Playing by the book

Reviews of kids' books and the crazy, fun stuff they inspire us to do

Pinkness and the joy of dance when raising kids

We don’t do much pinkness in this home full of females. Indeed I taught myself to sew when my girls were really tiny because I was determined not to dress them in pink, and at the time it seemed that if you wanted skirts and dresses for female babies the only option in shops was […]

Beautiful books inspired by Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker

Today’s Picture Book Month theme is Music and given the approaching season I couldn’t resist looking at a couple of books to go with Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker: Ella Bella Ballerina and the Nutcracker by James Mayhew, and Nutcracker by E.T.A Hoffman, translated by Ralph Manheim, illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Having introduced us to Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella […]

2 books which shouldn’t be shelved: High Times and Swan Lake

Once you’ve finished a book what do you do with it? Shelve it away so it can barely be seen? How about, instead, exhibiting it on a window sill or mantelpiece to invite comment, to become an ever present part of your life? Not all books lend themselves to this of course, but High Times: […]

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