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Rumi-the Book of Love
Rumi-the Book of Love
by Coleman Barks
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.72

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lord of poetry, 15 July 2011
This review is from: Rumi-the Book of Love (Hardcover)
I am enamored of this book for within a few pages, my eyes can see these poems are alive. Rumi, the 13th century Sufi master, has found his modern vocal through poet Coleman Barks - I can't read the original language but from those translations I found the poems to be poignant, vital and awakening. This book is divided into 22 chapters of ecstatic readings with Mr. Barks commentaries preluding each section initiating a discourse where a diverse of poems are included. In the discussion of "Sohbet", regarding the retreats where poets dwell and the jobs that poets do, Emily Dickinson's celestial lines are quoted:

"...
Of visitors, the fairest.
For occupations, this:
The spreading wide my narrow hands
To gather paradise. (11)"

The Lord of poems is no mystic to those who've experienced epiphany. His words have escaped the time and the restrictions of death. Such poems are enlightenments:

"QUIETNESS
Inside this new love, die.
Your way begins on the other side.
Become the sky.
Take an ax to the prison wall.
Escape. Walk out
Like someone suddenly born into color.
***
The speechless full moon comes out now. (33)"

My sister sent me this gift of poetry on my birthday and whatever she wishes to say is well-expressed by this BOOK OF LOVE.


Sick Day for Amos Mcgee
Sick Day for Amos Mcgee
by Philip C. Stead
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 9.86

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Day, 12 July 2011
The kids and I are all fascinated and grateful for this heartwarming picture story about Amos, a zoo caregiver who has established his relationship with his animal friends so deep that when Amos was sick one day, it was their turn to return his favor and care. Readers will see the cutest animals with distinguished personalities, big and small, sweet and wise, array from elephant, penguin, turtle to owl.., all present to Amos in their own different way on this difficult day, the best healing medicine of all - friendship, Abundant details within pages to make your heart and soul smile and it is very easy to see why this book has won the prestigious Caldecott award (2011).
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Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig
Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig
by Kate DiCamillo
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh Like a Pig!, 8 July 2011
70 pages. My kids would really love to move next door to Mercy Watson but the grumpy neighbor Eugenia would rather enjoy a gracious life planting petunias than having fun with a charismatic pig. Written by Kate DiCamillo, and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen, this talented team championed another hilarious and dangerous adventure storybook where Mercy was drawn into "Unmentionable Horrors" after she ate the neighbor's flower. Stella and Frank invited Mercy to the tea party and she was perfectly disguised with a fancy hat. But the animal controller still caught her - only to be honored as a hero who rescued a truck full of dogs and the Watson Family's beloved lost pig. Each page has fantastic detailed pictures to probe into - snake in a toilet, raccoon in the trash, party settings, garden scenes and such appealing touch is spread to the bottom where the page number is inside a toast! This is a real treat for young kids and their read-along parents.


Chinese Children's Favorite Stories
Chinese Children's Favorite Stories
by Mingmei Yip
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 10.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Stories Indeed, 6 July 2011
A collection of thirteen stories that I grew up with(Taiwan) and love to pass down to my children, this colorful volume, with authentic Chinese-style drawings, brings back to life legends and tales that feature wise scholars, talking animals, emperors and goddesses. These thousand-year old stories are written to educate young minds to do good deeds and cultivate moral wisdom. Straightforward plots reinforce the lessons learnt from famous stories like "The Frog who Lived in the Well", "Dream of the Butterfly (kid's version of Chuang Tzu's philosophical tale)", "Carp Jumping Over the Dragon Gate", "Chang-E Flies to the Moon" and "The Monkey King". Every region may have slightly varied versions, but this favorite book has done an amazing job and we look forward to reading more.


Titanicat (True Stories)
Titanicat (True Stories)
by Marty Crisp
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 10.52

5.0 out of 5 stars surprising and touching, 4 July 2011
My son (8 yrs. old) bought this book for me as a gift for he knows I admire cats (and animals in general) and I am afraid of boarding a cruise so he hopes I can read more about the subject! To my relief, this is not a sad story as most of the Titanic inspired stories are but a very surprising and touching one, perfect for young readers ready to read longer paragraphs. The illustrations are amazingly realistic - the hues on the cherubic young lad's cheek, the sparkles of the new litter of kittens' eyes - so lively on the pages that I was tranported inside a children's book art gallery staring awe-struck at these pictures. Reaffirmed is the mystery of a mother's instinct to foresee danger to protect their youngsters; reaffirmed is the common belief that the cat does bring luck to save their human friends. Historically true or not, this Titanicat is a beautiful book to recommend.


