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5.0 out of 5 stars it's all about the journey there!, April 26, 2002
This review is from: Miles of Smiles: 101 Great Car Games and Activities (Paperback)
I've seen those ads for minivans with little monitors for passengers in the back seats to watch movies. Frankly, the idea of appals me! Don't our children also need a vacation from TV & movies? How much real life are they missing? How dull will our children's brains become, being force-fed with endless artificial stories?
"Are we there yet?" is a question rarely asked when you bring MILES OF SMILES along on your journeys. It is a good book for travellers, chock-a-block with things to do with eyes & brains. Thinking on the move, exercising the brain cells, learning to wrap the tongue around strange words, thinking inside the head, rather than passively, staring into space as someone else's ideas reel into the mind.
In my childhood, the only way we went on vacations was by family car. My mother was the driver, with my father navigating. To retain his sanity, he invented all sorts of brain teasing games. So, I was thrilled when I came upon Carole Terwilliger Meyers' handy little book MILES OF SMILES. It's perfect for a glove compartment or a seat pocket. I have, however, played many of these games with my kids on busses, trains, even 'planes.
MILES OF SMILES is a book that will let you think, use your brain, get to know your family. It has a whole slew of new games to play, which can be adapted to any age passengers. In the Introduction, Carole Terwilliger Meyers even gives parents a clue as to how to entice teenagers into the games.
Pick up a couple of copies of MILES OF SMILES - just in case you lose the first!
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Initial post: Aug 18, 2010 7:51:38 AM PDT
Amen! A break from technology, let the kids see the changing world outside the car window instead!

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2011 7:39:26 AM PDT
This review would have been so much more helpful without the personal judgment.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2011 8:17:38 AM PDT
Megan Jones says:
The reviewer just gave her opinion which is what a review is -- sheer opinion. How ironic that you judge her personally for using "personal judgment"! If that's not the pot calling the kettle black I don't know what is!

Posted on Nov 18, 2012 3:49:39 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 18, 2012 3:51:44 PM PST
N. Roy says:
This isn't a paid for, fake review or anything. Even has the fill in the blank CAPS LOCK title... Well written but FAKE. "Rebecca's reads" has over 1133 book reviews on amazon and each has the book title in CAPS with 5 stars. I hate seeing fake positive paid for reviews.
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