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review 2018-12-10 22:24
You Better Watch Out, You Better Be Good
Benjy and the Belsnickel - Swinehart, Bonnie

Heartwarming and charming, “Benjy and the Belsnickel” is an all-around fun read for children whose reading skills are advanced enough for chapter books, and the hand-drawn illustrations add to the appeal. With Christian underpinnings, this book reminds me of the Little House on the Prairie series as well as the lesser-well-known “Younguns of Mansfield” by Thomas L. Tedrow. Benjy is an eleven-year-old boy growing up in the Pennsylvania Dutch town of Landisburg in the 1930s, and this quaint setting includes a one-room schoolhouse and rural farms where adventure is never far away. Unfortunately for Benjy, neither is trouble. Poor Benjy doesn’t mean to be so naughty, but he can’t seem to help himself, and as a result he fears a visit from the Belsnickel at Christmastime. A more benign version of Krampus, the Belsnickel is associated with southwestern Germany and also the Pennsylvania Dutch. Benjy’s encounter with this mysterious creature might be slightly scary for younger kids, but the overwhelming majority of this delightful book is amusing and pleasant. Reading about a time when kids played mostly outside and used their imaginations to have fun is such a relief from today’s technological age and will hopefully inspire young readers to engage in some of these “old-fashioned” activities!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required.

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text 2018-11-28 09:25
Unisex Wholesale Children's Clothing - That's Why We Need It

When I tell my mother about wholesale childrens clothes, she sometimes says, "Oh, we do not need that, so the differences between boys' and girls' clothes are not that big." We looked closely:

Sizes
Boys clothing is just getting bigger - even if the same is on the label.
Boys get used to loose things with freedom of movement, girls are against 3 (!) Years actually permanently squeezed and feel that as normal, especially at the waist and the waistband.
You could say: Boys are physically a little bit bigger and wider than girls - but that's just not true! Size charts do not distinguish between boys and girls up to 8 years of age, both in total height and in the size of the breast and hip. Our clothes are measured by body size - as it is thought.

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Fit
Girls and boys do not physically differ, but the clothing suggests it anyway: The fit of wholesale children's clothing mimics male and female adult clothing. Why clothes for 6-year-old already must be 'sexy', let's put it there. If T-shirts for girls have a wide neckline, this is a problem at least in winter. Children get used to their own reflection - boys look broad-shouldered through wide cuts, girls have a waist, although there is no physical one yet. And they see daily children in the kindergarten either the box-shaped or the watch glass form have. Is it any wonder that at some point you are struggling with your body image? The clothes are suitable for children: especially comfortable and easy to put on.

Decoration
If you look at a boy's and a girl's T-shirt next to each other, you notice something else: Girls' clothing is often decorated with much more effort - ruffles here, glitter there. Even baby bodies for girls have tiny bows on it. Imagine, as long as you remember back in your rather short life, either all of your things are decorated - or none at all. That's also an experience.

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Quality
Well, after my son played down one or the other girls T-shirt, I thought so: Boys clothes just last longer. And that at least makes me buy mainly boys' clothes, especially trousers.
The fabrics are thicker, more durable and the seams are better processed. And in winter they are just warmer. Why is that? Girls are expected to take better care of their clothes. That's a bit of a hen-and-egg problem: I can buy this fragile shirt, she'll take care of it - then admonish, if it gets any, what will prevent the wearer next time from wild play. Breaking this cycle will only succeed us parents.

Symbols
Apart from the practical aspects - size, fit, quality - I realized that by printing certain symbols on clothes we express different aspects of our lifeworld. In our culture, women are expected to do most of the emotional work. Girl clothes are littered with emotional symbols like hearts, stars, unicorns. Boys get trucks, diggers and rockets - show them early: "Emotions are not your area." They learn that feelings are only for girls, while girls are reduced to just those feelings. Their interest in technology is not represented anywhere, as if someone were saying all the time: "Girls can not do that!"

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In this way, we close our children - boys and girls alike - with a whole emotional universe. For the free development of their personality children need the right clothes - let's start!

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review 2018-11-18 07:58
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Hogwarts Library Book) - Newt Scamander,J.K. Rowling

A fabulously fun A to Z of the beasts in the Harry Potter world.  The book starts with an introduction by Newt Scamander (the nominal author) that discusses the purpose of the book, along with a brief history of muggle/wizard/beat relations and the evolution of which magical creatures is deemed a beast and which beings.  Each beast's entry includes a danger rating, it's primary locals, and a description.

 

Total catnip for a Harry Potter fan; there are a few illustrations, but generally the author and publisher missed a golden opportunity to make this book amazing.  Hopefully a fully illustrated edition will appear sometime in the future.

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review 2018-11-12 00:29
100 Women of Faith
100 Extraordinary Stories for Courageous Girls: Unforgettable Tales of Women of Faith - Fischer, Jean

Amidst the myriad compilations of famous and notable people, “100 Extraordinary Stories for Courageous Girls” stands out in that it highlights specifically women of faith. This includes some women who were not necessarily praiseworthy but who nevertheless provide valuable lessons through their actions. One page is dedicated to each of the one hundred women portrayed alphabetically, alongside which is an illustration of them, and this setup is very advantageous for being brief and for possibly reading this in a devotional style, focusing on one woman per day. The women include Biblical characters as well as historical figures and a few contemporary ones. The Biblical women’s stories include the relevant Scriptures, and all of the stories end with a moral message related to the Bible along with a Scripture quotation. Not all of the stories have happy endings; some of the women were martyred for their faith, and although the author mentions that some were tortured, there are no graphic details. When mature words were used, such as “martyr” or “heresy”, a definition was given, and all of the Scripture references were quoted in easy-to-understand language. This is a beautiful collection of the lives of inspirational women of faith, some of whom have otherwise been lost to the annals of history, and a wonderful book for tweens and young teens.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

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review 2018-11-10 19:56
Cuddled and Carried, Dia L Michels

I loved this picture book for children of all ages. I received this for free and I voluntarily chose to review it. I've given it a 5* rating. In it's simple way, it was uplifting and the artwork was wonderful. I liked how they linked animal families to human families. So I will be giving this to my grandchildren. It also has some start a conversation suggestions in the back. Nice touch.

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