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Topcabin Bicycle Bell Bike Big bell(Ding Dong Chrome Plated)
Topcabin Bicycle Bell Bike Big bell(Ding Dong Chrome Plated)
Offered by Topcabin
Price: $8.99
5 used & new from $4.74

1.0 out of 5 stars Don't pick a metal thumb control, January 28, 2015
There's a reason why almost all bike bells now have thumb controls coated in rubber or plastic. Having that sharp metal piece sticking out above your handle bars is dangerous. My sister ended up in surgery after getting severely gashed by her metal bell thumb control when she crashed her bike. The bell did damage that the sidewalk and handlebars didn't do (the kind of damage a large exposed screw could do). If it's for a kid, think twice about the metal thumb control.

Disney Kids' W000970 Frozen Snow Queen Watch with Pink Nylon Band
Disney Kids' W000970 Frozen Snow Queen Watch with Pink Nylon Band
Price: $23.09
9 used & new from $21.47

2.0 out of 5 stars Watch strap doesn't adapt easily to different size wrists and is scratchy., January 28, 2015
My 8 year old niece was delighted with the appearance of this watch but the strap was a deal breaker. The strap comes prefolded for an expected wrist size and does not adapt well to smaller wrist sizes; instead it bulges out at the point it was previously folded so she has to pull it really tight to get the bulge to flatten out. At this tightness, it is uncomfortable; when it is looser it rotates around her wrist so the face is away from her. Finally, it has a scratchy part on the strap at the edge of the velcro. Bottom line: this is a nice looking watch that will spend its life on the dresser :-(

14K Yellow Gold Celtic Cross Charm Pendant
14K Yellow Gold Celtic Cross Charm Pendant
Offered by JewelryVortex
Price: $122.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful cross; great present for someone with Irish roots, January 28, 2015
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
Purchased this for my Irish mother who gave it as a confirmation present to my daughter. It was exactly the right size for her, looks beautiful, and doesn't give her a rash (she is very allergic to nickel and even sterling silver, which can be up to 7% nickel, gives her a rash). We are very happy with it.

Loopdedoo Spinning Loom Kit
Loopdedoo Spinning Loom Kit
Price: $30.24
49 used & new from $19.00

29 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great birthday present for 11 year old girl, June 4, 2013
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Loopdedoo Spinning Loom Kit (Toy)
Two kids can work together to make these bracelets (so they really are friendship bracelets) and require less patience than the traditional kind!

My 11 year old has made at least 50 bracelets at this point including every type that the videos show.
It is really fun for two good friends to do together since one can turn the wheel while the other works the threads so it has been a big success at playdates and sleepovers.

The bracelets are a lot easier to make than most friendship bracelets and the varieties are really neat and different. A bracelet takes about five minutes to make BUT it takes about ten minutes to untangle the threads before threading them on the Loopdedoo. I don't know why they get tangled up so much but if someone has a trick to prevent that, please share!

My daughter and her friends *love* these bracelets and everyone wants one. My husband is even wearing one my daughter gave him :-) Loads of toys cost what this does and aren't worth more than a few days of play whereas this has been great for weeks. We have already given this toy to two of my daughter's close friends.

1) order the refill thread pack with the kit.
2) you *must* watch the videos, not just use the instruction manual.
3) if it is a present for someone <12,
- watch the video with them because the knot explanations are a bit fast
- make the first couple together so they understand the importance of measuring the right length for wrist and ankle length and cutting the threads at the right place
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Conquering Schizophrenia: A Father, His Son, and a Medical Breakthrough
Conquering Schizophrenia: A Father, His Son, and a Medical Breakthrough
by Peter Wyden
Edition: Hardcover
62 used & new from $0.01

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, informative blend of first-person experience and cultural/scientific context, February 6, 2013
This book is an unusual contribution to the literature on schizophrenia in that it includes: the first person experiences of a father struggling with his son's intractable illness; a historical perspective on the evolution of psychiatric interventions for schizophrenia over a 25 year period; a detailed description of the economics and politics of drug development and marketing; interactions with leading people in psychiatry at leading places; the history of patient advocacy; the trials of dealing with bureaucracy, constantly changing theories and treatments, stigma, and poorly run social services; and much more.

This book is great for people with a strong academic and personal interest in schizophrenia. If you are primarily interested in what it is like to be the parent, or what it is like to be the person affected, you may find the exhaustive, journalistic aspects of this book hard going. In that case, I would recommend Lori Schiller's The Quiet Room since it provides some parent perspective, much more patient perspective, and fewer academic digressions. It also allows you to see the patient as active in their improvement, rather than a passive recipient of treatments. Finally, if you are anti-drug, this book will not be for you since the message in both the title and ultimately the ending is pro-drug. I have seen patients improve dramatically on clozapine so I understand the author's reaction at finally seeing something make a difference. On the other hand, these drugs have a lot of negative side-effects, they are not magic bullets, and in the end, as anyone who wants to use google can find out, Wyden's story does not have the happy ending he worked for and thought he saw. But he made a big difference in the quality of his son's life, he didn't give up on him, and the kind of commitment that he modelled over the long haul is what it is going to take, in family members and researchers, for things to change.

