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  • quilter says:
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    17 month old loves it, April 24, 2009
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    quilter

    This review is from: Construction Countdown (Hardcover)

    We got this book out of the library at the suggestion of another mom, and our son (now 17 months) loves it so much that I’m ordering a copy from amazon. He loves trucks, and the concept of counting is interesting to him. He always requests repeat reads of this one.

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  • A. Harris "Avid Reader" says:
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Good book, April 4, 2011
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    A. Harris “Avid Reader” (New York City) –
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    This review is from: Construction Countdown (Hardcover)

    Nice illustrations, pleasant to read aloud.
    Plenty of discussions arise while reading this book.
    I like that it counts down instead of up, just something a bit different.
    This is a must for every truck-loving kid.

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  • Anonymous says:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Love it, May 22, 2013
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    Baruch Maoz (TORRANCE, CA, US) –

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    My grandchildren really love it! Easily used and no dangerously small parts. I’d be happy to recommend this any time.

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  • K. Salinger "MBA, MSN, FNP, RN" says:
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    Facinating and well done review of ancient astronaut theory, June 27, 2010
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    K. Salinger “MBA, MSN, FNP, RN” (Bay Area, California) –
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    This review is from: Ancient Aliens: Season One (DVD)

    Could it be possible that intelligent life forms visited Earth thousands of years ago, bringing with them knowledge and technology that greatly altered the course of history and human development on Earth? The Ancient Astronauts mini-series on DVD explores this possibility in depth.

    Consider the following:

    ** How is it that the ancient Mayan calendar is more accurate than our own if the ancients were so primitive?
    ** What are the pyramids really for? They’re located across the globe, not just in Egypt.
    ** Could primitive people really move solid blocks the size of train cars with only ropes and ramps to build the pyramids? Did they really bring the quartz and granite, which is only found many miles away in most cases, to the construction site, again, by pulling train car sized chunks with ropes?
    ** Why are there ancient artifacts and glyphs which look identical to jet airplanes that we use today?
    ** Did ancient Egyptians use electricity to light the internal chambers of their monuments and pyramids?
    ** Were the Nasca lines actually landing strips for ancient flying craft?
    ** How was the top of an entire mountain range artificially removed in ancient times to create the plateau where many of the “landing strip” type Nasca lines are located?

    There are so many mysteries about the ancients….

    ** How they built such monumental megalithic structures that we would be hard pressed to attempt to build even today ** Why they had astronomical maps and maps of the Earth that match ours today, yet our maps only became as accurate as the ancient ones in the last 50 years.
    ** Why does every ancient religion indicate their “Gods” descended from the sky, heavens, or space bringing knowledge to their peoples?
    ** Why are there pyramids across the Earth, yet all similarly built during ancient times when people supposedly had no means of communicating across large distances, so there could not have been sharing of ideas?
    ** Why have there been stories, from ancient times until today, of flying craft in the sky, or visitations from “angels,gods,aliens,fairies” and other different beings? Could they all be the same beings who visit here, just described in different ways?
    ** Should we really dismiss as pure myth the stories in ancient Indian texts that describe “flying machines of the gods”?
    ** Are there really accounts of space craft and alien visitations in the texts of all the older, established religions and cultures? (The Bible, Bhagavad Gita, Sumerian texts, Egyptian texts, Mayan/Incan/Olmec texts, petroglyphs of ancient America, and more…)

    All of these topics and many more have been addressed in this great mini-series originally presented on the History channel in 2010. Many experts in conventional archeology and religion are interviewed in addition to the current experts in ancient astronaut theory and authors on the subject such as Erich Von Daniken (the author who originally brought this subject to light under much controversy in the 1960’s with his book Chariots of the Gods Chariots of the Gods)

    This is a fascinating subject that is presented in an excellent manner. The subject is treated quite seriously with enough information provided to allow viewers to make up their own minds and spark further curiosity on the subjects presented. This series was produced with the cooperation of Von Daniken (the author who broght the subject to light in the 1960’s and who continues his research into the subject to this day).

    From the DVD description:

    Ancient Aliens launches all-new expeditions to seek out and evaluate this evidence, with a concentration on the latest discoveries of the last 30 years, including unusual DNA findings on man’s evolution and newly decoded artifacts from Egypt to Syria to South America. It is a balanced investigation into a theory some believe cannot be true, but many agree cannot be ignored.

    For those new to this concept – What is Ancient Astronaut theory?

