F itibaren Blahodatne, Kharkiv Oblast, Ukrayna
Political without being partisan; relevant without being preachy. This is Orwell's stock in trade - of course it's a good book! Just about the only English author I can be bothered with.
I listened to "The Stones of the Village" by Alice Dunbar-Nelson at http://www.scribblingwomen.org/adnsto...
I ended up skim-reading this book because it was pretty repetitive and boring. It rambled off a bunch of statistics and information about products, companies and services that I don't care about. The book reinforced a lot of things I already know: *Kids don't need a lot of toys, clothes and things - especially not expensive brand name things *A lot of the electronic educational toys out there are not tested and researched. Products like the Baby Einstein DVDs are overstimulating and can be damaging to the developing mind. *The best toys are the ones children have played for generations: Blocks, building materials, art supplies, balls, pretend play props, puppets, etc. The simpler the better because there are more opportunities for varied play experiences. *In order for a baby to learn a foreign language, a foreign-language-speaking human being needs to be present. You can't simply turn on language tapes. *Parents place too much emphasis on less valuable forms of play, such as flash cards, educational television and computer activities and not enough attention on the connection between physical play and intellectual development *The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no television viewing before the age of two. After reading this book, it does make me think twice before I buy something. It inspires me to buy less - especially since we live in a small apartment with not a lot of storage space.