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Where Did All the Colors Go? by Adrien Broom


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Adrien Broom is an artist and photographer who has been working on a project called “Where Did All the Colors Go?” — an art project destined to become a children’s book, short film and all around multi-media extravaganza for your tablets.

The premise is simple. The story is told through the eyes of a little girl and when she wakes up she realizes color has disappeared. As she moves on from room to room, she rediscovers colors. Though meant for children, the imagery is so enchanting it’s hard not to get drawn in — perhaps it appeals to the kids in us.

You can hear Adrien talk about the project below. She’s already met all of her funding so we can expect this to become a reality. In fact, she’s slated to have an exhibit at the Chrysler Museum of Art, in Virginia, in 2014.

Overview of Project/ Kickstarter Video from Adrien Broom on Vimeo.

I’m not sure when the book will be out but I’ll keep you posted because I definitely want a copy for myself, um, I mean, for the tiny dancer!

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Grab a Hat and Read With the Cat Today!

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Grab a Hat and Read With the Cat Today!


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Today is the National Education Associations Read Across America Day and since Dr. Seuss’s birthday is tomorrow, the annual initiative has a Dr. Seuss theme. There are events planned today and tomorrow across the United States where adults will read to children – the more red and white striped hats the better!

You may remember I recently wrote about the benefits of reading to children and if you’ve been lagging today is a great day to get started. Remember as Dr. Seuss said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” (I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!, Dr. Seuss)

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Raising A Reader – The Importance of Reading to Kids


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Last night I attended my first local mothers’ club meeting and the guest speaker was a woman from a local non-profit Raising a Reader. I’ve read to the Tiny Dancer since she was about one month old but hearing about the importance of reading to kids made me want to share some of what I learned last night.

The meeting started with comparing two brain scans. The scan on the left is a healthy brain scan while the one on the right is what they call “deprived.” The speaker asked us what we thought the difference was between the two people. The answers from the crowd included hugs/affection, having been read to as children, and one-on-one attention from adults.  The correct answer was … all of them.  The person on the right was an orphan and lacked hugs/affection, having been read to as children, and one-on-one attention from adults.

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She then went on to show the parts of the brain that are active when hearing words, seeing words, speaking words and generating words.  Since different parts of the brain are activated with the different activities it’s important not just to read to kids but to also engage them in speaking, seeing and generating words.

brain scan reading and speaking words

Some of you may be great book readers to your kids, but everyone can improve.  Here are the 3 “Rules for Book Sharing” shared to us by Raising a Reader:

1.  Follow Your Child’s Pace

-Read just one page or the whole book.

-Never force your child to sit and read because it will become a chore.

2.  Make it A Conversation

-Comment:

“Look at that big brown bear!”

-Ask Questions:

“What animal is that?”

“How many __ do you see?”

“Why is that little girl smiling?”

-Respond with More Information:

Child: “Look, mommy! Duck!”

Parent: “You’re right, it’s a yellow duck with a beak.”

3. Have Fun!

-Use silly voices and movement.

-Sing songs.

-Connect stories to the child’s life.

Raising a Reader recommended reading to your children at least 15 minutes a day.  I’m so happy that I started reading to the Tiny Dancer at a young age because she loves books and is constantly coming up to me with a book in her hand saying “Read! Read!”.

If you don’t have lots of books at home don’t forget your local public library!  In addition to having lots of great programs for kids, you can take out books for your children – for free (so long as you return them on time.).  Reading with your child is also a great way to spend some quality time with your little one(s).  I hope this info gives you some ideas on how to make it more fun for you and your kids.

For more information on Raising a Reader please visit rarbayarea.org.

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Mirror, Mirror:  Dog Day Saturday

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Mirror, Mirror: Dog Day Saturday



It’s been unseasonably cold here in Northern California so we’ve been layering up to stay warm.  Last Saturday we went out to lunch and did some shopping so we kept it pretty casual.  Here’s what the Tiny Dancer wore …

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Hair: Bow, Claire’s
Top: Sweater, Polo by Ralph Lauren
Belt: babyGap
Pants: babyGap Skinny Jeans
Sneakers: adidas Campus
Book: Disney’s Lady and the Tramp

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toddler clothing polo ralph lauren babygap

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babyGap Introduces Limited Edition Peter Rabbit Collection

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babyGap Introduces Limited Edition Peter Rabbit Collection


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Yesterday babyGap introduced a limited edition Peter Rabbit collection inspired by Beatrix Potter’s infamous children’s book The Tale of Peter Rabbit. The line is made for infants up to size 24 months and consists of soft knit graphic bodysuits, brightly colored denim, whimsical one-pieces and patterned dresses. I’m especially loving the little bunny ears on sweaters and beanies. You can find the babyGap Peter Rabbit collection at Gap stores or on Gap.com.

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To celebrate the launch of the babyGap Peter Rabbit collection, Gap invites you and your kids to a special reading of The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit by Emma Thompson, activities and refreshments.

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A book drive will be held by children’s literary organization Milk + Bookies with donations going to local Boys & Girls Clubs.

babygap peter rabbit collection

Participating Gap stores – Saturday, January 26, 2013, 11 AM

Boston: 210 Andover St @ North Shore Mall, Route 9 & Worcester Rd @ Natick Mall, 94 Derby St

Chicago: 1740 N. Sheffield, 4999 Old Orchard Center #A6, 432 Oakbrook Center

Dallas: 13250 Dallas Pkwy 2nd Floor @ Dallas Galleria, 2601 Preson Road @ Stonebriar, Central Expwy & NW Hwy #738 @ NorthPark

Los Angeles: 1931 Wilshire Blvd, 14006 Riverside Dr. @ Sherman Oaks, 3333 Bristol St Space 1021 @ South Coast Plaza

Miami: 7521 Kendall Dr., Suite 3040 @ Dadeland, 3015 Grand Ave @ Coco Walk, 19575 Biscayne Blvd. @ Aventura

New York: 680 Fifth Ave, 1511 Third Ave, 122 Fifth Ave, 290 Garden State Plaza

Philadelphia: 60 West Rd. @ Newton Center, 1510 Walnut St., 690 W. DeKalb Pike @ King of Prussia

San Francisco: 1554 Redwood Highway, 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd 1002, Stanford Shopping Center Space 223

Toronto: 260 Yonge Street @ Eaton Center, 3401 Dufferin Street @ Yorkdale, 100 City Centre Drive @ Square One

Washington D.C.: 7101 Democracy Blvd @Montgomery Mall, 1100 S. Hayes St. @ Pentagon City Mall

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babygap peter rabbit collection

babygap peter rabbit collection

babygap peter rabbit collection

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Color Me Manga Graffiti Coloring Book

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Color Me Manga Graffiti Coloring Book


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If you are anything like me then your child has stacks of coloring books but no matter how many different ones you buy, boredom inevitably sets in. Some children, mine included, would rather vandalize than color in books – that is, my daughter would much prefer to scribble on the walls and furniture than in her coloring books. So when I cam across the Color Me Manga Graffiti coloring book, I thought I hit the jackpot.

Color Me Manga Graffiti Coloring Book Shiro

Color Me Manga Graffiti is a coloring book with drawings by the Japanese female graffiti artist Shiro. Her cute and funny characters and graffiti styles appeal to children as well as to the young at heart. Shiro’s cheerful mix of Hip Hop flavor and manga-inspired characters offer inspiration in fun coloring designs for people of all ages.

Color Me Manga Graffiti Coloring Book Shiro

Shiro is a female graffiti artist from Japan. She expresses her own vision of life through her original characters and she is inspired by the creativity of old-school Hip Hop. Shiro loves traveling, painting, making friends and leaving her footprints all over the world. She is an accomplished artist and has participated in community awareness murals and other large-scale graffiti projects as well as gallery art shows.

Color Me Manga Graffiti Coloring Book Shiro

Now the little ones can learn about graffiti, learn the art of filling in and hopefully stay off the walls at home! You can order the Color Me Manga Graffiti Coloring Book here.

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Now I Am Big! and I Can Do It Myself! Book Review

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Now I Am Big! and I Can Do It Myself! Book Review


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Growing from a baby to a toddler is an important developmental milesetone for children. Kids learn to express themselves verbally and are physically able to do more on their own. I see this everyday with the Tiny Dancer – she’s fearless and always trying to do new things – by herself! When I received Now I Am Big! and I Can Do It Myself! from Abrams Appleseed, they could not have come at a better time.

now i am big and i can do it myself book review

Now I Am Big! and I Can Do It Myself! are the stories of a boy and a girl who celebrate growing taller and stronger and being able to do things on their own. The stories are both empowering and entertaining for kids and help them realize how much they have accomplished.

now i am big and i can do it myself book review

Written by Stephen Krensky and illustrated by Sara Gillingham, Now I Am Big! and I Can Do It Myself! are some of my new favorite books in the Tiny Dancer’s collection. The encouraging message along with the captivating retro-inspired illustrations make these books a new family favorite – for kids and adults. You can find Now I Am Big! and I Can Do It Myself! on Amazon.com.

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Book Review: “Huff & Puff” by Claudia Rueda

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Book Review: “Huff & Puff” by Claudia Rueda


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I received a copy of Huff & Puff by Claudia Rueda from Abrams Appleseed so I gave it the best test I could – I sat down to read it to the Tiny Dancer and let her peruse it on her own. Huff & Puff is a variant of The Three Little Pigs story – one that is much more kid friendly and not nearly as scary. At each interval, the reader is invited to “huff & puff” the houses down which the Tiny Dancer loves participating in. We sit and huff & puff together until she giggles and flips the page.

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The Tiny Dancer huffing and puffing away

I love Huff & Puff because it’s not as violent as the Three Little Pigs and the Tiny Dancer loves huffing and puffing. She now takes my hand and pulls me to the book shelf and reaches for this book for me to read to her. It’s definitely a new family favorite. You can buy Huff & Puff on Amazon.com.

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PANTONE®: COLORS Children’s Book Review

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PANTONE®: COLORS Children’s Book Review


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I was so happy to receive a copy of PANTONE®: COLORS to review because I’m a huge fan of the Pantone® color system and had to use it extensively back when I was designing t-shirt graphics.  I flipped through the book and loved the simplicity of the layout and the striking colors.  Nine basic colors are featured along with twenty shades of each color – each of the variants are organized similarly to the iconic Pantone® swatches but the names come from familiar objects from a child’s world.

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I know I love the book, but I thought I would actually see what the Tiny Dancer thought of it. She loves books but she especially loved PANTONE®: COLORS – I could tell because it held her attention for longer than usual. The saturated colors and illustrations entertained her and kept her busy. It’s easy to see why. She has lots of books, but none look quite this good.

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PANTONE®: COLORS is published by Abrams Appleseed, a new imprint for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. You can purchase PANTONE®: COLORS online on Amazon.com.

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pantone colors childrens book

pantone colors childrens book

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!


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One of our favorite children’s book authors, Dr. Seuss, was born on this day in 1904. I loved his books as a child and now I enjoy them again with my tiny dancer. There’s something so timeless about his stories and illustrations that I’m sure one day I’ll enjoy these stories again with my grandchildren.

The Lorax opens in theaters today so that would be a great way to celebrate. The Tiny Dancer is too young for the movie theater just yet but I’ll be sure to read The Cat in the Hat to her today. How are you celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday?

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