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Montessori from the Start: The Child at Home, from Birth to Age Three
Montessori from the Start: The Child at Home, from Birth to Age Three
by Paula Polk Lillard
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 13.00
47 used & new from CDN$ 7.97

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 OK information, bad writing, May 25 2004
This book could easily be condensed to less than half its size. It contains a few good Montessori ideas for the 3-and-under crowd when it comes to the basics - sleeping, eating, etc - but I still come away from the book wanting to know what to do with/for my child in the Montessori manner on a more daily basis. Half of the book is easily spent talking about the "child bed" and feeding table alone - and that info is spread all over the book. The writing is rather hap-hazard and rambling. I would have much prefered the book be arranged by age (ex: chapter 1: 0-6 months) then subcatagorized by subject, rather than by subject alone. The authors seem to be trying to interject Montessori theory into a book about hands-on practice, and the result is a jumbled mess.
I've learned much more about child psychological development and age-appropriate ideas from "The New First Three Years of Life" by Burton White. It is chronologically ordered, then each chapter is subcatagorized.
There's a few other Montessori books on Amazon I'm going to try instead, such as "Basic Montessori, Learning Activities for Under Fives", "Teaching Montessori in the Home, the Pre-School Years", and "Montessori Play and Learn."

The New First Three Years of Life
The New First Three Years of Life
by Benton L. White
Edition: Paperback

5.0 étoiles sur 5 THEE book for first-time parents, May 5 2004
As the youngest in my family and a new mother, I had not been around children a lot until the birth of my daughter 6 months ago. I've read several "child rearing" books, but none satisfied my needs until this one.
Rather than tell you about childhood illnesses or debate when to start solids (info you can find in a million free online resources), this book gives the cut-and-dry answers to child psychology without delving too deep (who has time to read with a new baby???). After reading this book, I finally had the answers to the daily question "so what do I do with her now?!?" Too many books have suggestions for attaining each stage (i.e. weaning, potty training, etc) without telling you what to do to occupy, educate, and successfully rear your child on a daily basis.
I didn't get this book until my daugter was 5 months, and everything the author says will happen in those first 5 has been true, so I can only trust the rest will be true too! I wish I'd had this book from the beginning...I plan to recommend it to every new parent and pregnant woman I see.
My absolute FAVORITE thing about this book is how simple, undebateable child psychology proves some of the current child-rearing "fads" so obviously ignorant. Yes, you CAN spoil a child under 1 year old, the family bed is the worst idea ever, and wearing your baby all day will result in a dependant brat. This book lets you know what stage is psychologically appropriate for different disciplines.

Basic & Clinical Endocrinology
Basic & Clinical Endocrinology
by Francis S. Greenspan
Edition: Paperback
19 used & new from CDN$ 6.21

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great even for an "amateur" studier, March 1 2004
I first found this book at our local university medical library, then bought a copy for myself. I used it to study the possible causes of infertility. I'm not in the medical profession or a medical student (other than as a hobby) but this book was easy for me to comprehend.

The Art of Natural Family Planning:
The Art of Natural Family Planning:
by John F. Kippley
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 69.82
41 used & new from CDN$ 4.74

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Most complete book available, Feb. 29 2004
Most previous reviewers agree that this book has what they are looking for, possibly mixed with some things they aren't. Don't all reference books include things we're not looking for? With any other text, we happily skim through the information not pertinant to ourselves and weed out the information we already know. It's easy enough to do with this book too. I guess the controversy surrouning the "extras" make it an issue with this book, but like it or not, the "extra" stuff is indeed related to the main topic at hand and not out of place in the text.
This book was written specifically for those of the Catholic faith, and does indeed have the appropriate religious slant that other reviewers mention. It was also written for the "Dr. Sears groopies," as I like to call them, who believe in nursing-on-demand, the family bed, etc. It was ALSO written for anyone looking to understand the female fertility cycle in its entirety. It covers this topic in every possible way, leaving NOTHING out. After all, they're trying to convince a generation of contraceptive users to quit popping pills, and instead believe whole-heartedly that using the current scientific understanding of the female fertility cycle is enough to avoid pregnancy. This is not something that can be attempted with just SOME information. I've seen other books that only include part of what's necesary (apparently the authors think it's enough for you to know) and I've seen people give up on studying this topic as a result. Even if you're not Catholic, and/or not a "Dr. Sears groopie," you will still get more information that you ARE looking for from this book than any other.

Your Fertility Signals: Using Them to Achieve or Avoid Pregnancy Naturally
Your Fertility Signals: Using Them to Achieve or Avoid Pregnancy Naturally
by Merryl Winstein
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 13.68
60 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Concise, complete, with some extras on the side, Feb. 28 2004
This book is a very simple, concise, easy-to-read explaination of Natural Family Planning. It includes the "how-to" of using both temperature and mucus symptoms to avoid or achieve pregnancy, as well as the cervical position information. I love that it also explains the hormones going on at each phase of the female cycle to help the reader understand WHY these symptoms are happening! I use it as a quick reference instead of dragging out my big Art of Natural Family Planning book from the Couple to Couple League. It also includes brief information about charting your signals during breastfeeding, and information about some common infertility problems. I really like the added information about "Regulating Cycles With Light" and "Choosing Your Baby's Sex". I still think everyone should have the Art of NFP in their library, but this is a great reference for every-day use!

