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Fort Point-San Francisco with Kids

Fort Point-San Francisco with Kids

No visit to the Presidio is complete without a stroll along the northern shoreline with its amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the city.  From Crissy field, a former U.S. Army Airfield, the northern waterfront has something for everyone with spectacular views, great recreational opportunities and a a chance to view wildlife in the restored tidal marsh....

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Review: Henri Matisse Drawing with Scissors-Nice with children

Review: Henri Matisse Drawing with Scissors-Nice with children

Written in the style of a school report, Henri Matisse: Drawing with Scissors (Smart About Art) written by Jane O’Connor and Illustrated by Jessie Hartland does a great job of depicting the evolution of Matisse as an artist from his first still life to his last paper cut outs.  It’s a great way to encourage children to use their imagination and also...

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Review: Humphrey the Lost Whale-San Francisco with children

Review: Humphrey the Lost Whale-San Francisco with children

Humphrey the Lost Whale written by Wendy Tokuda and Richard Hall with illustrations by Hanako Wakiyama is based on the true story of a whale who swam from San Francisco Bay up the Sacramento River and got stuck and how the community helped him find his way home Every year, humpback whales migrate north from Mexico to Alaska along the West Coast of the United States....

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By the Great Horn Spoon!

By the Great Horn Spoon!

By the Great Horn Spoon!by Sid Fleishman is a rip roaring swashbuckling kind of a tall tale.  It’s a great book (though the cover on this edition is awful).  Twelve year old Jack stows away in a potato barrel on a boat from Boston to California with his Aunt’s butler, Praiseworthy, in an effort to make his fortune and help his Aunt Arabella save the...

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Review: Redwoods-San Francisco with Children

Review: Redwoods-San Francisco with Children

Redwoods by Jason Chin opens with a little boy sitting and waiting for his train when he spies an abandoned book. When he opens the book, magical things begin to happen.  I’ve always enjoyed the magical places that books take us and Redwoods takes us into the little boy’s imagination.  As he reads about redwoods, dinosaurs appear in the windows of the...

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Review: Pop’s Bridge-California with children

Review: Pop’s Bridge-California with children

Pop’s Bridge by Eve Bunting was first published in 2006.  It tells the story of the building of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco from the perspective of Robert, the son of one of the ironworkers building the bridge. There’s so much to do and see in San Francisco, but it is well worth visiting the Golden Gate Bridge while you’re there.  You...

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