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Shopkins Season 4 Toy Figure (12 Pack)
Shopkins Season 4 Toy Figure (12 Pack)
Offered by Midco Toys Ltd
Price: £12.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Little Characters, 8 Feb. 2016
The newest craze for young children are Shopkins. I know this because my granddaughter talks about them a lot. I had no idea what they were. Her mom tells me she would like some shopkins for Valentine's Day.

You can ask any child about shopkins. Shopkins are little figure/characters that have a name and are classified into different categories like Fruits and Veggies, Bakery. From what I observe is that these shopkins are able to be organized in their own little group. You can purchase special organizer containers, but you can also devise containers from little bags or left over egg containers or berry containers. Just look around your house. My granddaughter loves to play with these little characters, she names them, they have parties and activities, go to school, shopping and do homework together. The size is very small, and I would think they could be easily lost, so I decided to send along several little jewelry pouches I have to see if she can organize her shopkins in these pouches.

There are 12 figures in this packet, designated as Season 4 Toy Figures, Moose Toys. The packet they came in is attractive. The price is right, and I think she will have a fun Valentine's Day.

Recommended. prisrob 02-08-16


Children's Book: Lee and his Big Hair (Stories for Children funny bedtime story collection illustrated picture book for kids Early reader book)
Children's Book: Lee and his Big Hair (Stories for Children funny bedtime story collection illustrated picture book for kids Early reader book)
Price: £0.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Everything But The Kitchen Sink In His Hair, 8 Feb. 2016
Do you like to brush your hair? Does your mom have to brush it for you?

The author, Leela Hope, has written a wonderful book that probably pertains to most children. My children did not like brushing their hair when they were little and neither do my grandchildren. Lee seemed to be such a nice boy, but he would not brush his hair, no matter what his mom said or did, Lee said 'no'. One day Lee was playing in the mud, and he got so dirty that everything stuck to him when he stood up. The rake, cups and tins and even a raccoon! Lee jumped in the lake to get all clean, but his hair did not. It was piled high on his head and he looked very funny. When you read this book, you will understand what happens next and what Lee did with his very big hair.

Parents/teachers will like reading this book to their children. This is a book that will help the adults explain why it is so important to brush your hair. Children will like the story because it is very funny to see Lee with everything but the kitchen sink in his hair. The illustrations are bright and colorful . They depict all the interesting things that happen to Lee's hair. The author, Leela Hope, always tells her stories in rhyme, and this is one of the best ways for children to learn to like books. This is also a book that has lessons to be learned. Note: a complimentary copy of this book was provided to read and review.

Recommended. prisrob 02-07-16


Webster's Manners
Webster's Manners
by Hannah Whaley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lessons Learned, 5 Feb. 2016
This review is from: Webster's Manners (Paperback)
Do you know what mobile devices are? Do you have any mobile devices?

The author, Hannah Whaley, has written a book that is important for parents and teachers. Webster is a nice little spider, and he tried to be polite. However,he felt like something was wrong, or he was doing something not quite right. Someone or another seemed to be telling him he was wrong. Webster talked to his father who told him what he observed. When Webster was talking to someone he should put away any of his devices that beeped or made sounds. When he was eating he should put away anything that beeped or made noises. When his parents were in a hurry he should put away anything that beeped or made noises. In fact his father told him that there was a time and place for everything. His father asked Webster if he understood. Webster thought and then told his father what he thought. When you read this book you will understand exactly what Webster learned.

Parents and teachers will enjoy reading this book to their children. The children will enjoy talking about what Webster has learned. They will also discuss what they have learned. The illustrations by the author, are bright, vivid and colorful. They depict Webster's lessons learned, and that is indeed a good thing. A fun book for children and their adults, lessons for them all.

Recommended. prisrob 02-05-16


Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest and Colouring Book
Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest and Colouring Book
by Johanna Basford
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Many Happy Coloring Hours, 4 Feb. 2016
My granddaughter loves to color. And when I am with her I like to color with her. Often her mom joins in, so we are a coloring family. My granddaughter has many coloring books,mand she has, in fact co,Oreo most of the pages. I wanted a coloring book that would challenge her a little while providing for a fun time for her and the family.

This book is beautiful at first glance and at second glance. It has an exciting design on the front and back covers. Inside are many pages of intricate designs and surprises on every page. You can co,or as much as you want in your choice. My granddaughter has a collection of crayons, gels, colored pencils, a variety of choices, and we used gem all. I found her slim gels were the easiest and most fun to se. The variety in this packet was quite large, and there are variations of each color available. My granddaughter likes the slim gels also, they are easy for her to hold. She is six and now has the coordination and cognitive abilities to color small items and large. She is very proud of her coloring abilities, and I think she will have many happy hours with this coloring book. She makes up,songs and stories to match the designs , and that is enchanting for all.

