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Thomas the Tank Engine Educationally Valuable for Autistic Children

by Matt MacHutchon - Friday, Jul 27, 2007 at 5:59pm

This series of books has entertained children for many years. Now it is taking on a new roll, in an article in the Guardian the National Autistic Society (NAS) has stated that the series can be used as a valuable tool in teaching children with Autism and Asperger syndrome.

Created in 1943 by Rev Wilbert Vere Awdry for his son, the series which uses bright colours and clear simple text, has grown over the years, with not only books but a successful T.V. show narrated by Ringo Starr. His successor, announced last week, will be Pierce Brosnan. Thomas is still a hit with children today , especially the ones with a love for trains. Children can be sure to look forward to many more adventures with Thomas and his friends as I did when I was younger.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

by Kent Pollard - Monday, Jul 23, 2007 at 8:47pm

The Seventh and final chapter in Harry Potterís life at Hogwarts has come and gone. Some say for the better, some for worse. Whether you will be softly sobbing at the last chance to read the story of a dear friend, or dancing happily at the hope that people can start talking about something else, all have to admit that itís been a wild ride.

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Harry Potter smashes sales records

by Matt MacHutchon - Monday, Jul 23, 2007 at 8:45pm

With the final Harry Potter book finaly out it is no surprise that records are being broken around the world.

The BBC News has reported that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has sold 11 Million copies between the UK and US alone in the first 24 hours. This is an amazing thing for a book to do, it is great to see not only children, but adults as well so excited to read this book.

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Picture Books for Hot Summer Days

by McNally Robinson - Wednesday, Jul 18, 2007 at 11:59am

A picture isnít always worth a thousand words. In Pictures from our Vacation by Lynne Rae Perkins (Hardcover. $21.50) a brother and sister snap pictures of their summer trip with their new cameras. But when they look at their photographs they see the back of Dadís head, somebodyís feet, a container of noodles, but not much of their trip. For those memories, they discover they need to look within themselves. Perkinsí watercolour illustrations beautifully capture all that is real about family vacations. (Ages 4 to 8) (HarperCollins. May)

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Pendragon: the Final Showdown

by McNally Robinson - Wednesday, Jul 18, 2007 at 11:58am

The Pilgrims of Rayne by J.D. MacHale. Imagine what it would be like to discover you arenít the person you though you were. Thatís what happens to Bobby Pendragon in the 8th installment of the bestselling teen fantasy series The Pilgrims of Rayne.

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