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Archive for March, 2011

Narnia Featured at the Macy’s Herald Square Flower Show

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Narnia.jpgThis sounds like a lot of fun. Wish I could go. The Chronicles of Narnia Specialty Garden will be in full bloom on the 7th Floor of Macy’s from March 27 through April 10, timed with the DVD release of the film, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Children, as well as adults should enjoy this incredible display that recreates the mythical, magical world of C.S. Lewis’ Narnia. The garden is inspired by the sea of lilies the courageous voyagers traveled to reunite with the Great Lion Aslan. A full day of activities will include activity stations, coloring stations and readings from the book. Customers who purchase of $50 or more in kids, will receive a Narnia goodie bag that includes a copy of the newly-released The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader DVD.

Saturday, April 9th, 2011 @ 2PM is Narnia Family Day
March 27th – April 10th, 2011 – Display (Open during regular store hours and admission is free to the public)

Macy’s Herald Square – in Kids on the 7th Floor
151 West 34th St., New York, New York 10001

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Featured in New Eating Healthy, Growing Strong Campaign

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

HungryCat.jpgThe Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the American Academy of Pediatrics have joined with the best-selling children’s book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and with We Give Books to help families learn about healthy eating habits at home. The Eating Healthy. Growing Strong. campaign is an important part of the Alliance’s mission to combat childhood obesity.

This spring, more than 17,500 pediatrician offices across the United States will receive free copies of specially created The Very Hungry Caterpillar books, together with growth charts and parent handouts that encourage doctors and parents to have meaningful conversations about the importance of healthy eating.

In addition to beginning the conversation on healthy eating between pediatricians and parents, the campaign also showcases ways to integrate discussions of healthy active living into family reading time. Tips for parents to discuss healthy active living using The Very Hungry Caterpillar include:

    * Teach your child that apples, pears, plums, strawberries, and oranges are all fruits. Ask them if they can name other fruits.
    * Talk to them about how fruits are good for your body.
    * Talk about how when the caterpillar overeats, he gets a stomachache—so it is important to stop eating when you feel full.

“Parents should read with their children every day, starting when they are babies,” said O. Marion Burton, MD, FAAP, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics. “This campaign provides a wonderful opportunity to teach children about healthy eating habits at a very young age, while fostering a love of books and language.”

The materials are being provided to the campaign by We Give Books, a digital initiative from Penguin—the publisher of The Very Hungry Caterpillar—and by the Pearson Foundation. Visitors to We Give Books will have the chance to read a library of great children’s books for free, any time they like, and each time they read a book at http://www.wegivebooks.org/, the Pearson Foundation will donate a brand-new book to a leading literacy group.

Parents and healthcare professionals are encouraged to visit the Alliance for a Healthier Generation (www.healthiergeneration.org/veryhungrycaterpillar) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (www.healthychildren.org/veryhungrycaterpillar) websites for free resources and materials to encourage eating healthy at home including a reading guide on how to discuss healthy active living usingThe Very Hungry Caterpillar and a special growth chart to keep track of a child’s journey to becoming healthy and strong.

Barbie: A Fairy Secret – A Wonderful Adventure for Barbie Fans

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

BarbieFairySecret.jpgBarbie: A Fairy Secret” is the story of how Barbie discovers that fairies really do exist. Here is a review from our 9-year-old film critic, Makai Weber Colvin. See her video review here. Or, read below:

When a fairy princess captures her boyfriend Ken, Barbie along with her costar, Raquelle, and two of Barbie’s stylists, head out to rescue him from Gloss Angeles, a floating town filled with fairies.
I really like the animation in this movie, especially how each of the characters are drawn. Barbie’s eyes glisten like jewels and get me into the fairy mood. Each scene bursts with color, like their hangout – Wally’s.

I also love how every piece of clothing has a modern twist. I wish I could have two fairies as my personal stylists. The movie also has great music that makes me want to dance.
Barbie is already friends with her two fashion stylists at the beginning of the movie, but is uneasy around her rival Raquelle. Raquelle is jealous of Barbie, so what will happen when they get twisted up in this magical world together?

MakaiCcolvin.jpgWhen Ken is forced to marry fairy princess Graziella he realizes how much he loves Barbie but lots of trouble stands in their way. Don’t worry, because Barbie will do anything to get Ken back.
Girls ages two to ten will really enjoy this movie filled with friends, fashion and adventure. Will Raquelle and Barbie ever be friends? How will they get into the magical world? Will they rescue Ken? Find out when you watch “Barbie: a Fairy Secret.” Credit: Makai Weber Colvin, Age 9, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

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