse, variable instruments we call drums. Great detail, accurate historical tidbits and vibrant images all add up to a great volume destined to be a permanent resident on my bookshelf and as a future reference for many repairs to come. As an instructor and clinician I have been able to expand my own knowledge to pass on to others thanks to Dennis Waring. I now also have a little more confidence when going to purchase an instrument as I know a lot more about the physics of how they are made, allowing me to make a more informed decision. Based on all this, I believe this book would be a complement to (and the life of) the top of any coffee table.

Book Reviewer: Dave Brummet coauthor of Trash Talk (ISBN#141372518X), editor and cover designer for Towards Understanding (1413793371), coauthor of Purple Snowflake Marketing- How to make your book stand out in a crowd (june 30, 2007; Twilight Times Books)

Change The World For Ten Bucks
Change The World For Ten Bucks
by We Are What We Do
Edition: Paperback
21 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a good motiviational stepping stone, April 3 2007
Change The World For 10 Bucks was first published Great Britain (2004) by Shorts Books Ltd as Change the World For a Fiver, and was recently adapted for a Canadian audience through New Society Publishers in 2006. New Society Publishers is renowned and highly respected in the industry as a company that focuses on books that teach sustainability, improve lifestyle and forward environmental causes.

When I received the (2007) Winter Issue of Canadian Teacher Magazine - which featured a book that I co-wrote with my husband, Trash Talk, and this book, Change the World - I was so excited to send a request for a review copy of this book. The back cover text contains a similar message to what we used for in the first paragraph of Trash Talk?s back cover text and this called me like a magnet. The more information like this that we can provide individuals will certainly reverse negative feelings about our lives and the impact we have on the environment.

Unfortunately, I was less impressed when I actually received Change the World and began the review process and actually wondered if the reviewers on the back cover were paid for their services.

For one thing, I just could not figure out the age group or the audience the authors are aiming to reach. The promotions for the book claim it is a book for everyone, yet the pages are designed for an audience of young children; the illustrations are certainly appropriate for children no older than perhaps 5 years. Large cartoon-like drawings and occasional images and text flow over both full-color pages, so that the book can be held up to a group while reading. Some of the ideas are simple and appropriate for young readers - such as 'smile' or 'make someone laugh'. Yet other options would suit children aged 7 and older, such as taking a bus, shopping locally and choosing to use cloth bags as an alternative to plastic shopping bags. Interspersed between these ideas are things only mature adults with disposable income can consider doing - such as investing wisely with the environment in mind.

I found the 'environmental' theme is often contradicted, such as the idea of mowing someone's lawn as a favor... with a gas mower. A more environmentally friendly approach to lawn maintenance are modern push mowers, which are very light, easy to maintain and can be hung on a wall, and therefore take less storage space.

Another aspect that seems to contradict the environmental theme for the book are that the pages typically have fewer than a hundred words, which is appropriate for a younger audience, however several pages have no other illustration or information at all - which wastes paper and color ink for no reason.

There was only one action, # 17, that I felt was inappropriate. While I agree many people tend to watch too much TV, I do question that wearing gold, staying up all night, shaving something off or streaking could be considered as appropriate alternatives.

I could not help but see Action # 35, 'write to someone who inspired you', as a terrible waste of paper - two full color pages (orange/no illustrations) with only 20 words and a postcard that peals away - this blatant attempt at self-promotion uses the postcard to advertise the book. Likewise with the tear-away cards for getting to know our neighbors - people don't need a card to go and meet their neighbor, and once again, the card is also a form of advertising for the book. The self-promotion does not end there, Action 47 actually recommends purchasing Change the World For Ten Bucks as a gift for others.

However, the book's basic overall aim is to show people that they really can make a difference in their communities with simple, everyday actions. I like the slogan the book uses 'We are what we do' which is similar to the slogan we use for Trash Talk 'We can force changes by making changes'. One of the best aspects of Change the World For Ten Bucks is Action 49 'Learn more, do more', which lists nearly 100 websites for further learning and ideas for applying the actions listed in the book.

The book itself is printed on paper 100% derived from post consumer waste materials, processed without chlorine and is free of ancient growth forest. Their efforts with this book have reached a global scale. Individuals and organizations from the UK, Australia, Deutschland, and Canada contributed to the creation of Change the World For Ten Bucks.

~ Lillian Brummet: co-author of the books Trash Talk and Purple Snowflake Marketing, author of Towards Understanding ([...]

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