This book is a wonderful gift at any time. There will be many happy hours spent coloring.

Recommended. prisrob 01-04-16


The Year of the Runaways
The Year of the Runaways
by Sunjeev Sahota
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Year of the Immigrants, 4 Feb. 2016
How fortunate for us that this book about immigrants should arrive when the world ponders what to do about the Syrian immigrants who are fleeing war and looking for safety and a new life.
Our own country is doubtful that immigrants should be allowed to enter. After all we are all native born.

In this novel we meet three migrant men from India and an Indian woman born in Britain. Each of the men, Randeep, Avtar, and Tochi have their own stories. They live together with ten other men in a house in Sheffield. They all work as a team in this house dividing the chores and find work wherever they can. The three men came to England to find a better life. They send money to their families and live on bare subsistence. Life is tough,but when you hear their singular stories, what they have now is sufficient. As immigrants we are privy to the ways and manner in which they are treated. The bullies and the con men and the immigration teams looking for some of them.

Narinder is a British Sikh, and she believes that it is her responsibility as a spiritual being to help an Indian by marrying him in order for him to obtain a Visa. Narinder married Randeep, but in reality she does not know him or want to. And, it is this marriage that touches us all and remains the center of the novel. Many questions are hinted at in this novel, not to be answered but to be pondered.

As these four characters form relationships with each other, we are with them through very tough times. All the while the author, Sanjeev Sahota weaves the tale to places I would prefer not to think about. The lives of immigrants, the kindness of strangers or lack there of make such a difference in a life. We tend to think of immigrants as a group until we meet the individual and learn their story. The terms illegals, illegal workers, student visas, visa marriages are thrown about, and now, we meet characters who fulfill each of these terms, and, now, we are faced with how we will think about these terms in relationship to characters.

This is an exceptional novel, and the writing is filled with compassion and wisdom, and we have a responsibility to decide how we will respond.

Highly Recommended. prisrob 01-04-16
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On My Own
On My Own
by Diane Rehm
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.52

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some Part Of Me Will Grieve Forever, 3 Feb. 2016
This review is from: On My Own (Hardcover)
Diane Rehm tells us "I don't believe in closure, some part of me will grieve forever." In the first year of grief, after her husband, John, died, Diane Rehm shares with us her personal loss. A lifetime of memories, the good and the bad, the times of her life. Down the path of grief, loss and finding oneself alone and moving on.

Diane and John Rehm were married for 54 years, they had two children, a mostly loving marriage. He was a lawyer for the State Department, and Diane is the host of the NPR, 'Diane Rehm Show'. How often I have listened to this NPR program, with such brilliant discussions on every topic imaginable. I have learned a lot listening to this program, and I have learned from Diane Rehm as she tells us her story of her marriage and her husband's death.

John Rehm had Parkinson's Disease, and at a point in the disease he could not care for himself and entered a facility for care. His disease progressed, and there came a point when he was unable to feed himself and wanted to die. They lived in Washington, DC, and their doctor could not assist John with his death. What John could and would do was to stop eating, drinking and stopped all his medications. He was not in pain and was kept comfortable, but it took 10 days for him to die. Since that time Diane has become a strong advocate for 'The right to die debate.'

In the first year we hear how Diane coped everyday. Several friends who were widowed and widowers give their input into how they have lived their lives after the death of their spouse. The holidays, the anniversaries, the parties, the social events that one must attend alone. The grieving that does not end, missing John becomes evident as each day passes. But Diane makes plans to move on, not to give up her grief, but to live her new life. This is an uplifting novel even through the sad and difficult times. Resilience and strength and a job to go to everyday certainly helps. Diane has a new purpose as an advocate and spokesperson for Parkinson's Disease and for 'The Right To Die Debate.' This is an honest and emotional account of one woman's life before and after her husband's death.

Highly Recommended. prisrob 02-03-16


Learning to Drive
Learning to Drive
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £12.42

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Third Itch, 3 Feb. 2016
This review is from: Learning to Drive (DVD)
4.5 stars

When you have a film with Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley, you expect an excellent film. What we have here, is a good film, and the characters elevate the film in spite of itself. Clarkson plays Wendy whose marriage has come undone, and in the middle of a fight with her husband, she leaves a manuscript in the back of a cab that Kingsley who plays Darwan, is drive. Darwan us a Sikh, who had immigrated to America after a torturous time in India. Darwan teaches driving, and when he returns the manuscript, Wendy sees his sign and signs up for driving lessons. This becomes a film about finding yourself in a time of stress and less about learning to drive. Wendy's daughter, is in Vermont working in a farm and if Wendy is to see her, she must drive to Vermont.

