New books and classics for children; let kids recycle holiday 0) wrapping
IF YOU'RE LOOKING for appropriate books for children, here's some help. The Library of Congress has published a list of the 100 best new books for children from preschool through junior high. And the National Endowment for the Humanities lists nearly 400 classic children's books, that is, those published before 1960. The books are listed by children's age group and grades. The first list is "Books for Children No. 6" ($1) and the second, "Timeless Classics" (50 cents). To get either or both, send the appropriate amount of money with your name, address and ZIP code to: R. Woods, Consumer Information Center, Pueblo, Colo. 81009. If you wish to call in your order, it is a toll call: 719-948-4000.
Busy with holiday chores? Here's a festive -- and ecological -- idea for keeping the children entertained, courtesy of Baltimore's Cloisters Children's Museum: Wrapping paper can be recycled into decorations. Give each child a sheet of wrapping paper, used or new. Let them fold it in half once, twice, up to four times. Then, have them cut small diamonds, circles and triangles at folded edges. When they unfold the paper, it will have a beautiful snowflake design. These snowflakes can be used as ornaments, window decorations or whatever else your imagination conjures up.
'Free stuff for kids'
Keeping children happily occupied is a year-round activity, and here's a book that might last all year. The 1991 edition of "Free Stuff for Kids" lists 320 items and give-aways that children can send for themselves. Among the goodies are a Garfield balloon, a replica of the Bill of Rights, a fencing decal and a picture frame key chain. Many of the items are free; others cost up to $1. It is published by Meadowbrook Press and distributed by Simon & Schuster. To get a copy by mail, send $6.25 to Meadowbrook Press, 18318 Minnetonka Blvd., Deephaven, Minn. 55391.
Talk about toilet training
Here's a problem that plagues parents: toilet training. The Jewish Community Center's Parenting Center is offering a toilet training workshop from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Park Heights Jewish Community Center. Anne Abramson will talk about the best time to toilet train youngsters and how to make it a positive experience for them -- and you. The workshop, open to the community, costs $8 for non-members, $5 for members. For more information, phone Lynne Waranch at 356-5200, Ext. 347.
The last meal at home
Home is still a sweet place for many people. In a new survey, "home" was the single largest response to the question: "Where would you eat the last meal of your life?" Other sites mentioned by the 7,000 restaurant-goers who contribute to the Zagat diner's guidebook: Julia Child's house, Shea Stadium and a truck stop in the south of France.