Monthly Archives: November 2012

2012 Picks of the Year: Babies and Toddlers

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Little Treasures: Endearments from Around the World
By Ogburn, Jacqueline K.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ($16.99)

How lovely to welcome a new baby as families do in England, Australia, France, Finland, Russia, Poland, Uganda, Portugal, Arabic countries, China, Germany, India, Ethiopia, Slovakia, Chile and Argentina, as well as North America.  Who wouldn’t benefit from being someone’s “bubble of joy” or “ruby” or “little mischievous pea”?

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I Love to Eat/J’aime Manger/Me Encanta Comer
By Graux, Amelie
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ($9.99)

I Love to Sleep/J’aime Dormir/Me Encanta Dormir
By Graux, Amelie
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ($9.99)

In English, French, and Spanish, these sturdy pages offer clean, clear touch and feel graphics showing the everyday objects and the babies and toddlers who will recognize them.

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Pantone: Colors
By Pantone
ABRAMS ($9.95)

Pantone Colors, by Helen Dardik.  Pantone is the company that standardized dye color descriptions with a system of numbers.  This book supplies a single image for yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, blue, and green, brown, and gray; and 20 shades of each color.  Yellow, for instance, is a lion – but there are also blocks of Pencil Yellow, Banana Yellow, School Bus Yellow, and so forth.

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2012 Picks of the Year: All Ages

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Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version

By Pullman, Philip
Viking Books ($27.95)

Fairy tales are the bones of literature.  These fifty tales, beautifully and clearly retold, give readers the underpinnings of European literature and so much that springs from it. Although fairy tales are often free of character development and elaborate description, Pullman has managed to retell them in words that make them fresh again, ready to fire the imagination and illuminate the world.

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Julie Andrews’ Treasury for All Seasons: Poems and Songs to Celebrate the Year
By Priceman, Marjorie

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers ($19.99)

Nobody should be a slave to convention, but everyone enjoys having a few rituals.  This collection, drawn from many poets and composers, and charmingly illustrated in bright watercolors, will add quality and resonance to the seasonal cycles of any family.

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The Big Book of Hacks: 264 Amazing DIY Tech Projects 
By Cantor, Doug
Weldon Owen ($25.00)

The cover declares it’s serious with metal-reinforced corners, and the subtitle “264 Amazing DIY Tech Projects: Geek Toys, Home Improvements, Gadget Upgrades, Things That Go.” Try something  simple and practical such as #188, “Make a Laptop Stand from a Binder”; or something fun such as #99, “Set Up a DIY Drive-In Movie” (which includes applicable warnings about FCC regulations and use of public spaces); or go all out with #66, “The Electric Giraffe.”  By far the greatest proportion are practical, inexpensive, and just tech enough to let the geeks show off a little bit.

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