9/26 – 10/2 Children’s Book of the Week: Corduroy

by Dan Freeman 
In this classic, Corduroy, a precocious teddy bear in the toy section of a huge department store, misses his chance at a real home when a little girl’s mother points out that he has a missing button on his overalls. Anxious to be adopted by the right child, Corduroy sets off on a night time adventure to find his button. He climbs a mountain (the elevator), finds a palace (the furniture department), and even thinks he has found a sea of his buttons, all tightly fixed to the top of a mattress! Though Corduroy’s mission is cut short by the night watchman, he is delighted to find that the same little girl the next day comes back – and she’s going to buy him, even without his button, with her own money.

A sweet, classic story. Best for ages 3 -8.

~ Susan Chodakiewitz is the author of the children’s picture book Too Many Visitors for One Little House and the founder of Booksicals, Encouraging Reading Through the Arts.  Too Many Visitors is now available  as an ibook for ipad and iphones with a fun read-aloud musical narration.  http://bit.ly/ibookVisitors ~

The Serious Need for Play

Quoting from the Scientific American Mind article by Melinda Wenner on play – “Free, imaginative play is crucial for normal social, emotional and cognitive development. It makes us better adjusted, smarter and less stressed…”
The article goes on to say that some studies show that a play deprived childhood disrupts normal social, emotional and congitive development in humans and animals.

If you have a chance to read the article in Scientific AMerican Mind February/March 2009, I highly recommend it.

As we book playdates, afterschool acitivities, karate, gymnastics, little league, piano lessons, homework, ballet, yoga class etc. lets remember to make time for our kids to just play with pots and pans, play in the yard, play dress up, play make believe, use their imaginations and simply just play.

And if we are worried about them getting into a good college? Well according to Scientific American Mind – play may just be the thing to puts our kids in the forefront of the competition!