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  • We Planted a Tree

    Book ReviewsWe Planted a Tree

    A story about the important functions of trees cleverly told through the eyes of two families who each plant a tree -- one in New York City and the other in Africa. In addition to these locations, we see how trees grow throughout the world and each season. We learn that blossoms drop to reveal leaves, which bring food to the tree, keep the earth cool and the air clean. We also learn about the different types of fruits that trees can provide, among other important functions such as keeping soil healthy for other plantings that grow into healthy food for humans and animals. The story comes full circle in the end with…

  • Zebra Mix Rainbow Drop Cookie Baking Activity Kit

    Real ReviewsZebra Mix Rainbow Drop Cookie Baking Activity Kit

    My son, who is 6, loves to bake any chance he gets, so when I won the Zebra Mix Rainbow Drop Cookie Baking Activity Kit on Time To Play’s Mom TV show, he was thrilled!

  • The Perfect Game

    Family Film ReviewsThe Perfect Game

    A baseball movie with all kinds of heart, The Perfect Game is inspired by the true story of the 1957 Mexican Little League team that won the World Series. At film’s start, Cesar (Clifton Collins Jr.) comes home to Monterrey, Mexico following a disappointing stint with the St. Louis Cardinals. Though he sets himself to working at the local iron factory, he still yearns to play ball; when word gets out that he knows something about the game and has even been to America, the town’s just-conceived team asks him to coach -- with a little extra encouragement from Padre Esteban (Cheech Marin).

  • I Can Save the Ocean!

    Book ReviewsI Can Save the Ocean!

    In this newly released book, which is part of Simon & Schuster’s “Little Green Books” eco-friendly collection, we meet Max, a little green monster, who learns the importance of keeping the oceans, beaches and other areas clean. While snorkeling in the ocean, he sees how unsightly the bottom of the ocean becomes from trash. Once he has cleaned up after himself and others, he sets out on a mission to find the source of all this trash. He scolds other beach-goers and boaters for littering, and sees that litter from people on the streets and from our homes can end up in storm drains, which…

  • Nintendo DSi XL

    Video Game ReviewsNintendo DSi XL

    Nintendo continues to update and improve it’s popular handheld gaming system—the Nintendo DS—so before we talk about the latest version lets take a quick look at the history of the DS. The first DS was launched in 2004 as a successor to Nintendo’s popular Game Boy series. It was a clam-shell device with WiFi, a microphone and two screens, one of which was a touch-screen allowing people to play games without using buttons. Two years later, the DS Lite—a slimmer, lighter and brighter DS—arrived. In 2008, the DS received another makeover with the introduction of DSi. This iteration…

  • Bread and Jam for Frances

    Book ReviewsBread and Jam for Frances

    This is a classic tale featuring Frances, one of children’s literature’s most endearing characters, and her fussiness about food. During a family breakfast of eggs, Frances announces that she prefers bread and jam, and gives a similar response at dinner that night. Feeling a bit frustrated, her parents try a new strategy—offering her only bread and jam for every meal. Predictably, Frances eventually tires of bread and jam when she sees the variety of foods that her friends and family eat. Her breaking point is when her mother serves spaghetti and meatballs. She softly cries at the thought of eating…

  • The Last Song

    Family Film ReviewsThe Last Song

    Ronnie (Miley Cyrus) is at that rebellious age. At the start of The Last Song, she resents both her parents for divorcing, her mom for remarrying, and her dad for leaving, or being kicked out or however her childhood went. She wears black boots and torn black pantyhose, and she slouches like she’s miserable in her own body. She’s recently been accused of shoplifting in New York City. And she’s mad that her mother (Kelly Preston) is sending her and her little brother Jonah (Bobby Coleman) off to live with their father, Steve (Greg Kinnear), for the summer.

  • Pinkalicious Series

    Book ReviewsPinkalicious Series

    First published in 2006, Pinkalicious quickly became a best-selling children’s book and was followed up with Purplicious in 2007, along with a musical stage show which is currently running in New York. The third book in the series, Goldilicious, was released last spring, and with more titles and licensed merchandise being released throughout 2010, we decided to take a look at the three initial books in the series.

  • How to Train Your Dragon

    Family Film ReviewsHow to Train Your Dragon

    Back in the very olden days, all the Vikings were broad-shouldered and courageous, loud and stout. All except for Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel). His Viking tribe, he narrates at the start of How to Train Your Dragon, spends most of its time on the island of Berk fighting off threats, sometimes from trolls or boars, but most often from dragons. These, he reports, come in all shapes and sizes, some fire-breathing and some flying, some large and some smallish. All of them, he says, are fair game, as Vikings are trained from birth to be dragon killers. Being slight of build and quieter than his peers, Hiccup feels…

  • Alice In Wonderland

    Video Game ReviewsAlice In Wonderland

    Often I find that video games “based on” or “inspired by” movies are not a lot of fun to play. They usually do a great job of recreating the look and feel of the movie and it’s characters but that doesn’t automatically make a game fun. This usually isn’t the game developers fault as the production schedule for a video game is rarely the same as a movie and the game developers don’t have the time they need to make a great game. Which is why I was so surprised at how much I enjoyed Alice In Wonderland, the video game from the new Tim Burton, Disney film.