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Morasha Rael Winokur rocks. She's authentic. Morasha knows that her brother's constant babbling isn't his fault, but sometimes she just wishes she could be a regular eleven-year-old girl. Not exactly possible, when brother Iyal, born with FASD, is unpredictable and emotional no matter where he is. At times, part of her wishes he would just shut up, while another part says, "But deep inside, I love him so much." There are plenty of "That's not fair" times for Morasha, but also amazing amounts of family love, insight, and support. And an FASD service dog named Chancer for Iyal. With Chancer, Morasha says, she has a chance for a life of her own. Read this book and I guarantee you'll never think the same about the outcome of drinking while pregnant. But it's much more. It's an opportunity to meet a delightful family that advocates for children with FASD. Morasha's book is the "must have" of the 2009 holiday season and the coming year. A perfect gift, regardless of whether the reader has family or friends with special needs.
Do you want to learn how children lived and thought in 1079? For authenticity, life, and color, look no further than this work of love by Jean-Philippe Touzeau. It's for children everywhere to learn about medieval life, family, education, religion, insight, and humor. Here's what Touzeau says: The codex Renbaudus was found in 1962 in Southeastern France. It contains the memoirs in Latin of an 11th century Norman knight, Renbaudus of Bernay. The codex mainly narrates his pilgrimage to Jerusalem between 1095 and 1099. Even though many pages of the codex have been lost, it is now understood that it originally contained different sections. In one of the few surviving ones, Renbaudus describes his childhood and the lessons he learned from the Benedictine monks who raised him at Cluny abbey. As a codicologist, my aim is to translate and share with you what he wrote more than 10 centuries ago, hoping these timeless lessons will be useful. I have taken some stylish liberties and you can find a glossary at the bottom for place names, difficult words and Latin words.