Reviews: Books and Magazines

 

Powerful Living

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Michelle Bridges, best known for her role coaching individuals on The Biggest Loser Australia, has recently released her new health and fitness book: Powerful Living – Mindset + Exercises + Recipes. The focus of this title is to remind the reader that they alone are in charge of their choices surrounding food and movement, and exercising power over these choices is the key to success.

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Seven Letters from Paris

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Once upon a time, a woman went to Paris in the 80s, met a sexy Frenchman in a cafĂ©, went back home to the States, received seven lovely love letters from him… and didn’t reply.

Samantha VĂ©rant (the fact that she has a French surname is a bit of a giveaway about the ending!) tells the story of of what happened twenty years later, when she was 39. She had no job, a sad marriage and financial difficulties. However, she had very supportive parents and a great friend called Tracey, who takes her out for a drink and, to cheer Sam up, reminded her of their trip to Paris twenty years ago, and the two Frenchmen they met.

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Bake Me Home

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Alice Arndell, who has appeared on NZ’s Hottest Home Baker and is the blog writer at Alice in Bakingland has released her second book – Bake Me Home: delicious everyday occasions. It’s a wonderful baking book!

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Lift the Flap Bible

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Candle Tiny Tots Lift the Flap Bible presents eight Bible stories in a very simple, stripped-back manner. The stories encourage small readers to lift cardboard flaps in order to find out more about what happens.

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Zoe’s Rescue Zoo: The Pesky Polar Bear

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When Great-Uncle Horace brings back lost and homeless animals from his travels around the globe, it falls to Zoe, and her mum, the zoo vet, to settle them into their new home. She’s good at this, because she can understand what they say and talk to them, too. But that’s a secret. In the seventh book in the series, Snowy the polar bear has lots of birthday party ideas and is being a bit bossy! Can Zoe help the other animals understand that he just wants to have fun?

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Dinosaur Rocket

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No longer content with building, or zooming, or even rescuing, the dinosaurs now have their sights set on something much, much bigger…the MOON! Join our fearsome friends as they prepare for their cosmic journey: is the rocket all ready? Will the launch go smoothly? Can they make it to the moon? Another fast and furious adventure for anyone who loves dinosaurs AND vehicles!

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How does the Giraffe get to Work?

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Did you know the zoo animals go home to suburbia at night when the zoo closes? Yes siree. And they return to work the next day just like anybody else! That’s the premise of How Does the Giraffe get to Work? by Christopher Llewelyn, illustrated by Scott Tulloch.

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Jess Daniell – My Underground Kitchen

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Recipes From New Zealand’s Favourite ‘Underground’ Kitchen. It all started by word of mouth among friends, and now everyone is talking about this hip home-cook and her thriving underground business. The talented foodie behind Jess’ Underground Kitchen, Jess Daniell, makes delicious home-cooked meals for Kiwis all over Auckland who pick them up from ‘secret’ locations. Now the secret is out, as Jess shares her most loved recipes in this, her very first cookbook. With Paleo and gluten free variations, and all easily achievable, Jess’s food is fresh, healthy, flavour-packed and easy to prepare.

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Pig the Pug

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When Pig’s friend Trevor comes over to play, Pig doesn’t want to share his toys. He likes to hoard them in the corners and leave Trevor to fend for himself. But Pig learns a lesson with this kind of behaviour, and everything turns around by the end.

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Taming the Tiger Parent

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Mozart in the womb, Baby Einstein DVD’s for newborns and i-pad learning apps for toddlers. From the moment the umbilical cord is cut, today’s parents feel trapped in a never-ending race to ensure their child is the brightest and the best. But while it’s completely natural for us to want our kids to reach their potential, at what point does too much competition become damaging? With constant testing in schools also raising the stakes, how can we tell when hot-housing children is actually doing more harm than good? In Taming the Tiger Parent, award-winning journalist and parenting author Tanith Carey presents the latest research on what this contest is doing to the next generation.

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