Friendship Bracelets (Klutz)
Friendship Bracelets (Klutz)
by Laura Torres
Edition: Spiral-bound
Price: $12.96
134 used & new from $0.01

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best for age 10+, November 14, 2011
I bought this for my crafty 8 year old. She was very interested in making friendship bracelets and excited to get started. The instructions are clear but even the easiest bracelet is time-consuming and requires a lot of dexterity and sustained focus. She managed to make a few of the easiest bracelets in the book, but she couldn't take advantage of the instructions for the harder bracelets. I think a more accurate age range for this product would be 10+.

She found on youtube a description of how to make a friendship bracelet wheel [...] This approach to friendship bracelets was much easier and more fun for her, and I think is better suited to the 6-9 year old crafty crowd.

Emily of New Moon: Season 1
Emily of New Moon: Season 1
DVD ~ Martha MacIsaac
Price: $9.67
94 used & new from $0.94

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wish I'd read the negative reviews before buying..., January 31, 2011
This review is from: Emily of New Moon: Season 1 (DVD)
I bought this for my 8 year old because she loved the Little House on the Prairie and Anne of Green Gables DVDs. This was a huge disappointment. From my daughter's point of view it alternated between scary (ghosts of dead parents visiting) and boring. She hasn't even seen it all because she doesn't want to, while she has seen the Hallmark LHOP movie and the entire AOGG series dozens of times. From my point of view, the acting was really weak so it was very hard for me to watch with her (which I had to do because she was so frightened by the ghost scenes). DO NOT BUY THIS because your child loves quality books and films about the old days. You will be disappointed.

Price: $13.14
135 used & new from $6.00

12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I have to agree with the few one stars :-(, January 12, 2011
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Bananagrams (Toy)
I bought this for my verbal eight year old based on the reviews. We have had it one year now and have played it 3 or 4 times. For us, the negatives are: 1) you are essentially playing alone, building your own crossword without even needing to know what the other person is doing. The only time you pay attention to them is when they take a tile and you have to take one too. 2) the child (at least mine) sometimes needs help fitting in awkward letters or reconfiguring her board, but she's on her own in this game. Handicapping the adults by having them pull more tiles doesn't even this out so overt help is needed, which makes it less fun. 3) the child is not learning any new words since they don't need to pay any attention to any board other than their own, so the educational value is less.

If you are like us and think the above negatives are deal-breakers, then I would recommend the game Catch-Phrase which is interactive, educational, fast-paced, and kids can play even with adults if you let them skip phrases they don't recognize . (They still learn the phrases when they hear them defined on other people's turns.) We have the card, rather than electronic version. It's a blast. Kids over on playdates always drag it out, and when we have family over everyone wants to play. This has never happened with Bananagrams.

The Little Experience Stitch-it Flowery Handbag
The Little Experience Stitch-it Flowery Handbag
Offered by The Corner Store at Americano and Filipina
Price: $19.99
3 used & new from $19.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic craft. Fun and interesting to do with professional result, March 31, 2010
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
The kit is incredibly well-designed, explained and easy to execute. It comes with thick, high-quality precut felt pieces that make up the outside of the bag, the lining and the flower decorations, as well as coordinating yarn, a large plastic needle with a large hole that is easy for a kid to thread, and a cotton drawstring bag to store the components once they are out of the box. All the pieces of felt fabric are precut and have pre-pierced holes so it is easy to sew. All you need is a child-scissors to cut the yarn.

The child assembles the flowers which are made of layers of felt, decides which flowers go where and and sews them on. When that part is done they assemble and attach together the pieces of the bag by pulling the yarn through the pre-pierced hem holes. My 8 year old worked on it all last night and sewed on all the flowers to half the bag. This morning she got up early to work on it again. I would say she has a couple of more fun hours of independent work to go. The bag already looks amazing and my daughter is very proud of herself.

Another cool and clever thing about this present is that even the box is useful. It is nice stiff carboard and is decorated on the inside so you just turn it inside out and re-fold it to make it into a pretty and large-enough-to-be-useful display box to hold whatever you like.

So many craft products are just plastic-y razzle-dazzle -- fast-food for craft-hungry kids. This product is in a different league. It is the kind of thing a cool, crafty aunt would design to get her niece started on a lifetime of making fun and funky home-based products.

Drawing Power
Drawing Power
Offered by PTP Flash Deals
Price: $14.99
4 used & new from $13.95

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mannequin cannot be posed in many positions and breaks easily, March 6, 2010
= Durability:1.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Drawing Power (Toy)
I got this for my art-obsessed daughter. She was delighted with the idea of being able to position the mannequin and then draw the pose. However, the mannequin is not very flexible and can't be put in many positions that humans and other mannequins can. For example, this mannequin cannot sit or stand realistically. While she was trying to get the mannequin posed, he broke. My daughter is a quiet, careful, bookish kid. I can count on one hand the number of things she's broken in her life. She had had him for three days. I couldn't believe it.

I was out later and spotted a new kind of Barbie, Barbie "Fashionista" which unlike most Barbies has realistic, flexible joints (knees, elbows, wrists and ankles, as well as ball and socket shoulders and hips). They can be put in extremely realistic poses with ease, and look much more realistic than this cheap mannequin. My daughter has loved posing her and has produced terrific drawings using her as a "model." Seven months later, the Fashionista Barbie is still intact and providing artistic inspiration and, when she is not posing, is also useful for imaginative play.

If you're looking primarily for a mannequin for a girl, skip Drawing Power and get Barbie Fashionistas Girly Doll which is higher quality at a lower price
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