Wednesday, March 26, 2014

This week's favorite books

By far my favorite book this week was Silly Billy by Anthony Brown. The artwork was great, and the message sweet. My daughter tried to memorize the names of all (many) dolls in the story. It was cute how important she thought it was to know their names.

My daughter also enjoyed Darkness Slipped In by Ella Burfoot (I thought this one was great too) and Don't Slam the Door by Dori Chaconas.

On the flip side, I have vague positive memories of The Story of Babar (by Jean de Brunhoff) from my childhood, but I found the story scary, superficial and imperialist. Alas!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The week's favorite books

We're somewhere in the Bs (though not absolutely) as we work our way through the library's collection. This week, my favorite book was
Here Comes the Cat by Frank Asch

My daughter loved:
Black Dog Gets Dressed by Lizi Boyd and
Pocoyo and Friends.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Week's favorite books

Every week we go to the library and take out a stack of books to read for the week. We love it. I select the books more-or-less at random, working my way through the stacks. We're currently in the "B"s. We checked out 12 last week, and particularly loved 5 of them.

My favorites (for artwork and message) are:
Forever Friends by Carin Berger
Over in the Forest... by Marianne Berkes

My daughter prefers:
Swim, Boots, Swim (Dora the Explorer) by Phoebe Beinstein
Dini Dinosaur by Karen Beaumont
Feeding Friendsies by Suzanne Bloom

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Amazing Playgrounds Around the World

I stumbled on this slide show of some amazing playgrounds around the world. If you're thinking of planning a vacation around them, they are mostly in Japan, Scandinavia, Spain and Sydney, but I did also see St. Louis in there. Too far for a day trip from San Francisco, but a good note to self.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Weekly Favorite Book

Dora the Explorer: Say "Ahhhh!" Dora Goes to the Doctor, by Pheobe Beinstein
My daughter loves this book. I know lots of kids love Dora, but this was our first Dora book at home. I don't know why my daughter loves it, but I will tell you what I like about it. The story is positive, urban and multicultural. Dora's language has bits of Spanish. They ride the bus, and the narrative is interactive. The readers are asked to identify parts of the story as they go.


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Dance classes for children

Below is a list of studios that offer dance classes for toddlers and preschoolers. We don't have personal experiences with any of them, but they were all recently mentioned on a parents' list.
Calliope
Mobutu Dance
Noe Valley Dance Space
ODC
SF Recreation and Parks
The Tutu School