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Posted March 6, 2013
This book is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award.
This book is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 14, 2008
Children returning home as adults is becoming commonplace nowadays usually they don¿t come back with a wife and three kids. But here comes Alexander of the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Home again, this time with his wife and three kids. The Alexander Five have come to stay for ninety days while their home is being remodeled. They¿re safely ensconced on the third floor of Judith Viorst¿s old Victorian but spillover to the rest of the house is inevitable. Now if they can just avoid Judith¿s beloved velvet-covered furniture.... Viorst shares with us the ups and downs of adjusting to the new living situation. She notes that, ¿Mothers don¿t stop being mothers when their children are grown but remain in a state of Permanent Parenthood.¿ So she struggles to keep from offering uninvited advice too frequently and she learns to tolerate ¿levels of disorder that she thought she couldn¿t abide.¿ Often she reminds herself that ¿temporary is good¿. We can almost hear her teeth grinding together as her composure is challenged. Her love for her family is clear but it vies with her love for order and organization in a brief but entertaining book. She summarizes their time together by saying: ¿I think I¿m a better person for having had this experience but I wouldn¿t say I¿m a different person. I¿m better because while they lived here with us, I laughed more and grumbled less...And when I called attention to what, in my view, were endangered-grandchildren situations, I did my very best to speak in tones of concern, not panicked shrieks. Yes, while they were here, I learned that I could live, if I had to live, with the unpredictable. But now that they¿ve left, I¿m back to my old routines.¿Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.