Category Archives: Book Review

Cookbook Review: Feeding the Whole Family

I know that you’re not supposed to judge a book by its’ cover, but it was love from the beginning with this cookbook. I am a fan of Nikki McClure prints, and so I automatically had somewhat of a bond with the author, Cynthia Lair, simply based off of this good choice in a cover.  […]

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Magazine Review: Brain Child

No big deal, just sitting and pondering “Life of Pi” with my 5 year old. Just an everyday occurrence around here :). Here I am busy reading the most recent “Brain Child” Magazine that I checked out from the library. Just trying to soak it all in. This is my best attempt at looking like […]

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Rachel - April 19, 2011 - 7:56 pm

I love Brain Child! I am wondering what demographic I am then…Hmmm. I am kind of over Mothering. It seems really elitist to me and it assumes that everyone agrees with them–very much like there is a best way to parent and it is their way. I did check out the Mothering FB page the other day and read some of the comments regarding how much tv people let their kids watch and it was kind of refreshing. It made me realize that all of the “friends” of Mothering don’t fall lock step inline with the dogma.

kara - April 19, 2011 - 9:13 pm

I hear you about Mothering. I do like that magazine, but I find that they rotate the same content every 3 issues. Cloth diapers, healthy eating, baby wearing, playing out side, co-sleeping…. repeat.. I am interested in all of those topics, but I feel like brain child has a fresher perspective on a range of topics. Okay, so you do fit the demographic that I imagine a little more as you are a professor intellectual with a phd. I am interested in things that are intellectual, but I also read a People magazine on occasion (maybe I shouldn’t admit that). I don’t imagine the readers of Brain Child ever reading a people magazine. Oh, and based off the ads, I assume that most of the readers are probably in a higher income bracket than I am.
Oh, and glad to hear that there are other Mothering readers who let their kids watch some tv :). I would love to discuss some of the interesting articles from brain child with you some time!

Rachel - April 20, 2011 - 7:45 pm

I LOVE a good trashy magazine by the way…I will admit it. :)

Book Review in 20 seconds: “Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited

This is the true story (written by both women) of twin babies who were adopted by different families and then later reunited. The New York adoption agency where they were given up for adoption was purposefully separating twins and then following up with the families so that they could study nature vs. nurture during the […]

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Josh - April 10, 2011 - 2:23 pm

I heard this story on NPR. I always hear about books on NPR but never write down the titles. I also wonder about the nature/nurture stuff, I might have to pick this one up…

Wendy M - April 12, 2011 - 12:04 pm

Glad you found the book interesting! I’d love to discuss it with you now that you’ve read it, too…

kara - April 12, 2011 - 1:31 pm

I bet you’d be glad if I brought it back to you too Wendy? I will get your books back to you the next time that I see you!!

The Gnome Book

When my sister Heather did a used book sale at my house, we got this book: I had never seen this book before, but Chris remembered it from his childhood. He said that it was the most checked out book at his school’s library when he was little, because it shows gnome anatomy and a […]

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Lorien - April 3, 2011 - 8:54 pm

I had this book too as a kid! I loved it for all the details and the beautiful illustrations. There is another one by the same author with more gnome information. I think I still have it somewhere… I will have to look.

Kara - April 3, 2011 - 9:13 pm

Ooo.. I didn’t know there was another one. I can’t imagine any more information on gnomes than what is in that book :). How are you Lorien and your sweet babes??

American Girls

I spend a lot of time nursing. Since there isn’t a whole lot I can do while I am nursing, I end up spending a good chunk of that time reading Sofia American Girl books. So far we have read the Kaya, Felicity,and  Kit sets, and we are finishing up with Josefina and Addy. I […]

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Summer - April 1, 2011 - 6:39 am

I LOVED American Girls growing up! Sounds like they have a ton more now that I’ve never even heard of! I loved Molly, Kirsten, and Samantha! I’m glad you reminded me about those books; I definitely want my girls to read them!

Karli - April 1, 2011 - 2:36 pm

Oooh, gonna need to check those out. Kind of forgot about them. One that we like that encourages values are the Value Tales. The original books are out of print, but it looks like they’re starting to reprint a few titles. Each book profiles a real person in history and talks about how they exhibited a certain value. The one problem some people have with them is that they’re not perfectly historically accurate – and most of the time the main character has an anthropomorphized object as a little buddy. But we love them… gives an easy history and values lesson all in one.

Here’s the list of original titles ( that you can still find some places.

Here’s the list of what’s currently in print:

adrienne w - April 1, 2011 - 2:49 pm

Did they have American Girls stuff when we were little? I didn’t know that. I’ve never really seen them around here. Maybe that’s because I’m Canadian! :) But I’m always looking for books to read with Macartney. We’re reading the Little House books, too. And I’ve got a lot of the L.M. Montgomery books (because I’m Canadian!!). We have a book from with condensed versions of books like The Wizard of Oz, Little Women, and Black Beauty. Macartney really enjoys any version of Black Beauty and knows the story inside and out. In the next few years we’ll read the Narnia books as well. Maybe we’ll have to check out the American Girls ones.

kara - April 1, 2011 - 5:50 pm

So of the ones we have read so far, I like Felicity, Josefina, and Addy the best.
I own all of the value books and saved them for my kids. I have to be in the right mood to read them, but it’s true, I end up learning new stuff every time that I do!
They only had some of the American Girls when we were little. You will have to check them out!! OH… I can’t wait for little women as well!!

Katrina - April 2, 2011 - 3:34 pm

Lizzy and I have read three of the Little House books, and she loves them. In fact, she makes me play Laura and Mary with her all the time, (which I frankly find boring). I don’t know how many times I’ve seen my little girl put out a prairie fire now.

Kara - April 2, 2011 - 6:57 pm

I am impressed that she even has the attention span to sit and listen to those Katrina. What a little smarty pants.

Sarabeth - April 3, 2011 - 2:31 pm

I love, love these books so much and can’t wait until I can read them with Jayna! And all the others that have been mentioned, too. Do they even write books like these anymore? Doesn’t seem like it. Although I do love me some Harry Potter :)

kara - April 3, 2011 - 2:40 pm

To Sarabeth my skydivng crazy friend :),
I may be weird (okay.. I’m pretty sure I am), but I couldn’t get into Harry Potter. I read like 50 pages of the first book and I just wasn’t feeling it for some reason. Am I the only one who couldn’t get into Harry Potter?

Christopher Becerra - April 3, 2011 - 5:28 pm

Now I know we were truly meant for each other. I also tried to read the Harry Potter series and couldn’t get past the first 50 pages of the first book. I do like the movies though…

Missy - April 4, 2011 - 9:51 am

I think I may have read a couple American Girl stories, but mostly I wanted the dolls. Somehow we got a catalog sent to our house, and my mom would never buy them because they were so stinking expensive. But I wanted them SO bad, which was weird because I wasn’t really into dolls. Something about those American girls and their coordinating outfits!

Amy - April 4, 2011 - 9:23 pm

I loved reading the American Girls series. I read the only 5 that were out at the time – Samantha, Kirsten, Molly, and 2 others I can’t remember. My friend had much of the dolls and clothes, so we played with that, but yeah my mom never bought it. Of course I get the catalogs now that I bought a gift card from them for my niece! I can’t wait to read those books to Natalie.

Other favorites – Boxcar Children series, Trixie Belden series (may be for when she’s older), Encyclopedia Brown series, Little House series.

kara - April 4, 2011 - 9:48 pm

Trixie Belden!!! I totally forgot about her!!