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Map of the World Play Scene

Discover the world with this color-coded map and stickers set. With over fifty reusable, vinyl stickers, for learning geography and iconic features of the continents.

Ages 4 to 9 years

Illustrated By: Christopher Corr

My Marketplace 

It's not unusual to find kid's toys and books in primary colors. I find them alive and energetic, too.

Well, I'm thinking about all those brave men and women today; past, present and future. Thank you for serving us and let freedom ring!

-- LadyD

Bedtime Books

 Story time is special for my grandchildren. Today's post is about some of our favorites.

The Sounds Around Town

Follow a baby throughout the day, listening to all the sounds of life in the city. The colorful spreads are adorned with sound words to try out, and the rhyming text uses repetition for easy learning.
Ages 1 to 7 years
Written By: Maria Carluccio

Sounds Around Town shows a baby lying happily in its cot, with Mom and Dad at the bedroom door. It’s an image that promises safety and security. The whole book delivers this too – the adventures of the urban baby are easy for any toddler to relate to and the artwork makes it easy for them to ‘put themselves in the picture’.  This is where literacy starts: with the opportunity for a small child to read images, safe in the company of a trusted adult who is happy to linger and let the small person in their life take charge of page turning.

Paperback with Story CD $9.99

The Prince's Bedtime

Meet a young prince who refuses to go to sleep! The entire kingdom comes out to lend a hand in this rhyming bedtime adventure. There is a hullabaloo of activity—jugglers juggling, magicians hypnotizing, dancers dancing—but it is the wonder of a good story that finally does the trick. Book with CD editions include story read by actor Jim Broadbent.
Ages 3 to 7 years
Written By: Joanne Oppenheim
Illustrated By: Miriam Latimer
Narrated By: Jim Broadbent

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Eye of the Tiger

Tiger Puppet: Barefoot Books-LadyD

Tiger Puppet

What you'll need:

  • Paper lunch bag
  • Orange and black paint
  • Black marker
  • Black, white, and orange construction paper
  • Gold paint pen
  • Scissors
  • 1 black chenille stem
  • White craft glue
  • Glue stick 
  • Pattern 

How to make it:

Paint outside of paper bag with orange paint and let dry. 

On a piece of black construction paper, use the gold paint pen to draw 2 circles, about 1 inch in diameter.   

Cut around the circles, leaving a border of black paper, cut each end out to a point to resemble the almond shape of an eye. Use the pattern for the eyes as a guide. 

Dip the handle end of a paint brush into black paint and using a circular motion, at the round blacks of the eyes onto the gold. Let dry.  

When bag is dry, add tiger stripes around the bottom of the bag (the head) and down both sides. Add a nose and facial features as well. Use the pattern as inspiration for drawing on the face. Use black paint to fill in the stripes.  

While paint is drying, cut the ears and paws out of orange construction paper using the patterns. Color in the center of the ears with black marker. Use a glue stick to attach the ears to the back of the bag and the paws to the front. 

Cut two teeth from white paper and use a glue stick to attach them beneath the flap. 

Glue the eyes to the face using a glue stick. 

Cut chenille stem in to four pieces and use white craft glue to attach two to each side of the face. Let dry.

Cute Kids Sing ‘Eye of The Tiger’ 

Tiger Bread

Tiger bread is made with sesame oil and with a pattern baked into the top made by painting rice paste onto the surface prior to baking. The paste dries and cracks during the baking process, creating a two-color effect similar to a tiger; hence the name. The rice paste crust also gives the bread a distinctive flavor. It has a crusty exterior, but is soft inside, making it difficult to slice. Typically, Tiger bread is made as a white bread bloomer loaf or bread roll, but the technique can be applied to any shape of loaf. In the United States it is also known as dutch crunch bread.

The bread mix is standard but the clever bit is the topping, I found one recipe for it, however it is commercial sized so you will need to proportion it down to size, this is to go with 5Kg of flour!

Rice Flour 1 1/2 Kg
Water 1 1/2 Kg
Sugar 90 grm
Vegetable Oil 75 grm
Salt 30grm
Fresh Yeast 30grm (or 1 sachet Instant)

Mix all ingredients for the Tiger Skin together till smooth - set aside
Make your usual white bread, mould or tin it, spread tiger mix evenly on top of dough, prove for about 55 minutes, bake at 200 deg for about 55 minutes or until cooked.

Emily's Tiger: Barefoot Books-LadyD
Emily's Tiger

Emily's Tiger


Watch out - Emily is off and running again! This little girl has a problem with her temper, and every time she gets angry she turns into quite the little tiger. This quirky picture book addresses behavioral issues with humor and an emphasis on intergenerational relationships.
Ages 3 to 7 years 

Written By: Miriam Latimer

Tiger Puppet: Barefoot Books-LadyD
Tiger Puppet

Tiger Cub Puppet

Roar! This adorable, plush tiger cub puppet features a movable head and arms.
Ages 3 to 7 years
Produced By: Folkmanis

The Gift by Carol Ann Duffy

I received this beautiful book from one of my daughters on Mother's Day. It is an elegant hardcover book for all ages, written exquisitely by Carol Ann Duffy and delightfully decorated with doily-like illustrations that remind me of powdered sugar designs (snowflakes) on top of a cake. The pictures are so dainty and airy as you can see from the photos below. I love this book. Guaranteed, this story will make you cry. If you love life and family then the book is a must for you. We just had a 4 generation family reunion and this book, The Gift, is the perfect present... "Give me your flower necklace and you shall have your wish."

Here's an excerpt from the jacket flap:

"In a quiet town, of a sort not found nowadays, lives a beautiful young girl. One summer day, she visits the woods with her mother and father. While her parents prepare the picnic, she seeks out buttercups and daisies for a flower necklace. As she does so, a wish forms in her mind - and to her surprise, a silver-haired woman appears, ready to grant it.

Carol Ann Duffy's story of a girl's journey through life, and the desires that shape it, will speak to everyone who wonders about the mysteries that lie at the heart of the human experience."

The Gift is available for purchase at

The Gift

The exceptional talents of Carol Ann Duffy and papercut artist Rob Ryan combine to present the story of a girl’s journey through life and the desires that shape it. With a kind of magic that is timeless, The Gift speaks to everyone who wonders about the mysteries that lie at the heart of the human experience.

Barefoot Books: Spotlight on New Catalogs

Barefoot Books spotlights the new 2011-2012 catalogs! See them online and have fun viewing here 
The UK catalog can be viewed online here

Illustrator Spotlight: Micha Archer

Micha Archer of western Massachusetts describes her work as 'bold, joyful, vibrant, and colorful.' A world traveler, her sense of color and pattern is influenced by the folk art, crafts, and architecture of India, Nepal, West Africa, and Mexico, amongst other countries. After earning her degree in Multicultural Education, she worked in education, where she realized the remarkable educational value of beautiful illustrations. Working with gouache, watercolors, pen and ink, and collage, she creates layered pieces from various materials like tissue paper and even homemade stamps made from cut-up bicycle tire inner tubes! She also creates sculpture, and has done numerous book covers and illustrations for various publishers, including Cricket Magazine.

Micha's research into the subject matter and setting of the books she illustrates is fully apparent in her other upcoming title with Barefoot Books, The Wise Fool. In Lola's Fandango, Micha has created playful, often humorous illustrations with texture, movement, color, and expression that have brought Lola and her family to life with the same characteristic duende that Lola herself possesses.

I LOVE Micah's handiwork. Her visual concepts truly bring life to any printed word. Indeed, a very talented young lady. To see more of her work, visit

Enjoy the world of multi cultural children's books with award winning Barefoot Books!

-- LadyD