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I absolutely love this book and i am not even half way through it. I followed all the rules for my first pregnancy and always questioned everything. On to my second pregnancy, i am so glad that someone took the time to write such a informative book about the main things that us pregnant women question. Great Read!
This review is a basic comparison between the LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer, Green and the VTech InnoTab 3 The Learning App Tablet, Blue as I got the two within the same week and tried them with my twins. Here's how they stack up.
Memory: The LeapPad2 has a 4GB memory while the Innotab3 has a 2GB memory and can accept a microSD card up to 32GB
Buttons: Both tablets have the same buttons but the Innotab3 has a couple of extras viz a brightness control button, a help button and a lock button at the back for the battery compartment
Camera and picture quality: The LeapPAD2 comes with 2 cameras, one in front and one in the rear. The picture quality is decent, it does a good job of adapting to the lighting and it has video recording capabilities. The Innotab3 comes with a single camera that can swivel 180 degrees from front to back. The picture quality is very poor. I was extremely underwhelmed
Initial parental setup: Both tablets took a while (1 hour approximately) to setup the first time but the LeapPAD2 setup was easier and faster. The Innotab3 software hung-up on my computer a few times before I finally got it to install
Apps: Both systems offer a variety of movie, music and game apps. VTech's (for Innotab3) offered more apps, had a wider variety of characters (Hello Kitty was one that Leapfrog did not have) and the price of the apps ranged from $2.50-30 with the majority being around $5. Leapfrogs appcenter (for the LeapPad2) had fewer apps and they cost more. The cost of the apps needs to be considered before you get too excited about the $20 digital download card that comes with this particular version of the LaepPad2. I was offered a 30% discount on the apps for my first purchase and managed to buy 3 cheap apps.
Conclusion: The cost of the apps is a major negative for me. Right now my kids are too young to demand for apps but as they grow older, I don't think I will be inclined to fork out $20 per app.
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I struggle all the time with "must" when it comes to giving advice to other people. Who am I to tell you what to do? Will you forgive me this one time? Because if you do, you will learn some important things by reading this book.
You MUST read Zeitoun. Especially if you live in one of those areas -- like I do -- that can be struck by a natural disaster. Most of us do now, don't you think? With global warming, there are more fierce hurricanes, more tornados. And just the other day I looked at an old National Geographic magazine's map of where earthquake areas are in the world -- there's a lot of them! And I live in the San Francisco Bay Area ... so we think about them all the time -- that is, when we're not in a state of denial.
You better hope hope hope and pray (if so inclined) that you are never in a natural disaster of huge proportions like the poor folks in New Orleans were! The natural disaster parts are bad enough ... but what is far worse is the army of "helpers" who come in later: National Guard, FEMA, law enforcement from other areas. That's when the real tragedy will happen. These people don't know you. They've been told to watch for looters. And like one of the quotes says in the front matter of this important book: To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Every person looks like a looter. Or a terrorist if you've got a Middle Eastern-sounding name.
That's what happened to Abdulrahman Zeitoun. At the time of Katrina, he was (and still is) a citizen and successful businessman in New Orleans. Think of it: you're well-known by your community and a successful businessman -- yet, after Katrina, you are thought of as a looter and terrorist. Without any proof. No evidence whatsoever. No hearing for weeks. No phone call. The phone call. It's that special part of the U.S. judicial system: the phone call. We're taught about this all the time as children: if you're arrested, you get a phone call. The worst serial killer gets a phone call.
Don't count on it after a disaster. In a disaster with our friends from FEMA in control you become one of the Disappeared -- and yes, they are the ones in control -- and now that they are a part of Homeland Security they have even more control and an even worse attitude -- to an employee from FEMA, everyone looks like a looter and a terrorist.
And what about you, woman in your 70s -- do you really think your safe? Read about the tale of Merlene Maten. She was 73 and a diabetic. She and her husband had fled their home before the hurricane and checked into a downtown hotel thinking they would be safer there. After three days, Maten went down to their car in the parking lot next door to get some food they had in the car. She was arrested for looting. It made no sense! Yet she was arrested anyway. Folks, this is what is so striking when you read this book: the "helpers" -- law enforcement, National Guards or whatever -- do not listen to you if you are just regular folks. Remember, you're a nobody. They don't listen to your story ... they don't look at the real facts: you're 73 and diabetic and you're at *your* car getting food. They don't take the time to see if you really are checked into that hotel next door. They just arrest you.
You better hope hope hope and pray that a disaster doesn't head your way.
I want to thank Dave Eggers for writing this book -- and for all the important things he does with his abundant energy. Good stuff. Thanks. From deep down. I hadn't read any of his books before, glad I started with this one.
The writing is so very good too. The book is a page-turner. It's not depressing at all. The book has a main story -- the story about the Zeitouns -- plus lots of other very interesting stories. Although watch out! If you were mad about how folks in New Orleans were treated before -- WATCH OUT -- you're gonna be furious by the time you finish this book.