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J Taylor "Bridgend Raven" (Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, United Kingdom)

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The Mucker's Tale (Tales from the Keep)
The Mucker's Tale (Tales from the Keep)
by Joan Lennon
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars I was sceptical, but..., 18 May 2012
This is a great book for both boys and girls - wizardry for the boys and horses for the girls (sorry to drag up old stereotypes, but it is true). It couldn't be said that it will be a book that will encourage boys (who are normally reluctant readers) to start reading on their own, but the quality of the story, the vocabulary, with just about the right amount of humour will interest all from about age 7 to 8. My son loved the book (as a pre-bedtime story), and have no doubt that he will enjoy the others in the series just as much.


Colours (My First Board Book)
Colours (My First Board Book)
by Dorling Kindersley
Edition: Board book

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vibrant and eye catching..., 20 April 2008
With the many books on the market aiming to help our young ones learn their colours, which is the best? An impossible question to answer, but this book from the excellent Dorling Kindersley range really helped our young lad, at about age 2 to 3.

This is a wonderful starting point for your young one(s)to discover the world of colour. There is no ambiguity with this book, as all colours are easily identifiable, with even a "multicolour" double page at the end. As this is a board book, it is pretty robust as well.

No pressure - just let the kiddies enjoy the book, and everything will come in its own time.


Thomas & Friends: Railway Rhymes (Thomas & Friends) (Thomas & Friends (Board Books))
Thomas & Friends: Railway Rhymes (Thomas & Friends) (Thomas & Friends (Board Books))
by R Schuyler Hooke
Edition: Board book

5.0 out of 5 stars Faster, wheels, round and round..., 18 April 2008
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Strangely enough, our young lad had not seen any of the Thomas and Friends TV Series, nor had we read any of the Rev Awdry's books to him prior to reading these rhymes, but he took an instant liking to them. The individual rhymes cover the engines from the original books, and later additions such as Salty, Emily and Spencer. If your son or daughter is a Thomas fan, then this is a must for your collection.


Let's Find Colors (Bob the Builder (Simon & Schuster Board Books))
Let's Find Colors (Bob the Builder (Simon & Schuster Board Books))
by Lauryn Silverhardt
Edition: Board book

5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the American spelling of colours..., 18 April 2008
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This is a really great book. Bob and the gang get their jobs done, and help your young ones learn all about colours. One word of caution - parents will need to explain about the various shades of colours, as where Muck moves red bricks, Muck is very much red, but the bricks are possibly verging on the orange! Similarly Wendy's flowers are possibly more pink than they are purple. This is not a really major issue though.

We would recommend using this book in conjunction with the extremely good Baby Van Gogh (from the Baby Einstein range) DVD. Have fun everyone!


Let's Count (Bob the Builder)
Let's Count (Bob the Builder)
by Kelli Chipponeri
Edition: Board book

4.0 out of 5 stars Twenty - we've counted plenty..., 14 April 2008
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This is a very good book in the fact that it does indeed go up to twenty, unlike so many other children's books which seem to stick to the tradiitonal 1 to 10.

The only points that would stop me from giving this a five star rating are the combination of "7 and 8", "9 and 10" on two facing pages, with it not being absolutely clear where the boundaries between the numbers are present from the number of posts on the gate. However, this is a minor point in an otherwise very good book.

Believe me, it really does help when children can identify with known (and loved) characters when learning to count.


The Roly Mo Show - Roly Mo & Friends [DVD]
The Roly Mo Show - Roly Mo & Friends [DVD]
Dvd ~ Helen Sheppard
Offered by wantitcheaper
Price: £4.61

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful - better than the Fimbles, 28 Nov. 2007
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Our young lad liked the Fimbles for a time, but has loved Roly Mo from age 1 to the present (3 and a half). The Snoots make all the difference!

This DVD contains a great introductory episode to the show, so we are introduced to the new characters (Little Bo, Yugo and Migo), and a very good extended episode "Imagine". Does anyone fancy a journey on a Magic Sofa to the jungle, Wibble-Wobble land and a cold land? If so, this is for you.

The link with the Fimbles is maintained with the appearance of Rockit in the third episode, and the "Busy Book".

I cannot speak higly enough of this DVD, but just wish that we could have had something else on the TV during September 2006...


Baby Beethoven - Symphony of Fun [DVD]
Baby Beethoven - Symphony of Fun [DVD]
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: £9.97

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best (of the composers range), 28 Nov. 2007
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Baby Beethoven takes the original concept devloped in Baby Mozart to a new high. OK, one might argue that the concept involves marketing of different brands and types of toys, but that should not detract from the concept that young ones tend to love these DVDs.

The "subtitles" indicating the different symphonies are very helpful, with the dog/duck chase in the Eroica Symphony particularly appealing to our young son. There is perhaps nothing to beat "Wellington's Victory" with the puppetry being excellent.

What a great finale with the 9th, and the young children "playing at" playing their respective toy instruments.


100 Favourite Nursery Rhymes and Songs
100 Favourite Nursery Rhymes and Songs
Dvd ~ Unknown Actor
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £3.54

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but proceed with caution, 14 Nov. 2007
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The main problem with this DVD is that trying to cram 100 Nursery Rhymes and Songs into about 35 to 40 minutes is always going to result in very much abridged versions of the songs themselves. As another reviewer has stated some of the versions of the songs (particularly "Old McDonald", which my wife and I jokingly referred to as the hip-hop version) are annoying.

The rhyme with which I have a particular problem is "Ladybird, ladybird fly away home, your house is on fire, your children have gone". A really uplifting and inspiring tune to teach our youngsters!

However, perhaps we need to consider the target audience themselves. My boy loved the DVD (until he was about 2). Therefore, if you need a relatively cheap DVD to hold your child's attention for 40 minutes, this could be the answer. However, please be cautious of the claim that this is suitable for children up to 5 years old, and it would be worth supplementing this with a good CD to help both children learn, and parents revise their nursery rhymes.
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Baby Einstein: Baby Bach Musical Adventure [DVD]
Baby Einstein: Baby Bach Musical Adventure [DVD]
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Price: £13.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not the best, 7 Nov. 2007
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Of the composers DVDs in the Baby Einstein range, Baby Mozart could be considered as the groundbreaker, while Baby Beethoven could be considered as the best. This one doesn't really take the concept forward, and some of the ideas are very similar to Baby Mozart. Bach's music can be a little "mechanical" at times, but the use of the Brandenburg Concertos is wonderful, and the "winter scenes" will captivate a young audience. I would just about give this four stars, but wish that a more spectacular piece of music (such as the Fugue of Toccata and Fugue in D minor) than the Goldberg Variations had been used to end the DVD.


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