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Picnic on a Cloud
Picnic on a Cloud
by Lu Hanessian
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $11.95
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely story and an inspiration for parents!, May 27, 2011
How refreshing and wonderful to find a book showing a parent willing and even eager to go along with her child's imaginative play, even when lunch is ready! If every parent could go with the flow of her child's inner life instead of fighting against the current, what a world we would have!

The whimsical illustrations and soft colors are a perfect match for this lovely story. Very highly recommended!

Jan Hunt, Author of The Natural Child: Parenting from the Heart


Words Will Never Hurt Me: Helping Kids Handle Teasing, Bullying and Putdowns
Words Will Never Hurt Me: Helping Kids Handle Teasing, Bullying and Putdowns
by Sally Northway Ogden
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.47
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1 of 51 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars For school true believers only!, November 28, 2007
While this book has some helpful suggestions, the author is laughably dismissive of the school's role in creating an environment where children are driven to resort to teasing. Schools are failing in virtually every way possible. Children are bored, coerced, taught subjects they have little interest in and will never use, and conversely, not taught those things they would like to learn about and will surely need in real life. Children who are unschooled from the beginning, and treated with dignity and respect, have no need or desire to hurt another child, or anyone else, in any way.

If you are at all aware of the close connection between the school environment and teasing, you will not like this book. Read instead How Children Learn (Classics in Child Development), Guerrilla Learning: How to Give Your Kids a Real Education With or Without School,The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education and Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling.

Children behave as well as they are treated. If all children were unschooled, there would be no need for books on teasing.

Jan Hunt, author of The Natural Child: Parenting from the Heart
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Yo-yo Man
Yo-yo Man
by Daniel Pinkwater
Edition: Hardcover
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Missed opportunity by a favorite author, November 21, 2007
This review is from: Yo-yo Man (Hardcover)
What a missed opportunity from one of our most creative children's writers! All that is so wrong about school life - teasing (without any attempt to look at the reasons a child would resort to such behavior and without any apparent concern or intervention by the teacher), intimidating lessons (without any recognition that children learn best by asking, not answering questions), commercial exploitation of innocent children for money (with no comment, satirical or other, about this ubiquitous, crass and unfair business), learning a subject only to placate a frightening teacher, not because the child is interested or needs the information at the present time in his life (with no recognition that children learn best what they actually need to know at the time for their own use - information that has intrinsic, not extrinsic value).

Daniel, if you're reading this, I invite you to visit the Natural Child Project and read our articles on learning - and then write a book that can truly benefit children, not uphold the status quo of a failing system.

For a delightful read, see the wonderful TOOTH - GNASHER SUPERFLASH (Reading Rainbow), a triumph of whimsical nonsense that shows Pinkwater at his creative best.

Jan Hunt, Author of The Natural Child: Parenting from the Heart


The Human Odyssey: Navigating the Twelve Stages of Life
The Human Odyssey: Navigating the Twelve Stages of Life
by Thomas Armstrong
Edition: Hardcover
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing achievement!, October 1, 2007
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I had the pleasure of reading this book at the manuscript stage, and I was awestruck. Dr. Armstrong has created a virtual encyclopedia of human development and discovery in all its stages, with a rightful emphasis on the critical importance of childhood and its reflection throughout one's life. As a film buff, I especially appreciated the unique listing of "Films to Illuminate the Times of Your Life".

Congratulations on a monumental job well done!

Jan Hunt, M.Sc., Author of The Natural Child: Parenting from the Heart


Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
by Lynne Truss
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.33
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wodehouse would have loved it!, September 5, 2004
With the single exception of Wodehouse on Wodehouse (Bring on the Girls with Guy Bolton; Performing Flea; Over Seventy), this is the most enjoyable nonfiction book I've read this year. What a surprise and delight that it has become a best-seller!

While Truss has an occasional goof (I've never seen "glamour" spelled "glamor" in America, and I've lived here, well, a long time), any book with two references to Wodehouse is OK with me.

Humorous books on language and writing fill a large gap, and we could certainly use more of them. I look forward eagerly to Truss's next book. I just used this one to check on that final "s" in "Truss's", and plan to refer to it often for my own writing.

Thank you, Lynne!


The Big Love: A Novel
The Big Love: A Novel
by Sarah Dunn
Edition: Hardcover
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful and thought provoking, August 16, 2004
This review is from: The Big Love: A Novel (Hardcover)
I love this book. Alison, the heroine, is sweet, smart, honest, and unselfconsciously charming, and the story is engaging and delightful. My only disappointment was that this is Dunn's first (and so far, only) novel, as I had planned all through my reading to find her other books. The only option for reading more of Dunn's writing was to reread this book as soon as I finished it - a first for me. The second reading was even more enjoyable, as I discovered connections between the early events and the outcome.

The Big Love is a froth of a novel, whipped up by the sure hand of a pro. Although this can be called a light novel, it includes many intriguing ideas on romantic relationships, religion, trust, friendship, self-knowledge, and more. This is one of those books that is so enjoyable, one hates to see it end - like the all-too-abrupt ending of a new friendship. I highly recommend The Big Love and eagerly look forward to Dunn's next work.

Jan Hunt, author of The Natural Child: Parenting from the Heart


True Nature and Great Misunderstandings: On How We Care For Our Children
True Nature and Great Misunderstandings: On How We Care For Our Children
by John Breeding
Edition: Paperback
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing, thought-provoking, and important book., February 8, 2003
In his strong voice, John Breeding makes it clear that our children deserve to be accepted and valued for their unique and wonderful qualities, not evaluated, pigeon-holed, labeled, or drugged. It is my hope that this refreshing, thought-provoking, and very important book will be read and taken to heart by all those fortunate enough to have children, work with children, or advocate on their behalf.

Jan Hunt, author of The Natural Child: Parenting from the Heart


A Short Guide to a Happy Life
A Short Guide to a Happy Life
by Anna Quindlen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $8.97
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short yet profound, November 23, 2002
"OK, now it's been said, and noone ever needs to say anything more."

That was my first thought after finishing this remarkable book. Ms. Quindlen helps us to learn the easy way - reading a short, warm, and very inspiring book - what she learned the hard way - by losing a loved parent: being present in every present moment. I have heard and read this advice many times, but never so clearly, concisely, and convincingly. Read this book!

Jan Hunt, author of The Natural Child: Parenting from the Heart


I'm Made of Mama's Milk
I'm Made of Mama's Milk
by Mary Olsen
Edition: Hardcover
24 used & new from $3.19

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book!, July 4, 2002
This beautiful and sturdy board book is sure to delight any nursing toddler! The well-selected photos show babies and toddlers nursing and sharing other happy moments with one or both parents. A perfect gift for any nursing family!

Jan Hunt, author of The Natural Child: Parenting from the Heart


Baby Matters, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Caring for Your Baby
Baby Matters, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Caring for Your Baby
by Linda Folden Palmer
Edition: Paperback
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Babies would tell you to buy this book!, May 17, 2002
Baby Matters is the latest word on responsive baby care, warmly written and backed up by a wealth of research references and academic articles.

This is the book I wish I'd had when my son was born. I would have had a an abundance of helpful information, I would have been reassured that it was OK - in fact, essential - to trust what my heart told me, and I would have had the perfect book to show skeptical friends and relatives.

Baby Matters would make an especially welcome and useful baby shower gift. It is an excellent choice for any new parent. If babies could talk, I'm sure they would agree!

Jan Hunt, author of The Natural Child: Parenting from the Heart


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