Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Pete the Cat His Four Groovy Buttons

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

Story by: Eric Litwin   Illustration by: James Dean
Published May 1st 2012 by HarperCollins

*Children Book* 
Pete the Cat is wearing his favorite shirt—the one with the four totally groovy buttons. But when one falls off, does Pete cry? Goodness, no! He just keeps on singing his song—after all, what could be groovier than three groovy buttons? Count down with Pete in this rocking new story from the creators of the bestselling Pete the Cat books.
    Pete is having fun, and happy, as he goes around the neighbourhood wearing his favorite shirt—the one with the four totally groovy buttons.
But suddenly he loses one of his buttons. It's GONE!!! But does Pete cry? NO! Instead, he keeps on playing and having fun, wearing his favorite shirtnow with three groovy buttons.
What will happen next? What will Pete the Cat do? Will he cry? No!
    I found and read this book to my little sister while we were at the book section at Costco, waiting for mom and dad to finish shopping (It was a hardcover version and cost almost $20.00, so we weren't allowed to buy it). Later, at a scholastic book fair, paperback version, and bought it. That night, we finally finished the book and loved it.
    I love books, especially books with morals; I call them "Once Upon a Moral" (OUM), and "Morally Ever After" (MEA). Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Button is one of my favorite, and plus, the word groovy sounds so fun and interesting and hip. Though I liked this book quite a bit, I did get a bit bored, but that's probably because I've just finished reading Ender's Game and all other books just seem so dull to me now.
    If you're a parent in need of a good bed time story to tell your children, I totally recommend Pete the Cat and all of Eric Litwin's other children books because our children are the future, we want to raise them right. I also recommend Dr. Seuss for those creative little artists and wordsmiths.
Happy readings,
Eric Litwin's website:

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
By: Amy Chua
   Published January 11th 2011 by Penguin Press HC, The (first published January 1st 2011)         


An awe-inspiring, often hilarious, and unerringly honest story of one mother's exercise in
extreme parenting, revealing the rewards-and the costs-of raising her children the Chinese way.

All decent parents want to do what's best for their children. What Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
reveals is that the Chinese just have a totally different idea of how to do that. Western parents try to
respect their children's individuality, encouraging them to pursue their true passions and providing a
nurturing environment. The Chinese believe that the best way to protect your children is by preparing 
them for the future and arming them with skills, strong work habits, and inner confidence.
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother chronicles Chua's iron-willed decision to raise her daughters,
Sophia and Lulu, her way-the Chinese way-and the remarkable results her choice inspires.

Here are some things Amy Chua would never allow her daughters to do:

 - have a playdate

 - be in a school play

 - complain about not being in a school play

 - not be the #1 student in every subject except gym and drama

 - lay any instrument other than the piano or violin

 - not play the piano or violin

The truth is Lulu and Sophia would never have had time for a playdate. They were too busy practicing
their instruments (two to three hours a day and double sessions on the weekend) and perfecting their

Of course no one is perfect, including Chua herself. Witness this scene:

"According to Sophia, here are three things I actually said to her at the piano as I supervised her

1. Oh my God, you're just getting worse and worse.

2. I'm going to count to three, then I want musicality.

3. If the next time's not PERFECT, I'm going to take all your stuffed animals and burn them!"

But Chua demands as much of herself as she does of her daughters. And in her sacrifices-the exacting
attention spent studying her daughters' performances, the office hours lost shuttling the girls to lessons-
the depth of her love for her children becomes clear. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is an eye-opening
exploration of the differences in Eastern and Western parenting- and the lessons parents and children
everywhere teach one another.


  When I first got this book, I had wanted to read it with my mother, I don't really why, but I did.
  Amy Chua wrote in this book how she raised her daughters and why she did it that way and it was nice that Amy loved her daughters so much (even though she never wrote about that).

   This review is going to be short one, so, here goes: From the moment each girls where born, Amy had wanted the BEST for them. Which meant she had to prepare them for life out in the real world and made sure they had  knowledge, work ethic, and talent(s).
She made Sophie and Lulu(her daughters) study all day, made them practice for hours on end, and would not accept anything less than perfect.
   Some of you may think that what she did was wrong and that she's a devil, but look closely; how many times have your parents complained about your grades and yet did nothing  to help, or actually asked about what you did at school that day? Some of you might have very nice parents who are nice, but do they try to make you be the best you can be, or do they just tell you?
    Amy's schedule was so tight that she barely had free time, if any at all. She did it because she loved her daughters and wanted them to have a great career and not live on the streets, and she didn't care if they hate her, she wanted to raise them to be strong no matter what.
    I agree with Amy some what, especially the part that 'western' parents say they will try to give their child freedom no matter how much it hurts them, then turn around to wine parties, yoga class, and etc. etc. And I do some what agree to forcing your children to learn something because now-a-days most of 'em only care about having fun and not working, and they never try anything new, and they mostly always give up after the first try. As a kid, I can relate.
    I used to go to a French-Immersion school, and I hated it. But now that I understand the value of language, I regret not trying harder. Even though I hated French school, I am now glad that my parents forced me to attend, otherwise I would have never understood the value of language and culture, and would have complained endlessly about the mandatory French classes I am required to take at school. And for that, I am grateful... And feel--though I'll never admit it to them--indebt.

You would love this book because it's the truth and I would recommend it to parents and soon-to-be parents.
P.S. If you do not want to read the whole book, get a copy from the library and flip to page 227, you'll understand everything then.

Happy readings,

Amy doesn't exactly have a 'website':

Check out her other books here:
    I did my own design, is it any good?:
And here's the inside flap where I wrote the summary: