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Three Books of the Week

By |February 17th, 2019|Categories: Curious Reads|Tags: , , , , , |

Daddy Honk Honk by Rosalinde Bonnet This is the most adorable book set in the Arctic - perfect for learning about Arctic animals (shout out to Sarah Rachel at the ROM for this one!). Aput, the little fox, watches the geese fly south for the winter and discovers they have left an egg behind.  When the egg hatches, the baby bird of course thinks Aput is his daddy.  Aput searches all over the tundra for a family to take the little bird.  He has no luck and soon realizes he can be the little bird's family. The illustrations are absolutely lovely - especially the last scene under the northern lights. One Hundred Sausages by Yuval Zommer We are sausage fans in this household so any book about sausages is a good book. Scruff the dog's favourite [...]

Three Books of the Week: Winter Blue (not BLUES)!

By |February 10th, 2019|Categories: Curious Reads|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Winter Is Here by Kevin Henkes with illustrations by Laura Dronzek Yes, winter is most definitely here. I love anything Kevin Henkes does and this is no exception. Winter is everywhere: on the houses, in the park and clumped on the trees.  It's hard and icy. It takes a long time to get dressed. The way he writes it and the dreamy illustrations make all this sound like a good thing - which to a child is true.  George loves winter and could spend all day playing in the snow.  He loves this book.  Alice does not. A Loud Winter's Nap by Katy Hudson This book is funny - both kids get into a fit of giggles at the end.  Tortoise is just trying to sleep the winter away but he keeps getting interrupted by his friends who [...]

CHINESE NEW YEAR BOOKS FOR KIDS

By |February 5th, 2019|Categories: Curious Reads|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Ruby's Chinese New Year by Vickie Lee with pictures by Joey Chou Ruby is sad that this her year grandmother (or Po Po as I read to my kids) won't be able to come to the family dinner for Chinese New Year. She makes a card for Po Po and goes on a journey to deliver it getting help from all the animals of the Chinese zodiac along the way. This is a great, colourful story that incorporates the original tale of how the animals came to be a part of the zodiac (in this case, cat misses out because she is sleeping). We LOVE this one! My First Chinese New Year by Karen Katz This is a perfect introduction book to how Chinese New Year is celebrated.  Typical Karen Katz cute illustrations. And it [...]

TEN BOOK ABOUT VALENTINE’S DAY

By |January 30th, 2019|Categories: Curious Reads|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Day it Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond This one has been around for over a decade and it's just so simple and sweet. One day it rains hearts and Cornelia Augusta (how cute is that name?) catches some.  She makes unique Valentine's that suit each of her friends. Thoughtful and adorable! My Heart is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall I love this one - we make sure to get it every year. Each page has a different animal that illustrates the way a child feels:  as angry as a bear or as silly as a seal. What sets this book apart, is that each animal is made up of hearts.  It lends itself perfectly to a craft you can do with your kids!  And no - I haven't done a craft year.  I [...]

Playground Survival: Sprouts, Toronto

By |January 27th, 2019|Categories: City Wonderland, Playground Survival, Toronto Tots|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

PLAYGROUND SURVIVAL: SPROUTS Winter is HERE which means my warm, sunny mornings or late-afternoon crisp fall days at the playgrounds are over. And I have to move inside. Luckily, Toronto has a plethora of indoor-play spaces. Some better than others and this is one:  Sprouts Growing Bodies & Minds Address: 183 Carlaw Ave (between Queen and Dundas) How to Get Here: We drive and find street parking. Streetcar: 301, 501, 502, 503 Bus:  72A, 72B, 72C, 325 Why We Like it: We have been Sprouts fans since George first started to crawl.  It's a wide, open and bright space with two large wooden play structures. There are trampolines, surrounded by soft mats, a little playhouse, an additional slide to the ones on the structures, and lots of fun toys like [...]