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Book Review – Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More

twins-and-moreI just finished reading Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Susan Heim.

How can you not like a book when it starts out with a quote from Aerosmith? *grin*

Seriously, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More is a wonderful book. I could relate to so many of the stories. (Ya…I was totally right there with the woman who had a nervous breakdown that she wouldn’t be able to tell her twins apart once she removed the hospital IDs … until her husband gently reminder her that all she had to do was remove their diapers. Yep – boy/girl twins LOL!) I laughed out loud at some of the stories; shed a tear for a few others. But mostly, I found myself nodding in agreement with what I was reading, thinking “oh ya – I remember that” or “oh man – I can totally see that happening soon!” I have to admit that I did skip over some of the stories – I simply couldn’t relate at all – but with so many different ones, that’s bound to happen.

This book is perfect for busy moms. The stories are short and sweet and I could usually get through at least one before being interrupted. If you are a Taxi-mom like me, Twins and More is great for waiting in the car for the kids’ activities to finish up; read a story or two and you’re set!

For more information about Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More visit: www.chickensoup.com.

Blog Tour: Chicken Soup for the Soul Book

twins-and-moreI’m so excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Susan Heim!

I am fortunate enough to be asked to review this book (look for my review at some point this month – we’ll see when I can get my act together 🙂 )

Chicken Soup for the Soul
is back with 101 heartwarming stories about the joys – and adventures- that twins and multiples bring.
With multiples expert, mommy blogger, and mother-of-twins Susan Heim at the helm, these stories celebrate the special bond between twins, the challenges and joys that come with raising multiples, and all the laughs and wisdom gained along the way.

Official Press Release
COS COB, Conn. – These days, it’s hard not to see twins or multiple children smiling back at us from every television screen and glossy magazine. From Jon & Kate Plus 8 to Angelina Jolie, twins and multiples are bounding into our lives from all corners. In fact, according to The Nemours Foundation, between 1980 and 2004 the number of twin births increased by 70 percent. And during the same time span, the number of births involving three or more babies quadrupled.

More people than ever are fascinated by multiples and what it takes to raise them. In Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More (Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC, 978-1-935-09632-0, March 10, 2009, Paperback, $14.95), Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Susan M. Heim offer a collection of heartwarming and hilarious stories from parents of “twins and more,” and from multiples themselves, filled with time-tested advice from those who have “been there, done that.” Twins mom and CNN journalist Soledad O’Brien lends her hearty recommendation to this book as well, saying “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More is funny and moving, insightful and inspiring. Life with twins is a chaotic, wonderful, joyful experience – and this book captures it perfectly.”

“Twins and multiples are seen as a blessing today, despite their often well-deserved reputation for ‘double trouble’ and ‘multiple mischief,’” says Heim, who is also the author of It’s Twins! Parent-to-Parent Advice from Infancy Through Adolescence (Hampton Roads Publishing, 2007). “Who isn’t moved by the sight of twin babies snuggled together in a crib, holding hands as they begin their life together?”

From sections like “Sleep Deprivation” to “Grandparenting Twins” to “A Different Path to Parenthood,” Twins and More includes 101 stories that speak to the twin and multiple experience, and how parents got there. This book also explores the “twin connection” – which is fascinating to witness.

“The bond between twins is amazing. They were meant to share their life together,” writes Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More contributor Joanne C. King of her twin daughters. “They share a friendship that will span a lifetime.” As any parent of multiples knows, twinship is an adventure for the entire family.

Inside Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More, you’ll also read about:

  • A frustrated mother of triplet girls who got great advice from the cable repairman: Toilet train them one at
  • a time by setting up a competition that included stickers and mommy’s “potty dance”
  • A mother of newborn twins, desperate for “nap time,” who tossed an expensive ham over the fence to keep the neighbor’s barking dog from waking her twins
  • Toddler twins who escaped from the bath and led their mother on a naked chase around the neighborhood, until one of the twins crouched on the neighbor’s lawn and used it as a toilet
  • International singing twins who convinced villagers in Papua New Guinea that multiples are a blessing, not a cultural curse
  • The new mother who was so sleep-deprived that she panicked over how she would tell her twins apart after their hospital bracelets were removed, forgetting that they were a boy and a girl

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More (Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Susan Heim) releases March 10, 2009.
Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC, publishes all the latest titles in the famous Chicken Soup for the Soul book series which are distributed through Simon and Schuster, Inc. Since 1993, books in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series have sold more than 112 million copies, with titles translated into more than 40 languages. Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing also
licenses the right to use its famous trademark to high quality licensees through IMG, the world’s premier licensing agent. The company is currently implementing a plan to expand into all media, is working with TV networks on several TV shows and is developing a major Internet presence dedicated to life improvement, emotional support and inspiration. In 2007, USA Today named Chicken Soup for the Soul one of the five most memorable and impactful books in the last quarter century.

For more information visit: www.chickensoup.com.