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Supercast Dinosaurs Fridge Magnets to Mould and Paint
Supercast Dinosaurs Fridge Magnets to Mould and Paint
Price: £7.99

1.0 out of 5 stars doesn't work!, 19 Mar 2014
Ok, so lets start with the positive, the idea is great, the shapes and paints are fine.

The problem is that no matter how careful you are the dinosaurs are just not strong enough. The broke coming out of the molds and again while being painted and again while being glued and again while the magnets were being stuck on. A real disappointment! Also because they are powdery and fragile they are very tricky to glue successfully. A good idea but clearly a different material is needed. Don't buy!


Rubbish and Recycling (See Inside) (Usborne See Inside)
Rubbish and Recycling (See Inside) (Usborne See Inside)
by Alex Frith
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Big hit with 4 year old and adults alike!, 17 Mar 2014
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Bought as a 4th birthday present and was a great success. Lots of flaps, pictures of machines and super educational! Explains what happens to rubbish, from household waste to airplanes. Works on lots of age levels, the adults definitely learned a lot too. I liked that it provided a link between what we do as individuals and the world around us, not just the environment but also all the jobs and processes that happen as a result of us recycling a yogurt pot. It will last a good few years as it is a nice sturdy book which remains engaging after multiple readings. We have a few 'see inside' books and I would say this one which is suitable for younger readers (age 3 up perhaps). Also a good one for those with a love of machines. Goes into lots of detail, how the various materials are sorted and recycled, landfills, water: sewers, purification, compost, rubbish collection and so on. Recommended!


Feelings (Reading Rainbow Book)
Feelings (Reading Rainbow Book)
by Aliki
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Feeling disapointed..., 17 Mar 2014
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Bought for a 4 year old to help put a name to some emotions and talk about things that might come up in school. The pictures don't really engage him, so perhaps it is aimed at older children. However the scenarios depict things an older child wouldn't do, for example crying when their wooden brick tower falls down. The physical quality of the book is shoddy with thin easily crumpled pages 4 of which have already fallen out. The book is brief with quite sparse pages with little text and small pictures so there is not a lot to it. The book does lay out various emotional scenarios clearly and describe what emotions are present (as you can see in the preview) but it isn't interesting enough for the child to want to engage and discuss what is being depicted. For us it was a waste of money but I wonder if it could be helpful for older children with serious emotional/social problems.


The Macmillan Treasury of Nursery Rhymes and Poems
The Macmillan Treasury of Nursery Rhymes and Poems
by Anna Currey
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars The best childrens poetry book!, 17 Mar 2014
We've tried a few and this is the best children's poetry compilation for us. Been reading it since little one was 21/5 and still going strong at 4 years old. Great selection - poems have been chosen that really captive the younger listener, perhaps because many contemporary poems are included but also because the subject matter is brilliant and all encompassing. It spans growing seeds, a love of noddles, annoying siblings, being forced to wear a hat, collecting stars in a jar, making peanut butter jelly, loneliness, hairy caterpillars and so on. It is divided into sections - poems about food, about farm yards, about weather, action poems etc There are lovely illustrations that do not overwhelm but do include little details mentioned in the poem so you can point them out as you read. It is nice and thick with lots of poems (but no individual poem is too long) and I believe this book is going to remain a favorite for years to come. One of those books you refer to often when talking with the children, 'oh that's like in the poem...', making poetry really accessible and enjoyable, hurrah!


Scratch Boards - Halcyon Nights
Scratch Boards - Halcyon Nights

1.0 out of 5 stars A review of the price not the product., 22 Feb 2014
This review is from: Scratch Boards - Halcyon Nights
That's nearly £30!!!! I know of two shops that do them for just under £7, Tickety-boo in Norfolk and Playfull in Bristol. I'm sure there are others so it's worth shopping around.

Having said that the cards themselves are great, we keep a few packs in the house as presents for children from age 3 to 6. The child can't really do it 'wrong' so even when excited they can open the present and get down to it!

