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Lego Star Wars Imperial Shuttle (10212)
Lego Star Wars Imperial Shuttle (10212)
Offered by Collectible Deals LLC
Price: $549.99
26 used & new from $524.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Display Model, Difficult for Play, February 25, 2012
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
I bought this for my daughter and me to build last Christmas and we love it. We have built several other Lego kits together, but nothing quite this large.

First of all, it is stunning as a display piece. Its wings make this model seem very large and the detail makes it an instant conversation piece for any guests. The mini figs that come with it are also very cool and truly belong with the ship, unlike some other mini figs an their kits.

Secondly, the build itself was much more interesting than I thought it would be. By looking at the box, I thought it was going to be an all-white block nightmare. However, it is mixed up nicely with some gear box builds and some really cool unique blocks. It took my 7 year old daughter and me about two weeks to build of about 1hour a night.

On the downside, It is not a model to play with. It has lots of smaller pieces that fall off at the slightest provocation. It comes with a display stand, so I don't think even Lego meant for it to played with in living room battles! Treat it with kid gloves for sure or you might find yourself crying about it later.

Overall, it was well-worth the money. Great build experience with my daughter and stunning conversation piece for the display shelf. Highly recommend it to intermediate Lego builders, may be difficult for newer builders.


The Secret Language of Babies: The Body Language of Little Bodies (Barron's Educational)
The Secret Language of Babies: The Body Language of Little Bodies (Barron's Educational)
by Sally Valente Kiester
Edition: Paperback
93 used & new from $0.01

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unlocks the Code to Baby Body Language, January 27, 2007
This book talks about the different gestures and sounds that babies make and how these are signals to parents that they are trying to communicate. For example, we would usually dismiss a baby's first smile as a reflex, that it did not mean anything. The authors, however, explain otherwise. This first smile and eye contact is a baby's first attempt to try to connect with his/her parents. The book goes on further to explain the different cries and how to interpret whether baby needs a diaper change, is hungry, or is in pain. Other chapters include baby's hand gestures and the meaning of baby babble. This is a useuful book since not only does it talk about the things babies do, but also gives suggestions to parents about toys and games that encourage interaction. It also introduces parents to the pros and cons of teaching baby sign language. All in all, this is an excellent book for would-be parents and parents alike.


Hot Mama: How to Have a Babe and Be a Babe
Hot Mama: How to Have a Babe and Be a Babe
by Karen Salmonsohn
Edition: Hardcover
229 used & new from $0.01

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Flip Through it in Minutes, January 7, 2007
This was more like little tidbits from magazines that had been compiled into a book. If you are looking for something light-hearted yet still gives useful information, read Vicky Iovine's "The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy". Thank goodness I only got this as a gift because it is not worth the money.


The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy: Or everything your doctor won't tell you
The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy: Or everything your doctor won't tell you
by Vicki Iovine
Edition: Paperback
1115 used & new from $0.01

4.0 out of 5 stars Good for Laughs, January 7, 2007
I read this book while three months pregnant and on a cruise. It was given to me by a girlfriend who said that it was not a reference book but more light and humorous reading. Approaching it as such, it was a very good book that kept me entertained. I even passed it to my husband on occasion so he could read snippets of it and understand what I was going through during those first few months of pregnancy. If you are looking for a serious book that has lists of what to and what not to do, look elsewhere. If you are looking for something that will make you laugh and reassure you that you are not alone, like a good girlfriend get-together, this is for you.


Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever
Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever
by Mem Fox
Edition: Paperback
268 used & new from $0.01

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Starter Book on Encouraging Reading, January 7, 2007
Mem Fox explains the benefits of reading aloud to children - not only does this help teach children to read, but more importantly the time spent creates a bond between child, book, and parent. The author talks about the three secrets of reading: print (making sense of symbols on a page), language (understanding words), and general knowledge (experiences of the world around us). Majority of the children's book examples given are those by the author herself and this book does not give a list of resources or age-appropriate book lists. I consider this book more of a fun and easy to read introduction for parents or would-be parents.


Music Lessons: Guide Your Child to Play a Musical Instrument (and Enjoy It!)
Music Lessons: Guide Your Child to Play a Musical Instrument (and Enjoy It!)
by Stephanie Stein Crease
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.71
81 used & new from $0.01

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hands-on Guide for Your Child's Musical Experience, January 7, 2007
This book provides parents with valuable information on how to start and follow-through with a child's musical education. The author gives descriptions of the different methods of teaching music (i.e.traditional, Suzuki) as well as explanations of various instruments (age-appropriateness and costs). Advice is also given on how to find the right teacher for your child and how to encourage practice. Resources include music websites, information on various US organizations promoting music education, and recommendations for books and music for children.


