Kids Books

Recommended Ages:  4-8

I have to give props to the Husband, since he is the one who started getting this series of books for Elise. At age 5, she’s sounding out words and can (finally!) sit through a story and actually listen. I’ll admit, I had my doubts that she would be into chapter books with only the occasional black-and-white illustration. But, wow, the girl is in serious love with these books.

The Magic Tree House involves brother and sister Jack and Annie (8 and 7, respectively) who discover a, duh, Magic Tree House which can take them to the places in their books. This leads to an adventure per book where the dynamic duo travel to various places and times in history (e.g. The Olympics in ancient Greece, pirates, the Lakota Indians on The Great Plains, an Egyptian queen, the moon…), overcoming challenges and completing special missions. Along the way, kids can learn facts from those times. The stories are full of magic, adventure, and are absolutely riveting for Elise (and I imagine they would be for boys her age, as well).

Now, some parent-critics of this series take issue with the fact that Osborne uses incorrect sentence structure-using sentence fragments and starting sentences with And or But. Le Gasp. (Read more…)

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You would think at our age that we wouldn’t have to worry about these things. But, as Kate will attest, even at *ahem* 27, untimely breakouts can (and will) happen. What to do? Apply an ice cube for 30 second. Then soak a cotton ball in eye drops and press it to the “spot” for 3 minutes. The theory is that the ice and drop combination will cause blood vessels below the surface to contract—leaving you looking, well, a little less like Rudolph.