Cool Books Everyone Should Read!
  • December 11, 2015
  • Leticia Maciel Co-founder, The Inside Edit


    A reassuring and funny story that was first published in 1968. This modern classic has gone on to sell over three million copies worldwide, making it one of the most popular picture books for children ever written.

    Sophie and her mother are sitting down to tea one afternoon and the doorbell rings. A big, furry, stripy tiger has come for tea with a big appetite who eats all the food in the house until there’s nothing left to cook for Daddy’s supper.

    My kids adore animals, with my son having a particular soft spot for the big cats, this book is one that gets taken out almost daily. He only wishes that the Tiger would come along and have tea with us! I try to explain the fictional premise of the story, but maybe I’ll change my approach and let him believe its possible.

    If you fancy taking your kid(s) to see this classic story on stage, they are currently showing it at the Lyric theatre. Why not bring the story alive with this wonderful family show.




    Colouring books for Adult is definitely taking part on this weeks Cool Books. The kids love the idea of colouring with me, trying to to copy the way I stroke the intricate details of this enchanted story. Whether you choose to do it with kids or not it is definitely a way of un-winding after a long day at work or a long day of screaming kids.






    We will be picking a couple of books every week so stay tuned!

    OKAY I'M ANGRY! If this is not a platform to share your opinions then where else right?! So here it goes, you may have seen Mattel are doing a Barbie version of FRIDA KAHLO, the profoundly inspirational Mexican Artist. Well on the surface it sounds positive – celebrating female cultural icons etc, but it’s in fact not at all what it seems. . . Zac and I adore this woman and are huge fans. Frida Kahlo represented not just a fearless and boundless expression of individuality, but she stood firmly on the side of those in society that were forgotten about. In her art she explored questions of identity, post-colonialism, gender, class, and race in Mexican society. She was simply brilliant, and an inspiration to all us mothers raising daughters. . . Salma Hayek portrayed her brilliantly in the 2002 Bipoic (please watch it if you haven’t already!) and said Frida was “one of the forces that gave me the determination to pursue my career”. . . On to what Mattel are doing. Firstly – despite what some bloggers like to shill on social media, the Barbie doll is not something positive for any child in my view. It does not represent uniqueness, and when Frida becomes SLIM and more LIGHT SKINNED with LIGHT EYES, that’s when lines are being crossed. This is not just cultural appropriation for commercial gain, but the very colonial re-shaping of identity she stood against. . . LEAVE FRIDA ALONE. Rant over. . #fridakahlo #mattel #leaveheralone #views #latin #mexicanculture #salmahayeck #womensday #strongwomen #womenofculture #mummyviews #londonblogger #unique #art #ethnic #celebratinguniqueness #inspirationalwomen #thisisbullshit #barbieisnotunique #notobarbie #femalerolemodels #ithastobesaid
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