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The Taconic Tragedy: A Son's Search for the Truth
The Taconic Tragedy: A Son's Search for the Truth
by Jeanne Bastardi
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $26.96
35 used & new from $5.49

31 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Search for truth???, August 4, 2011
I've followed this story very closely. I still can't understand, though, why the author's family is suing Warren Hance, the man who lost all three of his children in this accident. Haven't he and his wife suffered enough? The TRUTH is that the one person responsible for these murders, Diane Schuler, is dead -- SHE was the one who drove drunk and high. It is sad but true. Why sue someone who lost his three young daughters? Is it really to find the truth, or is it greed? I don't get it.
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The Little Bear Movie [VHS]
The Little Bear Movie [VHS]
VHS
Offered by foggypaws
Price: $0.99
29 used & new from $0.48

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for preschoolers, unlike Disney's scary movies, August 11, 2001
My 4-year-old, a Little Bear fan, really enjoyed this movie. Little Bear meets a bear named Cub in the wilderness, who is similar to Little Bear yet very different. Cub plays rough and eats differently. Yet, they soon become friends, and they search for Cub's parents who got separated from him during a storm. There are only a couple of slightly "scary" parts, the brief scene with the storm, and their encounter with a not-so-friendly mountain lion. We especially liked the scene where Little Bear, Father Bear and Cub are making pancakes and taking turns flipping them into the air. The movie was very entertaining for my daughter. It is hard to find appropriate videos for pre-schoolers. She finds most Disney movies to be very scary and won't watch them. I recommend this to all Little Bear fans and also to all young children.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Expensive Toy, Not Worth the Money, July 8, 2001
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
My 7-year-old son, who loves all kinds of trains, had wanted this for a long time, so we finally gave in and bought it. For the first couple of days, he loved it and played with it constantly. Now it sits in his room, rarely played with, collecting dust. For my son, the novelty wore off quickly. Another downside, besides the very high price, is that it takes up a lot of space and is quite time-consuming to put together and take apart the layout each time. The monorail train goes around the track very slowly and uses up batteries quite rapidly. I really thought this would be a big hit with my son, but was disappointed with how fast he got bored with it. His friends, too, liked it the first few times and then found it disinteresting. For us, it was definitely not worth the [the price].


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating Play Set, June 15, 2001
= Durability:1.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
My 8-year-old son found it frustrating to put the spider back together each time it "exploded". He then he got creative, though, and built his own type of layout without using the spider parts and had fun with that. I don't think it will be played with a lot, though. I wouldn't recommend it, as I'm sure younger children will be even more frustrated with dealing with assembling the spider each time it comes apart.


Children with Tourette Syndrome: A Parent's Guide (Special Needs Collection)
Children with Tourette Syndrome: A Parent's Guide (Special Needs Collection)
by Tracy Haerle
Edition: Paperback
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative, enormously helpful, with great advice, June 13, 2001
My 8-year-old son has ADHD, OCD and tic disorders (though not full-blown Tourette Syndrome). This book was an enormous help for me in understanding the tic disorder and also the ADHD and OCD which often co-occur with TS and tic disorders. It is written in a very easy to read, friendly, compassionate way. There is a lot of clear advice here. TS is complex and often misunderstood. The book helps you cope with and understand many of the related problems. It teaches acceptance, dealing with friends, relatives, schools, etc. It is a very thorough book. After reading it, I felt less helpless and more empowered to deal with these issues. The book talks about the importance of acknowledging your child's frustrations and feelings, which will help him to learn to share them more directly with you. For example, saying, "I know you're trying really hard, and it's frustrating when the other students can't seem to understand that you can't stop doing certain things." This book helps you to also empower your child, and to embrace what is special about him. It says, "If you believe in your child as an individual whose Tourette syndrome is only one aspect of her total being, your child will also be more likely to see herself as someone with abilities, rather than disabilities." I strongly recommend this book. It will help.


Franklin the Turtle: Clubhouse Adventures
Franklin the Turtle: Clubhouse Adventures
Offered by Bargain Buyers Software
Price: $9.79
18 used & new from $0.01

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hours of fun!, January 4, 2001
My 4-year-old just loves this. It is definitely worth every penny. It is so much better than many software products we have purchased in the past. It is so much fun -- and educational, too. After you play each game, you earn badges. My daughter is just so proud of her accomplishments on this. There are three skill levels so older kids can enjoy it, too. It's easy to use and not frustrating at all. I highly recommend this.


Weslandia
Weslandia
by Paul Fleischman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $15.16
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9 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Goes too far in being weird, January 1, 2001
This review is from: Weslandia (Hardcover)
We bought this book for our son and read it ourselves several times but we still do not feel comfortable with letting him read it. The story is just too weird. Wesley's parents are shown as being ridiculously uncaring. His peers torment him. He builds an elaborate civilization on his own, complete with his own alphabet and counting system. I don't know that the author's message of -- if you're a non-conformist then take it to all extremes and you'll be popular -- is a correct or safe one. The concept of acknowledging and accepting kids who are "different" is a good one but it is not well executed here.
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The Edison Trait: Saving the Spirit of Your Free-Thinking Child in a Conforming World
The Edison Trait: Saving the Spirit of Your Free-Thinking Child in a Conforming World
by Lucy Jo Palladino
Edition: Hardcover
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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful for dealing with bright but very difficult children., December 12, 2000
This is a very compassionate book about smart but difficult to manage children. These "Edison-trait" children are spirited, passionate children who are very intense and hard to live with. The author calls them "divergent thinkers", who are very creative, imaginative, and see things in a different way than others. They have problems focusing on others' ideas and letting go of their own. School can be very frustrating for them. For example, they don't like practicing skills repeatedly. I found Chapter 12 on School to very helpful. It gives some good tips to help these children succeed at school and to feel good about themselves regarding school. There are ways that parents and teachers can help them and provide encouragement without the child feeling labeled or stigmatized. There is also a large section in the book on ADD and ADHD. The author writes "While just about all children who have ADD have the Edison trait, not all children with the Edison trait have ADD." While they share the same traits, such as being easily distracted, disorganized, and disobedient, in the child with ADD, these traits are excessive and disrupts his functioning. The problems are more severe in the ADD child. This book is very compassionate regarding the needs of the children. It provides hope for parents.


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