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Welcome to the Palo Alto Parent Blog. Here I share whatever I find interesting that stretches the minds of my elementary school aged kids. Everything reviewed here I have purchased and used myself.
Read on, and let me know what you think!

Much Ado About Nothing (1993 Movie) by Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson (who were married to each other in real life at the time) is still one of our all time favorites. It’s funny and accessible for young and old alike.


The movie starts with the Sigh No More poem, and it gets played as a song later in the scenes. My kids enjoyed memorizing the poem and taking turns reciting it. 
Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more, Men were deceivers ever; One foot in sea, and one on shore, To one thing constant never. Then sigh not so, But let them go, And be you blith and bonny, Converting all your sounds of woe Into Hey nonny, nonny. Sing no more ditties, sing no mo Of dumps so dull and heavy; The fraud of men was ever so, Since summer first was leavy. Then sigh not so, But let them go, And be you blith and bonny, Converting all your sounds of woe Into Hey nonny, nonny. 

William Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing (1993 Movie) by Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson (who were married to each other in real life at the time) is still one of our all time favorites. It’s funny and accessible for young and old alike.

The movie starts with the Sigh No More poem, and it gets played as a song later in the scenes. My kids enjoyed memorizing the poem and taking turns reciting it. 

Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more, 
Men were deceivers ever; 
One foot in sea, and one on shore, 
To one thing constant never. 
Then sigh not so, 
But let them go, 
And be you blith and bonny, 
Converting all your sounds of woe 
Into Hey nonny, nonny. 

Sing no more ditties, sing no mo 
Of dumps so dull and heavy; 
The fraud of men was ever so, 
Since summer first was leavy. 
Then sigh not so, 
But let them go, 
And be you blith and bonny, 
Converting all your sounds of woe 
Into Hey nonny, nonny. 

William Shakespeare
Aladdin (1992 Disney) Enough said. Good segue into 1001 Arabian Nights.

Aladdin (1992 Disney) Enough said. Good segue into 1001 Arabian Nights.

The Arabian Nights (Classics Advanced Readers) 

Treasury of Egyptian Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Monsters & Mortals (National Geographic Kids) by Donna Jo Napoli  (Author), Christina Balit (Illustrator)

Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998)

A more Renaissance take on Cinderella. The Cinderella stands up for herself, is intelligent and wise. Also a bonus to see Leonardo da Vinci make her wings for the night at the Ball.

The Young Victoria Movie (2009) is an adult movie that’s not too scary for little kids. Rated PG.

To Be a Princess: The Fascinating Lives of Real Princesses

Instead of reading about Disney princesses, this book covers the stories of twelve real princesses reveal what life behind the palace walls was really like.

Princess Mary and her sister Elizabeth Tutor of England

Marie Antoinette of Austria

Princess Victoria

Princess Ka’iulani of Hawaii 

Anastasia and her three sisters, daughters of the Tsar of Russia,

Ayesha Devi, daughter of an Indian maharaja

Princess Elizabeth and Margaret Rose, the two little princesses of 1930s’ Great Britain

The Cloisters museum and gardens, the branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe, was assembled from architectural elements, both domestic and religious, that largely date from the twelfth through the fifteenth century.

The building and its cloistered gardens—located in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan—are treasures in themselves, effectively part of the collection housed there. The Cloisters’ collection comprises approximately two thousand works of art.

http://www.metmuseum.org/visit/visit-the-cloisters

After reading the Pirate’s Diaries & Gulliver’s Travels, one can visit the USS Constellation in Baltimore Inner Harbor, as part of the Historic Ships in Baltimore Museum.

One can go inside the ship. One level they have rows of cannons. One level they have the captain & the crew’s quarters. One can swing on a hammock. The kids are especially impressed by the quarantine area where they have sick “bed” (hammock) and the equipments & medicines for on-board surgery.

http://www.historicships.org/index.html

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose as an amazing collection of Egyptian artifacts, the most interesting being a “real” tomb that one can walk down and explore.

1660 Park Avenue
San Jose CA 95191
http://www.egyptianmuseum.org

Egyptian Diary: The Journal of Nakht by Richard Platt  (Author), David Parkins (Illustrator)

Who is plundering the tombs of ancient Memphis? A brother and sister solve the mystery in this diary full of intriguing details about daily life in Egypt 3,500 years ago.

Castle Diary: The Journal of Tobias Burgess  by Richard Platt  (Author), Chris Riddell (Illustrator)

Pirate Diary: The Journal of Jake Carpenter by Richard Platt and Chris Riddell

Curious about life on a pirate ship? Climb aboard this account of adventure on the high seas as told by a feisty nine-year-old carpenter’s apprentice, circa 1716. Historically accurate illustrations of ship and crew, a map of Jake’s travels, and a detailed glossary and index vividly reveal the fascinating — and harsh —-life of a pirate in the eighteenth century. Ships ahoy!

Chris Riddell also illustrated Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver: Candlewick Illustrated Classic by Jonathan Swift  (Author), Chris Riddell (Illustrator)

Roman Diary: The Journal of Iliona of Mytilini by Richard Platt  (Author), David Parkins (Illustrator)