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Lobo and the Rabbit Stew: El lobo y el caldo de conejo
Lobo and the Rabbit Stew: El lobo y el caldo de conejo
by Marcia Schwartz
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $13.92
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another wolf and rabbit story, November 26, 2010
When his mother has to leave baby bunny alone while she goes to pick lettuce she tells him to not open the door for anyone. They had heard the wolf howling the night before and baby rabbit knows to be very careful. But the wolf wants rabbit for his stew and he is determined to get it. A pretty predictable story as this sort is so common among so many ethnic groups it does have one particular thing that makes it different. Throughout the story Latin American Spanish words are introduced in a context where the reader can figure out the meaning without having to look it up. That makes this an excellent text for introducing the reader to common words in another language. "Lobo and the Rabbit Stew" is recommended and especially so for parents wanting to introduce their child to words from a second language.


A Sweater for Duncan / Un sueter para Duncan (English and Spanish Edition)
A Sweater for Duncan / Un sueter para Duncan (English and Spanish Edition)
by Margaret Gay Malone
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $16.02
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4.0 out of 5 stars A book about change, November 26, 2010
Duncan likes the way he looks and is proud of the fact that the other penguins have feathers but he has a nice fluffy coat instead. Soon it starts falling off one small patch at a time and he is worried about what is happening. A story about changes that occur as we grow older it is an entertaining read. The book is written in both English and Latin American Spanish for children who are comfortable with either language or parents wanting to help their young child learn a second language. The only problem, at least in the English, was page 10 where a minor grammer mistake appears and can cause a slight catch in the otherwise smooth read of the text. "A Sweater for Duncan" is a recommended read.
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2-Way RF FOFA® Find One Find All® Key Finder, Wallet Finder, Cell Phone Finder, Remote Control Locator. Set of 2
2-Way RF FOFA® Find One Find All® Key Finder, Wallet Finder, Cell Phone Finder, Remote Control Locator. Set of 2
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best option on the market, January 25, 2010
The one thing that really sets this product apart from the others is the fact that any one of them can act as the transmitter. I have worked with others that work well but have found that I can end up spending as much time trying to find the transmitter as I do trying to find the keys or whatever else I am looking for. This product resolves that problem completely by allowing you to use any of them as the transmitter.

For me the loss of keys was only occasional and not a big problem, but I do a lot of computer work and have my little usb drive holder with six drives that are critically important. Far too often I end up looking for it and spend far too much time looking in the house, office, car, etc. The wallet unit works perfectly for my needs.

I also tried the key units and they worked flawlessly for me. So, with two key type and two wallet type I find almost all of my needs met (but will be ordering two more for my handheld GPS unit and a separate set of keys)

Obviously I have been very happy with them but so what is the downside? Well, despite the fact that their website says they will ship the same day if ordered before a certain time, mine were shipped three days after ordering. Still reasonable but the website should not say the same day if it is not going to occur.

The keypad can be difficult to press if you have any arthritis or similar problems. After a couple of times I realized that it makes a beep when you get it pressed right and that is helpful to let you know it has transmitted. There should be an easier way to do this but on the other hand it was not difficult for me and making it a bit difficult prevents them from setting each other off by accident as your keys jangle in your pocket. So, while it may be awkward for some I like the trade-off of preventing accidental signaling. If you have heard how loud they are you would understand. Not that I am complaining about the volume. It is great because I can hear it under the clothes, under the seat, etc.

All in all I would highly recommend the product for anything you need to keep track of.


Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Faith
Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Faith
by Ann Spangler
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.23
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and educational at the same time!, March 28, 2009
For a deeper understanding of the teachings of Jesus it is important to understand the culture, political, and ethnic context of the area where he lived and taught. That is the primary purpose of this book, to bring to modern Christians an understanding of the world as Jesus experienced it and how that knowledge can deepen your understanding of Jesus' ministry.

The authors do an excellent job of teaching the reader how the people of the time would have understood Jesus' teachings. Whether they are discussing the daily life, training, feasts, clothing or any number of other factors they explain the significance of each, why it was important, how it affected the perception of the people and how it applies to us today when correctly understood in their context.

This is a very interesting book and required reading for those who want to increase their understanding of the culture of the people of Christ's time. "Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus" is highly recommended.


Beginning OpenOffice 3: From Novice to Professional (Beginning: From Novice to Professional)
Beginning OpenOffice 3: From Novice to Professional (Beginning: From Novice to Professional)
by Andy Channelle
Edition: Paperback
Price: $29.26
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delivers exactly what it promises, March 28, 2009
Beginning OpenOffice 3 walks the reader through using the most common features of OpenOffice, arguably one of the most powerful and complete office suite available. And best of all, it is free! Many companies and individuals are discovering it for the first time as they deal with the need to exchange files with others who are using the newest version of Microsoft Office. Given the choice of upgrading all their systems to the newest version or simply downloading OpenOffice 3, many are examining it as a viable option. OpenOffice 3 can open and edit files created with the newest version of Word and save them in a format the Microsoft Office can open and use.

