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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
49 used & new from CDN$ 6.19

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Lots of birth stories, Feb. 6 2014
Achat vérifié(Quest-ce que cest?)
This was very calming. I especially enjoyed the birth story section, which was the second half of the book. There were so many different ways that labour progressed that I felt mine was normal, too, even though it didn't follow what most childbirth manuals say. (had painful cramps every 15 minutes for 2 days before the real thing kicked in... hadn't read about THAT anywhere else)

I reread it before my second child was born. A very soothing way to build confidence that yes, my body can do this! (and even when a birth results in c-section or less invasive procedures, the way it is framed in this book still is a triumph of the woman's body)

I definitely appreciated and used the delightfully named 'law of sphincters' to ease both kids into the world with minimal damage to me.

Fair warning, this book has been described (by me, while lending it to all my pregnant friends) as "hippie-dippy", but if all the crunchy lingo doesn't bother you, it is a wonderful read.

Your Pregnancy for the Father-to-Be: Everything Dads Need to Know about Pregnancy, Childbirth and Getting Ready for a New Baby
Your Pregnancy for the Father-to-Be: Everything Dads Need to Know about Pregnancy, Childbirth and Getting Ready for a New Baby
by Glade B. Curtis
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 11.55
108 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

2.0 étoiles sur 5 My husband didn't read it., Feb. 6 2014
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Basically his reaction was "too long, didn't read". He didn't really want all the details and background, even though he was supportive in real life. He wanted me to sum up for him, and tell him exactly how to help. He did enjoy "So You're going to be a Dad" by Peter Downey and passed it to a friend when they were expecting.

Taro Gomi's Playful Puzzles for Little Hands: 60+ guessing games, twisty mazes, logic puzzles, and more!
Taro Gomi's Playful Puzzles for Little Hands: 60+ guessing games, twisty mazes, logic puzzles, and more!
by Taro Gomi
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 13.13
39 used & new from CDN$ 6.63

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Brain-tickler for kids - age 4 and up, Feb. 6 2014
This is a book of puzzles: matching games, spot the differences, mazes, logic puzzles, etc. Very few words, delightful illustrations.

No pencil needed, it's all about following along with a finger, or covering up a monster with tentacles using hands with careful placement of fingers, etc.

This is an excellent take-to-a-restaurant book, because it keeps the child's attention and is entertaining for the adults, too.

The number puzzles are too advanced for my 4 year old, but he loves the mazes right now. I'm pretty sure this book develops math and spatial skills.

I like the artwork. It's not too cutesy and also appeals enormously to my son. Monsters, a lost dog, ghosts, pancakes, rockets, water hoses, a birthday cake that needs dividing, and a car that is afraid of blue houses and has to find a way to the exit without driving past one. It's dramatic without being scary. I think girls would like it, too. I would have.

The best thing about these puzzles is that even if it's too advanced for him, the child can find a satisfying answer without being "right". That makes it a fun challenge without being discouraging. (just don't mess it up for the kids, perfectionist mom and dad! If the kid is happy with the solution he found, be happy with him!)

Dog Days of Summer [Import]
Dog Days of Summer [Import]
DVD ~ Will Patton
Prix : CDN$ 13.54
26 used & new from CDN$ 0.60

1.0 étoiles sur 5 Where's the plot?, April 1 2012
Ce commentaire est de: Dog Days of Summer [Import] (DVD)
I wasted over an hour of my life watching this! I just couldn't turn it off, because I was hoping for a plot twist to make it worthwhile.

It didn't come. This is one long allegory with no redeeming qualities. There was no effort to acquaint us with the characters, or to make us care about them or understand them. Basically it's some lame attempt at retelling Adam and Eve getting kicked out of the Garden of Eden. Eli Cottonmouth is the snake, but I'm not sure who everyone else is supposed to be. Eli builds a run-down version of the small town and everyone falls apart when they see it because they're racked with guilt for committing very random and unexplained sins.

So basically everything falls apart and the town breaks up (not sure why?) and then one of the boys comes back as a man and learns to believe in a swamp monster, and that brings him hope. (again, not sure why.)

I sure do wish I had known this was a straight-to-DVD movie. They should have warnings!

Sheep Follow
Sheep Follow
by Monica Wellington
Edition: Hardcover
11 used & new from CDN$ 2.13

4.0 étoiles sur 5 A toddler-pleaser, Jan. 1 2012
Ce commentaire est de: Sheep Follow (Hardcover)
My son loves this book. He is almost two, and the pictures appeal to him immensely. There are only a few words to read on each page, but it's hard to get to them, there is so much to point at and exclaim over.

A few of the best parts (according to my toddler) are the trumpet that the shepherd carries, the cat that appears in several pages, and the ladybugs which you can find throughout the book. I think the sheep look amusing, especially when they're getting sleepy, and I think it helps my son with counting skills that he wants to point to each one on every page for me to say "baa".

The storyline is cute, and I like that it ends with all the sheep sleeping. It's a good bedtime book, and I don't mind reading it every day, which is saying something!

Dark Side of the Sun
Dark Side of the Sun
by Terry Pratchett
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 10.79
44 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

2.0 étoiles sur 5 Don't bother, May 4 2011
Ce commentaire est de: Dark Side of the Sun (Paperback)
Being a major Terry Pratchett fan, I was excited to find a book by him that I had never heard of in my public library. I wondered what sort of story it might be. Discworld? An imaginary group of people living in our world like the Bromeliad trilogy or the Carpet People? More like Johnny and the Bomb?

Well, it turns out it's nothing like any of those. This is Pratchett as an early writer, who's trying out serious science fiction. When I didn't care after 4 pages, and I hadn't laughed (or started to care) by chapter 3, I realized that no, it wasn't going to get any better. But I didn't give up hope, I slogged on to chapter 6, where I have stopped and don't intend to read further.

If you would like to do a study on his writing style and how it has changed over the years, go ahead and read this book. It's interesting to see ideas from future books coming through in this one. But don't do it just for fun, because fun is not what you'll get. If you like that sort of thing, I'd instead recommend you read the first 2 or 3 books of the Discworld series to see how much richer and more detailed it became as he wrote more and more about it.

Moo, Baa, La La La!
Moo, Baa, La La La!
by Sandra Boynton
Edition: Board book
Prix : CDN$ 6.64
195 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Gets a reaction!, Nov. 18 2010
Ce commentaire est de: Moo, Baa, La La La! (Board book)
This book was given to my son when he was born, and I started reading it to him sometimes. At 5 1/2 months, when he was so interested in the sound "b", he would laugh hysterically whenever we got to the sheep page and I said "Bbbbaaa!" It was so sweet. This book has a good rhythm and is amusing even for adults. Many books for babies are really boring, but this one makes me laugh, and I still (now with an 11 month old) like reading the book every day. My son has two favourites. This is one, and the other is Cliff Wright's Bear and Ball. (it has a red ball on almost every page, which is pretty much the best thing to point at, apparently)

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