Present ideas for Little Ballerinas.

We have little ballerine at our house, and she LOVES everything about ballet from little pictures of ballerinas to ballerina dolls.

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Her favorite books are about ballet, favorite movies are about ballet also, so it’s not hard to decide what she wants to get as a present sometimes.

If you have little ballerina in your mind who needs a present, I will share the list of things that will help you to make a good choice.

Books.

1.Tallulah’s Toe Shoes

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Watching the older girls during her ballet school’s performance of Sleeping Beauty, Tallulah notices one big difference between herself and the best dancers at her school: satin toe shoes. When the Lilac Fairy throws out an old pair of pointe shoes, Tallulah retrieves them and tries them out, with painful results. Tallulah’s initial longing and impatience gives way to sadness and discouragement, but Singer’s graceful text brings the story around to a satisfying conclusion. With its glittering jacket, empathetic writing, and expressive watercolor illustrations, this picture book from the Tallulah series will appeal to many young dancers with ballerina dreams.

We love this book!!! The author also has the other titles in this series: Tallula’s Tutu, Tallula’s Solo, Tallula’s Nutckracker.

2. Miss Lina’s Ballerinas

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PreS-Gr 1–Miss Lina has eight students in her house in Messina: Christina, Edwina, Sabrina, Justina, Katrina, Bettina, Marina, and Nina. In four lines of two, they dance doing math, while they read, at the park, at the zoo, and at the beach. But with the addition of a new student, Regina, the girls are unable to perform in their familiar formation and chaos ensues. When Miss Lina patiently instructs her ballerinas to arrange themselves in a new configuration, order is restored: “everything’s perfect now there are nine,/because dancing in three rows of three is divine….”

One of Sophia’s favorite book too. This series also has the other titles: Miss Lina’s Ballerinas and the Wicked Wish, Miss Lina’s Ballerinas and the Prince.

3. Angelina Ballerina 25th Anniversary Edition

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t’s been twenty-five years since Angelina danced her way into the hearts of young ballerinas, and she’s still going strong. A true modern classic, Angelina continues to be adored by her legions of fans. Celebrate her twenty-fifth anniversary with this special edition of the original book that started it all. Featuring a lavish jacket that’s as sparkly as one of Angelina’s costumes, this book is the perfect way to commemorate her anniversary.

It was probably the first ballet book at our ballet books collection, and our favorite one so far.

Toys.

1.Madame Alexander 18″ Lavender Angelina Ballerina

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Lavender Angelina 18″ Cloth Doll presents the star ballerina in a lavender skirt with lavender satin bodice with a colorful “AB” logo emblazoned on the center (guess what “AB” stands for). Lavender satin ribbon with an organza overlay binds both the neckline sleeve and armlets. The skirt features lavender glitter tulle over dark lavender satin, and has a lavender satin ribbon binding on the tulle layer. Star of her own TV show and children’s book series by author Katharine Holabird and illustrator Helen Craig, this dancing little mouseling is a favorite of little girls everywhere.

Sophia doesn’t really play with the regular dolls, so this one is one of her favorite ones.

2.miYim Good Earth Ballerina Girl Rag Doll

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The My Natural Ballerina is an earth friendly rag doll made from natural cotton and recycled fiber filling. Her pink dress, hair bow and toe shoes are sure to please dancers of all ages.

This was Sophia’s first ballerina doll. She got it, when she was a baby, so it stays in her bed from that time.

3.Mudpuppy Ballerinas Magnetic Figures

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The magnetic version of Paper Dolls. From warm-ups to costumes, tutus to tiaras, you will find everything you need to take these two magnetic ballerinas from the studio to the spotlight. Enjoy four background scenes and three pages of magnetic costumes and accessories.

We love this magnet set,especially when we go out, because we can easily pack it with us and let Sophia play with it, while we have dinner.

4.Sticky Mosaics Ballerinas

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Follow a simple numbered legend and add over 2000 sparkling jewels and tiles. Includes 5 sparkling projects. Not for children under 3.

Sophia can’t do it by herself, so I usually help her, but this mosaic is a lot of fun.

