Category: Books

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Classic Children’s Books

Reading to children is a fun activity for both the children and adults. There are some books that children from various countries and cultures have enjoyed over the years which continue to be popular today. The next time you plan to buy a book to read to your child, you should consider one of these classics.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Written by Mark Twian, it was first published in 1884. It is known for its use of dialogue and fantastic character visualizations. This is more than a book, it is a piece of American literary history.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

This adventure still captures hearts and minds today. Known better by the abbreviated title, Alice in Wonderland, it was written by Lewis Carroll. The well constructed tale can be read to children in parts, and they will always be left wanting more.

Black Beauty

Told through the eyes of a horse, this novel, first published in 1877, broke new literary ground. The themes in each chapter are meant to teach kindness and understanding, lessons that are important for children.

Andersen Fairy Tales

The genius of Hans Christian Andersen is still recognized today. The stories have been translated into over 150 languages. Aside form influencing many other works, the stories are still being published today.

The Wizard of Oz

Written by L. Frank Baum in 1900, the influence of this work on popular culture is without question. Your child will be swept away by the tale of young Dorothy and her companions, and it offers great life lessons as well.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Fire up your child’s imagination with this classic sci-fi tale. The visionary story has been reprinted many times and continues to thrive today. It was written by Jules Verne in 1870.

Gulliver’s Travels

Written by Jonathan Swift in 1726, it details the adventures of Lemuel Gulliver, and was written originally as a satire. The popular story has been reprinted time and time again.

Jungle Book

First published in magazines in 1893-1894, this fascinating tale by Rudyard Kipling tells the story of Mowgli, a boy raised by wolves.

This is by no means a complete list, merely a reminder of the stories that held your attention as a child. Search online for lists of classic children books, it might end up being a nostalgic journey. While many good books are being written today, these classics will never become outdated.

Toy Safety

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We love to keep our kids entertained. Often that involves choosing toys for them to have fun with, learn, or just be active. The toy you choose however is dependent on more than whether or not the child likes it. The most important factor in toy buying is the issue of safety.

With so many different toys on the market, there is no one size fits all approach. Every toy that makes it to store shelves must meet government set standards. Ultimately though, it is up to you and your comfort level. When in doubt, don’t buy it. Remember that it’s not always design flaws that pose a risk to young children, accidents do happen.

Risks Associated with Playtime

Choking – some toys have small parts that can detach easily, or come loose because of rough play.

Drowning – any toy that can be filled with water for the child to play in requires adequate supervision. A child can drown even in a small amount of water.

Strangulation – some toys have cords or shorts ropes attached which can be a serious hazard.

Cuts – toys should be regularly checked for breaks which can lead to cuts. Also, avoid buying toys that have parts sharp enough to cause injury.

Motor vehicle accidents – there have been numerous cases of children getting hit while chasing runaway toys. It goes without saying that kids need to be closely watched when playing with balls or similar toys.

Injury from projectiles – it is never a good idea to give a young child a toy that fires projectiles. Serious eye injuries are a constant risk. Although the toy industry has created toys that fire soft projectiles a little caution can’t hurt.

Lead Paint – while this is no longer a common occurrence, there have been enough reports in the media lately to cause concern. If you’re worried about your child’s toys, you can purchase a home lead testing kit, but understand that they are somewhat limited. Contact the Consumer Product Safety Commission for advice if you’re worried about possible lead risks.

It’s always best to get age appropriate toys. Age guidelines should be printed on the packaging. If not, it probably shouldn’t be on the shelf in the first place. Consumer protection groups should have adequate information on toy safety, and toy safety standards. Also, browsing online should also provide reviews on toys so you can make an informed decision when it comes to choosing your child’s toys.