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Three Books of the Week: What happens in a Year

By | June 20th, 2018|Categories: Curious Reads|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

This week I am concentrating on months and seasons.  I think seasons are much easier to grasp that what a month is but hopefully these books will help with that! The Magic in a Year by Frank Boylan (with thanks to Sara Coleridge for inspiration) and pictures by Sally Garland. This story is inspired by a poem The Garden Year written in 1834 by Sara Coleridge.  In the poem, Coleridge explores each month and what wonder it brings. In the book, a little girl and her dog explore all the bright and beautiful things each month brings:  ice and snow (that make her cheeks glow), warm rain showers, reading in the shade of a tree, collecting leaves and staying cozy by the fire. Why I like it: The illustrations are so bright and truly evoke what the seasons bring.  It's great for talking about the seasons and the [...]

Playground Survival: Toronto Islands

By | June 11th, 2018|Categories: City Wonderland, Playground Survival|

CIBOLA PLAYGROUND ON WARDS ISLAND Address: 101 Cibola Ave, Toronto, ON Wards Island How to Get Here: Yep - this one is a tricky one!  You can only get to it via ferry. You either must take public transport or park near the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and take the ferry to WARDS ISLAND. Make sure to check the ferry schedule before heading out. I like to park in the RBC Watermark building, 88 Queens Quay, for about $15-$20. HINT:  buy your ferry tickets online first to beat the lines that form in the summer When you get off the ferry, head on the path to your right.  It's only about a five minute walk (past the cutest fire station) along the path.  Or 15 if your kids insist on scooting/riding their bikes. Why we like it: It is a trek, but who doesn't love a day on Toronto Islands?  Wards Island is much quieter [...]

Three Books of the Week: Humour from across the Pond

By | May 30th, 2018|Categories: Curious Reads|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

I can't put into words just what makes British kids books different - they just are.  If you read enough books, you can eventually tell a Canadian book from an American book from a British book from an Australian book (you get my point). Kids books from the UK have a quirkier sense of humour and very whimsical & imaginative. Here are my picks of some unique British kids books - just be warned you will have to translate 'tea' into 'dinner' and you have to adopt a British accent. Or is that just me? Toad and I by Louise Yates Kitty is playing outside with her ball when she throws it a bit too hard over the fence.  In retrieving it, she meets a clever toad (who is not a prince) who shows her around his vast home in the tree.  They meet his friends like owl and shrew and [...]

Playground Survival: Cherry Beach Sports Fields

By | May 28th, 2018|Categories: City Wonderland, Playground Survival|Tags: , , , , |

PLAYGROUND SURVIVAL: TORONTO EAST A GUIDE TO FINDING GREAT PLAYGROUNDS FOR THE KIDS AND FANTASTIC COFFEE FOR YOU If your kids are now the age of independent play, chances are, you spend lots of time at the playground. And unless you are a mutant or a saint, this can be pretty boring. This is my guide to seeking out fun playgrounds (because even though I don't find monkey bars and slides exciting, I sure get excited for my kids when I stumble upon a playground full of opportunities) that are both fun for your kids AND for you. What makes them fun for you?  Food and coffee of course! Thus begins my exploration of Toronto and beyond to source out the best playgrounds and the best cafés! Criteria: Lots of fun exploration for kids Good coffee and food nearby Uber Eats must be able to deliver to the playground Clean bathrooms [...]

Three Books of the Week

By | May 23rd, 2018|Categories: Curious Reads|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Nobody's Duck by Mary Sullivan I don't know why ducks make everything funny - but they do. In this book, an alligator finds a duck in his yard and wonders this duck belongs to.  They go to the library, the movies, the go-carts and even skydiving searching for the owner of the duck. In the end, the duck gives his answer simply:  he belongs to the alligator!  And the alligator belongs to duck. I may have gotten a tad emotional on our first read. Why I like it: I love these friendship books when one character is uptight and the other is carefree and a bit kooky - it reminds me of my marriage.  Baha! Sullivan adds lots of humour to the sweetness with great illustrations. Both my kids love this book and laugh out loud at the end. [...]