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Issue 11 : May 05

The Newsletter on the Under-Fives
Issue 11 : May 2005

Welcome to the May edition of the newsletter with events 
and news for children under-five.  This week is both 
breastfeeding week and cot-death awareness week.  See the 
News and Events section for more details.

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view the latest news, go to

  - What's New at the Web Site?
  - Children's Book of the Month: Green Eggs and Ham
  - News and Events

What's New at the Web Site?

New Children's Posters
  Posters of Peter Rabbit, Tin Tin, Alice in Wonderland, 
  Curious George, Little Nut Brown Hare, the Wild Things 
  and others are now on sale in our poster gallery.  Plus
  there is currently free shipping on framed or mounted


  Think you may have postnatal depression or illness? 
  The support and help you need is at the PNI-UK 
  web site - http://www.pni-uk.com/
  PNI-UK: Registered Charity 1105767.

Denstone Mother and Baby Group
  Denstone Village Hall, College Road, Denstone. 
  A chance to chat and relax with a cup of coffee,
  with toys to keep the children happy. 9.30 - 11.30 
  1.75 term time only.

  Riverside Centre, Belper Mills, Bridge Foot, Belper. 
  Open 9am - 7pm week days, 10 am- 8pm weekends. 3.50 
  per child for 2 hour's play. The food is good quality 
  and it's very spacious. There is a tots bit in the 
  middle of the floor for under 2's and big slides etc 
  for the older ones.

American Adventure Theme Park

  Theme park for 4-14 year olds. Ilkeston, Derbyshire, 
  DE7 5SX. Telephone 0845 3302929.


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Book of the Month - Green Eggs and Ham   

by Dr. Seuss
ISBN: 0007158467
Available from Amazon for 4.99

Sam-I-Am pesters and pesters his companion to try green 
eggs and ham with no success.  Finally, standing in the sea 
after a train crash surrounded by other people and beasts, 
his grumpy friend promises to eat some if Sam will promise 
to stop pestering him.  To his surprise he finds he does like 
green eggs and ham.

My daughter and I love this book.  With its little words 
and rhyming text she can join in as I read it.  It has 
also helped encourage her to try new things.  When she 
says "I don't like it" a quote from the book evokes a 
giggle and a willingness to try.

Dr Seuss wrote Green Eggs and Ham in 1960 after being 
challenged by his editor to produce a book using fewer 
than fifty different words, most of which have only one 
syllable.  The aim was a fun-to-read book for young 
readers, but the result is also ideal for non-readers.

For ages 2 and upwards.

About the Author
Born 1904 in Massachusetts, USA; his real name was 
Theodor Geisel.  After graduating from Dartmouth College 
in 1925 he went to Oxford University.  Winner of the 
Pulitzer Prize in 1984 and three Academy Awards, Dr Seuss
wrote and illustrated 44 children's books. He died 
24 September 1991.
For more good children's books see 

News and Events

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Steam and Canal
  Steam train ride and canal cruise between Cheddleton and 
  Consall Fayre. Sunday May 15th at Churnet Valley Railway.


  insurance on-line with Essential Travel and save up to 
  50% compared to the cost of booking with a high 
  street travel agent.  Extremely competitive rates 
  for families - for more details visit

Breast-Feeding Week
  This week is breast-feeding week, an annual campaign 
  promoting the benefits of breastfeeding and encouraging 
  more mums to give it a go! This year's campaign focuses 
  on the importance of support during breastfeeding from 
  those closest to mothers: partners, peers and family 
  members. If you're a mum-to-be, or you know someone who 
  will be, encourage them to find out more. 

Cot Death National Awareness Week
  Cot death is the leading cause of death in babies over 
  one month old, although no single cause has been 
  identified. This national awareness campaign running from 
  9 - 15 May aims to provide parents, carers and healthcare 
  professionals with potentially life-saving advice.

 Bed sharing puts babies at risk
  Parents who smoke are being urged not to share a 
  bed with their baby after a survey found many did 
  not know this raises the risk of cot death.  The 
  Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths found 
  a third of 428 parents polled had shared a bed 
  with a baby.  Children of smokers tend to be 
  smaller, and to have damage to their respiratory 
  system, and so are vulnerable to the tiny risk 
  associated with bedsharing, which is so small 
  that it is not a factor for more robust babies.

Pregnant smokers increases grandkids' asthma risk
  Women who smoke when pregnant may spark asthma in their 
  grandchildren decades later, a new study discovers.  A 
  child whose maternal grandmother smoked while pregnant 
  may have double the risk of developing childhood asthma 
  compared with those with grandmothers who never smoked

New Research shows Good effects of small classes
  A long-term study in the USA suggests children benefit 
  from being taught in small classes over several years. 
  Researchers tracked 5,000 children in Tennessee from 
  kindergarten to when they left high school. They found 
  children who had been in small classes for four years 
  were more likely than others to graduate from high 
  school.  Pupils from poorer families benefited most. 
  In January, a British research project concluded there 
  was no evidence that children in smaller primary 
  classes did better in maths or English. A team at 
  London University's Institute of Education studied 
  thousands of pupils in their fourth, fifth and 
  sixth years of schooling in England.

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