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Wandering Woolly
Wandering Woolly
by Andrea Gabriel
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.95
25 used & new from $5.95

5.0 out of 5 stars This is an interesting look at Little Woolly and her Ice Age world young children will enjoy ..., May 28, 2015
This review is from: Wandering Woolly (Paperback)
Little Woolly's eyes widened as she peeked out at her new world. She nestled close to her furry mother, but soon she heard the voice of a toad. Little Woolly watched closely as the toad scrambled to get away from her. Nothing in her new world could hurt her because "the voices of her aunties rumbled in her ears and vibrated in the ground." All the other mammoths were "busy picking grasses with their two-fingered trunks," but Little Woolly wanted to head to that winding river at the valley's edge.

Little Wooly's mother called out to her as the aunties looked on. The river was alive with motion as chunks of ice and boulders tumbled by. Rumble, tumble, splash! Watch out Little Woolly because you could get hurt! All of a sudden "ice splintered and toppled off the glacier" and into the churning river she plopped. Down the river she went, bobbing in the current. What were those unusual creatures she began to see along the banks of the river? Look, there's a ground sloth in the trees. Watch out, there's a hunting lion looking at her!

A log kept Little Woolly above the water and now she floated down the river. There were all kinds of interesting creatures, including humans. Little Woolly "could smell the smoke of their fires and hear the barking of their dogs." Her mother and aunties seemed so very far away and she so wanted to go home to them. Little Woolly was somehow able to get up on the grassy banking. She lowered her head and trunk to the ground and "she listened with her feet," but would she ever be able to find her way home again?

This is an interesting look at Little Woolly and her Ice Age world young children will enjoy. This tale, presented in picture book format, is a simple, but easy way for young students to be introduced to the Ice Age and its inhabitants. In addition to learning a bit about the life of the woolly mammoths, we learn many additional concepts and facts in the back matter. There is a section detailing Ice Age sequencing, additional information about elephants and woolly mammoths, the Clovis people, and extinct animals from the era. In addition to the are four pages of activities, there are free complementary activities on the publisher's website. This is an excellent read and discuss book for students in the homeschool or classroom setting.

Accelerated Reader: 3.1
Lexile: 660l
Fountas and Pinnell: N

This book courtesy of the publisher.


Fibonacci Zoo
Fibonacci Zoo
by Tom Robinson
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.43
28 used & new from $5.68

5.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent book to introduce young students to numbers and patterns ..., May 28, 2015
This review is from: Fibonacci Zoo (Paperback)
Notebook and pencil in hand, Eli was ready to pass through the gates of the Fibonacci Zoo. It was no ordinary zoo and he had to look carefully and discover just what was different about it. The first thing Eli and his father spotted was a lone alligator. Hmmmm, not anything unusual about that and Eli recorded his finding in his notebook. The little notebook soon read "1 alligator" and "1 bison." Just what was so special about this zoo anyway?

Eli's teacher said that the Fibonacci Zoo "was different from most zoos," but even though his list began to grow there was only one unusual thing about it. The unusual thing about it was the lone fact that there weren't a lot of animals. Eli continued to observe and write: "2 camels," "3 dolphins," "5 elephants," and "8 flamingos." All of a sudden he began to see a pattern and exclaimed "if I take any two numbers in order and then add them up, I get the next number." Hmmmm, next up were the gorillas.

Eli began to work through his pattern, trying to visualize and work through the formula. His father smiled, knowing that Eli had found out the secret to the Fibonacci Zoo. "See?" He began to explain to his father. "1 + 1 = 2. 1 + 2 = 3. 2 + 3 = 5. And 3 + 5 = 8." They rounded the corner, checking out the gorillas and marking the number in his notebook. He began to count them to see if his hypothesis was correct. Can you finish the formula and come to the same conclusion Eli had? Just how many gorillas would they see?

This is an excellent book to introduce young students to numbers and patterns. The visually imagery presented in this book will make it easy for students to understand and grasp Fibonacci sequencing. Simply introducing mathematical concepts sans a way for children to visualize them can be a daunting task for many. In addition to Eli's notebook there are small sidebars with the equations and sequence (2 + 3 = 5 and 1 1 2 3 5). The artwork is very vibrant and appealing, drawing one's eye to the animals. In the back of the book there are four pages of activities as well as free complementary activities on the publisher's website.

