M. Rosenthal

"MM Rosenthal, HBE"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 89% (8 of 9)
Location: Jamaica Plain, MA United States
Birthday: June 29
In My Own Words:
I live in a cottage, heated by a wood stove, in Boston, Massachusetts; along with two dogs and a Hahns Macaw. As a home educator I have an extensive collection of children's books, more than 400 - some chosen by the children, some by me. The children age from 6 months to 5 yrs old, and have spent much of the last year building a habitat in the backyard. Everyone helped, including the infants, whic… Read more


Top Reviewer Ranking: 530,558 - Total Helpful Votes: 8 of 9
Meeting the Challenge of Parenting in the West: An&hellip by Ekram Beshir
I purchased this book for parents of one of my students, as a present; and then apologized to them for reading it before they got to see it. I opened it, just to take a quick peek, and found it so interesting I didn't want to set it down.
The excerpts from the Qu'ran, the insights into the values of American Muslim families, the balance of heart and head, make this a wonderful book. This book has nothing to do with politics - it is purely about parenting and the priorities Muslim families place on providing guidelines/boundaries with love, for their children.It has a very good section on the affects of television on all families,and the importance of both setting limits and talking… Read more
Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to C&hellip by Bryan Mellonie
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I have a fairly extensive collection of books about death and grieving for "my" children, which we have used for the loss of
family, friends and pets. But this is the only book I regularly give copies of to families. The "de-personalized" way it talks about death, the universality of its text combined with soft drawings and repetition are very soothing. This is NOT a book about emotions or stages of death. (If you are looking for one of those Everett Anderson's Goodbye is a positive place to start.)
This is a book about the rhythm of life and death for all creatures, for everything that is born. One of the best parts of the book is its emphasis on what a lifetime is, and how it is… Read more
My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss
My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I purchased this book for "my" children because of our many positive experiences with Dr Seuss books in the past. However, when it came to the color, black, it was disheartening to see such a negative association with a word many young children identify with. It is frustrating enough that many people already consider "white good and black bad" but having someone like Dr Seuss reinforce it by linking black with rage was dis appointing.
A much better alternative: My Crayons Talk, by Hubbard. Though Hubbard's works are less familiar, the positive connection
of black with wisdom is much much better for young children. The cost of Hubbard's book is so reasonable, that its worth it to… Read more