book review: baba didi and the godwits fly
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Now THAT’s a name for a book, right?  The title just begs you to come in and explore what lies between the book covers.  And what lies between the covers of Nicola Muir’s new book is a very unique children’s story, chock-full of lessons for kids of all ages. On the surface, Baba Didi and […]

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comic book spurs food fight!

Amid the variety of foods, crafts and flowers that makes Reading Terminal a sought after experience in Philly, there is a spot, Miscellanea Libri, which satisfies appetites with the rarest titles, hard to find and never heard of new and used books. My visit to the Reading Terminal seven years ago, led me to one […]

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showing all kinds of love through children’s books
Owen and Mzee, Scholastic Press

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be about chocolate overload or mylar balloons or Hallmark’s version of what true love is. Classic children’s books celebrating love are wonderful, but there is more than enough love to go around.  Here’s a list of five books to share with children that present a wider perspective of what love […]

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kids book review: 11 Experiments that Failed

11 Experiments That Failed by Jenny Offill and Nancy Carpenter. (Schwartz & Wade, $16.99) Reviewer: Maleka Fruean Here’s another sassy picture book by Jenny Offill and Nancy Carpenter, who also created 17 Things I’m Not Allowed to Do Anymore. The main character, a highly mischievous and utterly curious little girl, becomes a home scientist and […]

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Monday Mix: Me…Jane Book Review
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Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell (Little, Brown, $15.99) What an amazing and beautiful picture book written and illustrated by the creator of the Mutts comic strip Patrick McDonnell. It’s a simple story about the true childhood life of Jane Goodall, a curious girl who loved nature and discovery, started a club called the Alligator Society, and […]

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Nope, not nuggets.  And not the flinching game.  This post is hereby dedicated to our new family favorite picture book: Interrupting Chicken, written by David Ezra Stein (2010). This is one of those magical children’s books that is as entertaining for the adults reading it as it is for the children for which it was designed. […]

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Introducing the Monday Mix: Book Reviews, Quotes, Neighborhood Fun, and More Mishmash

Greetings Germantown Avenue Parents! It’s Maleka Fruean, mama of three, events coordinator at Big Blue Marble Bookstore in Mt. Airy, and Germantown resident. I’m introducing a new series of GAP posts I’ll be doing on Mondays called the Monday Mix, filled with book reviews on new and older children’s and parenting books arriving at the […]

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