New (and exciting – again!), The Loop is a quarterly magazine for children aged 9—13, that engages its readers in contemporary global and local issues in an approachable manner. We received the first issue a few months ago and read it “en famille” from beginning to
The Hungry Little Minds A-Z flash cards and building blocks are the first of a series of designs planned with the objective of creating toys which are fun and creative and introduce children into the world of architecture and design. Behind this project is Vikki Tucker, a designer and interior architect from
If you haven’t seen Peter & The Wolf and The Swiss Family Robinson, I highly recommend you to add them to your to-see list! Peter & The Wolf is a wonderful animated short movie (32 minutes) from 2006. Very beautifully made, with Prokofiev’s famous music
With her transformation of everyday objects into toys, her installations and images, Artist Martine Camillieri makes a sharp comment on our society, on waist, recycling and especially toxic materials. With her book “Wild Foods”, she helps us understand how to avoid eating too much of the questionable food that surround us, or at least not to exceed the permissible dose of toxicity.
With “Walking Drawings”, Eve Wright created an exciting concept of visual art in landscape, reminiscent of Andy Goldsworthy’s work (whose film “Rivers and Tides” is an absolute must see with children). She says, “… I wanted to take my studio practice into a public space and onto a larger canvas and so Walking Drawings was born.”
Wee Society is a new kids brand created by design firm Office, a team of moms and dads who believe in bright little minds, uncontrollable giggles and happy design. They produce prints for decoration as well as a learning app. The “Wee Alphas” on the decoration side features a quirky crew of 26 illustrated animals with a letter of the alphabet hidden in each one, and on the virtual side an iPad learning app for
This spiral shaped building is a project for a Buddhist temple soon to be built in Taichang, China. It takes shape of a Mobius ring, reflecting the basic principles of Buddhism and the idea of reincarnation. It’s a bit like a new version Franck Lloyd Wright’S New York Guggenheim. By Shanghai-based architecture firm Miliy Design. extraordinary temple.
“Maude The Not-So-Noticeable Shrimpton” is a brand new book by Lauren Child, illustrated by Trisha Krauss. The story is about The Shrimptons family; “flamboyant and eccentric, being noticed is what all the members of the Shrimpton family live for – all except, that is, for Maude. She prefers to blend into the background rather than stand out in a crowd. And this is very much to her advantage when they all come face to face with a rather hungry tiger”. Trisha Krauss tells us more about the collaboration…
A new illustrated version of the Odyssey is out, and this is one you will want to read with your child for its incredible illustrations. A raising talent, Neil Packer who has illustrated novels such as 100 Years of Solitude and Catch 22, spent over 5 years working on the Odyssey. The result is pure beauty.
Freddy Deane is the man behind the illustrations repeated across the Smiling Planet collection. If you are fond of Freddy’s fun and poetic creatures, you will love his book “Donut Dream”.
Watching movies with the whole family is a wonderful pastime. But it takes a while to arrive! It’s something to look forward to when your children are toddlers and an incredible reward when the kids are older. The Mini Social Blog invited me to put together a selection of our favourite movies, a bit off the blockbuster-beaten-path.