Reader Reviews

August 2012

Purple, a Young Adult Novel, Addresses Anti-Bullying Issues & Tolerance

August 29, 2012 -- Submitted by Carol Buzz, a reader from United States, who is affiliated with the site.

As people of all ages head back to school around the world, anti-bullying once again becomes a topic of concern. England-based author Graham J. Sharpe offers a unique look into tolerance and acceptance in his debut novel, Purple. One of the other major themes in Purple is Graham’s belief in equality. “I meet people from all over the world,” explained Graham, “and one thing I know for certain is, despite our difference in language, colour, wealth, status or beliefs, we’re all the same. We all respond to a smile. We all respond to a kind gesture.” After a purple storm sweeps around the world, stealing millions of people, the very young and the very old are forced to work together in order to survive. Not only does this invite conflict of age and ideas but other differences also arise. Desperate situations often reveal our true colours. In Purple, the author encourages young people to consider how it feels to be bullied and excluded. He also challenges them to consider what it feels like to grow old.


Cackleberries

August 21, 2012 -- Submitted by Laura Thomas, a parent from Vancouver, who is affiliated with the site.

Cackleberries.com is an edutainment game world for children ages 3 to 7 years old. Cackleberries has an online world called Oville filled with animated characters, books as well as educational games and activities that include the world’s only virtual Variety House, a fun place where children can learn about special needs. Cackleberries is 100% safe from “accidental” Internet browsing are there is no player-to-player contact. In Oville, children interact with the characters as they play and learn.

Army Strong Stories

August 8, 2012 -- Submitted by Rebecca, a parent from California, who is not affiliated with the site.

Army Strong Stories is dedicated to sharing video and written story submissions from U.S. soldiers, family members, friends and supporters. Soldiers of every rank are invited to share their unfiltered perspective on daily life in the military as Army Strong Stories bloggers.

Kids Health

August 8, 2012 -- Submitted by Becky, a reader from UK, who is not affiliated with the site.

This is a website packed with health tips for parents and children.