Archive for February, 2010

We love kid’s books!  Our book collection (both at home and at Citizen Kid) continues to grow.  Many of our favourites come from a publisher called Barefoot Books.  All of their products are aptly described by their slogan, “Celebrating Art and Story.”

Just today we received five new titles (at least new to us) along with restocking some favourites.  I’ll tell you about one of them but you will have to come into the store to see the rest!


Written by Joanne Oppenheim / Illustrated by Miriam Latimer

This wonderfully lyrical story is perfectly complimented by the fantastical artwork inside.  Children from age 3-8 will find the story’s scenario and the Prince’s predicament familiar and entertaining.  As will parents!

Even with everyone in the kingdom coming to the palace to lend a hand, it seems that nothing will help the Prince sleep.  The King and Queen are at their wit’s end!  Will the Prince ever give them — and himself — some rest?

This paperback edition includes a “storytime” CD with the story read by actor Jim Broadbent.  Many of the Barefoot books include these CDs.  They are great for in the car, and can also provide a more inspiring alternative to taking a TV break.

Thanks to Beth, a Citizen Kid regular, for recommending this title – we like it too!  We love suggestions so please feel free to share your favourites in the comments or with an email to trevor@citizenkid.ca.

Spoiler Alert:  He falls asleep in the end.  🙂


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That guy in the background looks kinda crabby!!

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Hia! Anna from Citizen Kid here!

I’m SO exited about the new Finger Puppets that arrived that I just HAD to take over the blog to tell you about them!  All the little critters (and there are sooo many different ones) are hand knit, fair trade, in Peru by the artisans of “Lucama”.  Being a knitter myself I’m fascinated by all the different little stitches used to make the varied textures, patterns and little tiny expressions on the animals and people. I’ve become particularly fond of the CONDOR — the largest flying land bird in the western hemisphere!

He’s hanging out (in miniature of course) with me at Citizen Kid so, if your popping in, you can pop one or two of his pals on your fingers and make puppet show small enough to fit in your pocket!

Bye for now!  I think I’ll go make a tropical sea scape on the block table for the crab finger puppets to hang out in….

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Slap me five!!!


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Valentine’s Day is almost here, and whether or not you’ve been hit by Cupid’s arrows this year, you will find everything you need for the little one(s) you love at Citizen Kid.

Check out the Make Your Own Valentines kit.  This is a fun way to create unique (and unbranded) Valentines for all your friends and classmates at school.

Here’s a beautiful felt purse — hand-made from En Gry & Sif,  to carry all of your Valentine’s cards…

And a Berry-Lee Boogaloo to cuddle with!

We’ve also found some great books to promote a little cuddle time on the couch…

And how about some sweet pretend pastries to nibble on?  Perfect with a mug of hot chocolate…

Don’t forget to pick up the flowers and the hand-made chocolates while on Locke Street…  Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Won’t yo-yo be our Valentine?

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Anna’s been busy at the blocks table again…  Check out the pirate ship and palm trees!

… and the city park complete with fountain, chess tables, sculpture, and bocce ball court!

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Thanks for helping!

Just a quick (and late) note to thank all of you who came to the store last Friday to support our fundraiser.  It was a great success – thanks to you.

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