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- Twins by David Fields (Photographer), Ruth Sandweiss, Rachel Sandweiss
Celebrate this unique, profound, and complex relationship with twins of all ages and backgrounds. Read tales of extraordinary twin siblings, including Muhammad Ali's twin daughters, Aldo and Mario Andretti, Jane Seymour's children, Tia and Tamera Mowry, the first NASA twin astronauts, 94-year-old twin sisters, and Hungarian twin brothers who survived the Holocaust.
Twins have fascinated people throughout history and remain a mystery on a biological, psychological, and some feel, spiritual level. We offer this book with the hope that the stories touch your heart as they have ours, eradicate common misconceptions, illumate joys and challenges (for example, the deep bond, devotion, and teamwork between twins, as well as issues of identity, relationships, competition, and parenting) and give you a deeper understanding of one of the most precious and rewarding human bonds. Most important, we hope this book sheds light on human relationships in a way that brings us all closer together.
60 duotones, 11 1/4 X 9, 144 pages
- The Book of Twins : A Celebration in Words and Pictures by by Debbie Ganz (Photographer), Lisa Ganz, et al.
- Twins! Expert Advice from Two Practicing Physicians ... by Connie L, Md. Agnew, et al.
- Mothering Twins: From Hearng the News to Beyond the Terrible Twos by Linda Albi, et al.
- Multiple Blessings: From Pregnancy Through Childhood, ... by Betty Rothbart, et al.
- The Joy of Twins and Other Multiple Births: ... by Pamela Patrick Novotny
- Having Twins: A parent's Guide to ... by Elizabeth Noble
- Double Duty : The Parents' Guide to Raising Twins, from Pregnancy Through the School Years by Christina Baglivi Tinglof
- The Parents' Guide to Raising Twins by Elizabeth Friedrich, et al.
- Keys to Parenting Twins by Karen Gromada, et al.
- Entwined Lives : Twins and What They Tell Us About Human Behavior by Nancy L. Segal
- Twins: And What They Tell Us About Who We Are by Lawrence Wright
- Twin and Triplet Psychology : A Multi-Professional Guide to Working With Multiples (hardcover) by Audrey Sandbank (Editor)
Story books based on twins:
- Sweet Valley Kids Series
- Sweet Valley Twins Series
- Sweet Valley High Series
- Mitch & Amy by Beverly Cleary
- Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5
by The American Academy of Pediatrics, Stephen P. Shelov (Editor), Steven P. Shelov (Editor), Robert E. Hannemann (Editor)
- American Academy of Pediatrics Guide to Your Child's Symptoms:
The Official, Complete Home Reference, Birth Through Adolescence(1999)[hardcover(1997)] by Donald Schiff and Steven P. Shelov, eds.
- Sign with your baby
- How Babies Talk : The Magic and Mystery of Language in the First Three Years of Life by Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek
On Origami:John Montroll is my favorite origamist. Most of his books are NOT for beginners.
I also like Joseph Wu's origami. The only trouble is, he does not publish his works in books.
- Mythological Creatures and the Chinese Zodiac in Origami by John Montroll
- Prehistoric Origami : Dinosaurs and Other Creatures by John Montroll
- Animal Origami for the Enthusiast by John Montroll
- Origami for the Enthusiast by John Montroll
- African Animals in Origami by John Montroll
- Origami Sea Life by John Montroll
- North American Animals in Origami by John Montroll
- Birds in Origami by John Montroll
- Favorite Animals in Origami by John Montroll
- Origami Inside-Out by John Montroll
- Fun With Bird Origami by John Montroll
- Origami Sculptures by John Montroll
- Teach Yourself Origami by John Montroll
I read one of Matlins's book before I shopped for an engagement ring, it is a very good book.There are interesting web sites with information about birthstones and man-made gems
- Engagement and Wedding Rings by Antoinette L. Matlins, et al.(excerpt)
Though I have not read the following books, I have confidence that these books are as good.
- Jewelry & Gems : The Buying Guide [hardcover] by Antoinette L. Matlins, et al.
- Gem Identification Made Easy by Antoinette L. Matlins, et al.
Books by other authors:
- Gemstone Buying Guide : A Guide to Buying - by Renee Newman
Very nice gemstone identification book.
- Gemstones of the World - by Walter Schumann
A very well written source on gemstones with great descriptions and photographs
- Swarovski : The Magic of Crystal by Vivienne Becker, John Bigelow Taylor
- The Ashley Book of Knots by Clifford W. Ashley
- The Handbook of Knots by Des Pawson
- The Morrow Guide to Knots by Guido Regazzoni, et al.
