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27 11, 2011

Review: ZooBorns Cats! by Andrew Bleiman & Chris Eastland

By | November 27th, 2011|Categories: Ages 12 and Under, Animals, Children's Books, For Kids, Gift Ideas, Nonfiction, Photography|Tags: , , , , , , , |2 Comments

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Reviewed by Alyssa Katanic

First off, you have to get ZooBorns Cats! because it is the stinking cutest book ever! I chose it for my soon-to-be nine-year-old daughter – who is the typical kitty and horse loving little girl – because of the adorable pictures that I knew she would love. What I didn’t expect was all of the great information and the variety of wildcat species that Bleiman and Eastland were able to capture.

Many of the cats that Bleiman and Eastland have included are extremely rare and, for some, this is the first time they have had their picture printed. Each species of wildcat pictured includes its common name, native location, and information about its habits and where it falls on the endangered list. My personal favorites are the sand cats of the Arabian Desert. Not only are they gorgeous,

13 12, 2010

Gift Idea: Barbie A Rare Beauty by Sandi Holder

By | December 13th, 2010|Categories: Coffee Table Books, Entertainment, For Kids, Gift Ideas, Nonfiction, Photography|Tags: , , |9 Comments

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Reviewed by Vera (Luxury Reading)

Sandi Holder was working in an emergency room, on her way to becoming a pediatric intensive care nurse, when life took a dramatic turn. Her young son fell ill, and Sandi needed to quickly find a way to earn an income and be able to stay at home with her children as needed. Sandi loved Barbie dolls, and what started out as a hobby evolved into a successful business selling vintage dolls, clothing and accessories.

Sandi is now the proud owner of the Doll Attic store, auction house, museum and a party venue for little girls’ birthday parties. At a 2006 auction, Sandi sold the #1 Blond Ponytail Barbie for $25,700, setting a world record.

Barbie A Rare Beauty is Sandi Holden’s ode to everything that is Barbie, and her passion for the doll is evident on

24 11, 2010

Review: ZooBorns by Andrew Bleiman and Chris Eastland

By | November 24th, 2010|Categories: Ages 12 and Under, Animals, Children's Books, Coffee Table Books, Entertainment, For Kids, For the Pet Lover, Gift Ideas, Nonfiction, Photography|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |8 Comments

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Reviewed by Vera (Luxury Reading)

I was not quite sure what to expect from ZooBorns by Andrew Bleiman and Chris Eastland. I wondered whether it was targeted towards adults or kids, or if it was just a coffee table book. As it turned out, ZooBorns was all of these things! For an entire week after I received ZooBorns, I brought it out to almost every dinner I went to. Without a fail, the first viewer’s oohs and aahs had everyone else grappling to take a look at the adorable animals pictured of the book’s pages.

ZooBorns features baby animals from zoos and aquariums around the world, and discusses the role that these births play in conservation efforts. Beautiful photos of animals are accompanied by descriptions that include the dates of births, their endangered status, and background stories

28 10, 2010

Review: Ansel Adams in the National Parks

By | October 28th, 2010|Categories: Coffee Table Books, Gift Ideas, Nonfiction, Photography|Tags: |5 Comments

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Reviewed by Vera (Luxury Reading)

Ansel Adams passed away in 1984, but his beautiful photographs continue to captivate the public, and especially photography lovers. While buying an original Ansel Adams can run you into the hundreds of thousands – and it was rumored that his original negatives found at a garage sale were worth $200 million – his work is so recognizable because of the countless reproductions on calendars, mugs, photo books, and so on.

Ansel Adams is best known for his black and white photographs, and the magic of his simple and captivating images can once again be experienced in the new book, Ansel Adams in the National Parks. The book features over 200 of Adams photographs and spans forty national parks, from Yosemite to Yellowstone to Glacier National Park. Ansel Adams in the National Parks also includes commentary