The Good News About Women's Hormones: Complete Information and Proven Solutions for the Most Common Hormonal Problems
The Good News About Women's Hormones: Complete Information and Proven Solutions for the Most Common Hormonal Problems
by Geoffrey Redmond
Edition: Paperback
31 used & new from CDN$ 0.24

5.0 étoiles sur 5 A must-have for your female fertility library, Feb. 28 2004
This book saved my life. I live in Omaha, NE, which boasts an impressive medical community, but I can't tell you home many doctors I saw that did not know the information in this book! If you are having ANY type of hormonal disorders, including unusual menstrual cycles, severe PMS symptoms (including depression), hair loss, excessive facial hair, excessive acne, get yourself this book and get yourself to an ENDOCRINOLOGIST, NOT an obgyn, dermatologist, or psychologist. Do NOT let a doctor put you on "the pill" for your symptoms; that will only fix the symptoms, not the underlying problem! In many cases, the pill will only make your problem worse and possibly affect later abilities to conceive. This book will explain it all.
This book is well written for a lay-person to read, but keep your medical dictionary handy. DON'T let any doctor that is unwilling to hear what you have to say from reading this book treat you.

Super Baby Food
Super Baby Food
by Ruth Yaron
Edition: Paperback
95 used & new from CDN$ 0.77

4.0 étoiles sur 5 Vegetarian based, but maybe a good thing?, Nov. 17 2003
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After investigating several baby food books at the local bookstore, I decided on this one despite its vegetarian nature. Although I agree with the other reviewers that think the author's preachy and fanatic distaste for meat is unnecessary, the book is much more complete in all other areas. It includes all the recommended dietary guidelines for babies, including allergy information and what foods to start when. It includes more useful, intelligent, scientific information about child nutrition than the books that simply give stupid decorating suggestions (e.g. "shape chicken nuggets into animals and your kids will love it!!")
As for the vegetarian nature, I figured it's good to know about the other protein options this book presents for when it's still too soon for baby to eat meat ("solid" foods can start as early as 4 months, but meat is not recommended until around 8 months!). Also, it's possible baby won't like meat - but still needs to get his protein from somewhere!

The How-To Book of the Mass: Everything You Need to Know But No One Ever Taught You
The How-To Book of the Mass: Everything You Need to Know But No One Ever Taught You
by Michael Dubruiel
Edition: Paperback
34 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An Enlightened Cradle Catholic, Nov. 14 2003
As a "cradle Catholic", I'm pleasantly surprised to find how much I learned from this book! At age 25, I obviously know the "how" of mass, but this book also gives the "why" - something I was (unfortunately) never taught in CCD growing up. It explains the rituals of the mass by telling of their uses in the early church and/or relevant passages in the bible. It also gives "opportunities for spiritual growth" in the sidebars that are especially helpful to the cradle Catholic. I know I will get at least twice as much out of attending mass from now on!
The book is an "easy" (fast) read. I read half in one sitting; I suppose it might take a little longer for a new or non-Catholic not already familiar with the traditional mass. It is not too overbearing or complicated and would therefore be great for teens with a ho-hum attitude toward attending mass.
My mother always used to complain that my generation was not taught the "parts of the mass" in CCD as hers was. I don't know if this is a result of changes made by Vatican II, or simply the archdiocese I grew up in. I hope CCD children today are again taught the parts of the mass; I personally purchased this book to learn more myself so I can teach my own children better. After reading it, I wish I could afford to pass out copies at my church to the other parishioners of my generation who are obviously also not getting as much from the mass as they could be!
I agree with another reviewer that it would have been nice if the text of the prayers explained were included in the book, even if just in the back. But don't let this keep you from purchasing it; if you are a cradle Catholic, you already KNOW the prayers. If you are new, they can be easily found in a missal at any Catholic church.

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth: Updated With New Material
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth: Updated With New Material
by Ina May Gaskin
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 14.44
47 used & new from CDN$ 11.72

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 All I can do is echo the other reviews!!!, Sept. 2 2003
I'm currently 29 weeks pregnant with my first child, and I've read a lot of the "bestselling" pregnancy and labor books on the market (i.e. "What to Expect", the Dr. Sears books, etc) but this one blew the rest out of the water when it comes to labor and delivery! Ina May's book explains the importance of psychological readiness for labor and delivery, as well as awesome techniques to overcome the "obstacles" of labor naturally. The first half of the book consists of very inspirational natural birth stories which made me feel prepared and even EXCITED about natural childbirth before I even read the second half of the book.
After reading this book, I decided to switch from using my OBGYN to a midwife instead. My OBGYN is supportive of my decision to try a "natural" childbirth, but her definition of the concept doesn't go beyond "patient doesn't want an epidural". She is totally untrained and unprepared to help me naturally deal with stalled labor, avoiding an episiotomy, delivering a "stuck" baby, etc. I know she would give me drugs or wheel me in for a C-section long before a midwife despite her "supportiveness".
You CAN try the ideas in Ina May's book on your own during labor, without the doctor knowing a thing about natural childbirth, as long as the OB isn't going to argue with what you want to try in the middle of delivery! For example, if baby's shoulders are stuck, most OB's will want to do an immediate C-section; Ina May's book tells you that if you simply turn over on your hands and knees, the baby will most likely slide right out!

The Incredible Truth About Mothers
The Incredible Truth About Mothers
by Bradley Trevor Greive
Edition: Hardcover
51 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

2.0 étoiles sur 5 Cute pictures, but..., Aug. 19 2003
I'm expecting my first child, and my mother gave me this book because she knows I like animals (especially the cute babies!) After reading the book, though, I was downright depressed to the point of tears about becoming a mother. It basically tells you your children will be horrible terrors and not ever appreciate a thing you do, and that your husband will be even worse! The writing is bitter and twisted compared to the pictures. I do give a couple stars, because the pictures are cute if you don't read the text.

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