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Poetry

A Child Of Mine By Edgar Guest

I will lend you, for a little time,
A child of mine, He said.
For you to love the while he lives,
And mourn for when he’s dead.

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Poetry

The Swing By Robert Louis Stevenson Poem

How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!

Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
River and trees and cattle and all
Over the countryside–

Till I look down on the garden green,
Down on the roof so brown–
Up in the air I go flying again,
Up in the air and down!

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Poetry

Surprised by Joy BY WILLIAM WORDSWORTH

Surprised by joy—impatient as the Wind
I turned to share the transport—Oh! with whom
But Thee, long buried in the silent Tomb,
That spot which no vicissitude can find?
Love, faithful love, recalled thee to my mind—
But how could I forget thee?—Through what power,
Even for the least division of an hour,
Have I been so beguiled as to be blind
To my most grievous loss!—That thought’s return
Was the worst pang that sorrow ever bore,
Save one, one only, when I stood forlorn,
Knowing my heart’s best treasure was no more;
That neither present time, nor years unborn
Could to my sight that heavenly face restore.

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Book Reviews

Sadie – Courtney Summers

In our last episode, I introduced you to the two girls at the center of this podcast, Mattie Southern and Sadie Hunter. Mattie was murdered, her body left just outside her hometown of Cold Creek, Colorado. Sadie is missing, her car found, abandoned, thousands of miles away, with all her personal belongings still inside it. The girls’ surrogate grandmother, May Beth Foster, has enlisted my help in finding Sadie and bringing her home.

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water. But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meagre clues to find him.

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Children's Classics

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen Book Review

Everybody loves Mother Paula’s pancakes. Everybody, that is, except the colony of cute but endangered owls that live on the building site of the new restaurant. Can the awkward new kid and his feral friend prank the pancake people out of town? Or is the owls’ fate cemented in pancake batter?

 “Just because something is legal doesn’t automatically make it right.”

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Book Reviews

The Making of Us – Lisa Jewell

This is the story of three half siblings, Lydia, Dean and Robyn , all coming from the same sperm donor, all born at different times to different parents and different environments.  And they are all facing difficult changes. Lydia is still wearing the scars from her traumatic childhood and although she is wealthy and successful – a self-made millionaire, her life is lonely and disjointed. Dean is a young man, burdened with unexpected responsibility, whose life is going nowhere. And Robyn wants to be a doctor, just like her father – a French man she’s never met.

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Book Reviews

The Silent Ones by Ali Knight Book Review

I picked this book up in the 3 for £5 offer at my local bookshop and I’ve finally had time to read it. Unfortunately, I know why it was in the discount isle… The writing, while not particularly bad, is used to describe what could have been an amazing story but instead pencils in 80% boredom, 10% confusion and 10% plot.

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Book Reviews

The Tomb Of Shadows – Seven Wonders Book 3

I’ve done it again. Picked up a book without knowing it was in the middle of an existing series. And without reading the spine first to see it was a book for 13-14 year olds rather than for excitable adults age 30+.

For a teen read, it’s amazing! It’s an epic adventure book with no sex, loads of baddies, ancient foes and talks of Greek Mythology. For an adult, it’s a constant bore with under-developed characters and dialogue that would bring you to sleep rather than keep you awake with excitement.

Cass glanced around. “Actually . . . I’m not sure. I lost the map in the river.” “Don’t play games,” Aly snapped. “You don’t need it. You know the route.” “I did,” Cass said. “But . . . it’s not there, Aly. In my brain. I can’t call it up.” “What do you mean, not there?” Aly said. “If you’re being insecure again, like you were in Babylon, now’s the time to stop.”

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Book Reviews

Orphans 02 Crystal – V. C. Andrews

As an orphan girl, Crystal was one of many — and utterly alone. But she still dreamed of a shining life of love and happiness, and freedom from the dark legacy of her past

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Baby Care

Connect with Your Child but Don’t Overdo it

We all want to connect and be involved with our child. Children of involved parents generally feel more confident, assured and have a higher level of self esteem. They excel in school and do well in extracurricular activities and with their hobbies.