Buddha at Bedtime
Buddha at Bedtime
by Dharmachari Nagaraja
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.09

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buddhism is compassion, 30 Jun 2011
This review is from: Buddha at Bedtime (Paperback)
This illuminating, full-color book shares 20 gentle stories with themes for all to enjoy regardless of our religion or age: "Anything is possible when you are moved by love", "Forgive others even when they have wronged you" "Keep going until you achieve your goal", "Look beyond the obvious to find the truth". The book features animals and characters that appeal to the kids and I especially like the wise summary at the end of each story:

"It's all too easy to lose our patience with people and act unkindly. A wise person knows that showing kindness and compassion is the most effective way to bring out the best in others. (The Grateful Bull, p47)"

After a day full of pursuit, excitement and action, this calming material is what I need to spend some quality bedtime with the kids.


The Girls' Summer Book
The Girls' Summer Book
by Ellen Bailey
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Fun!, 30 Jun 2011
This review is from: The Girls' Summer Book (Paperback)
This 96-paged Girl's Summer Book is packed with fun puzzles, game/quizzes, activities, doodles and crafts that concluded with two summer highlight pages for your child to record a memorable season. Each page is graced with creative ideas from "cake clock" to fortune cookie origami, from lime-mint foot spa to kids-friendly summer science. Appealingly designed and fashionably illustrated, this book also teaches girls to be resourceful and it contains a fair amount of informative reading to sharpen their comprehension skills. This is an enjoyable, interactive book that will brighten up a girl's summer.


Dragon Dance: A Chinese New Year Ltf: A Chinese New Year Lift-The-Flap Book (Lift-The-Flap, Puffin)
Dragon Dance: A Chinese New Year Ltf: A Chinese New Year Lift-The-Flap Book (Lift-The-Flap, Puffin)
by Joan Holub
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dragon Surprise, 5 Jan 2011
Little kids love dragon dance and this is what's highlighted in the Chinese New Year Celebration as well as the featured fun of this young reader-friendly book, perfect for welcoming 2011, the Year of Rabbit. Written by Joan Holub and illustrated by Benrei Huang, this delightful read shares with children ages 3 to 6 with traditional activities of Chinese New Year celebrations - from shopping, preparing and enjoying the big family reunion feast, to receiving red envelops from grandparents (parents and other adults too!) to dressing up for the exciting parade which consummates in a magically unfolded long pages to symbolize the never-ending dance of lucky royal dragon. I've used this book several times in my pre-K or K classroom visits and it has always been such a great hit that will leave the kids with good cheers of New Year's blessings.

* 2011 marks the Chinese New Year of Rabbit which will fall on Feb 3, 2011. (Kids born on Feb 2, 2011, for instance, will be tigers and kids born on and after Feb 3rd will be rabbits!)


James Herriot's Treasures for Children
James Herriot's Treasures for Children
by James Herriot
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.58

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Animal Treasury for Generations, 27 Dec 2010
For a child who loves animals and a parent who wishes to share the power and magic of James Herriot's tales, this TREASURY is a dream coming true. Heirloom quality that can endure generations, this 260-paged hardcover is presented in full water-color format with beautiful and engaging pictures on EVERY page from illustrators Peter Barrett and Ruth Brown that young readers will feel they've known all the characters and animals inside the stories all along.

Eight of Herriot's beloved tales are collected: ONLY ONE WOOF which tale I still remembered clearly since the first time I read it a decade ago, THE CHRISTMAS DAY KITTEN whose brave mom found him the perfect home before passing away along with MOSES the KITTEN, BONNY's BIG DAY, BLOSSOM COMES HOME, SMUDGE, the LITTLE LOST LAMB to my children's favorites, OSCAR, CAT-ABOUT-TOWN and THE MARKET SQUARE DOG. Each tells a unique life story of an animal that children will love to hear. James has a deep humanity approach to teach children about the priceless gift of love and compassion humans and animals can share with each other. This handsomely designed book is one of the first heavy volumes that my kids were able to finish on their own from beginning to the end. Besides giving them more confidence in reading, these tales about ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL with Herriot's style distinctively fresh, warm, joyful and good have made it the most treasured book in our family.


A Christmas Present For Me|
A Christmas Present For Me|
by Lily Karr
Edition: Board book
Price: 3.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely learning gift book, 30 Nov 2010
This adorable board book is very well-designed that it is not only a "gift" that can be opened by little hands but also a learning book that shares with toddlers fun elements of Christmas celebrations. Colorful and busy pages cover exciting topics from Reindeer, trees, cookies and Santa. Open-ennded questions (presnts - what's inside? Elves - what are they making?) encourage young children to look for answers while enjoying the vibrant illustrations. This is a cute Christmas present full of reading surprises.


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