Women in Art

500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art

Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Botticelli , Boltraffio, Albrecht Durer, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Messina, Perugino, Hans Memling, El Greco, Hans Holbein, Rokotov, Peter Paul Rubens, Gobert, Caspar Netscher, Pierre Mignard, Jean-Marc Nattier, Vigee-Le Brun, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Winterhalter, Tyranov, Borovikovsky, Venetsianov, Gros, Kiprensky, Amalie, Corot, Edouard Manet, Flatour, Ingres, Wontner, Bouguereau, Comerre, Leighton, Blaas, Renoir, Millias, Duveneck, Cassatt, Weir, Zorn, Mucha, Paul Gaugan, Henri Matisse, Picabia, Gustav Klimt, Hawkins, Magritte, Salvador Dali, Malevich, Merrild, Modigliani, Pablo Picasso

Turn up your speakers and listen to Bach’s Sarabande from Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 performed by Yo-Yo Ma

For a complete list of artists and paintings go to:

500 Years of Women in Western Art

The Best Kids Christmas Shopping in Oxford

Our Open House Saturday, December 1st on Cherokee Dr. is the place to shop for all the munchkins on your holiday list. Do you need directions? Just let me know. We have lots of great items and great prices from Do-Re-Me & You!, Kindermusik and Discovery Toys.

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ROCKIN’ SAFARI Puppets & Chime Ball $14.99 SALE $6.99

3 toys in 1! It’s a chime ball with 2 puppets, and when you put them together, you have a rocking Lion or Elephant that stimulates early visual tracking and auditory skills and encourages early motor skills. Use the chime ball later for gross motor development and the puppets for imaginary play and early language and communication skills. Ball 4 3/4″ diameter.
From Birth – Preschool

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TEDDY TOWER $19.99 SALE $9.99

Your child’s curious nature will be captivated by the bright patterns, sounds and textures of this friendly bear. As your child stacks the rings, he hears crinkles, rattles and a squeak, and he is learning sequencing, developing fine motor and problem solving skills. Best of all, seeing the bear take shape is a big self-esteem boost – every possibility is the right one. Stacked bear stands 12” tall.
From 6 months – Toddler

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TIDY TRAVELERS $14.99 SALE $8.99

Protect your young one when out and about. This convenient, all-in-one travel kit includes 5 wrap-around placemats, 5 throw-away bibs, 5 potty covers and 8 travel wipes neatly packed inside a handy case. All are disposable and easy to secure. Placemats feature the alphabet and basic numbers in engaging colors. Keep your child clean anytime, anywhere! Potty cover is not flushable. Case measures 81⁄2″ x 43⁄4″.

TIDY TRAVELERS REFILL $19.99 SALE $11.99

Includes 20 wrap-around placemats, 20 throw away bibs, and 10 potty covers.

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I CAN WRITE $29.99 SALE $19.99

It’s easy to learn to form letters! Children trace and draw to complete the activities on the reusable and highly durable, plastic wipe-off boards. Features phonetic words from A to Z in English, Spanish and French. Children can practice again and again – even after they get it “write”. 26 activity boards, 4 lotto game boards, 2 color crayons in holders, eraser and expanded Parent Guide. 81⁄2″ x 5″ box.
From 4 years – Primary School

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ARKitect $14.99 SALE $9.99

Build and play! This ARK of colorful foam is composed of pieces you slide together. When it’s complete, your preschooler has a boatload of entertainment ready for land or water play. Stores in a handy mesh bag. Three animal pairs – camels, rhinos and giraffes – are the colorful passengers for many an imaginary adventure. Enhances spatial thinking and problem solving skills while encouraging dramatic play. Assembled ark is approximately 103⁄4” x 6”.
From 3 years – Kindergarten

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MY BIG BROTHER $14.99 SALE $6.99

Big brothers and big sisters loom large in the life of a younger sibling, and these charming books tell the story from the younger sibling’s point of view. With generously sized color photographs, big type and humorous text, kids will love to hear and read them over and over. Each book has a space for placing the child’s own photo, and big brother or sister’s photo too! A wonderful way to verbalize the love, admiration and occasional bewilderment of this special relationship and encourage communication, openness about family and family values.
From 3 Years & Up.

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MY BIG SISTER $14.99 SALE $6.99

Big brothers and big sisters loom large in the life of a younger sibling, and these charming books tell the story from the younger sibling’s point of view. With generously sized color photographs, big type and humorous text, kids will love to hear and read them over and over. Each book has a space for placing the child’s own photo, and big brother or sister’s photo too! A wonderful way to verbalize the love, admiration and occasional bewilderment of this special relationship and encourage communication, openness about family and family values.
From 3 Years & Up.