Vtech IA5874 - 5.8 GHz Three Handset Cordless Phone System w/ Digital Answering Device, Caller ID & Call Waiting
Vtech IA5874 - 5.8 GHz Three Handset Cordless Phone System w/ Digital Answering Device, Caller ID & Call Waiting

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Complete Waste of Money, October 9, 2006
I bought this system from Sam's Club recently and the phones were pieces of junk. The reception within the house was shoddy at best, dialing was a debacle because the phones wouldn't recognize the dialing, and the caller id wouldn't show the number of the person dialing until after the phone had clicked to voicemail. It may be an attractive price, but just bite the bullet and pay $20 more for a system that actually works!
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Motorola V551 Phone (AT&T)
Motorola V551 Phone (AT&T)

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Style for Price, Typical Motorola Phone, May 26, 2005
When it comes to buying a cell phone, most people look for several different attributes: battery life, ease-of-use, style, extra features, and price. This phone does well on 4 of these 5, as listed below:

Battery life: On a single full charge, I have found it to last about 2 days with moderate usage (about 4 hours of talk time). Other phones can last longer, but if you have a charger at home, just put it on the charger before you go to bed and you'll be fine.

Ease-of-Use: Button speed and navigation through the menus are both cumbersome and slow. This is nothing new to Motorola phone users, though, as this has been a problem for as long as I can remember.

Style: Gorgeous phone. Rubber back and sides keep the phone from sliding around and prevents scratching. Front gray metal can scratch easily.

Additional Features: Bluetooth is a nice extra. Camera can take video and takes nice pictures (1+ megapixel camera). Speakerphone is loud. Games and ringtones are very few, but can download them (for a price).

Price: $99 for a nice quality phone with bluetooth and a camera. Could have easily been priced out of most people's price range (remember the Moto V60?), but a nice price tag keeps it accessible to most.

Overall, the phone is a good buy for professionals looking for a reliable flip phone. Extra features are a nice plus, but you'll have to deal with a weak interface common to all Motorola phones.


Chinese (Mandarin) I
Chinese (Mandarin) I
by Martin Hardingham
Edition: Audio CD
Price: $217.08
26 used & new from $90.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Ways to Learn Mandarin, February 26, 2005
This review is from: Chinese (Mandarin) I (Audio CD)
There are a lot of programs that teach you Mandarin, but this is one of the most efficient out there. Learning a language obviously takes time and practice, but Pimsleur's method of almost random repeating makes for a very efficient learning curve. Most programs will have you simply listen and repeat. This program has you listen, repeat, try another phrase to listen and repeat, and then go back to the first phrase to listen and repeat. This causes you to be fully engaged and accessing your memory instead of just mindlessly repeating phrases only to forget them when you need them.

Overall, this program can be a little pricier than others, but is well-worth the extra money spent. I have tried many other programs and would have easily saved money just biting the bullet and purchasing this one. I love this program, especially if you are just trying to learn to speak it (instead of reading or study the language).


Pimsleur Spanish Level 1 CD: Learn to Speak and Understand Latin American Spanish with Pimsleur Language Programs (Comprehensive) (English and Spanish Edition)
Pimsleur Spanish Level 1 CD: Learn to Speak and Understand Latin American Spanish with Pimsleur Language Programs (Comprehensive) (English and Spanish Edition)
by Paul Pimsleur
Edition: Audio CD
Price: $224.40
42 used & new from $89.98

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Programs Out There, February 18, 2005
There are a lot of programs that teach you Spanish, but this is one of the most efficient out there. Learning a language obviously takes time and practice, but Pimsleur's method of almost random repeating makes for a very efficient learning curve. Most programs will have you simply listen and repeat. This program has you listen, repeat, try another phrase to listen and repeat, and then go back to the first phrase to listen and repeat. This causes you to be fully engaged and accessing your memory instead of just mindlessly repeating phrases only to forget them when you need them.

Overall, this program can be a little pricier than others, but is well-worth the extra money spent. I have tried many other programs and would have easily saved money just biting the bullet and purchasing this one. I love this program, especially if you are just trying to learn to speak it (instead of reading or study the language).


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