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If Elephants Had Wings: Funny Poems for Kids
If Elephants Had Wings: Funny Poems for Kids
Price: £0.00

5.0 out of 5 stars On The Other Side Of The Rainbow, 18 April 2015
o you like poems? Do you like poems with words that rhyme?

The author, Asher Jones, has written such a wonderful book of poems for children. There are 18 poems, all relevant for all children. The poems are written in rhyme, and they are such fun. There is quite a variety of poems, and many will make you laugh. One of my favorite poems is 'On The Other Side Of The Rainbow'. It tells the tale of how wonderful things are on the other side, adults like yelling and lots of noise, goid things happen on the other side of the rainbow. The poems are positive and full of fun words.

Parents/teachers will enjoy reading this book of poems to their children. Children can identify with many of the stories that the poems tell. Each child can talk about their favorite poem, and have discussions about why they like that poem. The illustrations by T L Collins are bright, vivid and colorful, depicting the storylines from each poem. Children can easily learn and recite these poems. What a fun time! Note: a complimentary copy of this book was provided to read and review.

Recommended. prisrob 04-16-15


Aftermath: On Marriage and Separation
Aftermath: On Marriage and Separation
by Rachel Cusk
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars In Between, 18 April 2015
High powered lawyers in New York City would seem to be a no win situation. Sure, big money, lots of influence, but little or no down time, always on the move to make sure your next case is a winner. Little time for family, so often sex on the side makes up for the loss of intamacy.

This is the world that Aaron Littman occupies. He is the chairman of an exclusive law firm in New York City. He has the requisite wife and daughters, and is a man to be envied. Except he is up to his neck in trouble.. Pittman had an affair with a fellow lawyer, Faith, who is now a judge, and she has made it clear that she wants nothing more to do with him or his legal work. Into this mix comes a Russian businessman deep in the throes of suspected terrorism. He knows about Aaron's affair, and he essentially blackmails him into taking his case. Aaron knows he should bow out, but he feels pressured.

This legal nightmare is turning into one of murder and mayhem. With the assistance of a young associate he is mentoring, he hopes to solve the case. This is not an easy task, and we are with him. This is an intense murder mystery, very well written, and easy to be drawn into the case. However, at times, some of the storyline seems a little out there. The author, Adam Mitzer, is a lawyer, and the legal world is his bailiwick, and it shows. Excellent courtroom scenes. Will this become a series?

Recommended. prisrob 04-17-15


Losing Faith
Losing Faith
by Adam Mitzner
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.52

4.0 out of 5 stars Judgement, 18 April 2015
This review is from: Losing Faith (Hardcover)
High powered lawyers in New York City would seem to be a no win situation. Sure, big money, lots of influence, but little or no down time, always on the move to make sure your next case is a winner. Little time for family, so often sex on the side makes up for the loss of intamacy.

This is the world that Aaron Littman occupies. He is the chairman of an exclusive law firm in New York City. He has the requisite wife and daughters, and is a man to be envied. Except he is up to his neck in trouble.. Pittman had an affair with a fellow lawyer, Faith, who is now a judge, and she has made it clear that she wants nothing more to do with him or his legal work. Into this mix comes a Russian businessman deep in the throes of suspected terrorism. He knows about Aaron's affair, and he essentially blackmails him into taking his case. Aaron knows he should bow out, but he feels pressured.

This legal nightmare is turning into one of murder and mayhem. With the assistance of a young associate he is mentoring, he hopes to solve the case. This is not an easy task, and we are with him. This is an intense murder mystery, very well written, and easy to be drawn into the case. However, at times, some of the storyline seems a little out there. The author, Adam Mitzer, is a lawyer, and the legal world is his bailiwick, and it shows. Excellent courtroom scenes. Will this become a series?

Recommended. prisrob 04-17-15


Oliver and Jumpy, Stories 13-15 (Oliver and Jumpy, the cat series)
Oliver and Jumpy, Stories 13-15 (Oliver and Jumpy, the cat series)
Price: £0.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Hiding, Helping and Making Magic, 17 April 2015
Do you like to play hide and seek? Do you like to learn about magic? Just what do you think about babysitting?

Oliver, the tomcat and Jumpy the kangaroo are friends this household has come to enjoy. The author, Werner Stejskal, is a grandfather, and after his adventures in his younger life, he likes to write stories for children. In this book he gives us three stories. The first one is about babysitting for Bearly the bear, the second one is about Stripy the tiger who is sad, and third one is about Oliver and Jumpy learning magic and their adventures. When you read this story you will learn all about the adventures Jumpy and Oliver have in their daily life.

Parents/teachers will enjoy reading this book to their children. These are fun and often very funny stories that children will love. The children will like to discuss Bearly who got lost while playing hide and seek. Stripy who is sad, and join the fun of learning magic with OLiver and Jumpy. The illustrations are beautiful, vivid and co,or fun, and depict all the adventures of Oliver and Jumpy. Really fun stories for the family. Note: a complimentary copy of this book was provided to read and review.

