Our kids understand books because we read them books!

Well, it's happened with the second child: That moment when a total stranger interrupts my reading aloud to voice the opinion that the child is too young to understand what I'm reading.  Here's how I described this phenomenon when my first child was 4 years old: I must say, I got far less flak from … Continue reading Our kids understand books because we read them books!

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Tater-Totter: A 4-year-old’s Traffic Safety Invention

Lydia and I were riding in the back seat of our car, along the highway at the beginning of our family's Memorial Day vacation.  Lydia was looking out the window at the passing cars and suddenly turned to me. LYDIA: Mama, do you know about a tater-totter?  That's a car but with two wheels in … Continue reading Tater-Totter: A 4-year-old’s Traffic Safety Invention

Walkable City, Visible City, and 4 more book reviews

My brother got me two books about cities for my birthday--one fiction and one nonfiction, both great books with great covers! Here they are, along with reviews of the other books I've read recently. Walkable City by Jeff Speck I love living in a walkable urban neighborhood!  This book by a city planner told me a … Continue reading Walkable City, Visible City, and 4 more book reviews