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Reviews:
100 Words Per Minute by Adina Sara
After the Funeral by Edwin Murphy
Andrea by John O'Hara
The Art of Reading by Reading is Fundamental
Baby Island by Carol Ryrie Brink
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Contraband by Clarence Budington Kelland
Demons Don't Dream by Piers Anthony
Dirt in the Well by Linda Lyon
Games to Play with Babies by Jackie Silberg
Ginger by Charlotte Voake Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett
The Golden Mean by Nick Bantock
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
The Gryphon by Nick Bantock
A House Divided by Pearl S. Buck
Little Cricket's Song by Readers Digest Association
The Leopard Hat by Valerie Steiker
Marianne Dreams by Catherine Storr
My Yard by Heinz Kluetmeier
The Old Maid by Edith Wharton
Sammy's Hill by Kristin Gore
Silver Lies by Ann Parker
The Summerfolk by Doris Burn
Sun Dog by Stephen King
Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill by Mark Bittner

Miscellaneous
$275 Later...
At the Park
Babies Aren't Dolls
Bitter Herbs
BookCrossing Misadventures
Breakfast Hijinks
Cheerios
Chicken Pie
Coldy and Rainy
Don't 'Lurp Your 'Oup
Easter
Elephants on Mars
Getting Ready for School
Harriet's Teeth
How I Read
Hunting Eggs
In Search of a Wii
A Lazy Day
Magenta
No Sleep and Six Teeth
Owl at School
Painting Again
Period
Return to Normal
Where Have All the Books Gone?
You Know that Burning Plastic Smell

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4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish


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Comments for Babies Aren't Dolls

SeanBabies Aren't Dolls: 04/26/07

Having children is a huge but rewarding commitment. Most advice or comments I get about babies I ignore but there is one line of commentary that bugs me. It's along the lines of: "Oh the clothing for girl / boy babies are so much cuter than the clothing for boy / girl babies." I've heard the exact same comments for both my son and my daughter.

If I had wanted to play with tiny little clothing in cute color schemes, I would have gotten paper dolls! My son is not an action figure. Nor is my daughter a doll. I don't play dress up with them (unless they want to and need my help). Instead I dress them comfortably and appropriately for the weather and their activities.

Anyone who if foolish enough to think their cute little baby is going to be the living doll they want is in for a huge disappointment. Babies are messy. They are also people; small independently minded people. If they're like my two they don't like socks, don't like hats and prefer cotton, terry cloth and flannel over any of the stiffer and dressier materials.

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