Recommended. prisrob 04-16-15


Born with Teeth: A Memoir
Born with Teeth: A Memoir
by Kate Mulgrew
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.30

5.0 out of 5 stars The Bird Of Time Is On The Wing, 17 April 2015
'Orange Is The New Black' is a series found on Netflix that is associated with Kate Mulgrew by Many if us. However, I knew her as Captain Janeway on Star Trek, and earlier as Mary Ryan on Ryan's Hope. However, I was in school and did not see that soap series very often. But, Mary Ryan was well loved by many.

Kate Mulgrew is a much respected actress, who knew early on in her years as a child in Iowa that drama was her life. Born to an Irish mother and father, she had an interesting life. Mom was best friends with Joan Kenbedy, they met in private school. This relationship would serve the family well, as it would Kate.
Six children in the family, a lovely old house in the woods gave the family security. Mom was a dilettante, a painter she had had dreams before she met her husband. A lot of love there, but mom was mot a great cook. She loved her family, and she did her best.

Kate went to acting school in New York City, Stella Adler, and very quickly she landed parts, one on stage and the other in a television series. Kate was a beauty and had Au bevy of boyfriends and lovers, and one of them became a pivot in her life. She became pregnant while filming Ryan's Hope, and she and the father had broken up. She decided to give the baby up for adoption. She called her mother and net up with a Catholic Charity group. In those days you were not allowed to see the baby or know where the baby went. This bothered Kate for twenty odd years until they finally met.

Kate married, had two boys with her husband. Her career was blossoms and her husband was not. They divorced, and Kate had several lovers. All the while she traveled the world, she made good money, supported her children, and had a grand life. A sister died of a brain tumor, her mother developed dementia, and Kate met the man she wanted to spend the rest of her life with. We leave Kate as she meets her daughter for the first time in Cambridge, Mass. A loving relationship develops. I assume the second part of her life will be in the next novel, waiting with baited breath.

Kate Mulgrew is a terrific writer. She has had a wonderful life, full of highs and lows, and she shares it all. Drama is the name of the game.

Recommended. prisrob 04-16-15


Green Prince [Blu-ray] [2014] [US Import]
Green Prince [Blu-ray] [2014] [US Import]
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £16.03

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Handler and The Spy, 15 April 2015
his documentary is a fascinating look at the life of the son of a Hamas leader turned Israeli spy. It seems improbable that this young man who had not completed school, had turned his life into a mission looking at both sides now. In the 1990s, Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of senior Hamas leader Sheikh Hassan Yousef, was picked up by the Israeli Intelligence Unit know as Shin Bet. They had been following him, and now they found guns in his car. Mosab was furious with Shin Bet for arresting his father, keeping him in jail for years,releasing him, and then picking him up again 6 hours later. While in prison, Mosab was asked to work for ShinBet. At first he refused, then he thought this would get him released. His handler, Gonen Ben Yotzha, was an exceptionally good and intelligent man. He knew how to snare Mosab, and he did, but it took years for Mosab to trust him.

Gonen ran him as a spy in Hamas for 10 years, and Mosab kept his father safe by having him put in prison. Mosab was able to provide enough intelligence that was used wisely to prevent many suicide attacks and loss of life. After 10 years, Mosab became tired of living the life of a spy, not being able to develop relationships with anyone, no family, hiding and lying. His handler met him outside of the usual methods and sent him off for R and R activities in Israel. This was not looked kindly upon by Gonen's upper echelon, and he was fired from his job and that of Shin Bet.

Several other handlers tried to take over, but Mosab did not trust any of them, and he asked to be let go. Finally, he was released, and sent to the United States. He did well, joined a religious church, but he told them his secret and was banned. The US refused to allow him to stay, and it took some interference to change their minds. Mosab wrote a book about his life as a spy, and it put him and his family in great danger.

This documentary was made, and it is superb. Told in alternating snaps, Mosab tells his story and Gonen Ben Yitzha tells his side. It is dramatic and telling. A relationship that started as a handler and a spy developed into a trust and caring for the other man. Tremendous documentary.

Today, Mosab has had to move several times because of threats. Where is he today, walking among us.

Recommended. prisrob 04-15-15


Juliette & Ryo: Volume 1 (Juliette & Ryo Storybook Series)
Juliette & Ryo: Volume 1 (Juliette & Ryo Storybook Series)
by Peter Philipp
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.41

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Power Of Imagination, 15 April 2015
Do you have a good imagination? Does it make your play time much more fun?

The author, Peter Philipp, has written a fun story about the power of imagination. One rainy day Juliette and her brother Ryo were playing. She was playing with her toys and her brother was playing with his construction trucks. Juliette was telling her brother about the magical places she goes to. All of a sudden they both fell asleep. During their sleep they went to magical places, and when you read this book you will discover where they went and what they did.

Parents/teachers will enjoy reading this book to their children. The children will love the use of imagination, and they can tell their adults and friends about the times they use their imaginations, and where they go and what they do. The illustrations by Johanna Dy are bright, vivid and colorful. They depict the adventures of Juliette and Ryo. The storyline is perfect for children who love to use their imaginations. Note: a complimentary copy of this book was provided to read and review.

