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Month in review

Reviews:
Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Langdon
Baby Angels by Jane Cowen-Fletcher
Barometer Rising by Hugh MacLennan
Behaving Like Adults by Anna Maxted
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
Damia by Anne McCaffrey
Dinosaur Roar! by Paul & Henrietta Stickland
Dinosaurs' Halloween by Liza Donnelly
The Dragon in Lyonesse by Gordon R. Dickson
Ducks in Muck by Lori Haskins
The Earth by Émile Zola
Game of Shadows by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams
Gems and Minerals by Susan Harris
Geology by Frank Rhodes
Get Off the Unicorn by Anne McCaffrey
The Girl in the Flammable Skirt by Aimee Bender
The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend
Kings of Albion by Julian Rathbone
The Langoliers by Stephen King
The Library Policeman by Stephen King
Lost and Found by Eliabeth Hess
Lying Awake by Mark Salzman
A Man in a Kilt by Sandy Blair
Morgan's Passing by Anne Tyler
The Player by Michael Tolkin
Secret Window, Secret Garden by Stephen King
Sunday's Child by Edward O. Phillips
A Toad for Tuesday by Russell E. Erickson
Trucks by Byron Barton
(Un)Arranged Marriage by Bali Rai
The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde

Miscellaneous
225 Books
Browsing without Buying
Eating dinner
Ferdinand
Garden Round Up
Gardening
Getting ready for Kindergarten
Grocery Shopping
Harriet Milestones
Ian's Birthday
A Little Bit of Heaven
More Milestones
Only Three Books
Phone Calls from Far Away Places
Pi Day
Plum Flowers
School Stuff
Soon to be a one car family
Spring Cleaning Round 1
Spring Cleaning Round 2
Storage
Talking to Magnum
Thoughts on Sean
Well Baby
Zero and a Half

Vacation
Buena Vista State Beach
Arch Rock
Big Tree
Second Night in Eureka
Humboldt
Avenue of the Giants

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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8


Comments for Baby Angels

Baby AngelsBaby Angels: 03/20/07

Harriet's doctor gave us a copy of Baby Angels to encourage me to read to her every day. From the looks of things, every parent with a toddler or infant was sent home home with a copy of Baby Angels. I agree that reading to one's children is very important (and fun) but I wish the pediatricians had chosen a different book.

From the blurb at Amazon, the book is meant as a "heartfelt, reassuring gift to every parent who loves a child more than arms can measure." While I certainly love my children more than my "arms can measure" I certainly not "reassured" by this book. The story follows an unsupervised toddler who gets out of his crib, out of the house and walks towards a river before his clueless parents finally notice and rescue him. All the time he's being "watched" by baby angels who seem to be goading him on. I can just hear their little voices: "Join us. Join us." Certainly if the tot falls into the river and drowns, he too can be a baby angel!

I know. I know. I'm reading too much into the story. I'm sure the guardian angels are there to help worried parents feel like their precious children are always being watched and always safe from harms way. I suppose also these guardian angels are also there to show young children that they will be safe even when adventuring but these "reassurances" are false hope. I would rather teach my children basic survival skills and common sense (like not leaving the house without permission).

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