This brings us to the purpose of this book. How do you find out how to use the features to achieve the results you want? One of the best things about this book is the approach the author uses. The entire book is project oriented so you learn by creating projects and solving problems in a real world scenario. The book covers all the different software components - word processing, spreadsheet, database, illustration, and presentation software. The author does an excellent job of focusing on and detailing the most common needs of a typical office. You can literally start from no knowledge of office suite software at all and learn how to become a proficient user in relatively short order.

The chapter on the word processing module starts from the very basics of opening a file or creating a new one. From there the author leads the reader through formatting, creating and using templates, paragraph styles and other common needs. Then he moves the reader through creating a newsletter, inserting graphics, word wrap, changing styles in a page and other advanced topics. This section ends with understanding how to automatically create footnotes, endnotes, table of contents and style sheets.

The section on the spreadsheet module covers creating a spreadsheet, adding formulas, linking formulas to other cells, and multiple other common tasks. In addition it covers creating charts and graphs and making them easy to understand. The chapters on the presentation and illustration programs are much shorter but the programs are much less complex by design. Presentation software needs to be able to create a slide show, change slides on a predetermined time scale, and add bulleted points and other basic actions needed to provide a solid presentation. The illustration module also is designed to create or edit items for inclusion in newsletters or other publishing needs. It is basically somewhat more powerful than paint but much less than Adobe or similar illustration packages.

The database module is covered well with enough detail to learn how to use it but not so much as to get the reader lost in multiple foreign key linking and the like. The author does a very good job of explaining the use of multiple tables and linking them for efficient database creation. He also covers the creation of input forms, queries, and reports and other functional requirements of database management.

Once you have a basic understanding of the different modules the second section of the book involves putting them all together to share content by building a web page with a database, ability to input information over the web and create queries and reports via the web browser.

The writing is concise while still being detailed enough to provide highly functional information. Using it I was able to create a complete web based database for the processing of financial information for grant requests for a local foundation. Granted I already had an extensive understanding of most of these areas but it was quick and easy to build it based on information supplied in the book.

Beginning OpenOffice 3 is highly recommended to anyone interested in learning how to use this powerful office suite.


Nonprofit Meetings, Minutes & Records: How to Run Your Nonprofit Corporation So You Don't Run Into Trouble
Nonprofit Meetings, Minutes & Records: How to Run Your Nonprofit Corporation So You Don't Run Into Trouble
by Anthony Mancuso
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Required minimal education for nonprofits, March 19, 2009
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If you are starting a non-profit, are in charge of the paperwork, or have to chair a meeting or any of the other numerous activities then you will appreciate Nonprofit Meetings, Minutes & Records (How to Run Your Nonprofit Corporation So You Don't Run Into Trouble). Written at a very basic level the authors explain not only what needs to be done but why it needs to be done and how to go about it. So many small non-profits don't follow the laws well and when a problem comes up find themselves with multiple legal problems. This book helps prevent most of those most common situations.

If you are looking for a book about various legal aspects of the nonprofit world then this is not the book for you. The niche that this book fills is providing the instructions and paperwork for common tasks that are of a recurring nature. These include things like how to call a meeting so that it meets legal requirements, how to get a board of directors member proxy on a vote, things to consider when writing or amending by-laws, how to find competent legal counsel, and the myriad other day-to-day things of operating a nonprofit.

I have personally been involved with many nonprofits over the years and can say that doing these things the way they should be done right from the beginning is critical. If they are not done right then resolutions can be overturned, officers removed, and individuals sued. Nonprofit Meetings, Minutes & Records (How to Run Your Nonprofit Corporation So You Don't Run Into Trouble) should be the required minimal reading for anyone involved in nonprofit organizations at this level and is well worth the cost of the book just to have the forms in one convenient place and ready to use.


Quicken Willmaker Plus 2009 Edition: Estate Planning Essentials (Book with Software)
Quicken Willmaker Plus 2009 Edition: Estate Planning Essentials (Book with Software)
by Shae Irving
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best, March 19, 2009
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This is one of the most thorough consumer offerings for preparing your own will or basic trust. It includes the software to actually create a will or trust document that will serve the needs of most people. The book includes a discussion of what a will can and cannot do, how a trust helps and when it is not a good idea, how to get wills and trusts to work together for your best interest. But wills and trusts are just aspect of good estate planning and the book discusses the use of a Durable Power of Attorney and Health Care Directive as well as providing the forms to create either or both.

Areas covered in detail include how to leave your property to whomever you wish, how to select an executor, and the difference between a living will and a living trust. Additional information not found in a lot of other books includes the problems and pitfalls of domestic partnerships, tenancy ownership, community property, common law marriages and other items that may apply to your situation. The software is very easy to use, installed without any problems and painlessly produced a quality document using a basic interview technique. You simply answer the questions and the program produces the document based on what you want to accomplish. With over five hundred pages it obviously goes over all the more common situations to customize your will or trust to your needs. Quicken Willmaker Plus 2009 is highly recommended to anyone who wants to understand wills and basic trusts and perhaps create their own.


