Learn more Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Learn More Shop now Shop now Learn more Shop Fire Shop Kindle Blind Boys of Alabama Learn more Fitbit
Profile for Christine Makin > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by Christine Makin
Top Reviewer Ranking: 44,624
Helpful Votes: 66

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
Christine Makin

Show:  
Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9
pixel
Your Granny's Cook Book
Your Granny's Cook Book
by Sheila Hutchins
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Daly Mail 60s cookery book, 25 May 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This book brings back the memories of 1960s cooking. Written by the cookery editor of the Daily Mail it carries some interesting recipes. A definite reader's choice of a taste of the 60s


No Time to Lose: A Life in Pursuit of Deadly Viruses
No Time to Lose: A Life in Pursuit of Deadly Viruses
Price: £8.54

5.0 out of 5 stars An explorer's story of Aids and Ebola, 25 May 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This book is a great read for those interested in the explorers of epidemics, how they are discovered, monitored and eventually made safer. In addition the vision of travelling in countries living under regimes of oppression and war is made clear which makes for interesting personal reading


The Dyslexia Debate (Cambridge Studies in Cognitive and Perceptual Development)
The Dyslexia Debate (Cambridge Studies in Cognitive and Perceptual Development)
Price: £14.04

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a controversial dyslexia book aimed for professionals but important for interested dyslexics to read, 1 May 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Many might struggle with the vocabulary in this book.It is directed towards teachers, the kindle edition is so helpful as a dictionary is always available. I am a dyslexic and I have 2 children with dyslexia. Many of my family have had issues with reading and writing. We have in the most part overcome our difficulties with help from teaching, technology and certain allowances in exams to give us more time. Advice on things like 'not being asked to read in class aloud' made my children's school life better than mine which was the dark ages before dyslexia was recognized. I had feared a return to these 'dark ages' when I read in the Times that this book expressed a conclusion that dyslexia should not be diagnosed as a separate entity. After reading the book I found it was a collection of many authorities who have written and researched many aspects of dyslexia. The book examines diagnosis techniques, treatment and outcome. Also Elliott draws also on many sources who have attempted to find out a cause for reading disorders and categorize them. He fails to be convinced by any of the arguments which attempt to sub divide poor readers. So in the end the author does query the merit in isolating dyslexia as a separate diagnosis. I believe this conclusion is flawed. Professor Elliott makes this conclusion on the fact that the scientific studies disagree. I think many scientific studies on cause and treatment of disorders disagree eg. cerebral palsy but in such disabilities it is not suggested the generally recognized term for a condition is removed because the scientific establishment cannot agree on how to assess it or treat it. To remove the term reveals only a lack of a unified understanding of how to diagnose dyslexia or successfully treat it. The book fails to acknowledge that the term dyslexia was recognized from the last century, The term Dylexia has been accepted by the public in the recent past and the public have a good idea of the kind of difficulties dyslexics may show even if the scientific community is not united in the exact way to diagnose or treat individuals. The general public understands Dylexics have slow reading abilities, poor spelling, difficulty in writing and are willing to accept that dyslexics may be slow in processing some auditory and visual information. The public also recognizes that given time the Dyslexic person can make accurate conclusions given a set of facts he can access. This acceptance proves invaluable. This books attempts to remove the term dyslexia and replace a general diagnosis of 'poor reader, reading disabled, etc. If the term Dylexia is removed and the idea was taken up by professionals it would be a step back into the dark ages. Dyslexics need a label as they need more time in exams,, time to read exam papers and to write answers, fill informs, receive vital information and they need to explain to the general public what their problem is if they are to succeed at school and in every day life. The proven characteristics: short term and working memory problems, the inability to connect sounds with the written word, the slow time taken to recognize images, numbers and words obviously leads to poor spelling and reading problems but also it leads to other problems that needs to be recognized by teachers, lecturers and the general public. Dyslexics need extra time and importantly quiet space to absorb information and act on it otherwise their slow response can be interpreted as a lack of ability to make sense of given information. This book is distressing as Professor Elliott appears not to understand the damage the removal of the term Dyslexia will cause.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: May 30, 2014 4:30 PM BST


Last Friends (Old Filth Book 3)
Last Friends (Old Filth Book 3)
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars I liked this trilogy starting with Old Filth, 1 May 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Jane Gardham came out of retirement to write this trilogy and I am very glad she did. The books gave me a lot of pleasure. They were humorous as well as informative on ex pats abroad in the far East. I got attached to the characters and their friends and it is an easy book to read.


Hozelock Wonderweeder
Hozelock Wonderweeder
Price: £18.95

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great help to tackle weeds between shrubs., 1 May 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
the wonder weeder really did what it aimed to do. The filling mechanism was easy, The weed killer was restricted to the cup at the bottom. I have a bad back and I was able to manage this means of killing weeds as I could stand upright and move along the bed. It was a really good buy for those perennial weeds that are difficult to get to.


Margaret Thatcher: Power and Personality
Margaret Thatcher: Power and Personality
Price: £8.96

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting history of an important figure in our history, 1 May 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Jonathan Aitken wrote a good biography of Margaret thatcher. It was not a difficult book to read and he made many notes on the family which helped to make it enjoyable for me. It was not bogged down with names and places and too much politics.


The Thomas Hardy Collection (14 Novels, 3 Short Story Collections, and 3 Collections of Poetry all with active Table of Contents)
The Thomas Hardy Collection (14 Novels, 3 Short Story Collections, and 3 Collections of Poetry all with active Table of Contents)
Price: £1.50

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thomas Hardy is a great descriptive writer, 30 April 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Hardy books are how I got to read. Once I had flu and reading Hardy brought reading alive for me in a way I had nev er known. I am dyslexic and choosing books has been difficult. After this return to reading I joined a book group and really recommend that. I then did an English A level and read the Mayor of Castlebridge and later went to study history at university. Hardy really openedup my horizons It was a great experience to return to the classroom after 40 years absence.


Sirdar Snuggly Snowflake Chunky Knitting Yarn Blue Spray 627 - per 25g ball
Sirdar Snuggly Snowflake Chunky Knitting Yarn Blue Spray 627 - per 25g ball

5.0 out of 5 stars Snuggly wool, so soft for children or adults..., 30 April 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Great wool. ~soft easy washable and snuggly....I have used this wool for lots of babies blankets but it was discontinued. I was excited it has been reintroduced in brighter colours good for scalves etc.


Fever Hill (Daughters of Eden Book 2)
Fever Hill (Daughters of Eden Book 2)
Price: £3.87

4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting with geographical interest, 30 April 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
the trilogy is really good reading. Once I had read one I had to read more. the characters are real and one wants to turn the page and read their story.


The Darling Buds of May (The Pop Larkin Chronicles)
The Darling Buds of May (The Pop Larkin Chronicles)
Price: £3.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious classic of an unorthodox Kent family living in a post war rural setting., 22 Nov. 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This book makes one laugh out loud on many pages. the Larkin family are unconventional but have the confidence which brings them through all family difficulties, loves, romances and disasters. The outcomes are not always conventional but always seem to work. so it is a true romp into the living room of a time long ago when men ruled the roost, women could be fat and loved and when political correctness and children were allowed to roam free in a loving environment. The theme of class and differences are never far away and form much of the amusing story line. One example is set up by a land owner who, against his wife's opinion wants to sell his huge, cold mansion to Larkin who will demolish it and flog off the roof etc.. The beautiful countryside of Kent is never far away and the local accent and proverbs of Larkin also makes the book a classic of that part of our beautiful country's post war history.


Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9