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Book Review: Prudent Advice and My Prudent Advice


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As you get older you learn so much about yourself and life in general and we all have little pearls of widsom that we want to pass down to our little ones.  If you don’t have the time to do this yourself, then Jaime Morrison Curtis has you covered with her Prudent Advice: Lessons For My Baby Daugher (A Life List for Every Woman).  In this little gem of a book she lists 500 lessons for little women – everything from advice on hem lines, places to see and things to do in a lifetime.  My very favorite advice is #171 “There Is No ‘Man’s Work’”.  Prudent Advice is a very quick read and a lovely keepsake.  These lessons are just important for you as they are your your daughters.

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If you want something a little more personal, then try out Morrison Curtis’ My Prudent Advice: Lessons For My Daughter.  This is less of a book and more of a journal.  My Prudent Advice basically provides you with an outline and you fill in the pages with your own advice to your daughter.  I can’t wait to start filling in the pages with my own personal advice for my tiny dancer.

These books would make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift for your mom friends and sisters. We can forget the importance of passing on our knowledge and experiences to our little ladies.  It’s priceless.

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Book Review: “French Kids Eat Everything” by Karen Le Billon

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Book Review: “French Kids Eat Everything” by Karen Le Billon


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I wouldn’t call the Tiny Dancer a picky eater but I wouldn’t say that she eats everything. She loves fruit and some veggies so I can’t complain. She definitely doesn’t live on a carb/cheese diet though that does play a big part in her diet. After reading Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman, I was intrigued by how well French children ate. Shortly after I wrote my review for Bringing Up Bebe I heard about French Kids Eat Everything – a book devoted solely to how/why French kids eat the way they do.

I reached out to the publishers for a copy to review and they sent a copy to me. French Kids Eat Everything is the story of author Karen Le Billon’s move to France with her family. While abroad, she took up the challenge of broadening her children’s palettes and adopting the French method of food training and eating.

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Growing up as a first generation child of an Italian family I saw many similarities in the way French and Italian children are brought up (there are differences too). Mainly, the emphasis on cooking whole foods, taking time out to savor a meal, eating together as a family, and incorporating vegetables and fruit in every meal were a big part in how I grew up, and I have been trying to convey the same lessons to the Tiny Dancer. But there were many aspects I didn’t know about such as the “no snacking rule” and the “try everything once” rule.

In French Kids Eat Everything, Karen Le Billon breaks the French method down into ten rules. She also gives helpful tips and hints to incorporate these methods in the U.S./Canada where the cultural difference sometimes work against you. I found this book highly informative and hearing Karen Le Billon share her personal errors and trials gives this book a human touch and makes you realize that it’s ok to make mistakes along the way.

You can purchase French Kids Eat Everything by Karen Le Billon on Amazon.com.

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Book Review: Hippopposites by Janik Coat

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Book Review: Hippopposites by Janik Coat


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I recently received Hippoposites from Abrams Appleseed to review and so I gave it to the Tiny Dancer to test it out. Hippoposites is a book that explores opposites and vocabulary through sleek graphic design and a friendly hippopotamuses. Written and designed by Janik Coat, a French graphic designer, the striking images in the book are child-friendly and also appeal to design-savvy parents. The book is visual and tactile to help show rather than tell and gives Hippoposites interactive features. Hippoposites passed the Tiny Dancer test – she was engaged in the imagery and it’s a book that she can peruse on her own or I can sit down with her and go over all of the educational elements with her. You can find Hippoposites on Amazon.com.

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Book Review: “Huff & Puff” by Claudia Rueda

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Book Review: “Huff & Puff” by Claudia Rueda


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I received a copy of Huff & Puff by Claudia Rueda from Abrams Appleseed so I gave it the best test I could – I sat down to read it to the Tiny Dancer and let her peruse it on her own. Huff & Puff is a variant of The Three Little Pigs story – one that is much more kid friendly and not nearly as scary. At each interval, the reader is invited to “huff & puff” the houses down which the Tiny Dancer loves participating in. We sit and huff & puff together until she giggles and flips the page.

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The Tiny Dancer huffing and puffing away

I love Huff & Puff because it’s not as violent as the Three Little Pigs and the Tiny Dancer loves huffing and puffing. She now takes my hand and pulls me to the book shelf and reaches for this book for me to read to her. It’s definitely a new family favorite. You can buy Huff & Puff on Amazon.com.

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Book Review & Giveaway: “Bringing Up Bébé” by Pamela Druckerman

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Book Review & Giveaway: “Bringing Up Bébé” by Pamela Druckerman


bringing up bebeI was finally able to get a copy of Bringing Up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman thanks to Penguin Press – you may remember that I posted an interview with Pamela Druckerman a few weeks ago.  As soon as I received it I dove in and was able to get through the whole book relatively quickly considering I rarely find time to read with the Tiny Dancer.  Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting was so clever and full of interesting facts and stories I picked it up any free moment I had. And I’m glad I did.

An American living in Paris, Pamela Druckerman describes French parenting as she experienced it when comparing the American mode of parenting with the French way that she was surrounded by.  She is the first to note that mothers do have it much easier in France than they do in the United States: “There’s the national paid maternity leave (the United States has none), the subsidized nannies and créches [full-time French day care center], the free universal preschool from age three, and myriad tax credits and payments for having kids.” The French will even pay for your tummy tuck!  So, yes, French mothers have many reasons to be more relaxed than those of us on this side of the Atlantic.  But even with all of these accommodations, French mothers are more relaxed because their view of children, life and parenting.

Pamela Druckerman does an excellent job researching French customs and interviews parents, doctors and parenting experts.  She shares her wisdom from everything to getting your babies to sleep through the night, to eating more than plain pasta.  A lot of what she writes is so convincing because it just makes sense on a very base level.  I’ve already tried some of the techniques and I look forward to implementing more.  If you’re feeling in any way overwhelmed and as if your children are taking over your life then I highly recommend Bringing Up Bébé. You can find

So much so that I’m giving a copy Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting on Amazon.com.

I received two copies from the publisher so I’m giving one copy away to a lucky reader.  All you have to do is:

1.  Follow @LilMissBlog on Twitter.

2. Like Lil’ Miss on Facebook.

3.  Tweet the following (without the quotation marks): “Follow @LilMissBlog for a chance to win a copy of Bring up Bebe http://bit.ly/JaCp9c #bringingupbebegiveaway”

4.  Leave a comment below to confirm that you did steps 1-3.

I will select one winner at random. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only. The contest closes on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 12 Midnight PST.

Good luck!

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