I'm usually not one for kid-specific music, but I have to say,
it's been a trip listening to Justin Roberts' Jungle
Gym. Every track is inspired by universal kid experiences:
Sleepoverland, Trick or Treat, Fire Drill, New Haircut. Gym Class
Parachute brought me right back to my childhood elementary school
gym class, where, every once in awhile, Mr. Fabbri took out the
giant parachute much to our delight.
Mothers of kids who are just now passing through or have passed
through the Truck Obsession Phase will appreciate "Obsessed by
Trucks." Fratellone, who has broken his arm a whopping FIVE times,
most recently this past June while playing on the - you
guessed it - Jungle Gym at school - related to "Sign my
Cast." I was offered to review this CD, and now I'd like to return
the kindness and giveaway a copy to a reader.
Interested? Just subscribe to my blog - either Windy City Mama or tiramisumom.com - and leave a
comment below detailing your happiest elementary school memory, and
I'll let a now cast-less Fratellone pick a winner next
In another blast to my elementary school past,
yesterday, at Open House, my son's teacher reported that he has
been sneaking reads of his book (he's currently engrossed in the
Percy Jackson series) whenever he gets a chance. At least she
winked and added, "I can't blame him though!"
Her comment brought back more memories of my school
days, because I, too, was the kid that sneaked a read whenever
I could. (I sneaked reading in because, well, I was bored
in class. So of course now I'm worried that Fratellone
too is feeling un-challenged by school. I'll have to keep this in
check.Evidently, sneaking reads in class is a genetic trait that I
passed on to my son.)
Meanwhile, I try to encourage his reading (outside of
school) even more, and this weekend, we're heading out to the 57th
Street Bookfair in Hyde Park to meet some authors (Blue
Balliet!), check out new books and hang out with our fave
storybook characters. We'll be there at 1 on Sunday to catch the
Storybook Character Parade because I know that Pupa too will be
thrilled to see Clifford . Hope to see you there!
Amy Bizzarri is a mom of two living in Logan Square. She also blogs at tiramisumom.com.
See more of Amy's stories here.
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