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By Lyda Whiting
UNSTOPPABLE ME!
TEN WAYS TO SOAR
THROUGH LIFE
WrittenbyDr.WayneW.Dyerwith
KristinaTracy,illustratedbyStacy
HellerBudnick
How does a child develop a
sense of their own worth and
learntomaketheirownchoices
instead of trying to just fit in?
Howdotheydealwiththeun-
knownandenjoyeachmoment
as it happens? Dr. Wayne Dyer
believeschildrenarebornwith
no-limitthinking,andwrotethis
booktohelpsthemlearntobe-
comeunstoppableastheyreach
fortheirdreams.
Theyareintroducedtoimpor-
tanttoolsforeverystageoflife,
suchasbeingpersistent,embrac-
ing change, and letting go of
worry and anger. Children will
getthemessagethatjoycomes
fromexpressingtheircreativity,
givingtoothers,andbeingtrue
tothemselves.
Thetenimportantlessonsin
thisbookareintroducedwitha
rhymetoexplaineachconcept.
Thereisanexamplethatchildren
willrelateto,andanillustration
showingchildrenhowtoapply
theideasintheirownlife.
Thischildren'sbookisbased
onDr.Dyer'sbookforparents,
What Do You Really Want for Your
Children? which helps parents
leadtheirchildrenbyexample
to a happy and fulfilling life.
Therearequestionsattheendof
thebooktohelpstartdiscussions
onthemessages.Thecolorfulil-
lustrationsembraceculturaland
ethnicdiversity,andwillcharm
childrenandadultsalike.
Highlyrecommendedforages
threetosix.
Published by Hay House, Inc.,
this book is available at your lo-
cal bookstore.
THE DON'T-GIVE-UP KID AND
LEARNING DISABILITIES
WrittenbyJeanneGehret,
illustratedbyMichaelLaDuca
Alexwantstobeaninventor
likehisheroThomasEdison.But
heknowshehastolearntoread
first.Theproblemisthatevery
timehetries,thelettersseemto
jump around on the page. His
mother takes him to see a psy-
chologist, who tells them that
Alexjustlearnsdifferentlythan
most people. So Alex begins to
workwithMrs.Baxteratschool,
whohelpskidswholearndiffer-
ently.
Alex has fun playing a word
gameonacomputeruntilthelet-
tersstarttojumparoundagain.
He'sdiscouraged,butMrs.Bax-
tertellshimthatThomasEdison
kepttryingdifferentthingsuntil
hefoundawaytomadehisin-
ventionswork.Alexwantstobe
likeEdison,sohedoesn'tgiveup
onreading,oronhisinventions.
He'slearnedtobea"don'tgive
up"kid,justlikeEdisonwas.
Thisbookispartof"TheCop-
ingSeries"ofbooksbythesame
author,aboutlikablechildrenfac-
ingreal-lifelearningandatten-
tionproblems.Attheback,there
areresourcesforparentsonlearn-
ingandinventors,aswellasdis-
cussionstarterquestionstohelp
adultsleadchildrentoagreater
understandingofthemselvesand
theissues.Thestoryisengaging
and the illustrations help pull
childrenintothestory.
Recommendedforagesthree
tosix.
Published by Verbal Images
Press, this book is available at
your local bookstore.
DANNY THE DRAGON
MEETS JIMMY
WrittenbyTinaMarieTurbin,
illustratedbyAijaJasuna
Jimmyfindsagreenandwhite
shellatthebeach.Whenhepicks
itup,ittalkstohim.Heshowsit
tohissisterSallyandtheirpar-
ents,buttheshelldoesn'ttalkto
them.Jimmyknowsitisaspecial
shell,andhetakesithome.
AftertheyhelpMomandDad
putawaythebeachthings,the
children try to get the shell to
talk.Butitdoesn'tsayanything.
During dinner, Jimmy puts the
shellonthetable.Theshellstarts
torockbackandforth,andsud-
denlyalonggreentailpopsout
of the shell. Danny the dragon
comesoutoftheshell.
He explains that when the
shell hasbeenoutofwaterfor
awhile,hegrowsbigger.Hegets
smallerwhenheiswet,andthat
ishowhefitsintohisshell.Ev-
eryoneisstartled,butthefamily
welcomestheirunusualguestand
askshimtostaywiththem.The
neighborhoodchildrenhavefun
playing with Danny, and look
forwardtomoreadventureswith
theirnewdragonfriend.
