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5 Fascinating Illustrated Children’s Books From Quarto

5 Fascinating Illustrated Children’s Books From Quarto

I want to share five Quarto titles that I have recently read and that I hope you and your family will love reading together. The books are presented in roughly age-appropriate order. Read More

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The Force Awakens the Feminist Hero We’ve Always Wanted

The Force Awakens the Feminist Hero We’ve Always Wanted

As I’ve said before, my daughter loves Star Wars. I’m sure it comes as no surprise to anyone that there is a small number of female characters in the Star Wars galaxy. And at her young age, even my fledgling padawan has noticed the lack of women in the galaxy. She would rather pretend to be Luke or Anakin because they get more involved in the action of the story. (“Leia needs to be rescued and Padme dies, Mom.”) Yes, Princess, now General, Leia and Padme do get in on the action, but if we are all honest with ourselves, the boys are the ones who get to play the role of hero and save the day. And then came Rey. Read More

Cinderella 2015: A Princess in the Golden Age of Hollywood

Kenneth Branagh has reinterpreted this live-action Cinderella to feel like a golden age of Hollywood classic (with English accents). Cate Blanchett’s wicked stepmother wanders around in 1940’s inspired hats with veils, pin-curled updos, bright red lips, and “mode de Paris.” The stepsisters don peter pan collars, loud prints, big curly hair, and pink, fuzzy 1950’s inspired sweater shrugs. Cinderella’s ball dress looks as if it mixed the original cartoon dress with a little Scarlett O’Hara and a lot of Swarovski crystals. Read More