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Angel Gray
Angel Gray
Price: 0.77

5.0 out of 5 stars angel Ace!, 11 Aug 2014
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This review is from: Angel Gray (Kindle Edition)
I loved the way this book approached the subject of death obliquely... And was yet an interesting tale of an angel who was different as well. Not too long for young kids Nd with super cute illustrations.


Halloween Sing-Along
Halloween Sing-Along
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 10.69

4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Halloween Songs, 8 Dec 2012
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This review is from: Halloween Sing-Along (Audio CD)
We bought this as our 3 year old was having a halloween party - the songs were fun and varied and encouraged the little ones to move in different ways. Our daughter loved it so much, she is still dancing along way after Halloween. It's a bit 'Americanised', but a really fun children's CD.


Playmobil 4827 Wildlife Waterhole
Playmobil 4827 Wildlife Waterhole
Offered by Toystar UK
Price: 62.97

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic 'god game', 24 Jan 2012
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Playmobil really is the most excellent of all the playsets (or 'God' games as we call them). Our three year old girl is completely taken with it. We take it apart every night (apart from the base plates) as she insists on setting it up ("decorating" it) herself and she happily plays with it for hours at a time, using different voices for the animals and contriving a world of scenarios. There is a little natural bridge that is perfect for the crocodile to hide in lying in wait for his prey, or for the birds to play hide and seek in - and the crocodile's jaws open wide too. My little girl was initially perplexed that the baby giraffe's legs don't move, but that is a minor quibble and she seems to have gotten over it pretty quickly. The sturdy base plates have held all our daughter's weight as she walks across and around the river, too. All this before we even get into the educational value such as learning about the animals and their habitats and developing fine motor skills. Great purchase.


Charlie and Lola: My Shopping Sticker Book
Charlie and Lola: My Shopping Sticker Book
by Lauren Child
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun story/ sticker book, 15 Nov 2011
My nearly 3-year old loves Charlie & Lola and loves sticker books so this was an attractive buy. And it didn't disappoint. What a fun book! There are directions for placing some of the stickers, but the vast majority your child works out for him/herself where to place them. After all the stickers are placed (a couple of days in, for my little girl) you're left with a fun story that your child helped to illustrate - a source of great pride. Definitely one of my best purchases for the rainy day box.


Fruits
Fruits
by Valerie Bloom
Edition: Paperback
Price: 4.84

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little extra in a counting book, 13 April 2011
This review is from: Fruits (Paperback)
'Fruits' was our little toddler's first favourite book and still remains her favourite counting book. Unusually, it introduces an easy fraction, starting off with "half a paw paw" - the only counting book she has which does so. The engaging story follows a little girl helping herself to various Jamaican fruits throughout the day, while the adults are elsewhere occupied (though there are consequences at the end of the story!).

As well as helping with counting, this book is great for introducing fruit we don't normally come across in the UK, such as guavas, paw-paws, sweet sops; as a springboard for discussion about different places in the world; even for discussing fairness (there's a scene where fruit is inequitably shared with our heroine's little sister). The illustrations are simply stunning and there's a 'hide and seek' element to the pictures, which my little girl loves.

Reading it in my best Caribbean accent brings out the rhyme beautifully - but also derisory laughter from older (West Indian) family members! A book to enjoy again and again.


The Princess and the Pea (Flip-Up Fairy Tales)
The Princess and the Pea (Flip-Up Fairy Tales)
by Jessica Stockham
Edition: Paperback
Price: 4.79

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun retelling of a classic, 13 April 2011
This version of The Princess and the Pea is a lot of fun, with witty text and ideas and playful illustrations (the pea theme wanders throughout the pages so that it even appears at breakfast!). The flaps are a laugh, too - I won't reveal them here as some of them are a real joy to discover the first time. For the most part, the story follows the traditional tale although the prince and princess don't marry at the end - they simply become very good friends and have a wonderful time playing together.

My two-year old daughter loves this book and will sit and "read" the story to herself over and over. It's also a favourite choice for her older cousins to read to her.


A Mother for Choco (Paperstar series)
A Mother for Choco (Paperstar series)
by Keiko Kasza
Edition: Paperback
Price: 3.67

5.0 out of 5 stars What it means to be a mother, 6 Jan 2011
I read this book at least twice a week to my adopted daughter - when it is requested. It's a story that speaks to fostered and adopted children particularly, as it shows a young Choco searching for a mother that 'looks like him'. In the end, Choco (a little bird)finds a mother bear who looks nothing like him, but does all the things mothers do. Mrs Bear also has other children at home who look nothing like her, but who all have a lovely time playing with their toys and awaiting home-baked apple pie. Mrs Bear comforts and nurtures - and that's what makes her a mother. Clearly, this book would speak to trans-racially adopted children especially.

The book gives opportuniites to connect with your child - singing and dancing and hugging and kissing - that I find invaluable: the first time my little girl (after a few days at home) lifted her face to be kissed by me as part of the story was a joyous moment indeed.

I highly recommend this book to all long-term foster parents as well as adoptive parents, in particular those who have welcomed children from other countries or ethnicities.


Dotty Daze Polkadot Nursery Wall Stickers
Dotty Daze Polkadot Nursery Wall Stickers
Price: 6.00

5.0 out of 5 stars More than stickers, 10 Sep 2010
We bought these stickers to brighten up our daughter's playroom downstairs - as it was between the living room and kitchen we wanted something that would be cheerful enough for her, but not too 'babyish' for an adult space. They've done the job superbly. The colours are muted yet cheerful, they stick brilliantly to our painted (and extraordinarily uneven) walls and can be taken off and repositioned without taking the paint with them. Recommended.


Attachment Handbook for Foster Care and Adoption
Attachment Handbook for Foster Care and Adoption
by Gillian Schofield
Edition: Paperback
Price: 16.97

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Attachment Handbook - Don't Adopt Without It, 10 Sep 2010
This is a brilliant book and so useful in so many ways for adopters, which is why it is so well thumbed in our house. As a prospective adopter going through the assessment process it's brilliant for explaining attachment theory in clear language - and also lets you know what the social workers are looking for as they assess you.

But the book really comes into its own after you have been matched with a child ...and beyond. This book lets you know what behaviours to expect from your child according to their experiences and their age when s/he comes to live with you. And, most helpfully of all, gives a range of activities (again, according to age) to do together with your child, whether to build their self-esteem, or to enhance their sense of security and "felt safety" - all in bullet points.

It's an absolutely superb book ... and it gets five stars from me.
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Endless Ocean (Wii)
Endless Ocean (Wii)
Offered by Bonkers4Bargains!
Price: 22.59

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underwater Tomb Raider without the Shoot 'Em Ups, 5 Feb 2009
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Endless Ocean (Wii) (Video Game)
This game is just the thing to help you unwind after a hard day... Calm ocean views, friendly sealife, animal visitors to your boat..and treasures to collect along the way for those of us who fell in love with Tomb Raider back in the day. It's also educational - my four year old niece no longer refers to "penguins" but differentiates between African, Gentoo and Adelie penguins. You can ride on dolphins' backs, train them, swim with sea lions... This is a great game for all the family, I highly recommend it.


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