Livelyandfun,thisbookwill
delightsmallchildrenwithits
funnycharacters.Thefull-page
illustrations fill the book with
color and movement. Kids will
wantadragonoftheirown!
Foragesthreetofive.
Published by Imagination Pub-
lishing Group, this book is avail-
able at your local bookstore or
BlUEORaNgEgamEs
pROdUCEsaNEXCiTiNg
NEWgamEFORCHildREN
OFallagEs...
BENDOMINO
DOMINOES WITH A TWIST
Bendominoesarelikeregular
dominoes,buttheirinnovative
curved design puts some new
twiststothetraditionalgame.As
wellasmatchingthedotsonthe
dominoes, players must fit the
curved pieces into the pattern
they are creating as they play.
Asthegamecurlsacrosstheta-
ble,sometimesturningbackand
forthlikeasnake,andsometimes
turningintoitselfinasemi-circle,
eachgamecreatesanewanddif-
ferentpattern.
Thissimpledifferencetakes
the traditional game of domi-
noes toanewleveloffun.The
players must match the pieces
bynumberbutalsobyfit.Some-
timesapieceisplacedinanopen
position,andthenextpiececan
twisttotherightortotheleft.
Sometimesapieceisinaclosed
position,andanewtilecanonly
twist in one direction to fit.
The game ends when a player
hasusedalloftheirpieces,or
whenbothendsofthegameare
blockedandnonewpiecescan
beplaced.
Eachnumberofdotsiscolor-
coded, so young children can
matchthecolorswhileimproving
theircountingskills.Thisgame
helps children develop shape
recognition,hand-eyecoordina-
tion,colorrecognition,andvisu-
alperception.Olderplayerswill
alsohonetheirstrategicskills,as
theytrytoblocktheiropponents
bychangingthedirectionofthe
curves.
Highlyrecommendedforages
fivetoadult,andfortwotofour
players.
Published by Blue Orange
Games, this game is available at
your local retailer, or www.blue
orangegames.com
SKY
THE TWINS
MUSIC OF FLORENCE
Sky,bornRonny Bunke,isa
multi-instrumentalistfromAhlen,
Germany.Hebeganhismusical
careerasadrummerinarockand
rollband.Hechangeddirections
in1978andagainin1985.Here-
leasedhisfirstalbumin1988and
by1999hadreleasedfivemore.
HerelocatedtoSantaFe,NM,and
didnotreleaseanymusicforthe
nexttenyears.The Twinsisadou-
bleCDcomprisedoftwoseparate
albums.Silent Earswasrecorded
in1997inIndiaandin1998in
Nederland,CO.Mesa Twinswas
recordedin2004and2005inthe
highdesertsofNewMexico.
Mesa Twins is a broad-brush
recordingcreatedwithanacous-
ticpianoandsynthesizerswith
orchestralsoundcards.While
thisisnotdesertambienceinthe
classicsense,Skyhascapturedthe
essenceofthedesertinaunique
fashion. His expansive atmo-
spheresevokefeelingsofbeing
aloneinavastbarrenland.Itis
anidealsettingforintrospection
andmeditation.
Silent Ears is completely dif-
ferentinthestructureandvery
similar in its invocations. Sky
combinesfieldrecordingswithin
locationliverecordings.Heused
abouzouki,aflute,aRavanahat-
ta(similartoaviolin,perhapsit
forerunner),asitar,atambourine,
asynthesizer,aharmonicaandan
acousticguitar.Thesimplicityof
thesounddesignisthebeautyof
thealbum.Skyrecordedthebou-
zouki,fluteandRavanahattaat
variouslocationsinIndiawhile
thesoundtrack(fieldrecordings)
played in the background. He
enhanced the music with the
otherelementsinthestudio.The
atmospheres evoke feelings of
isolatedbeautyandsinglenessof
purpose.
Thisisabrilliantrelease!Sky
hascreatedtwomasterpiecesand
combinesthemforamonumen-
talexperience.Itisanimportant
contributiontothenewage.
(Continued from page 41)
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