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Book Review: Admissions

Admissions by Nancy Lieberman 355 pp., hardcover Warner Books, 2004 by Marissa Guijarro Admissions is the wise-cracking story of the competitive world of private school admissions in New York City. Helen Drager, art curator and advisor, loses her sense of reality when it is time for her daughter, Zoe, to apply to private high schools. In the meantime, Helen’s friend, Sara, director of admissions at The School, negotiates the kindergarten admissions process for the first time in her career under the negligent and hostile supervision of a dallying supervisor, Pamela Rothschild, headmaster of the School. Helen’s focus becomes intolerable to both her virtuous daughter and faithful husband, Michael, a cooking show producer, and her most lucid moments surface while flirting with a prospective lover. Sara clings to her Midwestern sensibilities in a maelstrom of chaos and corruption at The School. Michael, in an effort to please Helen, mixes business with parenting while trying to secure a place for Zoe at the Fancy Pants School. The character we love to hate, Pamela, becomes further ensnared in …

The Go-To Guide for Food-Allergy Mamas

This informative cookbook, The Food Allergy Mama’s Baking Book: Great Dairy-, Egg-, and Nut-Free Treats for the Whole Family, deserves a spot on your bookshelf, particularly as new studies show that kids are developing more food allergies. As the go-to guide for food-allergy mamas, this book is a one-stop guide to delicious, everyday baked goods free of dairy, eggs, and nuts — the most common food allergens. It offers simple and timeless recipes that are easy to prepare for all those with a sweet tooth.    All the traditional favorites are included, with chapters devoted to the best and tastiest muffins and quick breads, cookies and bars, and cakes, pies, crisps, and cobblers. In addition, the book is filled with practical advice about dealing with classroom and birthday parties, as well as easy ingredient substitution ideas.  Get your copy here.

Build Your Child’s First Library

Here’s a great start to building out your child’s first library. Click on the book to purchase. Green Eggs and Ham (I Can Read It All by Myself Beginner Books) by Dr. Seuss As one of the most memorable children’s book of all time, this story teaches a lesson that every child needs to learn: If you’ve never tried it, you can’t say you don’t like it! Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement HurdAs a favorite bedtime story, this book is about a child’s nightly ritual of saying goodnight to everything he sees.   The Going-To-Bed Book by Sandra Boynton In this book, animals watch the sun go down and then prepare for bed. Boynton’s simple rhymes, goofy animals in goofy settings, and comforting stories make her books so appealing.   Moo Baa La La La by Sandra Boynton In this seriously silly book, Boynton’s famous animal characters are sure to educate and entertain young readers.   The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle This is a wonderful story with vibrant illustrations about a caterpillar’s …