- The Klutz Book of Knots by John Cassidy
- The Complete Book of Knots by Geoffrey Budworth
- The Book of Decorative Knots by Peter Owen
- The Complete Book of Knots & Ropework by Eric C. Fry
- Art of Knotting and Splicing by Cyrus L. Day, et al.
On American Culture:
- Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know by E.D. Hirsch Jr.
I read this book over 10 years ago. It is about one theory on effective education and how American children are ignorance about their own history and heritage. I totally agree with the author that one can be illiterate even if one knows the language but lack the knowledge of the cultural background behind the words.
Along the same line of thought, I found that people grew up in a foreign country usually have hurdles learning the American language. For example, terms like "grid iron", "3-strike law" on a newspaper can be hard to understand by someone who don't know about American sports. The worst problem is that most dictionaries would not contain such phrases, and hence the readers would have a hard time finding the true meaning.
The book contains a list of topics/words that American should know, though there is no further explanation. The dictionaries below may come in handy to become cultural literate.
- The Dictionary of Cultural Literacy by Joseph F. Kett, E.D. Hirsch Jr. et al.
- A First Dictionary of Cultural Literacy: What Our Children Needs to Know by E.D. Hirsch Jr. et al.
- Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus by John Gray, PhD.
On Popular Science & Applied Math:
- The Engines of Our Ingenuity: An Engineer Looks at Technology and Culture by John H. Lienhard
- The Self-Made Tapestry: Pattern Formation in Nature by Philip Ball
- By Nature's Design by William Neill et. al.
- The Inquisitive Cook by Anne Gardiner and Sue Wilson with the Exploratorium
- Towing Icebergs, Falling Dominoes and Other Adventures in Applied Mathematics by Robert B. Banks
- Your Future Self: A Journey to the Frontiers of Molecular Medicine by Hank Whittemore
- Bob Miller's Algebra for the Clueless : Algebra by Robert Miller
- The Handy Physics Answer Book by P. Erik Gundersen
- Dictionary of Symbols : An Illustrated Guide to Traditional Images, Icons, and Emblems by Jack Tresidder
On Software development:
- CJKV Information Processing by by Ken Lunde.
- Creating Worldwide Software : Solaris International Developer's Guide by Bill Tuthill, David Smallberg .
- X Windows on the World : Developing Internationalized Software with X, Motif, and CDE by Thomas C. McFarland.
- Internationalization Developing Software for Global Markets by James S.H. Lok et al.
- Developing International Software, Second Edition (Microsoft Programming Series) by Dr. International (Editor).
- Developing International Software for Windows 95 and Windows Nt (Microsoft Programming Series) by Nadine Kano.
- International Programming for Microsoft Windows (Dv-Mps Programming) by David A. Schmitt.
- Java Internationalization by Andrew Deitsch & David Czarnecki.
- Internationalization Using the Java Platform by John O'Conner.
- XML Internationalization and Localization by Yves Savourel.
- Internationalization with Visual Basic by Michael S. Kaplan.
- Unicode : A Primer by by Tony Graham.
- The Unicode Standard Version 3.0 by The Unicode Consortium.
- Unicode Demystified: A Practical Programmer's Guide to the Encoding Standard by Richard Gillam.
- Beyond Borders: Web Globalization Strategies by John Yunker.
- Advanced Windows (3rd Ed) by Jeffrey Richter.
- Effective Java Programming Language Guide by Joshua Bloch.
Joanne and Jasmine's favorite DVDs:(based on my guestimate of their viewing frequency)
- Spirit - Stallion of the Cimarron
- Blue's Clues - Blue's Big Musical Movie
- Beauty and the Beast
- Peter Pan
- Return to Never Land
- Barbie in the Nutcracker
- Barbie as Rapunzel
(Jasmine's favorite based on what she picked for the Disney trip in December 2002)
- Spirit - Stallion of the Cimarron
- Cinderella II- Dreams Come True
- Nick Jr. Holiday
- It's the Pied Piper , Charlie Brown
- Barbie as Rapunzel
(Joanne's favorite based on what she picked for the Reno trip in February 2003)
Restuarants:Joanne's favorite restaurant at age 7.
- Pasta Pomodora Italian Restaurant.
- Hong Fu Gourmet Chinese Restaurant, Cupertino, CA
- Honda Minimoto Sport Racer.
- Plastwwod magnetic Geomag kit at 30% off.
- Two door Wagon by Little Tikes.
- Explorer Wagon by Little Tikes.
- Swim Sweater (our twins tried many flotation devices, this is the type they feel most comfortable with).
- PlayStation 2 by SONY.
- Eye Toy by SONY.
- Driving Force Pro by Logitech.
- Flight Force Joystick by Logitech.
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