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Effect of Food and Beverage Prices on Children’s Weights

Effect of Food and Beverage Prices on Children’s Weights

by Minh Wendt & Jessica E. Todd
Paperback, 29 pages, 2011, $20.00
ISBN: 9781437988772

One factor that may be important in explaining rising childhood obesity is food prices. This report explores the effect of food prices on children’s Body Mass Index (BMI) using data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998-99 (ECLS-K) and the Quarterly Food-at-Home Price Database.

On average, higher prices for soda, 100 percent juices, starchy vegetables, and sweet snacks are associated with lower BMIs among children. In addition, lower prices for dark green vegetables and lowfat milk are associated with reduced BMI. The effect of subsidizing healthy food may be just as large as raising prices of less healthy foods. Charts and tables. This is a print on demand edition of an important, hard-to-find report.

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August 8, 2011 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

Weekly Book Special: Mozart Children’s Book, Now 75% Off

Weekly Book Special: July 26th-August 1st

Today marks the 220th birthday of acclaimed classical music composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. To commemorate, this week’s book special is:


Mozart: The Wonder Child: A Puppet Play in Three Acts

Written and Illustrated by Diane Stanley
Hardcover, 48 pages, ISBN: 0060726741
List Price: $19.00, OUR PRICE: $4.75
Mozart

“Mozart was only three years old on the day his life changed forever.” So begins this biography about one of the most legendary prodigies in history. Diane Stanley engagingly tells the story of a brilliant boy who grew up to be a complex and often troubled young man — a man who composed some of the most beautiful music of all time.

With stunning full-color illus., she portrays Mozart’s turbulent life as a marionette show, inspired by the famous Salzburg Marionette Theatre, using an innovative artistic approach to present the life of a renowned musical genius. She presents an honest and sympathetic portrait of the boyhood and tragically short adulthood of a composer whose music has lived on for more than 200 years.

Our favorite illustration is when he plays for the great nobles of Europe (click to enlarge):
Mozart Concert

“Stanley frames this engaging and well-paced biography of Mozart as a three-act puppet play,” writes Publishers Weekly. “Painting gessoed wood panels with egg tempera in soft tones, Stanley achieves an authentic sense of place, while augmenting the historic mood with musical staffs that wind through the scenes and informational asides presented by angels.”

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July 26, 2011 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Tsunami Teacher Information and Resource Toolkit

Tsunami Teacher Information and Resource Toolkit

by Barry Leonard
Paperback, 267 pages, 2007, $45.00
ISBN: 1422312879

This is a print on demand edition of a hard to find publication. To help support training related to the community of tsunami risk to the public, this Toolkit was developed, which brings new and existing information on tsunamis into a single reliable and verified global resource that is accessible to individuals, groups, and governments around the world. Tsunami Teacher aims to build awareness and increase the capacity to respond & mitigate the impact of tsunamis through the sharing of knowledge, research, and best practices. Training modules target the media, education systems, and the public and private sectors, with topics including hazard and risk assessment; operational warning and dissemination systems; tsunami emergency response, alerting, & preparedness; environmental engineering mitigation and policy; and educ. and outreach. Illustrations.

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March 14, 2011 at 12:10 pm Leave a comment

New Government Report: How Food Away From Home Affects Children’s Diet Quality

How Food Away From Home Affects Children’s Diet Quality
by Lisa Mancino
Paperback, 33 pages, 2010, $25.00
ISBN: 1437940846

“This study includes estimates of how each child’s consumption of food away from home, food from school, and caloric sweetened beverages affects that child’s diet quality and calorie consumption. Compared with meals and snacks prepared at home, food prepared away from home increases caloric intake of children, especially older children. Each food-away-from-home meal adds 108 more calories to daily total intake among children ages 13-18 than a snack or meal from home. Both food away from home and all food from school also lower the daily diet quality of older children. Among younger children, the effect of food from school on caloric intake and diet quality does not differ significantly from that of food from home.”