Accelerated Reader: 3.0
Flesch-Kinncaid: 4.4
Lexile: 510l
Fountas and Pinnell: M

This book courtesy of the publisher.


Animal Mouths
Animal Mouths
by Mary Holland
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.95
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a fascinating look at animals and how they are able to eat their foods ..., May 26, 2015
This review is from: Animal Mouths (Paperback)
Is there such a thing as a critter that doesn't have a mouth? Almost everyone one would think that's not a possibility, but it is. The adult luna moth has such a short lifespan it doesn't need one. They "only live for about a week" so snacking on leaves is no longer necessary. Naturally the majority of animals do have mouths, but some have teeth while others such as the common snapping turtle "use the sharp edges of their jaws to eat both plants and animals."

Birds of course don't have teeth, but rather use their beaks to access their food supplies. A grosbeak uses his beak to eat seeds, but red-shouldered hawks "have strong, curved beaks to tear the flesh of the animals they eat." If you've taken a close look at photographs of birds in this and other books, you've probably noticed each one is different. They have adapted to the type of food it eats. Why would an egret need such a long pointed beak? Perhaps that's something to think about as you study animal adaptation.

Obviously birds don't have teeth, but what about a frog? Yes, they "have a row of very small teeth along the edge of their upper jaws and on the roof of their mouths." Unlike the common snapping turtle, a frog needs those teeth to hold onto their prey before swallowing them. In this book you'll get to check out many different types of animals and learn how they eat their food as well as get a close look at their teeth, if they have any. What kind of teeth do you up have to eat your food? You'll find out when you check out this book!

This is a fascinating look at animals and how they are able to eat their foods. There are a lot of interesting facts and photographs that will keep even the most reluctant reader interested in the animal kingdom. Mary Holland's award-winning photographs make the book a standout one in her nature series books for children. The pages are filled with full color photographs, including insets of animal skulls, and fascinating facts that be of high interest to young animal lovers. In the back of the book there are four pages of activities as well as free complementary activities on the publisher's website.

Accelerated Reader: 4.5
Flesch-Kinncaid: 4.9
Lexile: 920L
Fountas and Pinnell: N

This book courtesy of the publisher.
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Primate School
Primate School
by Jennifer Keats Curtis
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.95
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a fun and fascinating look at zoo school learning that will wow young students ..., May 26, 2015
This review is from: Primate School (Paperback)
Franco, an Allen's swamp monkey, slipped his little hand through the bars of his cage. He had something that needed to be done, but so did Kwan, a silverback gorilla. Each primate had learned that in order to receive special grooming they had to learn and pay attention to signals they learned in class. Franco needed to have his fingernails clipped and Kwan (ahhhhh-open-wide!) needed his teeth checked out. Of course there was a little treat in store for each one of them.

Primates that "live in zoos don't perform tricks," but do need to learn how to cooperate with their keepers. Just like their human counterparts, they need to learn lessons. Franco, Kwan, and other zoo animals study their lessons in "'training' classes" where they learn behaviors that keep them happy and healthy." There are many different species of primates, but one thing they do have in common is that they are smart. Of course there are many other traits they have in common. You'll learn exactly what a primate is and will be able to see just how cool they really are.

Did you know that some of these primates can learn some of their lessons from an iPad? They can! Perhaps they aren't capable of playing games like Words for Friends, but Christopher, an orangutan, can work through a memory game. Primates who aren't in zoos "learn from members of their group" by "exploring, observing and playing." If you want a behind the scenes look at how primates learn in a zoo setting you need only turn the pages of this book and you'll be able to receive a few lessons yourself!

This is a fun and fascinating look at zoo school learning that will wow young students. No, not all training that takes place in a zoo setting involves circus-like tricks, but rather something quite unexpected. Young readers will get a glimpse of primates as they hold out their arms for a blood pressure check to those working their magic on a touch screen. The pages are filled with full color photographs and fascinating facts that will draw in even the most reluctant readers. In the back of the book there are four pages of activities as well as free complementary activities on the publisher's website.

Accelerated Reader: 3.9
Flesch-Kinncaid: 4.4
Lexile: 670L
Fountas and Pinnell: O

This book courtesy of the publisher.


KOHLER K-5540-NA Prolific Undermount Single Bowl Kitchen Sink with Accessories, 33 x 17-3/4-Inch, Stainless Steel
KOHLER K-5540-NA Prolific Undermount Single Bowl Kitchen Sink with Accessories, 33 x 17-3/4-Inch, Stainless Steel

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally beautiful, "designer" sink that is an amazingly functional workstation ..., May 25, 2015
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This particular sink is more in the line of what I'd consider a designer sink rather than something I might be able to pick up at Lowes. Two family members took one look at the sink, sans the accessories, and dubbed it "industrial." Yes, it's that, but so much more. It's an amazingly functional sink that incorporates features every household needs during food prep.

They backed off the "industrial" comment when they saw the amazing capabilities this sink has. Yes, it has that solid industrial quality a sink has, but I need that. My sink is only seven years old, but hasn't held up well. It now stains easily, is scratched, and lacks luster. With good care I expect this sink will last a lifetime. There are more than enough tutorials online to refer to. I've had stainless years ago, but before installation I'm going to take a close look at suggestions.

This isn't the type of sink that has cutouts for a faucet. It is an undermount that sits in front of the faucet. I'm looking at this sink as a workstation and a sink. I can tailor it to the task as hand. Food prep, dish washing, or things like draining pasta in that built-in colander will seem like less of a chore. I do agree with Kohler's statement that it would be an efficient workstation. I know when I'm working in my kitchen, which has limited counter space, working with this sink will make things much easier.

I like the bamboo cutting board because bamboo is a sustainable resource. My only concern is replacement, but I'm sure Kohler make provisions for replacements parts. I'd like to see an entire packet set up for purchase to have on hand. I'm definitely enamored with this sink and even the guys have come around to my point of view and love it. It's not only a functional sink, but also a beautiful designer one.

FEATURES:

' 36-inch minimum base cabinet width.

' Large single bowl.

' 10-inch depth provides generous workspace.

' No faucet holes.

' Includes bamboo cutting board, two multipurpose grated racks, colander, and washbin.

' Three graduated ledges in basin allow you to place accessories at your preferred height.

' Accessories stack and slide on ledges for a custom arrangement.

' Beveled cone-shape slopes into drain, easily disposing debris.

' SilentShield® sound-absorption technology offers quieter performance.

' Includes installation hardware.

MATERIALS:

18-gauge stainless steel.

INSTALLATION:

Under-mount


DII Elegant, Modern Lattice Lace, Machine Washable Window Curtain Treatment, White, 50x63"
DII Elegant, Modern Lattice Lace, Machine Washable Window Curtain Treatment, White, 50x63"
Price: $16.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Inexpensive curtains that brighten up my home ..., May 23, 2015
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I have some Country Curtains I've had for years and they are a nice today as the day I hung them. The other curtains I have in my house have a shabby chic look, but are much more shabby than chic these days. I don't really care to spend Country Curtain prices to replace the so the DII's are an excellent option.

My vintage shabby chic curtains have got to go because they are literally falling apart. I'm figure about one more washing will do them in for sure. I do like sheer curtains because the light filtering through brightens up an otherwise darkened room. In the wintertime it's rather like living in a cave.

Not all homes can get away with anything that looks shabby chic, but an old-fashioned country home such as mine can. I do like the wash and hand feature and certainly wouldn't want to spend a fortune on them. Country Curtains if you want curtains that will last decades, DII if you want affordable with a certain flair. Not magnificent curtains, but they will certainly brighten up my house.

I prefer the floral pattern over the lattice, but again that's a matter of taste. Laundering is easy, just toss and wash. I have some cotton ones I have to press , but during spring cleaning I'm not willing to devote days to washing and ironing. Inexpensive curtains that work well for my needs.