Recommended. prisrob 04-15-15


Wilton 39 x 26 cm (15.25 x 10.25-Inch) Recipe Right Medium Cookie Tin
Wilton 39 x 26 cm (15.25 x 10.25-Inch) Recipe Right Medium Cookie Tin
Offered by Cake and Cookie Central
Price: £5.26

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Cookie Pan, 15 April 2015
This is a perfect cookie sheet. The price is right, the pan bakes evenly with no burn places. It is easy to wash by hand or in the dishwasher. Wilton has an excellent reputation for their bakr ware.

I have enclosed my favorite recipe for Snickerdoodle cookies by Martha Stewart.

Snickerdoodles.
Not only do snickerdoodles taste delicious, but they also have a fun name! Finish off this classic snickerdoodles cookie recipe with a cinnamon-sugar dusting. After rolling the balls of dough in the cinnamon sugar, give them ample room on cookie sheets -- the snickerdoodles spread a lot as they Bake.
Yield
Makes 4 dozen
INGREDIENTS
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup pure vegetable shortening
1 3/4 cups sugar, plus more if needed
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon, plus more if needed
2 large eggs
DIRECTIONS
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, with one rack in top third and one rack in bottom third of oven. Line baking sheets with Silpat baking mats or parchment paper; set aside.
Sift together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine butter, shortening, and 1 1/2 cups sugar. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add eggs, and beat to combine. Add dry ingredients, and beat to combine.
In a small bowl, combine remaining 1/4 cup sugar and the ground cinnamon. Use a small (1 1/4-ounce) ice-cream scoop to form balls of the dough, and roll in cinnamon sugar. Place about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake until the cookies are set in center and begin to crack (they will not brown), about 10 minutes, rotating the baking sheets after 5 minutes. Transfer the sheets to a wire rack to cool about 5 minutes before transferring the cookies to the rack. Store in an airtight container up to 1 week.
COOK'S NOTE
Store in an airtight container up to 1 week.

Recommended.mprisrob 04-14-15


Academy Street
Academy Street
by Mary Costello
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loner, 13 April 2015
This review is from: Academy Street (Paperback)
4.5 stars

Tess Lohan is a loner in a sense, always in the background. Born in the 1940's in Ireland , with several sisters older and a younger brother, there was no need for her to speak up. She also had a very difficult, stern father who rarely if ever showed anything but anger. His wife and Tess's mother died at the age 40, and left her husband and children. It was a difficult farming life, but there was some money. Tess and her sister went to a private Catholic school, where they had a good education.

After school Tess decided to apply to a nursing program, and she was accepted. She worked hard and started nursing in the Dublin hospital. All the while she went to parties, but no man stepped up to attract her. Tess had a sister who went to New York City to live with a friend, and within a year, Tess flew to New York. She lived with the same friend, Molly, and her sister got married and moved to upstate New York. Work and seeing the city kept her busy for a few years. Then, she met a man with whom she was quite attracted. They saw each other off and on for a year, and, finally one night they made love, and Tess became pregnant. She longed for the man and tried contacting him, but there was no response. Tess brought up her young son Theo with the help of a neighbor who had her own family. They lived in neighboring apartments, so it was a convenient friendship for both of them.

As time moved on, Tess and her son became estranged, in a sense. She was always by herself, no man was attractive to her. She led her life alone. She was not a failure, she lived a good life with purpose. But it was a lvely life, and it seems we could have sensed this from her meager beginnings.

The author, Mary Costello, has written a beautiful novel. It can be read in a day, it us morose at times, and it left me wondering, wondering about Tess and her life, and wondering if the Irish writers have many of these stories in their lives.

Recommended. prisrob 04-13-15


Children's book: A Cat Love Story, about loving, losing and getting comfort again.: Early learning about love  loss and learning to love again. Comfort for children
Children's book: A Cat Love Story, about loving, losing and getting comfort again.: Early learning about love loss and learning to love again. Comfort for children
Price: £2.01

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love and Loss, 13 April 2015
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Do you have any pets? If you do, is a cat part of your family?

The author's family, mom, dad, and two children were all outside in the yard when a cat wandered up the driveway. The cat was not very friendly, but it stayed and after awhile the family took the cat in as their own. One day mom was making a salad and a piece of cucumber fell on the floor, the cat made a run for it, and ate it, how strange. The family soon learned someone else owned the cat, but the owners agreed that Muki could stay with the family. One day Muki came home with another little cat. The children called the cat Joshua, even though they found out the cat was a girl. Muki loved Joshua, and took good care of her. But, them something sad happened, and when you read this book, you will discover what took place.

The author, Denise D. Sharon, has written a lovely and sometimes sad story of two cats who became household pets. Parents/teachers will enjoy reading this story to their children. The children will have many questions that should open conversations about loving pets and then grieving when they die. This is an opportune time to discuss with children. The illustrations by Fatima Stamato are beautiful and colorful. They depict the love Muki and Joshua have for one another, and the love the family has for their pets. A Timely story for every family. Note: a complimentary copy of this book was provided to read and review.

Recommended. prisrob 04-13-15


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