For Book Lovers ~ The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (The Full Video)

I couldn’t help sharing this. If you are a book lover, you will love The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. This 15-minute film won the Oscar for Best Animated Short film a couple of nights ago at the Academy Awards.  Everything I believe to be true about the magical and transformative power of books is animated in this short film. I love the sweet ending too. Hope you enjoy. :)

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What Do You Think About This Diet Book For Children…

We cannot ignore the fact that some children are obese and that may lead to self-esteem, body image, confidence, and serious long-term physical health issues. I understand that this is a complex issue that needs to be addressed. But this type of book, with that type of title, isn’t the way to go about making a positive change. This book is irresponsible and sends an unhealthy message. More

Our All-Time Favorite Books for Adults…What Are Your Favs?

In no particular order, here are some of our all-time favorite books.

The Possibility of Everything: A Memoir, by Hope Edelman

An Object of Beauty, by Steve Martin

The Help, by Kathryn Stockett

Chocolat, by Joanne Harris

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer

Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies, by Laura Esquivel

What French Women Know About Love, Sex, & Other Matters of the Heart, by Debra Ollivier ~ Very interesting comparison of American and French women; got me thinking.

Stieg Larsson Trilogy: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest 

Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand

The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand

Seven Types of Ambiguity, by Elliot Perlman

Shantaram: A Novel, by Gregory David Roberts More

Potty Training 911 by Liz Nord

A couple of months after my first daughter turned three and out of complete desperation, I bought a book called Toilet Training in Less Than a Day. The Arrin-Foxx “scientifically tested new training method—for the average child–required less than four hours!” Holy cow!  I thought I had hit pay dirt. This would be the answer to my daughter’s potty training problems.

I had already read every book and magazine article humanly possible and had asked everyone I knew for advice. I read and heard things like: use cloth diapers, don’t use pull-ups, use pull-ups, don’t give treats, give lots of treats, put kid on potty every ten minutes, get mad, be patient, don’t make a big deal about it, don’t let them leave the bathroom until they go, get them their own potty chair, get a soft seat cover for big potty, get a potty training doll, let them pick out cool underwear, use consequences, keep your kid naked all day, and hold them over the big person toilet until they pee (Seriously!?!)…the list goes on and on. I should have been the potty training expert—I had tried almost everything! Nothing worked—nothing. More

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