Normally I'd five 5 stars but I see that quite a few sellers are selling the Djeco scratch cards for around £30 so it seems fair to review the product as over priced.


Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting: The Revolutionary Programme That Transforms Family Life
Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting: The Revolutionary Programme That Transforms Family Life
by NoŽl Janis-Norton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.29

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, worth a read, but..., 17 Feb 2014
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It is true that if you do what the book says it does get calmer, easier and happier. The advice given could be crudely surmised as lots of telling your child how good they are being when they are being good and describing their emotions for them. It encourages empathy and staying eerily calm.

The techniques are very helpful with more chronic problems like getting out of the house on time in the mornings and sitting nicely at the table. It has helped us create clear rules for day to day behavior. However I found that for our family it hasn't helped with the more acute problems which most parents will encounter: insults, tantrums, violence, deliberate acts of disobedience and so on.

I would have given it five stars but for the waffle, it repeats everything at least three times and no parent has time for that.


How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk
How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk
by Adele Faber
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.09

5.0 out of 5 stars does what it says on the tin, 17 Feb 2014
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The book gives very clear instructions with step by step cartoons of conversations and exercises to practice what has been learned. I found this precision is useful because it really tells you how to be respectful and supportive when talking to children. It has helped me communicate with my three year old both when talking about their day and also when I'm feeling upset at their behavior. I've reread bits of it several times and imagine I'll keep on using these techniques for a long time. It's not perfect, as with all childcare books you have to pick and choose what suits your family and philosophy. For example I think my child does not benefit from being given too many choices of the 'do you want to wear the red socks or the white ones' kind. Overall though it is worth a read.


Prenatal Yoga and Natural Birth
Prenatal Yoga and Natural Birth
by Jeannine Parvati Baker
Edition: Paperback

2.0 out of 5 stars pointless, 8 Jan 2010
this book provides neither yoga exercises nor inspirational/informative accounts of pregnancy and child birth. if you are looking for these things i would not recommend this book. for yoga i am using and loving a book by Freedman, 'yoga for pregnancy birth and beyond'. for natural birth stories and techniques 'birth skills' by Sundin has been helpful.


Birth Skills: Proven pain-management techniques for your labour and birth
Birth Skills: Proven pain-management techniques for your labour and birth
by Juju Sundin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars helpful, reasureing and believable, 8 Jan 2010
i am a few weeks away from giving birth for the first time so i can't review the techniques in action but can say that this book has made me far more confident about coping with the labour. this is because my partner and i now know what we can do during all those hours of pain. for example it is often said 'staying mobile' is beneficial, which is pretty vauge and forgettable advice once you're in agony. juju gives different techniques of walking around with specific exercises (that you can practice at home) adapted to the different stages of labour, the mothers temperament, the environment and even how to use your legs if you have to be lying down. the book is also full of short comments from women who have used the techniques during labour which surprised me by how helpful they were. i have been persuaded of he value of things which really didn't appeal at first glance such as banging stress balls or vocalising and we plan to take it into the hospital for my partner to refer to on the big day.


How to Store Your Garden Produce: The Key to Self-sufficiency
How to Store Your Garden Produce: The Key to Self-sufficiency
by Piers Warren
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.57

36 of 50 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars really disapointing, 25 July 2009
The introduction to this book gives instructions for making your basic jam, soup, wine, pickle, freeze etc. The next section of the book each fruit or veg is listed seperately and the same instruction as in the introduction repeated with very very little variation. The recepies are vauge and uninspiring- for the pickles it is always 'spices of own choice' plus the usual vinigar and sugar, the soups are just potato, onion and 'seasoning to taste'. No detailed technical information is given on any of the techniques at all and some of the information is false for example saying 'you need 60% minimum sugar in all jams'. Worst of all some of the advice makes me think the author has never even followed his own recepies such as the direction to individually top-and-tail currents before makeing jam with them! I would not recomend this book to anyone. In order to end on a posative note one thing the book does do is recomend varieties of fruit and veg for preserving however seed catalouges would be a free and more detailed source for that sort of information.
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