Monocle Country Fayre

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It’s new and we really liked it. The first edition of the Monocle Country Fayre took place this week end, in parallel to the Marylebone Summer Fayre in London. Pirate fishing game, live farm animals, face painting, products stalls, food, etc. A good mix for urban kids and stylish parents.

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Achouna the Little Eskimo

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This is a book found in the attic of my mother’s house. I read it as a child; I was quite obsessed by eskimos. I still like to do the eskimo kiss in the evening; I recently explained my daughters why eskimos had to greet each other like this.

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Chilean-French books by Loreto Corvalan

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I have discovered the books by Loreto Corvalan when we visited Chile last January. We stayed at  Tierra Patagonia and the hotel had a wonderful children’s corner with amazing books and toys by local artist. Loreto, who is Chilean, moved to Paris in 1985 and she now lives and works in Normandie. 

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A photographic journey in Kyrgyzstan

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My Quiet of Gold by Cooper & Gorfer is a striking photographic journey documenting the stories of love, sorrow, and betrayal from rural Kyrgyzstan. Seen at the last Armory show in New York, the photographs stayed with me. I was particularly struck by the intense and mysterious look of this women.

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5 Great Toys to Improve Interpersonal Skills

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“With children so easily fixated by computers, mobile phones, mp3 players and game play consoles – and at an ever increasing early age – some parents are expressing concerns that their children are becoming socially withdrawn. There’s a worry that children will start to lose the social skills that are nurtured through traditional group play” says Carl Shaw, ‘Head Honcho’ of www.toyella.com.

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Homes at play

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Just released, “Playful Homes” by Andrew Weaving is  not just another publication on kid’s rooms. The 240 pages book features twelve family homes, all designed

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Boy, oh boy!

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Boy (by director Taika Waititi), is a movie to add to the MUST SEE list . 

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Indigenous dolls

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Inspired by the Tehuelches, the indigenous people of Patagonia, Pamela Greene creates a wonderful collection of

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Picasso in Salta

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“Con su permiso pintores!”, a great exhibit that we visited at Mac (Museum of  Contemporary Art in Salta, Argentina). Children had been invited to

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Zid Zid Kids at Art Dubai

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On the occasion of the International Dubai Art Fair in March, designers Zid Zid Kids will team with artist Yto Barrada to design an interactive lounge. The space called “Morocco to the Moon” will take visitors on a warm and whimsical trip to the moon, outer-space and beyond. An artist project sponsored exclusively by Louis Vuitton and Art Dubai.

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Into the wild, reading books

From the book “Mi mama no es simpatica” by Loreto Corvalan

I wish I could take the Argentinian landscapes back with me to London, and I wish I also could take that delicious reading room with its decor and books contents. I love Eastern European children’s books and illustrators but South American seem to have the same love for detailed + poetic drawings, for sophisticated colour palettes. So rich, so precious for children…

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Playful and conceptual

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Something in the work of Miguel Palma is reminiscent of boys toys and puts me in a playful mood.

Courtesy of Miguel Palma and inc-livros

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