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SCIENCE WIZ™ POWER PALS $29.99 SALE $17.99

Introduces the subjects of both electricity and magnetism. Learn to power a motor, send coded messages, build a compass, spin whiz-bangs, construct an electro-magnet and activate lights and buzzers, among 24 projects. Includes 40-page book and bonus activities. Battery not included.
From 5 Years & Up

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SCIENCE WIZ™ INVENTIONS $29.99 SALE $17.99

Ever wanted to see how science makes things work? Learn how to build a small generator, a mini telegraph or even a real radio! Includes 40-page book and bonus, exclusive CD loaded with cool 3-D animations, activities and games. Battery not included.
From 8 Years & Up
CD is compatible with Windows only.

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DEAR SANTA $15.99 SALE $7.99

Santa’s getting ready for Christmas. While making toys, he keeps up with the letters from the girls and boys around the world who are his friends. One letter asks Santa what he does during other times of the year. You’ll find out while Santa shares a message of peace and hope for the world. 11” x 9” hardcover book.
From 6 Years & Up

DRMY & Discovery Toys Open House

Save the date! Saturday, December 1st will be an open house from 10 am to 1 pm. Many DRMY and Discovery Toys items will be on sale. If you can’t make it then just drop me a line and we’ll set up an appointment.

Some of my favorites that I know you will love the sale price on are:

tlc_rev_large.jpg TLC ~ Grow with Me. This is what happens when you nurture a child’s creativity: she learns responsibility, patience, and how to make something grow. Creative outlets like these—if it’s a craft, or caring for a plant—are vital for preschool-age children who are encountering for the first time the kind of abstract thinking processes that need to be explored, expressed, and encouraged.

frod_a_dancing_large.jpgFrog Went A-Dancing. The more your toddler moves, the more learning takes place in his mind. Research shows a strong link between moving hands and legs and the creation of new neural networks in the brain. So dance along with every animal in the book!

dreamland_l.jpg Putumayo World Music’s Dreamland. One thing we have in common, the whole world over, is sleepy children. They rub their eyes, they get a little cranky—time for bed! And nothing’s nicer to transition them to dreamland than songs created just for that time of day. This CD offers one soothing, bedtime tune after another—for a sleepy child or stressed adult.
amazing_travel_large.jpgAmazing Travel Fun for Kids on the Go! Buckle up for fun! Pack this little gem of a travel kit for everything you’ll need to keep the family happy! This kit is small enough to fit under the seat, but is packed with a CD featuring road trip classics plus a book, and an activity set of state trivia, mazes, stories, word searches, logic games, singing games, fun facts, art activities, and even a U.S. map are all part of this never-ending boredom-busting collection.

Do-Re-Me & You! aka DRMY

Yes, the wonderful DRMY products are still available! Many are now being carried by Discovery Toys like:

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and many more!

If there are other DRMY titles that you are looking for please drop me a line and I can help you find them.

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Saturday, December 1st I will be having an open house from 10 am to 1 pm. Many DRMY and Discovery Toys items will be on sale. If you can’t make it then just drop me a line and we’ll set up an appointment. The rest of the week I’ll be highlighting some of my favorites. Which ones do you love?

New Christmas Play Set in Oxford

Theatre Oxford presents Christmas Presence for 4 performances: November 29, 30, December 1 (Thursday—Saturday) at 8 PM and a Sunday matinee, December 2 at 2 PM at the Powerhouse Arts Center, University Avenue in Oxford. Tickets are available at the Powerhouse and at the door before each performance; $10 adults, $7 students and $5children 12 years & under. Written by Oxford playwright, Dinah Swan Christmas Presence is a family southern Christmas comedy with music set in Oxford, Mississippi. A week before Christmas a typical American family, the Truemans are free falling into holiday madness when they grudgingly agree to host a family of foreign immigrants for a few days. When the huge, outlandish Udahvelatroika family arrives (who knows where they’re from or what language they speak), they obliterate the Tureman’s usual routine. In scenes touching and hilarious, the foreigners show their hosts the deeper meaning of Christmas.

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Terry Swan directs the cast of 24 Oxford actors that includes middle, high school and college students, Ole Miss faculty, five “regular employed adults,” two lawyers, a dean, a dancer and a dentist. Swan says, “It’s a comedy with lots of music, dance and craziness that reminds us about the traditional values of giving and loving.” The play, set in Oxford, contains many local references. A happy ending is guaranteed.

The Downtown Grill is offering Christmas Presence theater goers a “buy one dinner and get a second at half price.” Special coupons will be available at performances; offer good through Dec. 25, 2007.

Why do Babies Love Other Babies?

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Why do babies love babies? Narcissism? The thrill of a kindred spirit? Or are they merely being sociable? No one knows what babies are thinking, of course. But the probable reasons behind baby-love are as lofty as survival of the species and as immediate as the stimulation of brain cell growth, says Derek Price, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology at Wheaton College, in Norton, Massachusetts, and an expert on child development. By understanding and tapping into your baby’s attraction to other babies, you will not only help her learn to socialize, but you’ll be making her happy, too.

For more information check out the original article by Paula Spencer in Babytalk magazine.