5.The Ballet Series Alphabet Set by Aleksandra®

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This charming puzzle features all of the letters in the alphabet – each illustrated to depict a ballet term that is referenced in the storybooks. Each letter is bendable and can stick to any surface without leaving a residue.

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Valentine’s Day books for kids.

We love books in our house.

I started reding to my daughter when she was 3 weeks old, and from that time it’s her favorite thing to do.

These days we read all about Valentine’s Day, and I would like to share with you our top list of Valentine’s Day books for kids:

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1.The Very Fairy Princess Follows Her Heart

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PreS-K-Gerry is all about celebrating Valentine’s Day. It’s one of her favorite days, and she prepares and prepares for it. She makes valentines for everybody in her family and all of her classmates. When the big day finally arrives, her parents help her celebrate with pancakes, complete with fairy dust, a tiara, and wings. She arrives at school looking forward to the class party, but then realizes that she left her valentines at home. What could be a huge disaster turns into a unique opportunity for Gerry to show her friends just how much they mean to her by acting out her valentines for them, telling them why they are special. It turns out to be a great day for everyone.
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For Valentine’s Day everyone is making valentines to send to Michiko in Japan. Eveline decorates her card with gold glitter. pablo draws a picture of a happy fish. The kids in Mrs. Madoff’s class remember all the things they liked to do with their friend Michiko, even though she’s thousands of miles away now.
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PreS – A little boy creates and presents valentines to his pets, family members, and even his teddy bear in this appealing picture book. Told entirely in rhyme, the story commemorates kindness as well as love: the child reads a book to a younger brother and sends an affectionate note to his grandmother.
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Almost everything about Valentine’s Day is fancy . . . especially with Fancy Nancy!

Mystery is in the air when Nancy receives a valentine from a secret someone. Join Nancy as she follows the clues to find out who it is—all in her trademark fabulous style, of course. Gorgeous stickers included!

Share what are your favorite Valentine’s Books and what you read to your kids!!!!

Brain Rules For Baby:How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from 0 to 5.

41voM8LVixL._SY346_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_I read this book more than a year ago, and find it very useful and helpful for the parents. There are a lot of different information, how to make your kid smart, starting from the birth.
The thing that I like the author said, that of course new mom nutrition, behavior play a huge role in developing baby even when it is still in your womb, but the things like listening classic music, putting special mashines on your belly with music do not help or develop your future child”s brain.
There are a lot of different educational videos, that you can use from the birth, and the commerce says:”Make your baby speak Chinese in 12 months”. This doesn’t have any sense too, because there is no official scientist conclusion about videos which make your kids genious.
The author reccomends to avoid TV by age 2, and even after that try to make your kids life interesting with the books, people, different performances, activities etc. A lot of people don’t agree with this, and in real life it is much more difficult to keep a child away from electronic devices, but I think we always try to pick easier way in everything, for example: Of course, its easier to turn the tv on for your kids, than make up a game for them and play with them. And noone say  do not use the  tv or computer at all, but it should be like a prize, like something special for them, something they should merit.
Instead of using electronic devises with no control, you should learn your kids to make up new friends, learn to make new games and entertain yourself, make yourself busy with interesting things.
There are main strategies to raise your baby smart:
1. Pregnancy:
Babies develop an active mental life in the womb.
Stressed mom, stressed baby.
Eat right, stay fit, get lots of pedicure.

2. Relationship.
Happy marriage, happy baby.
The brain seeks safety above all.
What is obvious to you is obvious to you.

3. Smart baby.
The brain cares about survival before learning.
Intelligence is more than IQ
Face time, no screen time.
Safe baby, smart baby.
Praise effort, not IQ.
Guided play-every day.
Emotions, not emoticons.

4.Happy Baby.
Babies are born with their own temperament.
Emotions are just Post-it notes.
Empathy makes good friends.
The brain craves community.
Empathy soothes the nerves.
Labeling emotions calms big feelings.

5. Moral baby.
Babies are born with moral sensibilities.
Discipline+warm heart=smart baby.
Let your yes be yes and your no be no.

So this book is pretty interesting and probably someone who is interested in babies, their development and bringing up kids would like it.