We meet Wendy's sister and husband and a new lover. Wendy is a book critic, and by all accounts is very successful. We also meet Darwan and the people he lives with in a small apartment. He is mentoring his nephew who does not seem to have a green card. Nephew is trying to fix Darwan up with a wife, but it is Darwan's sister who arranges a marriage with a local woman in her community in India. The arranged marriage causes issues, but Darwan is an honorable man.

The film is lovely and often serious and then humorous. It will probably be overlooked, but any film with Patricia Clarkson and Sir Ben Kingsley should be seen.

Recommended. prisrob 02-02-16


The Princess ABC Picture Book
The Princess ABC Picture Book
by Mary Lee
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.35

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Princesses ABC, 2 Feb. 2016
Do you want to be a princess? What do you like about princesses?

For children who like to play princess and prince and who are learning their ABC's, this is the perfect book. The author, Mary Lee, has written a lovely book featuring a princess representing each letter of the alphabet with a Princess name. My granddaughter was overjoyed to find her name Violet as one of the princesses. Violet the princess even looks like my granddaughter,Violet. But, even if your name is not on the princess last, you will enjoy looking at each princess and what she is wearing. This may, indeed help you to learn the alphabet.

Parents/teachers will enjoy reading this book to their children. The children can repeat the princess name and relate it to the alphabet. The most beautiful part of this book are the illustrations of each princess. They are really quite exquisite. The illustrations are bright, vivid and colorful. The children will turn to his book to look at the pictures time and time again.

Recommended. prisrob 02-02-16


Four Fantastic Bedtime Stories for Children 3-6!
Four Fantastic Bedtime Stories for Children 3-6!
Price: £3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Are Fantastic, 1 Feb. 2016
Do you feel fantastic? Do you know what that means?

The author, Scott Gordon, has brought us a wonderful series of four stories. We meet the Pigtastic the dragon, the frog and last of all you. These four stories tell us how wonderful it is to be us. We may be a dragon or pig or frog or even you, with certain problems, but we all are wonderfully, loving creatures. We are the best there is, lovable and likable. This set of stories gives a very positive message to everyone how valuable they are. I am very appreciative of this kind of message.

The illustrations are vibrant, vivid and very colorful. They depict the pig, the dragon, the frog and you and me as our wonderful selves in all our glory. Parents/teachers will enjoy reading this book to there children. The children will like the characters and will be able to identify with all of their problems,mbut also understand what lovable characters we are. This is a very promising story for all of us, and it is so nice to meet and read positive messages for all of us.

Recommended. prisrob 02-01-16


Slow Horses: Slough House (Slough House 1)
Slow Horses: Slough House (Slough House 1)
by Mick Herron
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Work Horses, 1 Feb. 2016
Mick Herron is a superb mystery/ spy/ writer. His novels take us to the secret alleys of MI-5.
Slough House is a place for wayward MI-5 agents. Those who did somebody wrong, make a bad, bad mistake, had an affair that did not go down well, became an alcoholic, which was a fear they could let secrets out, because really many MI-5 agents drink and smoke a lot. That is a trade mark of sorts. The people sent to Slough House are intelligent and wise, they made a blunder, but not the kind that could get them fired. They were sent to Slough House to do repetitive work, in hopes they would become so bored, they would quit. Not the present group, they were all looking for the big case, and Jackson Lamb who is the leader of Slough House, is trying to keep the place going. Getting to know the people who populate the MI-5, is necessary to understand the workings of this agency. Like our CIA, politics runs the day, but if I had a choice, I would go for the MI-5. This novel like many in the Slough House series moves slowly at first, but it revs up considerably, so stay in there.

'slow Horses' will come to have a meaning as you enter into the world of spies. The inner workings of the MI-5 are revealed in more depth. The trickery, deceit and brutality are pretty deep. It is the
characters of Slough House, however, who generate the most activity and who give us the reality of life as a spy. Complications and several storylines at once, seem to be the word of the day, but eventually it all makes sense.

The author, Mick Herron, either has a background as an agent or knows someone who is, because he is privy to the inner workings of a spy. His characters are wonderfully delicious, all of them with particular inadequacies or peccadilloes. The story lines are all realistic if somewhat overblown, but we can believe them. Once you start reading, don't expect to put the book down.

Recommended. prisrob 02-01-16


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