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October 12, 2010 at 11:44 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Non-Marital Childbearing

Non-Marital Childbearing: Trends, Reasons, and Public Policy Interventions
by Carmen Solomon-Fears
Paperback, 57 pages, 2008, $25.00
ISBN: 1437939511

“In 2006, a record 38.5% of all U.S. births were non-marital births. Many of these children grow up in mother-only families. Children who grow up with only one biological parent in the home are more likely to be financially worse off and have worse socio-economic outcomes (even after income differences are taken into account) compared to children who grow up with both biological parents in the home. Contents of this report: Key Findings; Trends in Non-marital Births: 1940-2006; Numbers, Percentages, and Rates; Characteristics of Unwed Mothers; Fathers of Children Born Outside of Marriage; Reasons for the Increase in Non-marital Childbearing; Impact of Non-marital Births on Families; Public Policy Interventions; Future Prospects.”

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September 21, 2010 at 10:11 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Changing Moral Focus of Newborn Screening

Changing Moral Focus of Newborn Screening: An Ethical Analysis by the President’s Council on Bioethics
by Edmund D. Pellegrino (editor)
Paperback, 150 pages, 2008, $45.00
ISBN: 1437921892

“Nearly 4 million newborns undergo genetic screening (GS) every year in the U.S. Until recently such GS was limited to diseases that were well understood and for which effective treatments were available. Now, however, most mandatory GS programs also test for diseases that are not well understood and for which there is no available treatment. This white paper describes how the change in policy to include GS for untreatable as well as treatable diseases came about. It provides basic info. about the techniques of GS, and the practical and ethical choices parents must face. The Council believes that the potential benefits of mandatory, population-wide newborn GS for diseases for which there is no current treatment are outweighed by the potential harms.”

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September 21, 2010 at 9:53 am Leave a comment

Elin’s Amerika by Marguerite de Angeli (American Swedish Historical Museum)

Elin’s Amerika (Revised, 3rd Ed.)
by Marguerite de Angeli
American Swedish Historical Museum
(Paperback, 98 pages, 2007, $16.00, ISBN: 0980076102)

Elin's AmerikaAward-winning children’s author Marguerite de Angeli tells the story of Elin, a young girl who has come to live in the New Sweden Colony.

She helps us envision how these many different peoples — Swedes, Finns, Lenape, Minquas (Susquehannock), Dutch and British related to one another.

Elin’s search for friendship, love of family, and anticipation of celebrations seem familiar. Her isolation from other children, lack of basic things, and the daily routine of chores may seem quite unfamiliar.

New Sweden was established in 1638, under the guidance of Peter Minuit, when Swedish colonists were sent to the New World to claim lands in the area around the Delaware River in southeastern PA and south NJ. For ages 8-12. Illustrations.

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July 21, 2010 at 11:28 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: New York City Child Fatality Report (2010) (ISBN: 9781437936346)

New York City Child Fatality Report (2010) (ISBN: 9781437936346)
By Laura DiGrande
(Paperback, 35 pages, 2010, $25.00)

In 2006, New York City (NYC) established a multi-disciplinary Child Fatality Review Team to examine unnatural deaths in children ages one through 12 and to identify strategies for prevention. Past reports have described the predominant causes of fatal child injury in NYC including traffic crashes, fire and burns, and unintentional injuries in the home.

This 4th report analyzes individual and neighborhood disparities in fatal childhood injuries. These findings show that fatal injuries occur disproportionately among younger children, boys, black non-Hispanic children, and children in the City’s most impoverished neighborhoods.

This report identifies social, environmental, and regulatory measures that could make NYC an even safer place for children. Illustrations.