Callaway Footwear Men's Xfer Sport Golf Shoe, Black/Black, 10.5 M US
Callaway Footwear Men's Xfer Sport Golf Shoe, Black/Black, 10.5 M US
Price: $56.57
6 used & new from $54.57

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Callaway is only one of two brands the family golfers will even consider ..., May 21, 2015
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Our golfer immediately wanted to go golfing after putting on these shoes. They fit perfectly without pinching. He’s wanted to buy Callaways for quite some time and claimed that if he saw these in the store he would have purchased them. They are water-resistant, a quality he felt should have been stated on the box (we couldn’t spot it). The comfort level was quite high and the claim that there’s “maximum comfort right out of the box” is right on the money.

The Callaway’s are very sharp looking and won’t show a lot of scuffing or grass stains like his other ones do. Using them he got dirt on the sides and the soft golf spikes. They were very easy to wipe down and looked like new. The “performance spikes” gave him plenty of traction, but because they are soft, they won’t tear up the greens. They are very lightweight and provide more than enough support.

The flat shoe works much better for him and works well to balance him out. An arch would throw him off balance. He’s been practicing all day, walking around and using the Callaways. “I love them,” is about all he’ll come up with because he’s planning on hitting the course this weekend. He just got the membership and now claims he has the perfect shoes, only one of two brands he’d even consider purchasing.


Home Fashions 4 Piece Storage Jar Set
Home Fashions 4 Piece Storage Jar Set
Offered by Home Fashions
Price: $23.99
3 used & new from $23.99

5.0 out of 5 stars These glass and stainless canisters are very sturdy and sharp looking ..., May 20, 2015
Length:: 0:40 Mins

This is a very striking set of heavy-duty glass canisters wrapped in stainless. The stainless is brushed and isn't as much of a print magnet as I thought it would be. This type of set lends itself more to things like pasta, tea bags, and things like grains that can be poured rather than scooped. The opening of each jar is approximately 3-1/2" in diameter so that's definite consideration when thinking about storage.

The capacity of these canisters (60 oz. / 49 oz./ 37 oz./ 25 oz.) is more than ample for most of the items I would put in them. I do like the bands because they will shade whatever foodstuffs are put in them, keeping them from rapid degradation. I always like to see the addition of a tall canister, one that's perfect for storing spaghetti. The silicone bands along the bottom of each canister keeps them from sliding.

Perhaps the only thing I didn't like about the canisters were these silicone bands. Some are slightly wavy, but that's simply a matter of preference. The Home Fashions canisters are rather like tall Mason jars with screw on lids. These are old-fashioned type canisters and don't have a silicone seal that will make them airtight. If you want that type of seal, you'll have to check out something else.

I do like the luster and they are very easy to keep clean by simply wiping them down. Even though I don't have stainless appliances, they do look sharp in a kitchen with a black and white gas stove. I have a set of Home Fashions canisters with a touch of red, my favorites. These canisters are very sharp looking and definitely a bargain at this price point.

Sample provided for review.


Doctor C's Own Fish Oil with Vitamins D3 1000IU, More than 2000mg of Fish Oil and 1200mg of Omega 3 (800mg EPA and 600mg DHA) Per Serving of 2 Softgels Supplements - Ultra Unscented XL High Potency Triple Strength For Kids, Children and Adults - Not Mini Pills, Tablets, Burpless, Enteric Coated, Capsules, Raw, Liquid, Gummies, Pearls, Krill, Halal or For Dogs
Doctor C's Own Fish Oil with Vitamins D3 1000IU, More than 2000mg of Fish Oil and 1200mg of Omega 3 (800mg EPA and 600mg DHA) Per Serving of 2 Softgels Supplements - Ultra Unscented XL High Potency Triple Strength For Kids, Children and Adults - Not Mini Pills, Tablets, Burpless, Enteric Coated, Capsules, Raw, Liquid, Gummies, Pearls, Krill, Halal or For Dogs
Offered by Inner Strength Health and Happiness
Price: $24.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great source of toxin-free pharmaceutical-grade fish oil ..., May 20, 2015
I don’t take a lot of supplements, but fish oil is one of them. My preference is for a pharmaceutical grade, which Doctor C’s Own is. There are several different kinds of fish oil out there, but they are not all created equal. The pharmaceutical grade is molecularly distilled, this one in a cGMP facility. With pharmaceutical grade there aren’t an mercury, dioxins, PCSs, or toxins. The price on these are now coming down considerably because molecularly distilled was way over fifty dollars for a similar quantity not all that long ago.

The fish used were anchovies, sardines, and tuna. I don’t have any preference, but realize many other people do. One other interesting fact was that it was “Made in the USA,” which is something I have now seen a couple of times. If we are looking at pharmaceutical grade, it has to be molecularly distilled. I do like to see which waters the fish are sourced from by the distillation will filter out any impurities. For anyone who has a particular preference for Norwegian or South American fish sources, it’s best to take a pass. The waters from which the fish came is not listed.

One thing about pharmaceutical grade is that my body doesn’t have to work as hard to rid itself of toxins nor will it absorb them. I used to be on a statin, but since I’ve been flying solo on omegas my lipid panel has fallen to acceptable levels. I can’t say that it’s solely from one omega or another, but I can say that using fish oil has worked well for me. It’s simply a matter of preference and I’m not seeing anything about this fish oil that worries me. This fish oil has been produced in a certified cGMP facility.

SUPPLEMENT FACTS (abbreviated):

Serving Size: 2 Softgel
Servings Per Container: 30 (60 softgels)

Fish Oil Concentrate: Marine Lipid Concentrate: 2,520 mg (Pharmaceutical Grade, 2 softgels)

INGREDIENTS:

Serving Size: 2 softgels

Fish Oil: Anchovy, sardine, and tuna.

Marine Lipid Concentrate, including:

Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) 900 mg

Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) 660 mg

Non-medicinal ingredients: Gelatin softgel (gelatin, water, glycerin,ascorbyl palmitate, d-alpha tocopheral, (as a preservative), natural lemon flavor),

RECOMMENDED LEVELS:

☼ Minimum Daily Requirement: 500 mg EPA & DHA
☼ Preventive Support: 900 mg EPA & DHA
☼ Blood Triglyceride-Lowering: 2000-3000 mg EPA & DHA
☼ Pregnancy and Lactation: 200-300 mg DHA
☼ Children ages 1-8 years of age: 100-1500 mg EPA & DHA
☼ Adolescents ages 9-13 years of age: 100-2000 mg EPA & DHA
☼ Adolescents ages 14-18 years of age: 100-2500 mg EPA & DHA 

Sample provided for review.
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Doctor C's Own Vitamin D3 5000 IU High Dose High Potency Diet Supplement Vegetarian Capsules For Deficiency - Vegan Halal Kosher Pregnancy Safe - Pure Healthy Natural Origins - Suitable for Men Women Children - Not Pills Tablets Softgels Gel Liquids Drops or Oil. Test It Now!
Doctor C's Own Vitamin D3 5000 IU High Dose High Potency Diet Supplement Vegetarian Capsules For Deficiency - Vegan Halal Kosher Pregnancy Safe - Pure Healthy Natural Origins - Suitable for Men Women Children - Not Pills Tablets Softgels Gel Liquids Drops or Oil. Test It Now!
Offered by Inner Strength Health and Happiness
Price: $16.74

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one supplement that’s helpful in warding off seasonal affective disorder ..., May 20, 2015
The source of this Vitamin D3 is similar to another name brand I’ve taken before. It’s sourced from cholecalciferol, a lanolin from sheep’s wool. This particular D3 is acceptable for strict vegetarians to take, unlike some I’ve seen. The softgels usually are problematic, but not in this case. I do like to stick to supplements that someone who is vegetarian or vegan can take, but out of necessity I can’t always find them.

I don’t take a lot of supplements, but I do add Vitamin D3, especially during the winter months. Many people do take this particular supplement to ward off seasonal affective disorder. I do have a friend who never gets out long enough to get any substantial amount of sun so she takes it as well. Of course any supplements should be run by a physician before taking.

The D3 is also on my list because I need to keep my bones strong as I very seldom eat dairy products. A little bit of cheese sprinkled over a salad or a bit of yogurt isn’t a lot. This is on my list of physician-approved supplements. I don’t take many, but this one is on my list as a must have.

SUPPLEMENT FACTS:

Serving Size: 1 Softgel

Servings per. Container: 120

Amount Per Serving:

Vitamin D3 (as cholecalciferol) 5,000 IU

Other ingredients:

Vegetable cellulose, microcrystaline cellulose, vegetarian leucine.

Sample provided for review.


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