    The general idea of ancient astronaut theory is that thousands of years ago there were visitors to Earth which to the primitive humans, seemed as Gods. They had advanced technology which was used around the ancient humans, and to the ancient humans this technology was so amazing that these beings could be nothing less than Gods (look up cargo cults to see how our technology had a similar effect on primitive tribal peoples during WWII). These ancient astronauts, aka alien visitors, were responsible for the instantaneous leap in development that occurred and which has remained an unexplained mystery among conventional archeologists and anthropologists. They are also responsible for guiding the building of all the megalithic structures, the…

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  • Hw says:
    28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Interesting but Speculative, September 4, 2011
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    Hw

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    This review is from: Ancient Aliens: Season One (DVD)

    I’m torn: I love the intrigue of asking ‘what if’ questions–‘what if aliens exist?’ and etc.

    So I enjoy the inquisitive nature of this series. I also find much of the archaeological and historical data to be quite provocative; many of these seem to require broadening our prior understandings and conceptualizations of ancient cultures to fit finds like aerodynamic carved sculptures that are essentially gliders capable of actual flight and exceedingly similar stories and depictions of ‘god-like’ or powerful beings from the sky, from cultures on opposite sides of the globe, and etc. This series is not short on data that is mysterious and hard to write off as coincidental.

    But, just as often as the series brings up ‘conventional’ explanations that seem unsatisfactory for the data, the Ancient Alien Theorists make blindingly erroneous, or at least baseless, leaps of logic, connect way too many ideas with very separate historical/mythological contexts and artifacts/phenomena. At the very best, the AA-Theorists are way to generous in equating their ‘what-if’ speculations with logical conclusions from the data; at worst they are simply cramming their favored explanations into the data provided at the expense of much simpler explanations (Occam’s Razor).

    For example, at one point (I believe in Episode 4) a tenuous connection is made between present-day atomic weapons and the biblical story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, based on the merit of both being fiery explosions and because Lot’s wife was told not to look back at the explosion, which is also similar advice given to people observing the first atomic tests.

    Another example would be declaring that certain mysterious figures in several medieval and religious paintings, objects such as small spheres, or points of light, hovering above the other human and religious figures portrayed, are actually artist’s depictions of ET spacecraft that they have observed. Admittedly, some of the paintings they show have objects that are legitimately, eerily, inexplicable for the context and date of the painting (my favorite is one showing Jesus and God with a large bluish, metallic-colored sphere sitting between them, and each of them is holding what seem to be antenna–the sphere has a striking resemblance to Sputnik or some sort of satellite (or if one suggests it is the earth, consider that at the time of the painting, the earth was accepted to be flat!).

    Still, they proceed to examine another painting depicting Mary and the Immaculate Conception, where Mary is being hit with a beam of light that is coming from a circular object or opening in the sky–from this they assert, confidently, that the Immaculate conception might actually have been an ET artificial insemination of Mary, based on the fact that the originating point of the beam of light is a circle in the sky. I’ll explain why this is a leap of logic here: 1) the suggestion of the circle in the sky as anything more than an opening in the sky rejects the very common context of divine power as emanating from openings in the sky and replaces it with the very uncommon and un-contextual determination that the circle is a spaceship (a common argument here is that ancient man did not have the capacity to adequately describe the events or objects perceived and so they used creative, figurative and metaphorical language, the problem is that drawing a machine in the sky is very different from drawing an opening in the sky, it is less likely that the artist had a flying machine in mind when conceiving of the Divine Birth of Jesus when we have ample data and writing that explicitly refers to God or gods opening or coming from the sky. It is a mistake to assume that any ancient reference to gods in the sky means aliens and not simply…that they believed God or gods to actually live in the heavens above earth. This is an assumptive leap).
    2)Even if the artist had intended the circle in his painting’s sky to be some sort of flying craft, what possible bearing does that have on the true facts or nature of the actual event that we call the Immaculate Conception? What would an artist separated by hundreds of years and folklore be able to say, accurately and more reliably than the earlier, firsthand accounts that historians actually accept, ie from the bible? The point is not that the bible is correct (though I believe it to be) but that the assumption that critical data and insight into the true ET nature of the Immaculate Conception could be found hundreds of years later in a painting created by a totally irrelevant, unrelated, person (not any sort of reliable witness with first, second or even 5th hand knowledge of the event) to the characters of Mary and Jesus.

    I could go on and on but I will finish by highlighting a few of the logical errors presented in the arguments in this series:

    1) This series consistently commits a fallacy of…

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  • Joseph W. Giacomo says:
    40 of 49 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Very Stimulating, January 16, 2011
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    Joseph W. Giacomo
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    Picked these up last week as I was looking for something to spark my imagination. These definitely fit the bill.
    The entire documentary is NOT a collection of stories or whack jobs sharing ideas on creation. This spans many different topics whether it be human creation, building of the pyramids etc. All pointing the finger towards alien intervention and scientifically supported or debated.

    The video and audio quality is fantastic, there are a few short scenes of old footage that were clearly not transferred over into HD but it’s few and far between. If you’re looking to spark the imagination and open your mind to other possibilities then this is for you. It’s a well done program worth watching, especially on Blu-ray.

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