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July 21, 2010 at 7:00 am Leave a comment

Weekly Book Special: Mystery of the Russian Ruby: A Pop-Up Whodunit (ISBN: 0525452745)

Weekly Book Special: July 13th-July 19th

Recently Russian spies were caught in the United States. Solve your own Russian mystery with this week’s special:

Mystery of the Russian Ruby:
A Pop-up Whodunit

Written and Illustrated by Iain Smyth.
Hardcover no dustjacket, 12 pages. ISBN: 0525452745
List Price: $17.00, Lowest Amazon.com Price: $19.07, OUR PRICE: $9.95

Russian RubyCalling all detectives: Welcome to the Mystery of the Russian Ruby — a pop-up whodunit with three different endings! Who has stolen the priceless jewel? Lift flaps to reveal hidden clues and secret facts to help you find the thief.

There are six suspects: Angelica, Countess Wilby, Major Stropp, Tilly the Maid, Professor Proudfoot and Spencer the Butler. There are six clues: a blow dart, an insurance policy, a dagger, a bottle of sleeping lotion, a manual on cracking safes and the library key.

By turning a wheel, you can solve this shocking crime once — twice — three times!

Our favorite spread is the final page detailing “The Suspects” (click to enlarge):

The Suspects“This wonderful book has many moving pictures and characters that surround the castle,” writes Nadia Herbish in Ukrainian on her “My Easel” arts and culture blog. She gave it as a gift, and “it attracted all the children [of] guests who visited our house.”

“Each of the six spreads yields enough clues, in fact, to delight [Detective Sherlock] Holmes himself,” writes Publisher’s Weekly in a review.

“Top Secret dossiers on each character can be slid out of the pages, while various flaps and pull-tabs reveal hidden architectural passages, concealed weaponry, and contraband lurking in various valises. Aspiring sleuths will echo the cry, ‘Egad, the game’s afoot.'”

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July 13, 2010 at 1:28 am 1 comment

Tintype in America, 1856-1880 (American Philosophical Society Transaction 97-2, ISBN: 0871699729)


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Tintype in America, 1856-1880
(American Philosophical Society Transaction 97-2, ISBN: 0871699729)
by Janice G. Schimmelman (Paperback, 270 pages, 2007, $29.00)

Tintype in AmericaA history of the ferrotype or tintype in American photography, from its origin in the 1850s until 1880.

Schimmelman, Professor of Art History, presents a history of the technological development of the tintype and its manufacture, and touches upon a number of issues relating to the cultural and social aspects of the tintype. She lays an interesting groundwork for thinking about the class dimensions of Victorian aesthetics and about the political economy of taste.

The heart of the book is the extended accounts of the improvements in the presentation of the images and of the inventors and businessmen who made the improvements and advanced their careers in the business. Raises important issues in art history and the history of photography. Includes over 200 reproductions of actual tintypes.

[A]n excellent resource for collectors, researchers, and nineteenth-century photography enthusiasts,” writes Dennis O. Williams in The Daguerreian Society Newsletter (20:2, May-July 2008) [PDF].

“Schimmelman guides the reader through the book in a chronological fashion that the reader can easily follow. Through the writing of this text, her passion for the photographic history of the tintype has indeed been preserved. The organization of the book is splendid. Along with the wealth of written history to complement the story, Schimmelman includes examples of patent drawings and photographic advertisements. Exemplifying the depth of research that went into this book, a reference section concludes each chapter. ”

People posing for tintypes.
Tintype in America, 1856-1880, p.48.

The journal Early Popular Visual Culture (8:2, May 2010) adds: “This is not the only book on the tintype photograph, but it is probably the most comprehensive, being based on years of collecting and research by the author, with information culled from books, photographic journals and newspapers.”

“As the author puts it, these images offer ‘small windows into American life.’ The book is good on the themes of these photographs, and Chapter 9 is arranged thematically, dealing with such subjects as death and remembrance, Americans at play and work, and beloved children.

“Elsewhere in the book the author covers the invention and development of the process, various kinds of studios and albums, and double exposures, as well as techniques for retouching and colouring tintypes.”

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