Saturday, 30 August 2008

Team T-Lo Reads! #4

Team T-Lo was very serious in their reading selections this time around. We were busy studying up on a few exciting events that should be happening in the next year - potty training and house buying. I also added a book that I've read several times, the first time being when I was 11 years old - Anne is turning 100! Celebrate with me by reading it again. And Logan has selected a book that he's had in his library for awhile now - an oldie, but goodie.

Let's get to it!

1)

Canadian Home Buying Made Easy: The Streetsmart Guide for First-Time Home Buyers (Paperback)

Author: Douglas Gray
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Ryerson Trade; 2 edition (Jul 8 1997)

Tawny and Terry Review:

3 out of 5 Stars

This book said that it would help first time home buyers like we will be in a few months. That is why we chose it off the shelf. And it did help explain a lot of the details that go into buying a home. It also made clear the people involved and had some really helpful charts and things to fill out regarding expenses and choosing the home that is perfect for you.

At the beginning of the book, it said that home buying was also an emotional/psychological experience. After all, you are buying the place where you intend to live your life. But I think the author forgot all about that for the rest of the book. He was focused so much on making money out of your purchase. He didn't cater to a couple who want to buy a house to live in and raise their kids. Instead he treated it like it was an investment that you could just sell when the market was just right. Which is fine for some people, but not for us.

2)

No Cry Potty Training Solution (Paperback)

Author: Elizabeth Pantley
Publisher: Mcgraw Hill Professional (Nov 1 2006)

Tawny and Terry Review:

4 out of 5 Stars

Well it looks like once again our child is telling us how to raise him. He sure thinks he's ready for potty training. And now Terry and I have both read this book, so we're a bit more prepared.
This book is helpful in the way that it takes you through the whole process - from thinking and preparing for potty training to actually going through with it. It also has lots of handy suggestions to try when your plan doesn't work out, or your child decides that potty training isn't for him.

We gave it 4 stars because it was easy to read and understand and provided lots of tips and ideas. We will rate it one more star if it actually helps us when the time comes to potty train our little one.

3)

Anne Of Green Gables (Mass Market Paperback)

Author: L.M. Montgomery
Publisher: Seal Books; 1 edition (Aug 1 1983)

Tawny Review:

5 out of 5 Stars

In honour of Anne's 100 years in print, I read this book again. I must have read it 3 or 4 times when I was a young girl and I still remember half of the crazy things Anne gets herself into. This book is a classic and it will always have a special place in my heart.

I received the whole Anne series from my parents one year for Christmas and read all of them by summer (quite a feat for an 11 year old!) I love everything about this book. I love the writing, the storytelling, the imagery, the feeling it gives me when I read even a little bit. I even like the movie they made out of it! If any of you have a young girl in your life, Anne of Green Gables makes as perfect a gift at 100 years old as it did in 1908.

4)

John Willy and Freddy McGee (Board book)

Author: Holly Meade
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish; 1 edition (Sep 30 2007)

Logan Review:

3 out of 5 Stars

My grandma gave me this book. When I was little, I didn't have the attention span to sit still for all those words in this book. But now I'm older and wiser and I can sit still for .... half of this book.

I like the part when the hamsters get stuck in the pool table. There are lots of noisy words like "bonk!" and "tap!" that wake me up and get me going. My mommy sometimes doesn't like to read this book to me because I know what the word "bonk" means and I like to bonk her on the head as she reads hehehhee.

Someday I will be able to sit still and listen to the whole book. Until then, the first half is pretty good. And I like to look at the pictures.

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