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by Jeffrey Barnes

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Art = Life

   How do you paint your self-portrait when you’re not quite sure who you are? You can labor over a canvas, meticulously capturing your reflection in a mirror, or you can do what 16-year-old Emily Thompson does in Siobhan Vivian’s new novel, Same Difference — you can focus on the kind of person you know you — don’t want to become.

   Always known for being the artsy kid, Emily learns that art is all about intention, and that life, like art, is about the choices we make. Vivian’s story has a universal message that will inspire any reader, teen or adult.

   Same Difference is a PUSH/Scholastic publication. You can win an autographed copy now; sign onto www.nymetroparents.com for contest details.   

A Book to Devour

   One day Henry mindlessly begins to nibble on a book, and discovers it’s delicious. In The Incredible Book Eating Boy, by Oliver Jeffers, Henry quickly develops a voracious appetite for books, and much to his pleasure, discovers that the more he eats, the smarter he becomes. Jeffers also illustrated the book, and his artwork is as playful and unique as his words. For more info: www.oliverjeffers.com.


   It’s been 25 years since Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Donatello last emerged from their home in the sewers of Manhattan to battle petty criminals, evil megalomaniacs, and alien invaders. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Lionsgate Home Entertainment is presenting all 27 episodes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Season 7 on DVD.  A definite must for any turtle-loving fan. You can win the collection in our giveaway at www.nymetroparents.com.

Thinking Ahead Together

   Board games are a great way to keep your kids entertained. And if you find the right one, like Tzaar, they learn a lot along the way. Tzaar is a two-player strategy game that balances attack and defense. Kids learn about problem-solving, spatial relations, and planning ahead, but best of all, Tzaar focuses on the interaction between the two players. Find Tzaar at www.riograndegames.com.

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