Conversational Capital: How to Create Stuff People Love to Talk About
Conversational Capital: How to Create Stuff People Love to Talk About
by Bertrand Cesvet
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great source for theoretical understanding, March 19, 2009
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Whether you call it "word of mouth", "buzz", "trusted voice", or "conversational capital" the ability to get people to talk about your product can be the single biggest factor in the success of your business. You can have the best product, organization, or service available but if people are not aware of it then they will not be using it. And if they were not telling others about it then you are losing a lot of potential revenue. It's that simple. And that is what this book is about.... how people determine what they will talk about, what they will say, and why they will share their experience.

Although it is predominantly a book about understanding why people talk about something it does not have much information on specific techniques. The authors include several examples where people sharing their experience made a tremendous difference in a product as well as explanations of why it worked. The book is very informative and helpful in understanding why things happened but you are still left to sort out how to apply that information to your situation. This will take some creative thinking and application on the part of the reader.

The most critical part of the book is understanding the need to move the way we think from being the provider of a product or service to being the provider of a complete consumer experience. If the experience is positive then people tend to talk about it. If it is just another purchase then you are just another provider among many others.

The Engines of Conversational Capital section was probably the most valuable section for me. I found it particularly interesting and in my opinion it is right on target. Although in many ways it is not new information it is presented well and in a manner that allows an average reader to understand what is going on and how conversational capital has been created in various situations. Conversational Capital is highly recommended for those who want to market their product or service in a manner that creates clients who come to you instead of having to chase them down and convince them of your value.


ABC's of Ministry: Choosing It - Learning It - Doing It - After It
ABC's of Ministry: Choosing It - Learning It - Doing It - After It
by David E. Holt
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.95
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Starting Point for Those Interested in a Career in Ministry, December 7, 2008
Where do you start when you feel the call to God's ministry? What should you expect and what do you need to do to prepare yourself? Perhaps the best place to start is to speak with someone who has been in the ministry for several years and can provide good fatherly advice about what lies in store for those travelling this career path. That's where the book ABCs of Ministry comes in handy.

Written by a pastor with 43 years of experience, this book gives a general overview of what anyone should know when considering a career in ministry. For most people they will get the detailed education they need from a seminary or other school with a program for divinity studies. This book tries to fill the gap between technical knowledge and practical advice. While it is a small book it contains good advice on selecting the appropriate higher education for yourself, things to consider when creating or giving a sermon, knowing what lies ahead for a person who enters the ministry, etc. None of this is done in great detail and that is appropriate for this type of book, after all there are books and books written on how to develop a sermon, how to budget and negotiate a compensation package, etc. Instead this is more like a father-son talk between a caring pastor and someone who has just told him they want to enter the ministry.

The addendum provides specific examples of wedding and funeral ceremonies (one each) and considerations when starting a church. The book is not without its problems though. Perhaps the most annoying is not the content but simple mechanics. The book is divided into maker sections of Choosing it, Learning it, Doing it, and After it. Each section has a few chapters but they are numbered only... not chapter names. If you stop reading in a section with the intent to return you have to remember the chapter number you are on and not a chapter name. This is very awkward. Likewise with all the variations and different cultural and other factors to be considered when doing a wedding or funeral a couple more examples would be nice. Then again, most denominations have a book of example marriage, funeral, and other ceremonies available so it is not like this information is not available.

When all things are considered the ABCs of Ministry is a recommended text that should be a first step for the person who has announced a calling to the ministry.


eBay Business Start-Up Kit: 100s of Live Links to All the Information & Tools You Need
eBay Business Start-Up Kit: 100s of Live Links to All the Information & Tools You Need
by Richard Stim
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best guides for complete beginners, September 25, 2008
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This is one of the best guides to how to get started on eBay and how to take advantage of not only eBay but other websites to make your business a success. It includes not only highly detailed information on how to work with eBay but also tips on how to avoid problems and how to rocket your business ahead to a success.

Now to the weak points - it does not include information on finding something to sell. If you don't have a competitively priced product then it is difficult to go anywhere on eBay. The book simply bypasses this problem with the comment that such sources are closely guarded secrets. Hmmm, other beginner books have published at least some places to start.

The CD is nice because of the live links but it is basically just a copy of the book on CD, or perhaps it is the other way around. It appears that the book is a print out of the CD. Links on the CD are underlined in the text, etc. Basically it violates the rules of common publishing in many ways.

All in all I give this book a four because it is still a great resource for the absolute beginner and details how to get registered, how to use ancillary services, how to track sales, purchase items, etc. It gives all the basic details you need IF you already have a product to sell or have access to that information (i.e. another book with that information). The other weaknesses are really just annoyances and don't affect the content of the book. If you are starting new then you can start here with lots of helpful information.


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