Purpose of this Blog...

You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children's imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls. My goal is to help you find the ones that do!
(Painting by Mary Cassatt: "Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" -1888)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A Counting Book and Shadow Play

I found this beautiful board book by Agnese Baruzzi a couple of weeks ago in the gift shop of the new San Diego Public Library, and couldn't resist buying it. With all the dark silhouettes, it seemed like a perfect book for fall (and Halloween)...

It will be a little while before my grandson can hold it by himself.  Though the pages themselves are sturdy, the die-cut illustrations are very intricate - making this book appropriate for ages 3 and up.
The "2 SQUIRRELS" page is one of my favorites...

source - you can view all the die-cut illustrations at
Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

This unique book reminded me of a shadow box puppet theatre.  Your kids can make their own!  Go here or here for easy tutorials.

source: minieco.co.uk

All you need is a cereal box and some vellum (or wax) paper!

For some fun inspiration, watch this brilliant 1955 Jack and the Beanstalk shadow theatre that I found on Youtube...

1 comment:

  1. Would you be interested in having a children's author at your blog?