Mrs. Laura Parkinson

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 77% (51 of 66)
Location: UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,049,338 - Total Helpful Votes: 51 of 66
Cobi Small Army Navy Torpedo Boat in Harbour by Cobi
We gave this to my 7 year old son for Christmas. I was concerned that it might be a poor imitation of Lego but in fact it is really durable and he put the whole thing together on Christmas day. The pieces do not break off - even in battle! I love the fact that the bricks are grey and therefore it looks just like a real Navy ship. It is rather 'over armed' and I would have preferred a few less weapons, but that is personal choice and you can always remove them. You can use it with Lego as the pieces are compatible. The instructions were clear and easy to follow.
The Drop in my Drink: The Story of Water on Our Pl&hellip by Meredith Hooper
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating book, 17 Oct 2010
I have 3 children (ages 10, 7 and 4) and it can be hard to find books that I can read to all three of them. This story of the history of water on earth, is so simply written and beautifully illustrated that I find it appeals to all of them.

It starts off with a boy reflecting about where does water come from whilst staring at the tap. It then takes the reader on a geological journey from the beginning of the earth to dinosaurs, rainforests and the South Pole, ending with it's journey to our taps. It is written in a story style, rather than text book. It has a simple ecological message as well. There is a lovely diagram of the water cycle at the back and water facts. My… Read more
Boys are Stupid, Throw Rocks at Them by Todd Goldman
20 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Really tasteless, 26 Feb 2010
I am a mother of three boys. My son aged 6 saw this poster in a shop and was really unhappy and puzzled by the message. I agree with the person who said that this would never have been published if the boy were black. There is plenty of really good humour out there, but this isn't it. If it were 'girls are stupid...', 'gays are stupid...', etc it would be banned and rightly so. I would not want my daughters or sons to see this kind of book lying around the house as I would find it impossible to try and explain the message/ supposed humour to them. Surely we should be working towards acceptance of people, regardless of gender, race etc.?

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