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Three Reads of the Week

By | March 12th, 2018|Categories: Curious Reads|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Hug This Book by Barney Saltzberg & Fred Benaglia This is a fabulously illustrated book about all the great things you can do with this book.  You can read it in the bath, or kiss and hug and smell this book, or you can read it up in the air to everyone in town. And, of course, you can hug this book. What did we learn? That books are about so much more than reading. Why I like it: I enjoy the retro-esque illustrations and wacky ideas Saltzberg comes up with for things you can do with the book.  I know exactly what he means by smelling it.  George thinks its silly so it gets big giggles and it's rhythmic enough for Alice to keep her attention. Charlotte and the Rock by Stephen W. Martin [...]

Toronto with Kids – The Royal Ontario Museum

By | February 20th, 2018|Categories: City Wonderland, Toronto Tots|Tags: , , , , , |

If you follow me on Instagram, you might notice I have a bit of a love affair with the Royal Ontario Museum, or ROM. Would I recommend it to visitors coming to Toronto for the first time?  Not necessarily. I mean I love it personally, but unless you are a super museum freak and love looking at random artifacts and reading plaques - it might not be for you. The collection is really lovely and unique in that it has both natural history and human history. I believe it is one of the only museums in the world that has that combination. And as much as I love museums, I have always had a hard time walking around and just looking at random bits and bobs of human history.  I need the context and the story.  And diaromas. Which is why I love the programs for moms (or dads or nannies or grandparents) [...]

Three Books of the Week: Olympics Meet Chinese New Year

By | February 17th, 2018|Categories: Curious Reads|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas by Natasha Him & Grace Zong As you can guess from the title, this is a twist on the classic fairytale with some Chinese New Year Themes. Goldy Luck's mom sends Goldy Luck to the Chan's with a plate of turnip cakes to wish them a Kung Hei Fat Choi.  I'm going to assume you know the story so it will come as no surprise that Goldy Luck finds some hot and not-so-hot congee (the Chinese version of porridge), some chairs to test out, and some beds to take a nap in. The Chan's turn out to be a family of pandas and when Goldy is discovered she races home.  Feeling badly for what she's done, she returns to their home with some fresh congee and helps them make turnip cakes (she may have dropped them on her hasty exit). What did we learn? Even when you have done something bad or [...]

Three Books of the Week: Valentine’s Day!

By | February 12th, 2018|Categories: Curious Reads|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

After Christmas I thought that there was a lull in my thematic reading to the kids and then I realized February was rife with exciting things to read about and they appear to all be happening within a very short span of time: Valentine's Day, Chinese New Year, and the 2018 Winter Olympics!! At breakfast we have a fun mix of books about raining hearts, dragons and rabbits skiing down hills.  It makes for a bit of confusion.  George wants to make some Valentine's cards for the lion dancers. Here is what we are reading for Valentine's Day: The Day it Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond I think this is one of my favourites for Valentine's Day.  It's sweet and simple without being overly sappy. One day it rains hearts and Cornelia Augusta catches them make the perfect Valentine's for her friends:  a dog, a mouse, a turtle and a rabbit. What did we learn? To [...]

How to Get Around the Airport with Kids

By | February 7th, 2018|Categories: Tiny Travel|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

GETTING AROUND THE AIRPORT SOLO After posting my flying tips, a friend of mine asked me to explain how I actually moved through the airport. Ummm, I don't.  Not really. I have done it approximately 2.5 times. Time #1 was when I landed at Heathrow airport. I had concentrated so much on the flight with George I had completely forgotten to take into consideration how I would get from the gate, to luggage claim, to the bus, to the rental car.  In the rain. I won't lie. I was a gong show and a total mess. I still have no idea how I did it really but I think it was a game of Jenga piling my luggage and carseat bag on the cart, placing George either precariously on top or having him in the Ergo 360, and carrying the stroller on my back. The end result was that I got to the car rental place completely flustered and stressed out.  Below is a picture of all that I carried. [...]